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February 9, 2016


This Isn’t A Library: New, Notable Releases Into 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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NOV150469 RENEE GN (MR) $29.95
Top Shelf did Ludovic Debeurme's Lucille several years ago I think in part to expand on the part of their catalog that might remind one of Blankets: a very good-looking moments, full of romantic moments and a massive drop in terms of the number of pages involved. A lot has changed for the publisher since then, and I'm glad to see them go back to Debeurme with IDW's backing support and all the wisdom they gained with that previous work.

imageOCT151287 TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS #4 REG SMITH $3.99
OCT151288 TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS #4 SUBSCRIPTION YOUNG $3.99
DEC151259 BADGER #1 (MR) $3.99
DEC151323 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #7 $3.99
NOV150583 AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #9 (MR) $2.99
OCT150566 THEYRE NOT LIKE US #11 (MR) $2.99
DEC150072 ABE SAPIEN #31 MAIN CVR $3.50
This is a solid if not exactly spectacular week in comic-book format comics. It's always a joy to get new Jeff Smith, and this issue of Tuki features a kind of restful repurposing and, on some copies, a variant cover by Skottie Young. Badger precedes even Jeff Smith's first book, Bone; the Mike Baron-scripted character is a war vet whose martial arts prowess is augmented by mental illness -- not exactly a concept for right now, although it seems like one from which you could squeeze a movie or a few more small runs. It's a tough market, though. Ed Pisko continues to climb Comics Mountain in a serious bid for top dog. Dogs are a big part of Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw; I liked this issue enough to mention it here because it seemed to bring with it a definite shift in terms of pacing, which I think will benefit the book if it's around for a long time. They're Not Like Us seems to have slowed down a bit pacing-wise, but I'm too busy looking at Simon Gane's art to care. Finally, here's your Mignola-verse comic book of the week.

OCT150048 ELTINGVILLE CLUB HC $19.99
This Dark Horse collection of the latest -- and last -- material featuring Evan Dorkin's sometimes-severe take on the stunted lives of geek culture fans comes hot on the heels of an all-in-one collection of the cartoonist's name-making Bill & Ted comics work to make this a great year for fans like me. I'm not sure how much this later Eltingville material hit with fans old and new, but I know Dorkin didn't flinch when it came to portray his awful, awful yet hilarious people.

NOV151335 WALT & SKEEZIX HC VOL 06 1931 - 1932 $44.95
DEC151270 WAS SHE PRETTY GN (D&Q ED) (MR) $19.95
A Walt & Skeezix volume is always cause for celebration, and my memory is that the next ten volumes will all demand immediate purchase and comic-strip worship, too. That's a powerful format, and great work. Was She Pretty is the other major offering from D&Q this week, bringing back to print the Leanne Shapton book based on the relationship built since that book came out with another publisher's name on it, I'm thinking about ten years ago.

NOV151315 PUBLIC RELATIONS #5 (MR) $3.99
I hope this comic was created just to make PR jokes about comics. Comics is obsessive about the idea of PR campaigns.

DEC151439 AS YOU WERE VOL 04 LIVING SITUATIONS $10.00
This is a small press anthology I believe to be -- not sure -- based mostly out of the San Francisco area. A bunch of the young people live here, like Ben Passmore and Liz Suburbia and we don't have enough anthologies catching comics at the moment between early expression and young maturity.

OCT150080 GIGANTO MAXIA TP $13.99
This is the manga out there this week that I'd choose to read; a return to comics by the creator of Berzerk.

DEC151325 CRICKETS #5 (MR) (NOTE PRICE) $7.00
NOV151393 LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 06 COMICS DEMENTIA $19.99
OCT151450 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 08 $14.99
NOV151394 EC REED CRANDALL & FELDSTEIN HIGH COST OF DYING HC $29.99
AUG151472 UNDERWORLD HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD HC $39.99
NOV151392 NOD AWAY GN $24.99
This is a massive week for Fantagraphics, good gravy. Starting with their distribution of Sammy Harkham's great one-artist anthology Crickets, which I think we may see more frequently now. The Love & Rockets library volume has a whole bunch of out-there Beto, and the new New Stories continues Jaime Hernandez's recent run of powerfully drawn and well-observed Locas comics. I don't know when the next format switch comes, but this is a nice ending point if it becomes one. Fantagraphics' series of EC books has been most beneficial to me as an avenue for reconsidering those great artists at EC that weren't one of the two or three super-iconic figures at the groundbreaking publisher. Crandall fits that bill for me and I'll enjoy that one like deeply hardy meal. That Underworld is my late-night reading choice right now, and is such an excellent book to have just fall from the sky without warning like this one did for me. Finally, Nod Away is Joshua Cotter's return to comics, and a welcome one, a suspenseful drama told with science fiction droppings.

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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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