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April 9, 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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FEB141497 ART OF WIND RISES HC $34.99
FEB141507 HAYAO MIYAZAKI STARTING POINT 1979-1996 SC $16.99
FEB141506 HAYAO MIYAZAKI TURNING POINT 1997-2008 HC $29.99
An art book for the latest Miyazaki, a softcover for the 1979-1996 memoir and a new release for the 1997-2008 memoir. I've liked some of the other art books Miyazaki I've seen. Let us never forget he's a comics maker.

imageFEB141071 LUMBERJANES #1 $3.99
I think when the promotional art and publishing news for this to hit people wanted to invest in its success Charles-Grodin-wanting-a-piece-of-Home-Alone style as much as eventually buy a copy of their own. You can do the latter but not the former today. It would be a wonderful thing if there were some hit comics of this type not tied directly into a pre-existing cartoon show, just because I think we'de see a wider range of expression.

FEB140283 ASTRO CITY #11 $3.99
JAN140374 ASTRO CITY SHINING STARS TP $16.99
DEC130338 ASTRO CITY THROUGH OPEN DOORS HC $24.99
Brent Anderson and Kurt Busiek seem to have settle in on this latest run pretty well, with more than 10 issues in. I've kind of lost track of where the storylines are, but the series started out hitting all the same notes that past iterations did and I have to imagine is pleasing those fans.

JAN140585 EAST OF WEST #11 $3.50
DEC130494 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 02 WE ARE ALL ONE $14.99
JAN140594 INVINCIBLE #110 $2.99
FEB140644 WALKING DEAD #125 (MR) $2.99
These are the Image series that jumped out at me. I suspect that East Of West is one of those books that does better sales-wise thatn I imagine it today. I like its energy and the general baroque flourishes of its futuristic design elements.The other two are the Robert Kirkman-written books, with Ryan Ottley and Charlie Adlard doing art chores on the books in the order they're presented above. The Walking Dead is nearing the end of a major story arc, and the Invincible comic is just starting into another one.

FEB140700 ALL NEW DOOP #1 ANMN $3.99
FEB140867 ALL NEW DOOP #1 BY ALLRED POSTER $8.99
FEB140751 ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #2 ANMN $3.99
FEB140776 ALL NEW ULTIMATES #1 $3.99
FEB140725 CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 ANMN $3.99
FEB140702 DAREDEVIL #1.50 $4.99
FEB140673 IRON FIST LIVING WEAPON #1 ANMN $3.99
FEB140691 NIGHTCRAWLER #1 $3.99
I don't have enough of a sense of the direct market to say for sure that releasing a ton of #1s into the market can be a a bad thing -- certainly the New 52 #1s all seemed to do at least pretty well -- but I'm pretty comfortable with Marvel Comics and I can't really track what's new and what isn't right now. Some of these seem like characters that worked perfectly well in a previous iteration, too, which suggests the #1 status might be more of PR stunt than a chance for the publiation to tweak the concept in question.

JAN140844 BIG NATE GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE TP $9.99
These Lincoln Peirce books sell incredibly well and that's a hell of a price point.

FEB141495 WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY GN VOL 01 (MR) $12.95
This seems to me the strongest work in a big-company series, even though the Fumi Yoshinaga work is on its first volume. Pedigree goes a long way with manga, as far as I'm concerned.

JAN141514 DAYS OF DESTRUCTION DAYS OF REVOLT SC $16.99
You won't buy a better book this week, although I swear a softcover of this Chris Hedges (prose)/Joe Sacco (illustrations and comics) work about the state of the working poor came out once already, back in 2012. If you see it and haven't read it, snap it up.

FEB141601 KOMIKS COMIC ART IN RUSSIA SC $30.00
FEB141603 WIDE AWAKE IN SLUMBERLAND HC $60.00
Two prose works about comics, including a survey work on that most fascinating of comics cultures, Russia, and a book by Katherine Roeder one one of the Rushmore personalities from the early newspaper comics page. The latter promises both a close reading and contextual work, which is good because I'm lost easily.

FEB141278 COSPLAYERS #1 $4.99
This is Dash Shaw's new, honest-to-god alternative comic book, and I hope there are 100 more.

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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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