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June 7, 2011


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

imageHere 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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FEB110016 BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS HC VOL 01 $24.99
While the rest of us slept, Mike Mignola slowly assumed control of comics.

FEB110042 MISTER X HC BRIDES OF MISTER X & OTHER STORIES $49.99
This is later-run comics material, but I'd be lying if I tried to convince you I wouldn't notice this book on the shelves almost instantaneously, and lying further if I said I wouldn't pick it up and look it over.

MAR110466 LIL ABNER HC VOL 03 $49.99
Not my favorite comic strip -- not in my top 25 -- but a monster hit of its time obviously deserving its pantheon status.

MAR110594 MORNING GLORIES #10 $2.99
This is an intriguing little series in that the creators use this almost laconic pacing in service of a wider story that counts on reader being left in the dark on certain things and tugged along by the desire to figure things out. I have almost no interest in its creepy prep school plot line, but I like those storytelling elements enough I keep reading it.

MAR110812 GLAMOURPUSS #19 $3.00
It's great that there are going to be at least 20 issues of these, a comic I think will be rediscovered by new audience for years to come.

MAR111249 JOE SIMON MAN BEHIND THE COMICS HC $24.95
Possibly intriguing; it all depends on how well they pull it off.

APR110616 KA-ZAR #1 (OF 5) $2.99
I almost always enjoy a Ka-Zar comic book, although if there's a character that's had more stories done about them that's never really had a definitive, exciting, easily-communicable version, our Lord Plunder is probably that guy. I think they need to do something weird with him -- he might have been a better choice for the Daredevil start-absent-in-their-own-comic spotlight.

MAR111299 NARUTO TP VOL 51 $9.99
That's a lot of ninja comics.

FEB111040 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 01 DEATH VALLEY $29.99
FEB111042 CONGRESS O/T ANIMALS HC $19.99
FEB111041 ISLE OF 100000 GRAVES HC $14.99
Three very good to great books from Fantagraphics, all of which I have to imagine most comics fans want to own. Comics fans I know, anyway. That Mickey Mouse book is probably the book of the week -- although you can never, ever look past Jim Woodring -- as it's practically a billion-dollar casino of gut-level, inky thrills.

JAN111213 NICK CARDY ARTIST AT WAR HC SGN ED $39.99
JAN111214 NICK CARDY ARTIST AT WAR HC SKETCH ED $150.00
The book I'm most curious about seeing, partly because a bunch of wartime sketches from a young Nick Cardy sounds pretty good, partly because the execution of such a book is absolutely crucial in terms of making it an item you want to buy as opposed to put back down on the shelf. No matter if you buy it or not, if your store carries one, thank your store owner for being the kind of store owner that makes such an order.

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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 on me. I apologize.

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