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April 16, 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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FEB141530 SUNNY HC VOL 03 $22.99
This strikes me as a super-odd week, and I'm not sure I can pin down why. I enjoyed the first two volumes of Sunny; in fact, I thought there were only two volumes and kind of adjusted my reading experience to match. Still, I'm happy to read more of these sad orphan stories and stare of the art of Taiyo Matsumoto. Always on that last one.

imageFEB141379 ARIOL SC VOL 04 BEAUTIFUL COW $12.99
I've become irrationally fond of this series of kids' books from Marc Boutavant and Emmanuel Guibert. I think the cartooning is fun and the depiction of its title-character's everyday life walks that tightrope between finding a tone that works and manufacturing one. The designs are super-fun, too. This would be the first thig I'd read were I to walk in from the comics shop today with one.

FEB140430 STAR SLAMMERS REMASTERED #2 $3.99
FEB140504 GENESIS GN $6.99
FEB140615 MINIMUM WAGE #4 (MR) $3.50
DEC130584 MORNING GLORIES #38 (MR) $3.50
FEB140634 STRAY BULLETS THE KILLERS #2 (MR) $3.50
FEB141084 ADVENTURE TIME #27 MAIN CVRS $3.99
FEB141359 AUTEUR #2 (MR) $3.99
FEB140198 BATMAN #30 (ZERO YEAR) $3.99
There's not a ton here that interests me personally in terms of serial, primarily-genre comic books, but a bunch that intrigues as an industry-watcher. The Nathan Edmondson/Allison Sampson book Genesis is probably the most talked-about of this group in the on-line circles I visit. It's joined by a pair of comics revived from the 1990s -- Minimum Wage and Stray Bullets as leading attractions from Image this week. The Star Slammers is just haven't seen yet, so I want to see it. The Adventure Time comics have been reliable crowd-pleasers to the extent you can describe any comic's readership as a crowd. I read the first Auteur and liked it enough I look forward to a second. This particular Batman storyline seems like it's been going on for several years, and I can't figure out it out from a writing standpoint. The art has been pretty consistently lovely, though. To be honest with you, I'd want to see a bunch of this stuff, might buy one or two, and would likely head to the back-issue bins.

NOV131120 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #207 $5.99
207 issues! That's remarkable.

DEC130139 ITTY BITTY HELLBOY TP $9.99
Although they're not specifically for me, I tend to enjoy all the little-kid versions of major genre properties. This is a trade from the Art Baltazar/Franco team whose work makes up a big chunk of what's been effective and entertaining in this particular form of expression.

DEC130138 CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES HC VOL 07 $49.99
Dark Horse does a number of attractive and seemingly lighter-than-air collections of Golden Age and early Silver Age comics work. This is the most important one, or at least that's my guess based on the comic's one-time dominant sales profile and how little of that work has been republished at all.

JAN140558 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99
This is going to sell a billion copies and Chip Zdarsky is already insufferable. But yeah, this and Saga Vol. 1 are like steroided version for its audience of what that first Hate volume was for the alt-comics audience in the mid-1990s. Interest is still growing a bit, which is a wonderful time to have a trade out.

FEB141490 BOHEMIANS GN $16.95
I find these kinds of history anthology massive hit and miss almost as a rule, but this book assembled by Paul Buhle seems to me worth a look, anyway. I believe there's work from Spain Rodriguez in here, who's of course gone now.

FEB140884 OPERATION MARGARINE GN (MR) $12.95
I've had some e-mails this morning about the lack of comics-culture contributions to the new graphic novel category at the Eisners this year. Well, here's a stand-alone new work in that form from a traditional exhibits-at-shows publisher, AdHouse Books. I previewed this one before MoCCA, where it debuted and sold out of all advance copies.

FEB140870 CLIMATE CHANGED PERSONAL JOURNEY GN $24.95
FEB141615 JIM CURIOUS VOYAGE TO HEART OF SEA 3-D HC $19.95
There's always the voyage of discover strategy to buying books at the comics shop, which this week would mean -- for me -- taking a hard look at two books with which I'm barely familiar. I would likely favor the design-driven 3-D book over the polemic, but I'd want to look at both.

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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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