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March 27, 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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DEC121218 BLACK PATHS HC GN (MR) $24.95
If you go to the comics shop to buy original (at least to you) work from world-class talent, I would imagine that a stand-alone book from the visually powerful David B. published by SelfMadeHero would qualify. I would buy this without a comic book store showing it to me, and I would pick it up and look at it after I bought the thing, even.

imageJAN131405 DAVE SIM CONVERSATIONS HC $40.00
My giant 1996 interview with Dave Sim that ran in The Comics Journal is in here. I don't own that interview, and Fantagraphics has a good relationship with the series of interview books with which this is a part. I hope I get to see it someday! At any rate, not a lot of my interviews are republished in this way, so I'm looking forward to seeing this interview myself. I remember doing that interview in a way that I don't remember doing a lot of the others I've done. I was in an apartment in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle and at the end of our talk I told Sim, "I hope you feel that went well." And he said, "You mean you hope I think that went well." True story. He was very nice to me during that interview, though, and I liked the result. Those interview books are usually pretty entertaining.

NOV120033 HUSBANDS HC (MR) $14.99
I don't know anything about the content of this story, but as I recall this was a digital-driven serial offering that now hopes to find an audience with a print edition in hardcover. We need all of the models that work we can put our hands on, and Dark Horse has done some interesting things on-line for as much as they're also invested in super-traditional ways of publishing comics.

NOV120029 NEXUS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $24.99
I'm a big fan of the Steve Rude-drawn, Mike Baron-written superhero comic from (primarily) the 1980s and 1990s, although I think it's perfect form is still the original serial comic books. Those are pretty easy to attain, too, at least as far as it's easy to pick up comic books. Your shelving proclivities may differ.

NOV120419 LOAC ESSENTIALS HC VOL 02 GUMPS SAGA MARY GOLD $19.99
This run of books from the Library Of American Comics with a kind of get-in, get-out strategy as opposed to completist archiving seems perfectly matched to a few, key runs from The Gumps. That could be an amazing strip when it was going, but it's also one that doesn't necessarily always communicate to modern readers even of the kind that might buy a book of old strips.

JAN131275 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 05 DOES SOMETHING $9.95
I enjoy James Kochalka's comics generally, and this series features his work a) when it's silly and intended for kids, b) in color, so count me in. I've known parents with really little kids for whom this series hit a sweet spot in the 2-4 years old range.

JAN131250 JUDGE DREDD ORIGINS TP (MR) $19.99
I'm sure Jog over at TCJ has an awesome, funny, and to-other-writers discouraging write-up of exactly what this book entails, but over here you'll just have to settle for a facile observation that this is a more modern version of classic 1970s/1980s Judge Dredd saga-making, and a suggestion that this may even be a good jumping-on point if you've wanted to get back into that material during its recent resurgence but weren't sure where to start. John Wagner's had an amazing career as a comics scriptwriter, and he's never been better than the last five or six years. I would certainly check this out in a store.

JAN130076 BPRD VAMPIRE #1 $3.50
JAN130103 MISTER X HARD CANDY ONE SHOT $2.99
This is the Dark Horse set of three distinct serial comic-book offering in stores today. The BPRD work is generally very strong mainstream comics work -- both involving as a reflection of a rich, pulp, narrative tapestry and as a stand-alone series of stories with clear storytelling signposts. I have no doubt this one will add to that respectable tradition-in-the-making. The Mister X material is I believe series creator Dean Motter, not the best cartoonist to work on this series over the years but the driving force and the best comics-maker for that material. I saw but didn't read the story when it appeared in small, serial chunks, but I look forward to catching up now.

DEC120562 FATALE #13 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
OCT120469 MORNING GLORIES #25 (MR) [DIG] $3.99
This is the little Image stack I'd make in a comics shop today. The Morning Glories is a kind of a finale to the first, extended storyline; that book has done really well sales-wise over the last few years, and even though it has lost some of its currency -- particularly when compared to outright phenomena like Walking Dead and -- the fans of the book are still out there. I love the recent dive into the past that Fatale has taken, as there's an untethered, crazy quality that isn't quite there when the story is bound to more traditional genre elements. Plus it's fun to watch Sean Phillips come up with visual solutions in multiple genres.

JAN130637 AGE OF ULTRON #3 $3.99
JAN130642 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 NOW $3.99
JAN138150 HAWKEYE #1 5TH PTG AJA VAR $2.99
I'm not sure that I'd buy any of the Marvel comic books here, but it's a trio worth noting for other reasons. The Age Of Ultron book is their current "event" comic, and how those do is always worth following just in terms of these companies chasing a pretty fickle readership in the context of lots and lots of similar efforts. The Guardians Of The Galaxy title may not just be the latest book to sort of roughly tie in to a future movie project but one that is key to the ongoing, underlying storytelling shift at the company. And it's nice to see that nice little Hawkeye book push into a fifth printing. That means it's actually selling through stores.

NOV121031 LEONARD STARRS MARY PERKINS ON STAGE TP VOL 01 NEW ED $21.95
Leonard Starr draws better than all but a few artists you're likely to find in your funnybook shop today, and I adore the fact that these books exists. My mom loves them, too.

JAN131158 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 05 POSEIDON EARTH SHAKER $9.99
This series has done pretty well, it seems; love the price point, and there's not a lot of work out there for that specific boy-driven-but-not-entirely-boys audience.

NOV120942 GLENN FABRY SKETCHBOOK SC LTD REMARKED ED (MR) $75.00
I would imagine this is gorgeous; I don't know much about it, but I'd certainly take a look unless it were back behind the counter. I would still want to look at it if it were behind the counter, I'm just shy.

JAN130371 COMPLETE ZAUCER OF ZILK $6.99
IDW continues to hammer out a place for independent work from super-talented comics picture-makers and artists to emerge after 1980 with this one, a collection of the 2012 series and probably the only place where you'll see the adjective "glammatronic" applied. Seriously, you have no soul if you don't at least look this one over. That's a great price point for 80 pages.

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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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