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August 30, 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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FEB160418 MIKE MIGNOLA SCREW ON HEAD & CURIOUS OBJECTS ARTIST ED HC
I love these big books, and Mike Mignola's art is super pretty to look at packaged like this. This is some of his oddest work, so even better.

imageJUN162088 LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL HC VOL 01 $12.99
The latest from Jeffrey Brown, and a break from maybe a decade -- I think it might be a decade -- of humorous Star Wars comics. Brown has quietly become one of the most successful alt-cartoonists of this age with those books and I hope an audience will follow him to a new series if that's what he wants to do. I'll be there.

JUN160099 ABE SAPIEN #36 $3.99
JUN160062 GROO FRAY OF THE GODS #2 $3.99
JUN160627 EAST OF WEST #29 $3.99
JUN160637 JUPITERS LEGACY VOL 2 #3 (OF 5) CVR A QUITELY (MR) $3.99
JUN160640 LAZARUS #24 (MR) $3.99
JUN160601 SAGA #37 (MR) $2.99
JUN161499 BLUBBER #3 (MR) $3.99
This is a solid week for successful mainstream genre comics of the kind that still drive a big chunk of the DM world. We'll start with the latest Mignolaverse book, as I believe that particular series is winding down. Sergio Aragones making a comic is always worth noting, and he'd be a formidable cartoonist if all we had from him is the last ten years of limited-series comic books. I'm starting to not understand what's going on in East Of West, but it has an idiosyncratic feel I appreciate in this day and age that much more than I used to. I will always read comics drawing by Frank Quitely; good lord the narrative there has slowed to a standstill, though. Lazarus and Saga are different kinds of science-fiction but share a certain confidence in their execution that has to appeal to a lot of readers. I believe the Saga is the first book in a new narrative cycle. Finally, if all you got at the comic book shop today was the latest from Gilbert Hernandez, I would have no issue with that.

FEB160016 FRANK MILLERS SIN CITY HARD GOODBYE CURATORS COLL LTD ED $275.00
This is an even more expensive version of a comic I doubted I would want to buy at the cheaper price, but I'm sure the bells & whistles are something. One interesting thing about these re-run comics in different editions is that you know going in if you're on board or not. I didn't think they would ever be read for the comics, I thought they would be stared-at only, but I was wrong.

JUN160956 BLACK PANTHER TP BOOK 01 NATION UNDER OUR FEET $16.99
Unless I'm totally wrong and they're still putting out older material to support the series launch, this is the first trade collecting the Ta-Nehisi Coates/Brian Stelfreeze/Laura Martin take on the Jack Kirby and Stan Lee character. It's not breaking any of the current molds for doing an adventure comic that adults and teenagers that want to think like adults might wish to read, but judging from the tone, reception and box-office receipts of Marvel's movies, that general take on what these characters do has a lot of room left to entertain its audiences. I liked something weird about the issues I read: the idea that Wakanda is at once this powerful, elite nation and also this chaotic mess. Extending duality metaphors to setting seems like something somewhat new, at least to me.

imageJUN161508 DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 05 RICHEST DUCK $29.99
I enjoyed this comic quite a bit in advance form, as it contains the end chapters to Rosa's Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, the single-greatest argument for fan reworkings of classic material. I have a lot of fun with Rosa's stories, which compliment the rich tradition of Carl Barks' works with engagement of the world that's a bit less of a time. What an oddball and intriguing career Don Rosa's had.

APR161372 AMERICATOWN HC $29.99
I remember like the idea of a science fiction story about American communities in other cities in a future where things kind of went to shit here in the old US of A. Here's the collected version, which I think means the comic is worth a second look.

MAR161025 STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE 4 DLX ED (MR) $19.95
The cool pivot point for all kids stumped as to what magazine or web site about comics is the best, the latest from Study Group contains several design and content elements taking the reader back to the 1977-1994 heyday of tabletop roleplaying games, generation one-point-five. Editors Zack Soto and Milo George are smart guys with a lot of talent to draw on in this day and not particularly stuffed with outlets for this kind of work age.

JUL161314 CANT WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT TP (MR) $19.00
JUN161436 HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS GN D&Q ED $19.95
Two reprints. Not sure what the publishing story is behind the Roz Chast, but that's a work worth having and if a new edition somehow encourages you to do so, it has done its job by art in comics. The Sarah Glidden book is coming out now in a new edition as an advance market assault making way for the cartoonist's latest, Rolling Blackouts. That's a traditional reprint role and a welcome one. I remember enjoying the first Glidden book.

MAR161470 REAL DEAL COMIX HC (MR) $29.99
I know this as a beloved comic for a lot of my cartoonists friends and the general category of comics brings with it some small amount of controversy because of the various portrayals in play, but I have to admit I'm way behind on comics like this generally and this title specifically. I look forward to catching up. It's certainly a striking volume.

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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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