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January 22, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The 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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OCT130439 JACKYS DIARY HC $39.99
SEP120380 BERKELEY BREATHED OUTLAND COMPLETE COLL S/N HC $50.00
IDW does something it does very well this week: deluxe, bookshelf presentations of strips that would seem to be best read that way. The Jackys Diary is a long-awaited effort for a lot of readers, and they've been doing a fine job with Berkeley Breathed -- there's some curiosity there in terms of seeing that work again, too.

imageNOV130881 I DONT GET IT HC $17.99
This is the latest gag cartoon collection from Shannon Wheeler, and I like those cartoons.

SEP130053 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 07 A COLD DAY IN HELL $19.99
Your Mignola-verse collection. If you are the person out there that only buys Mike Mignola-related books at the comics shop, I want to interview you.

SEP130279 PLANETARY OMNIBUS HC $75.00
NOV131388 WARREN ELLIS GUN MACHINE SC $17.00
Two from Warren Ellis, both of which fans likely have in another version. The Planetary stuff is interesting because as popular as that was in its market -- it was an anticipated comic book as a serial, and it was always hard to find immediate past copies -- I'm not sure there it has any natural sequels or follow-ups making the original book much more stand-alone that you're likely to see from a successful project.

NOV131138 HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER #3 (MR) $5.00
NOV130040 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #1 $3.50
NOV130522 SEX #10 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
NOV130533 WALKING DEAD #120 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
NOV130673 FF #16 $3.99
NOV130951 BAD ASS #1 (MR) $3.99
NOV130343 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #1 [DIG] $3.99
That is a pretty diverse group of solo comics. The Henry And Glenn book isn't just a fun book, there aren't a whole lot of alt-comics released anymore. If I had never worked in comics and simply bought them I'm sure I'd be happy to see this at the shop this week, wherever the hell I might be. The Elfquest bears watching -- I would pick that up and look it over for sure, although I'm not certain how much of that work's audience is still buying comics in shops. Sex is Joe Casey; Walking Dead is in the midst of a storyline of people running around shooting each other. The FF has to be either the end or very near the end, at least I think it must be: that's one more than a few readers will be snapping up in discount bins over the next 36 months, me included. I have no interest in the comic called Bad Ass other than to express incredulity that we've never had a comic called Bad Ass, and the My Little Pony material is something I wish I could see on the stands just to look at it.

NOV131152 QU33R GN (MR) $29.99
This is the anthology edited by Rob Kirby, and thus deserving of your attention.

SEP130082 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 28 RAINING CHAOS (MR) $19.99
NOV131136 VINLAND SAGA GN VOL 02 $19.99
OV131266 WOLFSMUND GN VOL 03 $12.95
NOV131310 OOKU INNER CHAMBERS GN VOL 09 (MR) $12.99
Solid week for older-reader adventure manga; I haven't even seen the Wolfsmund material yet, and would like to.

NOV131137 WEIRDO YEARS 1981-1993 HC (MR) $29.95
Another book where you're likely to have a lot of this material already, and in my case I'd rather have the magazines - I think that was a great publication and it's best to read it in that form. It's also not hard to find that way. Still, other people have different tastes when it comes to an intersecting interest with this material, and absent giant production goof-ups that's going to be a nice book.

OCT131519 BACK ISSUE #70 $8.95
SEP131543 JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #62 $10.95
I'm not exactly filled with words this week and even at my most loquacious would have a hard time mustering up more than a sentence or two about these stalwart fan-interest magazines. I do like that they're so far into their publishing histories, though, and I imagine that the material being covered now has to be slightly obscure and thus more compelling than maybe what was covered in issue numbers half these.

NOV131192 DINOSAURS HC VOL 01 BEGINNING $10.99
NOV131193 BENNY BREAKIRON HC VOL 03 TWELVE TRIALS $11.99
I enjoyed the first two Benny Breakiron books a great deal -- very densely told children's tales about a very strong and extremely polite little boy being strong and polite and, when he gets a cold, just polite. The Dinosaurs stuff looks like super-cute instructional comics -- I could be wrong -- but I'm grateful it's being published because of the gift-giving possibilities.

OCT131219 FOLIGATTO HC (MR) $24.95
I believe this is the first major work by Nicolas De Crecy, and you can see what the pages look like here. If that doesn't sell you, I'm not sure what will. This might be the only book I'd buy this week were I on a budget and it would be a very good week.

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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 because I hate you.

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