February 5, 2019
This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics’ Direct Market
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.
NOV181771 COMICS JOURNAL #303 $14.99
This seems like a solid week of comics, a lot of good work and a lot interesting stuff publishing-wise. I also think that James Sturm's Off Season
may fall to this week for some stores. Anyhow, it's not on my weekly list, so I'll start with the latest iteration of my longtime 1990s publishing home, The Comics Journal
. I think the challenge for this round of the print TCJ
is to support whatever interviews Gary Groth wants to do, and then figure out what is the unique and best companion for those interviews. Once upon a time it was aggressive reviews and even more aggressive news. The latter seems off the table for the most part these days -- you could fill up an issue of the Journal
debating why -- and there's enough really good writing that the critical approach has to be immensely rigorous, come from a completely clever and out of left field point of view, or both in some mixture of amounts. There's a high degree of difficulty there, but RJ Casey and Kristy Valenti are hard-working comics lifers and will come up with an answer, I'm certain.
DEC181966 THROUGH A LIFE GN $18.95
OCT181277 FEATHERS ORIGINAL GN $14.99
If the joy of going to the comic book store is finding works about which you know very little, this is my little corner of the Great Weekly Routine this week. I know little about Through A Life
beyond the pedigree of its publisher, and little about Feathers
beyond the fact that the artist won the Russ Manning a few years and the cover looks very handsome. Perfect
for a few minutes between aisles with those books in my hands, checking them out.
DEC181379 GIANT DAYS #47 $3.99
DEC180358 BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #13 $3.99
OCT180284 BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW TP VOL 02 PANDEMONIUM $19.99
Here's more familiar territory. I buy whatever John Allison does and this is one of the projects he does. The BPRD
stuff is the great reliable mainstream comics of my adult lifetime, and I eventually acquire all of those comics -- although usually not the first day. That corner of comics is so prolific that I think the trades and books are a better collecting strategy than the comic-book comics, and I view comic-book comics as part of my personal belief system.
AUG181071 VENOMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $125.00
I just like saying this out loud. I also like that despite its rich library and glorious (mostly) Jack Kirby conceived characters that you can argue the series that work the best right now involve parody/not-parody characters Deadpool and Venom. Also, these $100-plus books seem to do pretty well for Marvel, I'd love insight into their numbers. Most of what they do feels scattered, and I'd love to know how that line works, particularly in contrast.
DEC181916 BIGBY BEAR HC $14.95
DEC181871 MAKER COMICS GN BAKE LIKE A PRO $12.99
DEC181873 MAKER COMICS GN FIX A CAR $12.99
DEC181872 MAKER COMICS HC GN BAKE LIKE A PRO $19.99
DEC181874 MAKER COMICS HC GN FIX A CAR $19.99
Hey, new lines for Humanoids and a line of non-fiction (!) comics for First Second. I'm a fiend for Chris Schweizer's inventive, labor-intensive book, so I'd probably go for the car one even though I'm more a baker than a mechanic.
NOV181786 MORT GERBERG ON SCENE SC $25.00
I know that Fantagraphics' focused-distribution underground line hasn't always had an easy time in terms of its reception by close industry observers, but I've become fond of the possibilities of a house of Fantagraphics' size being able to engage with works that have smaller print runs, as there are any number of ways that a work can find itself there. What an odd thing to be able to buy a Mort Gerberg book.
DEC181899 NEW KID GN $12.99
DEC181900 NEW KID HC GN $21.99
This is comics veteran Jerry Craft's stab at a broadly conceived kids' book. Craft is an industry survivor, and I think he'll do a good job getting his book into the hands of folks that will appreciate. All respect.
OCT182009 WALLY WOOD DARE DEVIL ACES DLX SLIPCASE ED $69.95
OCT182008 WALLY WOOD DARE DEVIL ACES HC $39.95
Sorry, I just look at whatever Wally Wood shows up on the stands. I don't know if this is my ultimate strategy to get a hold of this work, but I'm glad there's a lot of it in the world. Wally Wood's comics always feel bruised and melancholy to me.
DEC181855 EDDIE SPAGHETTI HC STORY BOOK $12.99
DEC181856 MR FIBBER HC STORY BOOK $12.99
This might be yet another line of comics, but it's certainly two attractive-looking books from really good artists. Rutu Modan!
JUN181903 KAIJUMAX DELUXE ED HC VOL 01 (MR) $59.99
God bless Zander Cannon and his weird series, the only comics on this entire list equally suited for a 1983 comics rack. They didn't have fancy presentations like this back then, though. Not a lot of the time.
DEC182119 EXPANDING ART OF COMICS 10 MODERN MASTERPIECES SC $30.00
I'm all for reading more translated Thierry Groensteen and I am all in on any and all attempts at canon, even partial ones. Count me in, even if my teeth end up grinding in rage.
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.
posted 3:25 pm PST
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