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May 10, 2016

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.


When I was a kid, I once heard my dad make fun of movies and TV shows that got us so worked up that the only thing we could do is ask for toys related to whatever it is we just watched. He would have approved of Ariol, whose tone and rhythm are tied more into real-world equivalents than toddler consumption triggers. I've liked every book I've read in this series.

imageMAR161587 KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #1 $3.99
FEB161492 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #9 $3.99
MAR160021 ABE SAPIEN #33 $3.50
MAR160039 HARROW COUNTY #12 $3.99
MAR160537 ISLAND #7 $7.99
NOV150647 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #14 (MR) $3.50
MAR160829 BLACK PANTHER #2 $3.99
MAR160777 VISION #7 $3.99
MAR161388 BADGER #4 (MR) $3.99
Zander Cannon is a fun cartoonist in the midst of a fine career. His prison drama featuring giant monsters is humorous and odd, and Cannon's smart enough to know that just reinterpreting elements, giving them a second skin, isn't enough to make art that comments on real-world things. It kind of reminds me of a 1980s comic with its broad cartooning and its seeming not-give-a-fuck-about-a-movie-version plotlines. Ed Piskor's campaign for world domination continues; he may have to fight Mike Mignola, as two Dark Horse horror books are out this week. Brandon Graham's Island returns after I think a brief respite; this could be the issue after the issue that came after a short break. It feels like it's rounding into something. Southern Bastards is an Image heavy-hitter this week; I think it's back on the present-day storyline after the lengthy tale of the setting's local football coach. Black Panther and Vision are two well-liked comics by Marvel that stand out against what is for me a pretty hard to figure out soft relaunch now settling into place. I believe this Badger series has significant elements of reintroducing the character into modern times for a potential video/TV deal, or at least that's what Larry told me.

FEB161498 COMPLETE PEANUTS TP VOL 05 1959-1960 $22.99
I think I actually prefer reading these book in paperback form; those hardcovers make you suffer when you drop them on your face while reading them in bed. That's a good volume, too.

John Porcellino's most recent King-Cat was a good one, too, well worth the $5 price point at which it's being sold. I thought as originally distributed this was one of the five best comics I read last year.

FEB161064 LOU GN $14.95
This is Melissa Mendes' childhood saga, and I look forward to catching up with all of it in big, thirsty gulps.

MAR161559 NIGHT AIR GN $12.00
In terms of non-licensed, oddball series with massive elements of kids comics in play, I prefer Ben Sears to most of the artists working this corner of the funnybook playground.

All of Steve Ditko's work is interesting to me, but I have to say that at $40 a pop I probably wouldn't be buying this early material were my connection to its publisher severed. There was something about the artists like Ditko that used the grind of the comics industry to develop a unique style, as opposed to falling in with someone else's.

I don't know too much about this translated Thoreau bio, but I find it heartening that much attention was given to the natural world as the writer encountered it. This looks handsomely mounted by NBM>

We've either already seen a hardcover of this or it's a little bit late, I can't tell. I don't know Tim Jackson's work well enough to call it from memory, but I'll for any attention paid to many of the great cartoonists who worked outside, adjacent or in opposition to the commercial comics possibilities of decades past.

I liked Andrea Tsurumi's comics whenever I've encountered them in the past, and her ability to switch between structural strategies should serve her well on a humor book, allowing her to match an individual comic's humor to a format that flatters it.


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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