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March 20, 2013


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To 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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JAN130488 MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE HC $34.99
You could walk into a store, buy this massive collection of the Bob Fingerman 1990s alt-comics series, and have a satisfying week in comics. I think this is the way to have that material, too, and I'm usually a bigger fan of the original comics. I have an interview with Bob coming up; I'm behind on the transcription. I hope this does well, as I certainly enjoy and like the cartoonist. I also like that Robert Kirkman is a fan, as the next time I'm watching Walking Dead I can look for equivalent characters.

imageDEC121220 WHEN DAVID LOST HIS VOICE HC GN (MR) $24.95
This is the second graphic novel from the Flanders-born, Brussels-based Judith Vandistendael, released in the English language market by SelfMadeHero. Those are all things for which it's worth rooting. This book like the first was nominated for the awards-slate at Angouleme. If you go to the comics shop to encounter fully-realized works by quality cartoonists with whom you're not automatically familiar because they've been around for 75 years, this could be the book you take home.

NOV120054 UNAUTHORIZED TARZAN HC $29.99
NOV120055 UNAUTHORIZED TARZAN HC LTD ED $59.99
I have a feeling that Tarzan reprints could become the new Archie reprints, by which I mean there are so many facets and aspects and series and ways to approach the material that I'm never going to have any idea from a title which one is worth buying and which one isn't. This one is the Charlton comic book series, with Gill and Glanzman, and those are comics I always wanted to see but never got around to buying -- so I'd definitely pick this up in a store.

JAN130077 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #105 COLD DAY IN HELL #1 $3.50
JAN130092 CONAN THE BARBARIAN #14 $3.50
JAN130095 MIND MGMT #9 $3.99
JAN130382 POPEYE #11 [DIG/P+] $3.99
JAN130594 INVINCIBLE #101 [DIG] $2.99
JAN138123 NOWHERE MEN #1 4TH PTG $2.99
JAN130604 REVIVAL #8 [DIG] $2.99
JAN130605 SAGA #11 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
JAN138174 THIEF OF THIEVES #10 2ND PTG $2.99
JAN130676 ALL NEW X-MEN #9 NOW $3.99
JAN138109 HAWKEYE #3 3RD PTG AJA VAR $2.99
JAN138110 HAWKEYE #4 3RD PTG AJA VAR $2.99
JAN138111 HAWKEYE #5 3RD PTG AJA VAR $2.99
JAN138112 HAWKEYE #6 3RD PTG AJA VAR $2.99
JAN130975 ADVENTURE TIME #14 MAIN CVRS [DIG] $3.99
JAN130866 ALL CRIME #1 (MR) $3.95
A big week for classic independent comics, by which I mean genre comics that aren't superhero books. There are a few superhero books, too. The above list probably overstates my potential interest by about half, but I think a certain kind of customer is really pleased by seeing most of these books. Nowhere Men and Revival are doing battle to become the next Image Comics stealth hit; there's nothing stealthy about how well Saga has performed. I guess the post-number 100 numbering on the Mignola-verse books should continue; I have no reason to think they won't be solid. What else...? In superheroes, it looks like there are more crying Bat-people comics (not listed here), back to stands for the bulk of the Hawkeye series to date and a new issues of Invincible and the X-Men book with Stuart Immonen art (I think). At any rate, I'm not sure this would get my dour, mid-forties ass to the comics shop, but 17-year-old me would have the best day ever. There really are a lot of comic-book comics out there; they're just not finding their way into as many nooks and crannies and reader niches as, say, graphic novels are. I believe All Crime #1 is a purposefully retro comic, which is something I'd at least look at unless the cover design is horrific.

NOV121032 LEONARD STARRS MARY PERKINS ON STAGE TP VOL 11 $24.95
You won't find a better-illustrated book on the stands this week, that's for sure. Total freakin' miracle that this market somehow supports 11 volumes of primetime Leonard Starr; hooray for miracles.

JAN131403 COMICS AND NARRATION HC $55.00
This is Thierry Groensteen's follow-up to The System Of Comics, and thus on the Christmas wish list of every tow-headed comics academic in academia. Christmas is far away, though. If you don't buy this but your retailer has it buy something extra just because your retailer is awesome.

JAN131273 BARRYS BEST BUDDY HC $12.95
I'll read everything that Renée French makes, and with this one I'll be on the lookout for any potential friction between her fearless and usually unfettered image-making and the educational demands of a Toon Book.

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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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