September 18, 2013
This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market
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.
JUL131092 COMIX RETROSPECTIVE SPIEGELMAN HC (MR) $39.95
It may be comics burnout coming off of SPX, but I'm looking at the list of new releases and coming up reasonably empty -- at least in terms of a lot
a books I'd check out. Chief among the books I'd want to see is this retrospective of Art Spiegelman's career, handsomely mounted by D+Q. That's a fine partnership fora book like this one.
JUL131288 BIG WET BALLOON HC $12.95
I don't always pay proper attention to the books TOON releases. That's mostly my fault, with maybe just a dash of work coming from cartoonists for whom I have little natural affection. I love looking at Liniers work, though, and am intrigued by what he might do with this particular kind of story.
JUL130041 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #111 $3.50
JUN130717 MAGIC WHISTLE #13 (MR) $3.99
Let's limit the serial comic book format comics this week, too: imagine a quick trip to the comic shop, someone sitting in the car impatient for your return. I always look at the latest of the Mignola comics and have started to collect them in that format. The Magic Whistle
is the very funny Sam Henderson in the format best suited for the kind of comics he makes. I own the previous twelve.
APR130362 POPEYE CLASSICS HC VOL 02 $29.99
This is the Bud Sagendorf series, but I haven't looked at either the comics or collections yet. I may or may not solely
be interested in the Segar material, I don't know yet.
APR131129 EVERYBODY IS STUPID EXCEPT FOR ME HC EXPANDED ED $24.99
This is an expanded hardcover edition of the recent book of political and cultural reportage from that ace of all comedic-sensibility wielding cartoonists of the last 25 years: Peter Bagge. It was fun to be around Bagge at this year's Small Press Expo, and I hope people continue to pay attention to his comics right up through the 25th anniversary of Hate
in 2015 and beyond. It'd make a good companion buy with the Woman Rebel
book from D+Q.
JUL131095 REGGIE 12 HC $21.95
Speaking of D+Q, here is the pretty-looking Brian Ralph collection of magazine cartoons. I like just about everything Ralph does, and as it feels sometimes he's doing less and less as his career as an educator continues to solidify into a major life undertaking, I am very cognizant of each and every release. I wasn't kidding about the word "pretty-looking," either. That's a nice-looking book. It's also the cartoonist's birthday, if that makes a difference.
JUL130441 CENTURY WEST OGN (MR) [DIG] $7.99
This is a Howard Chaykin work that was published in Europe refurbished at one of his current comics homes, the resurgent Image. I look at everything Howard Chaykin does.
JUL131239 SCHOOL SPIRITS HC (MR) $19.95
The first of two PictureBox books on this week's list, I have yet to catch up with Anya Davidson's work in this volume. PictureBox is on extremely strong run right now, so I assume this one is of exceedingly high quality, too.
JUN131448 TRIPWIRE 21ST ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL $24.99
Hey, it's our old friends at Tripwire
, refusing to die.
JUL131238 POMPEII GN (MR) $19.95
This if Frank Santoro's new book, which he told me sold out at SPX. I like Frank's work generally, and look forward to seeing how teaching comics might have had an impact on how he makes them. Whoops -- gotta go!
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.
posted 3:15 am PST
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