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January 27, 2015


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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NOV140529 CASANOVA ACEDIA #1 (MR) $3.99
NOV140643 BITCH PLANET #2 (MR) $3.50
NOV140680 SEX #19 (MR) $2.99
SEP140750 SEX CRIMINALS #10 (MR) $3.50
NOV140175 MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK #1 $7.99
NOV141132 ADVENTURE TIME #36 $3.99
There's not a stuff out this week that I personally enjoy -- it's sort of the opposite of last week -- so I'd pay some extra attention to the comic book-format comics and maybe even take home more than listed here. It's a good week for Image, with new Bitch Planet, Sex and last year's surprise hit Sex Criminals. The most interesting comic to be in their section of the Diamond list is the first issue of Matt Fraction rotating collaboration with Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon: Casanova. That's the series' third cycle and I think the second cycle in particular was overlooked. I don't have any interest in a guidebook but Grant Morrison's involvement and the presence of some short comics will have me picking it up. The Adventure Time jumped out at me because I would have guessed they were still in the early 20s issues-wise.

imageNOV141817 TWELVE-CENT ARCHIE SC $26.95
This is Bart Beaty's new work, a dissection of Archie publications from the 1960s with a resulting 100 essays/observations. I'm looking forward to reading it; it should be fun. Bart sometimes publishes here, so you'll probably never know if this is a reliable recommendation or not, but I still look forward to seeing my copy.

NOV141526 LOU CALE SNAPPING BIG APPLES BAD SEEDS HC (MR) $34.95
This looks like hardcore mainstream French BD: a period-piece comic from the late 1980s, early 1990s album series about a crime photographer who then solves the crimes.

SEP140081 EYE OF NEWT HC $17.99
This is the kind of painted, high-fantasy comic that probably kept me interested in the medium between the ages of 10 and 12 yet also something for which I have almost new appetite now. It looks pretty, though, and I tend to like the Dark Horse no-fuss method of collecting their various short series.

DEC141512 LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 01 HEARTBREAK SOUP $18.99
OCT141485 LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 05 OFELIA $19.99
OCT141487 LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY JAIME GN VOL 03 PERLA LA LOCA (NEW PT) $18.99
DEC141510 PRISON PIT GN VOL 02 $14.99
DEC141511 PRISON PIT GN VOL 03 $14.99
DEC141024 STREET ANGEL HC NEW PTG (MR) $19.95
DEC141532 ZITA THE SPACEGIRL GN NEW PTG $12.99
OV141451 EIGHTBALL GHOST WORLD TP $14.99
It's reprint season. I'm sure there are tons more books of this type coming out, but I only caught these on a walk-through. You likely want them all.

NOV141184 JOHN CULLEN MURPHY BIG BEN BOLT DAILIES TP VOL 01 $24.95
I would have featured this one more prominently, but none of the images on-line are big enough for me to do that. John Cullen Murphy's sports comic was a tiny bit out of its time, but it was handsome and looked good in a suit (or in shorts) and at this late date you can imagine it having a half-generation's worth of serious plaudits that never quite came through in the real world.

DEC141509 SAINT COLE GN $19.99
This is Noah Van Sciver's comic about a chemically agitated dope who wanders around fucking things up before things take a change for the [REDACTED FOR SPOILERS]. It's not my favorite milieu for Van Sciver, but it's one that's proven very popular for him in carving out some space in the imaginations of his peer group and from alt-comics fans more generally.

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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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