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April 24, 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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MAR130991MARBLE SEASON HC $21.95
A potential book of the year, this is Gilbert Hernandez's childhood memoir built from a concentrated dose of on-the-ground experience focusing on one comics-savvy, creative child. Accessible without losing any of Beto's idiosyncrasies; these kids pop when set against the bulk of today's comics kids the way that little Ronny Howard did in the early '60s against the well-scrubbed young people of 1950s TV.

imageDEC121356 OF COMICS & MEN CULTURAL HIST AMERICAN COMIC BOOKS SC $35.00
Jean-Paul Gabilliet rigorous examination of comics, translated and I believe also updated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen. Bart Beaty is published here whenever he wants to be published here, but I do enjoy his prose academic work quite a bit. If you're in a comics shop, maybe take a look.

DEC121184 DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS TP VOL 01 $19.99
DEC121185 DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS TP VOL 02 $19.99
A bunch of Scott Campbell. I don't really know that much about these specific collections, but I'm a fan and now I wish I were in a comics shop today to check them out. Maybe later this week.

FEB130032 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #23 (MR) $7.99
That's a staggering number of issues, and I have to imagine that in addition to providing some good comics this is one of those publication that has provided a lot of cartoonists and comics-makers with paying jobs at a time when placement for short work is scarce.

DEC120168 BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #6 (MR) $3.99
DEC120170 BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #6 COMBO PACK (MR) $4.99
And so it ends.

FEB130014 BPRD VAMPIRE #2 $3.50
FEB130400 A DISTANT SOIL #39 [DIG] $3.50
FEB130449 INVINCIBLE #102 [DIG] $2.99
FEB138467 JUPITERS LEGACY #1 BLANK SKETCH CVR (MR) $2.99
FEB130379 JUPITERS LEGACY #1 CVR A QUITELY (MR) [DIG] $2.99
FEB130380 JUPITERS LEGACY #1 CVR B HITCH (MR) $2.99
FEB130381 JUPITERS LEGACY #1 CVR C JOHNSON (MR) $2.99
FEB130382 JUPITERS LEGACY #1 CVR D NOTO (MR) $2.99
FEB130403 MORNING GLORIES #26 (MR) [DIG] $1.00
These are the standard serialized comic book format comics that jumped out at me from the list this week. Again, it's almost solely pretty easily categorized genre material, as whatever serial alt-comics publishing there is seems to mostly work its way through alternative channels. The Mark Millar/Frank Quitely book -- for which you can get an alternative cover, although unless you're a collector I'm not sure why you wouldn't just want the Quitely -- is a pretty odd-looking comic book from a couple of the superhero genre's best comics-makers of the last 15 years. I could look at those weird figures Quitely draws all day. The Morning Glories comic is a jumping-on point, although I was just as confused by this one as I have been on the 25 previous issues.

FEB130422 INVINCIBLE HC VOL 08 ULTIMATE COLLECTION [DIG] $39.99
JAN130507 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 04 TRUANTS $14.99
Just a note that Image tends to pair trades in various programs with new issues of the comic book where the material was originally serialized. I don't know if that's intentional, but it strikes me as a pretty good way to do things if it is.

JAN130797 HT FAKE MOON LANDING EXPOSING MYTHS HC $16.95
I didn't see this one until I chose the over images to feature, but this could certainly lead off any week of new comics listings and its presence here helps make this one of the most formidable new comics weeks of the last couple dozen.

FEB131018 JERUSALEM STORY OF CITY GN $24.99
This is another book that could safely carry an entire week, at least from an advance interest standpoint: a long drama from Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi detailing the lives of an extended family in -- I'm working from memory now, but I think this is true -- the early days of the Israeli nation.

JAN131335 PEPITA INOUE MEETS GUADI HC VOL 01 $24.99
And here's yet another potential must-have: a travelogue/art book from Takehito Inoue as he delves into the world of Gaudi. Every noun after "must-have" makes me want to own this book.

FEB130674 MEATHAUS TP #8 HEADGAMES $14.95
FEB130675 PEANUTBUTTER & JEREMY BEST BOOK EVER TP $14.95
I believe these are both repeats, having come out maybe even more than five years ago, more like ten with the Kochalka. Still, I would have to imagine they're something you'd want to look at were you in a story and a fan of either anthologies or James Kochalka's kids' work more generally. I like it when books stay on the stands.

FEB131105 SO LONG SILVER SCREEN HC $22.95
Finally, a big fancy Blutch book. "Blutch" should sell this one on its own, except maybe the fact that almost none of his work is over here makes that kind of a silly statement. Bound to be beautiful.

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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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