September 18, 2018
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.
JUL182097 PASSING FOR HUMAN GRAPHIC MEMOIR HC $28.00
Liana Finck is one of the funniest cartoonists and writers working, and this is only a second -- I think -- full-length book. I am greatly looking forward to devouring this.
JUL181751 TRENCH DOGS GN $18.95
JUL181748 BEST OF DON WINSLOW OF NAVY COLLECTION HC VOL 01 $29.95
Two from the Naval Institute Press' new comics initiative. The Trenchdogs
one is crazy: think of that Joe Sacco World War I single-panel thing but with anthropomorphic and just scene after scene ending in terrible, madness-inducing violence. Some of you just smiled broadly at that description, and may god help you. The Winslow is a pretty standard Craig Yoe collection of the feature.
JUL181907 BLAMMO #10 (MR) $8.00
JUL180973 FRANKLIN RICHARDS FANTASTIC YEAR #1 $7.99
JUL181544 TRUE STORIES #4 (MR) $5.99
JUL181411 LUMBERJANES #54 $3.99
JUL181412 LUMBERJANES #54 SUBSCRIPTION DOZERDRAWS VAR $3.99
JUL180457 USAGI YOJIMBO #6 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
JUN180516 MISTER MIRACLE #11 (OF 12) (MR) $3.99
JUN180517 MISTER MIRACLE #11 (OF 12) VAR ED (MR) $3.99
JUL180704 WILD STORM #17 $3.99
JUL180705 WILD STORM #17 VAR ED $3.99
JUL180850 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #1 (OF 4) CVR A ALLRED $3.99
JUL180851 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #1 (OF 4) CVR B TOMMASO $3.99
A solid week in comic-book comics, starting with Noah Van Sciver's dense, frequently compelling issue of Blammo!
-- the best issue yet! It's worth every penny. I have no idea why any mainstream comic book would cost $7.99, but this one does. True Stories
is more from Derf of the short-story variety. Lumberjanes
I note the issue number. The next two are popular DC books -- and I like the Warren Ellis written Wildstorm
when I see them, but why random issues like both of these have to have variant covers still confuses me. Finally, I'm curious about the Allred/Tommaso team-up on Dick Tracy
, a character I've never terribly cared for.
MAY181234 OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING TP VOL 05 $14.99
I got confused by the way this was coming out a few years back and haven't quite caught back up.
JUL181146 STAR WARS #54 $3.99
MAR180985 STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA HC VOL 01 $34.99
JUL181148 STAR WARS LANDO DOUBLE OR NOTHING #5 (OF 5) $3.99
How broadly and deeply appealing are the Star Wars characters? Can they carry this many series?
JUL182349 20TH CENTURY BOYS TP VOL 01 PERFECT ED URASAWA $19.99
You want all of Urasawa's material in your collection: just make sure what is new and what is repackaged material.
JUL181758 ANNIE SULLIVAN & TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER GN $12.99
JUL181759 ANNIE SULLIVAN & TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER HC GN $17.99
Joseph Lambert's beautiful book. Let's all hope we get more.
JUN181979 BE YOUR OWN BACKING BAND GN FULL COLOR EDITION $12.00
Liz Prince. Full color at that price point seems pretty good to me.
JUN181814 DOG MAN GN VOL 05 LORD OF FLEAS $9.99
JUL181575 BIG NATE GOES BANANAS TP $9.99
Two juggernaut series with a new edition on the same day.
JUL182220 CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL HC $22.99
JUL188259 ILLEGAL HC GN $19.99
Know very little about either series but I like the covers and they look like sober efforts so I'd pick both up for a closer look.
JUN181570 LOOKERS EMBER #11 (MR) $5.99
JUN181587 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE (MR) $5.99
JUN181590 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181588 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE NUDE TORN (MR) $7.99
JUN181591 LOOKERS EMBER #11 EXPLOSIVE WINDY NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181585 LOOKERS EMBER #11 GGA HOMAGE (MR) $5.99
JUN181586 LOOKERS EMBER #11 GGA HOMAGE NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181576 LOOKERS EMBER #11 LUSCIOUS (MR) $5.99
JUN181577 LOOKERS EMBER #11 LUSCIOUS NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181571 LOOKERS EMBER #11 NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181579 LOOKERS EMBER #11 RED HOT (MR) $5.99
JUN181580 LOOKERS EMBER #11 RED HOT NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181583 LOOKERS EMBER #11 SEXY SPIES (MR) $5.99
JUN181584 LOOKERS EMBER #11 SEXY SPIES NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181581 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WORKOUT (MR) $5.99
JUN181582 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WORKOUT NUDE (MR) $7.99
JUN181573 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WRAP (MR) $5.99
JUN181574 LOOKERS EMBER #11 WRAP NUDE (MR) $7.99
How is this a good use of space and time?
MAY182026 SEA OF THIEVES TP $16.99
Noted that this is a gaming comic and we are starting to become awash in such comics.
JUL181916 CHECK PLEASE HOCKEY HC GN VOL 01 (OF 2) $23.99
Ngozi Ukazu's collegiate hockey romance makes its broader mainstream press debut. I'm looking forward to reading a bunch of these stories in one sitting.
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.
posted 5:25 pm PST
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