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October 3, 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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JUL120698 CARTER FAMILY DONT FORGET THIS SONG HC $24.95
Book of the week. Frank Young and Dave Lasky bring their long-awaited, slightly snakebitten project to the market. Congratulations, guys.

AUG120164 ACTION COMICS #13 $3.99
I take it by the appearances of this comic and a bunch more like it that we're onto the next dozen or so issues of in-continuity New 52 comics from DC. I'm not reading any of them, but I have to imagine you could do a lot worse than anything with Grant Morrison's involvement.

imageJUN120417 SKIPPY HC VOL 01 COMPLETE DAILIES 1925-1927 $49.99
The archival work of the week, from the good folks at the Library Of American Comics. Skippy is such a iconic strip that it's hard to even fathom a time when a kid strip like this was a novelty instead of a dominant thing. It's also a fascinating document of American culture, if you use this as a baseline and then look at Peanuts for our view of children changed in a generation. At any rate, there's some lovely cartooning in that strip, and I assume some of it is in here.

AUG120502 BLACK KISS II #3 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
JUN120552 FATALE #8 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
I didn't see a whole lot that I'd buy in terms of comic-book comics, my favorite reason to go to the comics shop. The Howard Chaykin I haven't read yet, although I'll admit to taking a look at all the nudity in an earlier issue. I think Howard Chaykin is almost always interesting, so I look forward to catching up. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are super-solid mainstream creators of the first order; maybe the most reliable team of the last decade. I read and enjoy all of their comics, and this is the latest of them.

MAY120734 MAN-THING OMNIBUS HC $125.00
This has got to be a huge chunk of the Marvel swamp creature's comics, at least up through the late '70s, I'm guessing. I'm not exactly a Man-Thing scholar, but I remember I really liked the Steve Gerber stuff when I was a kid, and I'm sort of fascinated by the '70s at Marvel more generally.

MAY128139 COMP FLASH GORDON LIBRARY HC VOL 01 ON PLANET MONGO $39.95
Flash Gordon is always, always, always worth a look.

JUL121171 EVERYTHING TOGETHER GN (MR) $19.95
I was super-pleasantly surprised by just about everything in this book: how tight the material is, how it all interrelates, even reading "The Poor Sailor" one more time. It makes me wish that comics were so flush that one of these was available from every talented cartoonist once a year.

JUL121172 NEGRON SC (MR) $19.95
Another surprise that it's actually out this week: Negron is one of those comics-makers, and maybe even more of a visual-maker than comics-maker proper, that I don't quite all the way get yet. But I'm trying, and the work is obviously unsettling in a good way.

JUL120720 HEREVILLE HOW MIRKA GOT HER SWORD GN $9.95
I'm not sure where we are on editions with this one, but that's a nice price on a genuinely well-liked book.

JUN121268 NAO OF BROWN GN $24.95
One of the few actual buzz books of SPX -- at least the whispers that drifted over in my direction that were about new comics rather than disgusting stuff.

AUG121227 NOBROW TP VOL 07 BRAVE NEW WORLD (MR) $24.00
I'm a full issue behind on Nobrow but they've been quietly getting stronger and strong.

AUG121136 SAILOR TWAIN GN $24.99
The only comic that will invite you to go on a boat ride with the author. It's really big. I haven't read it yet, but I think there's a lot of verve to Siegel's visuals and everything he does seems to come out classy and put-together -- look at his morning commute over at TCJ.com! It's ridiculous!

JUL121085 WRINKLE IN TIME GN $19.99
Finally, I'm always happy when a new Hope Larson comes out -- to have a Hope Larson and a Raina Telgemeier in the same book-selling season is a huge boon to everyone with younger fans on their shopping list. I've never read the prose work on which it's based, despite an almost humiliating appetite for fantasy literature as a youngster.

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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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