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September 3, 2019


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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MAR190740 LOAC ESSENTIALS HC VOL 13 CHARLIE CHAN 1938 $29.99
I don't know the strip, and barely know the character. I was a Mr. Moto guy as far as orientalist detective characters go. My family had all the Arthur Waley, all the decorative print bought in San Franciso, all the accoutrements of that period as might be possible. They were also strip people, so there had to be some overlap. Alfred Andriola's work is always attractive, and you could do worse to read one strip (this one) for a different perspective on a strip as reliable as Kerry Drake was for several years. I'd sure be interested in reading a few of these strips, anway.

MAY191246 GUNNERKRIGG COURT HC VOL 07 $26.99
This is a reliable performer from a generation of print collections and several generation of webcomics ago. Reading comics that are popular with audience that just maybe aren't you as an audience can be an edifying thing.

imageAPR190032 WICKED & DIVINE #45 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
APR190033 WICKED & DIVINE #45 CVR B JAIMES (MR) $3.99
JUL190736 USAGI YOJIMBO #4 CVR A SAKAI $3.99
JUL191346 GIANT DAYS #54 $3.99
JUN198618 HOUSE OF X #1 (OF 6) 3RD PTG SHALVEY VAR $5.99
JUL19084 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) $4.99
JUL190853 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) CABAL CHARACTER DECADES VAR $4.99
JUL190852 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR $4.99
JUL190856 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) MOLINA CONNECTING VAR $4.99
JUL190850 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) PICHELLI FLOWER VAR $4.99
JUL190854 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) YOUNG VAR $4.99
Thi is a pretty full list of comic-book comics. Congratulations to Gillen and McKelvie on complete of their gigantic and very popular Wicked & Divine. That's the kind of book that's its own career opportunity and Gillen seems to have hit the grown with projects and series of the kind that afford writers in particular a kind of sustained period that make entire careers. But I'm happy for the accomplishment of this series because that's a thing that comics does that we don't celebrate as much as we used to and I think we should. We should also always read everything Stan Sakai makes, forever and forever. John Allison is all of his forms is a good bet, too. I'm not sure what to make of the multiple covers on these X-Men comics here. Those seem like really fun, clever comics, and it was easy to see that Marvel had an X-Men card to play, but is this going to be it? I'm happy for those artists to have those gigs, but is Marvel beyond having a line-transforming series. Or is it all the one or two comics of the moment and then the latest shot at things like Agents of Atlas and Future Foundation. That's somebody's baby, too, but we would look at television weird if they kept announcing Remington Steele relaunches. Anyway, those X-Men comics are pretty fun. I hope DC has similar success with Legion Of Super-Heroes stuff.

JUL191521 BIG NATE HUG IT OUT TP $9.99
JUL191523 LITTLE BIG NATE BOARD BOOK $7.99
Big Nate is very popular, and that format is more influential that we surmise. I think.

APR191969 MS TREE TP VOL 01 $24.99
That's a good character, and there's probably a run for her in other media if the right actress comes along. My dad was fond of the books back when everything looked like Dave Sim printed it.

JUL191536 GIANT DAYS SC NOVEL $9.99
Someone like Jog needs to pop into my inbox and explain to me the role that prose versions of comics play when they're not the best-selling comics. I'm sure it's simpler than I'm imagining it -- extension of brand, or the numbers are actually really good.

JUL191997 ANIMAL FARM GN $22.00
I thought this was an attractive cover. I'm not sure what comics brings out of it except a kind of visceral reaction; it's long overdue I reconsider the work, and maybe Orwell's work in general considering we spend our day in his journalism and our nights dreaming in his political allegories. My dad, by the way, would be totally convinced the artist's name is a pun.

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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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