September 4, 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.
JUN131130 DELILAH DIRK & TURKISH LIEUTENANT GN $15.99
This is what you call a high draft pick for a publisher like First Second, a pedigreed webcomics offering that has proven, enthusiastic fans. If you wanted to build a First Second book in your garage, it'd probably look like this one.
JAN130465 SKIPPY HC VOL 02 COMPLETE DAILIES 1928-1930 $49.99
This is the one book that might get me to roll into the comic shop this week -- I think it's a really light week just in terms in which I have any interest at all. Crosby's comic was the ground zero/the patient one of kids comics, and was super popular in its time. I love the look of it, so it's nice to have these collections where you get to take in a whole bunch at once.
MAY130069 ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $49.99
This is the latest of those Dark Horse hardcovers that collects older comic books, which are printed with a paper stock that I believe actually resists gravity. This is comics from the early comics anthology published by AGC.
JUL131154 AMERICAN BORN CHINESE SC NEW PTG $18.99
If you don't have this one yet, you probably want it: Gene Yang's reputation-maker, now seven years (!) in the rear-view window. Look at it, anyway.
JUN131335 CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 10 $13.95
This strikes me as the best of the mainstream manga series with a new volume in the shops this week; I think this is it for a while. I have lost track of this series after about volume four, and I ran a bit hot and cold on it personally up until then, even. But I know people that flip for the book, so there you go.
MAY131426 COMICS & LANGUAGE REIMAGINING CRITICAL DISCOURSE ON FORM HC $55.00
This is another University Press Of Mississippi book, but one focusing on a re-examination of formal techniques in comics, so 1) super-nerdy, 2) delightfully super-nerdy. It's priced for purchase at a college bookstore, and god bless any comics shop that carries one.
JUL130208 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1 $4.99
JUL130063 CATALYST COMIX #3 (MR) $2.99
JUL130539 SATELLITE SAM #3 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
It's also a strange week for comic-book comics, dominated by the 3-D covers on the DC books -- which may be in your shop or may sell out very quickly, I couldn't tell you. I'd instead suggest the creator-driven black-and-white Batman book from DC, the latest in Joe Casey's re-imagining of the Dark Horse superheroes, and the Matt Fraction/Howard Chaykin collaboration set in the early days of TV. I quite the last of these three, although I'm not sure how deep my devotion goes. It's fun to read, though, and for now that's more than enough.
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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