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June 11, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases Into The Comics Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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MAR141133 SHOWA HISTORY OF JAPAN TP VOL 02 1939-1944 (MR) $24.95
DEC131123 WALT BEFORE SKEEZIX HC 1919-1920 $44.95
This is the second volume in Shigeru Mizuki's sprawling autobiographical/historical account of the major era during which he lived; given the author's World War 2 experiences, this should be a fascinating book in that series. I couldn't find a flat-cover image of the Frank King book book to run up top, but it's the comic I'm currently reading. I'm not sure I'm all the way on board as a reader with the lavish, pile-of-spaghetti-on-the-plate approach to the supplementary material -- there's enough of it, it seem more overwhelming than welcome --but I realize in a tiny minority there and all of it is first-rate stuff. These are the Gasoline Alley strips before Skeezix shows up, as advertised, and that was a fun strip almost from the start.

imageAPR140504 THATS BECAUSE YOURE A ROBOT ONE SHOT $3.99
APR140603 STARLIGHT #4 CVR A CHAREST (MR) $2.99
APR140604 STARLIGHT #4 CVR B FERRY (MR) $2.99
APR140605 STARLIGHT #4 CVR C PARLOV (MR) $2.99
APR148156 WALKING DEAD #127 2ND PTG (MR) $2.99
APR140615 WALKING DEAD #128 (MR) $2.99
APR148175 LUMBERJANES #1 (2ND PTG) $3.99
APR140998 LUMBERJANES #3 $3.99
APR140013 ABE SAPIEN #13 $3.50
The most fun I had with a serial genre comic out this week was the funny, oddball Shaky Kane-drawn That's Because You're A Robot, a comic that featured two or three moments so awkward yet awesome I wanted to physically clap. Starlight is the Mark Millar/Goran Parlov effort, about which consensus seems to be "Oh my gosh, just look at that pretty Parlov art." The story seems a rough go thus far, and the world depicted seems to contain about 23 people pole to pole. Those two issues of Walking Dead feature a new direction from the previous "war" storyline; just what that direction might be is something we don't yet know, even this many pages in. Lumberjanes looks like a hit, and maybe even a category-defining one. And finally, what's life without a little Mignola-verse in sweet, sweet comic book form. There's actually a really solid group of books about twice this size just below this one on my interest level, which makes it something of a strong week.

FEB140076 BALTIMORE HC VOL 04 CHAPEL OF BONES $24.99
This is the Mignola-verse offering in book form, the sub-grouping of stories that I follow the least assiduously.

FEB140103 NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB TP VOL 01 (MR) $13.99

MAR140803 BAD VENTURES BOBO BACKSLACK GN (MR) $14.95
AdHouse books continues its very youth-oriented first half of 2014 with Jon Chad joining Noah Van Sciver and Katie Skelly. There was a lot of affection expressed in the direction of Chad's Leo Geo effort for kids. This seems somewhat less ambitious formally -- it's a standard alt-comics humor effort in an lot of ways -- but the work itself looks expressive and clear. It's on my bed table.

FEB140402 POPEYE CLASSICS HC VOL 04 $29.99
This is another volume of the Bud Sagendorf comic books as opposed to the newspaper strip Thimble Theatre. Sagendorf has a strong reputations as a quality comics maker, and these book are generally considered strong ones. I might take some convincing considering how perfect I find the original Segar strip run, but it isn't like there's a lack of affection for those characters and that setting.

MAR141168 JACK DAVIS DRAWING AMERICAN POP CULTURE HC (NEW PTG) $29.99
This is a new printing of a work about three years in the rear window now. The book made the argument at that time that Davis should be in the running for "best living cartoonist" discussions, and general affection for the artists has only swelled in size since then. I can't stop staring at his stuff wherever I might find it.

APR140447 CHICACABRA TP $17.99
This is the first in a planned multiple-volume book series featuring fantasy work by Tom Beland, best known for his relationship-focused autobiography. I am all for cartoonists finding a different avenue through which to express themselves, so I wish I were in a comic shop today to see how this one looked in person.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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