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October 29, 2019


This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Releases From 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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SEP191874 ARAB OF THE FUTURE GRAPHIC MEMOIR SC VOL 04 1987-1992 $30.00
I didn't read books from this series when it debuted and kind of dominated awards attention for a time, but I like this one set in the author's teenage years. Its methodical approach makes bearable the chaotic emotional landscape of the author's parent and the unique-to-the-US setting drives interest into some of the more stereotypical teenage tropes regarding an innocent narrator and the up-and-down of social standing. There's even a narrative through-line about wasps that I found as creepy a bit of foreshadowing as I've read in a long-form narrative in years and years. I'm interested in the rest of the series.

imageAUG192292 HOLY HANNAH GN $24.95
I ran into Will Dinski at SPX and the book looked worth pursuing. You don't get a lot of self-directed larger works in this specific world of comics as much as you might think. Definite want-to-see.

AUG192296 JEFF SMITH CONVERSATIONS SC $25.00
I'm not always a fan of these interview collections, but this one features Jeff Smith, was assembled by Frederick Aldama and I may even have stuff in there. I can't remember.

AUG190334 HELLBOY WRAPPING PAPER $9.99
AUG190333 UMBRELLA ACADEMY WRAPPING PAPER $9.99
I'm all about independent comics marketing items, and I recall that I used to just use comics this way, particularly when one gave a lot of CDs and DVDs.

JUL190666 WILD STORM TP VOL 04 (RES) $16.99
If this is the recent material, I enjoyed reading it in serial form.

APR190694 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 10 MIDNIGHT MONSTERS $9.99
James Kochalka is forever.

AUG190275 HELLBOY & BPRD LONG NIGHT AT GOLOSKI STATION $3.99
AUG191417 GIANT DAYS AS TIME GOES BY #1 CVR A SARIN $7.99
AUG191418 GIANT DAYS AS TIME GOES BY #1 CVR B SARIN $7.99
AUG190038 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR A FERRY (MR) $3.99
AUG190039 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR B FERRY (MR) $3.99
AUG190040 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR C CHAREST (MR) $3.99
AUG190041 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR D CANETE (MR) $3.99
AUG190042 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR E NOWLAN (MR) $3.99
AUG190043 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR F BLANK CVR (MR) $3.99
AUG190044 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 (OF 4) CVR G MACUTAY (MR) $3.99
AUG190047 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #2 (OF 4) CVR A FERRY (MR) $3.99
AUG190048 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #2 (OF 4) CVR B B&W FERRY (MR) $3.99
AUG190049 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #3 (OF 4) CVR A FERRY (MR) $3.99
AUG190050 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #3 (OF 4) CVR B B&W FERRY (MR) $3.99
AUG190051 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #4 (OF 4) CVR A FERRY (MR) $5.99
AUG190052 CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #4 (OF 4) CVR B B&W FERRY (MR) $5.99
JUL198872 USAGI YOJIMBO #2 2ND PTG $3.99
AUG198879 DIE #8 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
AUG190989 FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) $5.99
AUG190990 FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) PISKOR VAR $5.99
AUG190991 FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2) SCIOLI VAR $5.99
Here are the comic-book comics that caught my attention this week, not always for reasons of straight-up perceived merit. There's a Mignola-verse comic and then the beginning of a last something (comic? series?) for the Giant Days book. I'm not sure why the Chrononauts needs variant covers to emboss its stunt of publishing all of its issues at the same time, but those comics are pure TV series fodder now and don't really need to function like comics. Good to see that new Usagi series do well; Usagi has always had a lot of strength as a serial. Second printings for an eighth issue is also a positive sign. I am curious about Tom Scioli's take on the Fantastic Four characters, given he's a character without personal recollection of its primetime run.

JUL191359 CEREBUS TP VOL 04 CHURCH & STATE II REMASTERED ED $42.00
No idea what this is beyond the obvious description of the words in its title, but I hadn't known this work was occasionally available through the shops at all so I thought I'd mention it.

JUN191772 HEAVY METAL #295 CVR A ENG (MR) $9.99
JUN191773 HEAVY METAL #295 CVR B CORREA (MR) $9.99
JUN191774 HEAVY METAL #295 CVR C BEDERMAN (MR) $9.99
JUN191775 HEAVY METAL #295 CVR D MOSQUERA (MR) $9.99
JUN191776 HEAVY METAL #295 CVR E PYLE (MR) $9.99
There seems to be some editorial disruption at this iteration of Heavy Metal; I guess we'll see in the months ahead how serious a disruption it may be.

AUG191809 EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER ARTISTS JOURNEY 1942 1962 HC $44.95
Kinstler is one of the more interesting artists to pass through comics, and I'm always interest in seeing a book about such artist. A definite check-out for sure.

JUL192200 A MARVELOUS LIFE AMAZING STORY STAN LEE HC $29.99
This is Danny Fingeroth's Stan Lee book, and I'm reading it right now in the hopes of interviewing him. I'm enjoying it so far. Fingeroth worked with Lee, under Lee and above Lee at Marvel -- I think he's had all three perspectives -- so the book should be interesting for its author's perspective.

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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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