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May 1, 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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FEB131026 3 NEW STORIES ONE SHOT $3.99
Here's a novelty and fine-sounding comics besides: the talented Dash Shaw doing an honest-to-god alternative comic book format comic.

imageMAR130988 GREY MUSEUM GN $20.00
This is one of the promised Conundrum Press TCAF debuts. You can see a preview here.

MAR130019 47 RONIN #4 $3.99
MAR130049 ABE SAPIEN DARK & TERRIBLE #2 $3.50
MAR130015 MISTER X EVICTION #1 $3.99
MAR130573 INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #2 [DIG] $2.99
FEB138534 SEX #1 3RD PTG (MR) $2.99
MAR130600 AGE OF ULTRON #7 $3.99
FEB130568 HAWKEYE #10 $2.99
This week's genre comics in comic book format offers up kind of a mixed bag within that not-necessarily expansive definition of what comics fall into that territory. This includes a Stan Sakai comic, the latest attempt at a secondary title ensconced in the universe presented in the comic book Invincible, and both Marvel's latest crossover installment and that company's best-reviewed current book.

JAN130122 KORAK SON OF TARZAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99
DEC120331 JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $39.99
Two collections of material where I'd prefer the original comics. The Kirby material is required for every collection in one form or another.

MAR130426 MICHAEL KALUTA SKETCHBOOK SERIES SC VOL 04 $9.99
I'd certainly look.

MAR131159 ASTRONAUT ACADEMY ZERO GRAVITY GN $9.99
Ditto this. I'm actually not sure where this stands in the Astronaut Academy array of titles.

JAN131169 CASTLE WAITING HC VOL 02 DEFINITIVE ED $29.99
I'd be happy to have this material in a definitive edition, but I didn't have to pay for this edition or any other.

FEB131023 COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS TP VOL 05 HAPPY HIPPY (NEW PTG) (MR) $19.99
I have the old printing, but I can't imagine not having it -- so if you don't, you might want to check this one out. I would have to imagine that this is one of the must-have albums in that series.

DEC121117 PETER BAGGE OTHER STUFF TP $19.99
I've become a serious fiend for Bagge's work lately. While this book is probably the fifth or sixth I'd take off of a shelf, all things considered, that still makes it really, really good.

JAN131377 GARY BASEMAN DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN HC $45.00
I would also look at this one, just for the name in the title.

DEC120481 JACK DAVIS EC STORIES ARTIST ED HC PI
Finally, here's a timely reminder that Jack Davis may be our greatest living cartoonist.

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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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