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September 19, 2012


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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JUL121231 SECRET OF THE STONE FROG HC $14.95
This is Toon's first foray into an outright graphic novel-sized work, and looks pretty besides. It's not a lot of lines that could make me commit to something without having seen it, but the Toon Books have been reasonably strong and would close the deal if I were presented with this book in a shop today.

imageJUL120025 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #16 $7.99This is a pretty light week for books of the kind I tend to like, which means I'd be tempted to commit to at least one issue of the reliable Dark Horse anthology, maybe more if my store racked them. I think this latest comes with extra Corben. Or just the right amount of Corben. You know how it goes.

JUL120028 FATIMA THE BLOOD SPINNERS #4 $3.99
JUL120053 LOBSTER JOHNSON CAPUT MORTUUM #1 ZONJIC CVR $3.50
JUL120522 WALKING DEAD #102 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
JUL120586 DAREDEVIL #18 $2.99
JUL120902 ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #12 [DIG] $3.99
If the primary driver of the comic shop experience is the serial comic book, this is a light week and might be skipped altogether -- that's if you have exactly my taste in comics, which is highly unlikely. There's the last Gilbert Hernandez zombie comic issue (I think that's the last), some Roger Langridge, the award-winning current run on Daredevil, that other zombie comic with the TV show and stuff, and a bit of Mignola-verse. That's not bad, but it still strikes me as largely non-essential in terms of this week or next.

JUN121350 HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES TP VOL 08 $12.99
MAY121342 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 22 $12.99
These are the two sort-of broadly mainstream manga volumes that caught my attention. That Urasawa has to be ramping down rapidly at this point, so near it is to the end, but it was a successful enough series that we should probably pay some extra attention to it as the countdown perseveres.

JUL120711 REX LIBRIS TP VOL 01 $14.95
JUL120712 REX LIBRIS TP VOL 02 BOOK OF MONSTERS $17.95
Here's an idea: use your time in the comics shop without a lot of material from which to choose -- again, I'm totally assuming you and I have the exact same taste -- to go for a well-liked indie mainstay from a few years back, the Jamest Turner Rex Libris series. It's visually assured and very, very acerbic.

JUN121393 COMICS SKETCHBOOKS PRIVATE WORLDS TODAYS CREATIVE TALENTS SC $44.95
This sounds like an awful idea for a book, mostly because books that have done something close to this have been awful, but this one boasts a strong line-up of artists. It's at least enough to get me to pick it up.

JUN120417 SKIPPY HC VOL 01 COMPLETE DAILIES 1925-1927 $49.99
And here lurking down at the end is your book of the week, Percy Crosby's proto-kids strip, featuring work from long before the peanut-butter company got involved in the whole sordid affair. I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of this at once.

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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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