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April 11, 2017


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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JAN170566 AMERICAN BARBARIAN COMPLETE SERIES TP $19.99
This is a light week for comics of the kind I tend to read, so it might be one where I take some chance and indulge some favorites ahead of where they might usually end up on my to-buy list. One beneficiary could be a new version of Tom Scioli's American Barbarian series, which filters his sensibility through a kind of forgotten '80s animated cartoon sensibility. It might be my favorite of his.

imageFEB170762 BLACK PANTHER CREW #1 $3.99
FEB171651 ALL TIME COMICS BULLWHIP #1 $3.99
FEB170029 HELLBOY AND BPRD 1954 GHOST MOON #2 $3.99
FEB170687 WICKED & DIVINE #28 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
Serial comics this week for me breaks sharply acreoss a few offerings. I like the Coates Family comics just fine so far so I will likely at some point try this newer version of The Crew in their own book. All Time Comics is the Bayer Brothers + Friends Fantagraphics retro series, and Dan Nadel's recent negative review has extended my interest in finding out what they're doing. I always have a time for Mignolaverse comics, although my heart right now is with the Paul Grist one. The Wicked & Divine series continue to churn along with its unique tone intact.

DEC160117 MANARA CARAVAGGIO HC VOL 01 PALETTE AND SWORD (MR) $19.99
This is newer work from the maker of impossibly handsome figures, Milo Manara. I find Manara's work interesting but I usually end up buying whatever individual works I own a few years after their initial publication. Preview pages here.

JAN170785 COMPLETE PHONOGRAM HC (MR) $49.99
A concurrent, overlapping project from the Wicked & Divine team tied into the idea of music deployment/enjoyment/discernment as the basis for magic. This is a nice format to have all that work in one place.

FEB171281 BABYBEL WAX BODYSUIT (ONE SHOT) (MR) $6.00
This is apparently not very thick, but with full-color and Erik Kostiuk William displayed skills just making interesting shapes is probably the comic I'm looking most forward to seeing for myself. From the Retrofit/Big Planet crew.

DEC161788 TOPPU GP GN VOL 01 $12.99
I dream of the day when another sports manga grips North American audiences. I don't think it will be this one, but it's certainly the most potentially broadly appealing manga out from a major talent this week. A debut, too. I seem to remember encountering page sets on-line.

FEB172191 ART OF NESTOR REDONDO SC $24.95
A week like this, I would also take a look at art books. Nestor Rodondo has to have passed away more than 20 years ago now, but the work remains formidable.

NOV161570 ARTIST HC (MR) $19.99
Finally, this Anna Haifisch book has been available for pre-orders, at least by about a half year, and I'm guess its listing here is part of their deal with Fantagraphics for generate. These were fun comics to read on-line.

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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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