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August 18, 2015


This Isn’t A Library: 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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JUN151308 JASON IF YOU STEAL HC $29.99
This strikes me as a fairly standard week, but one very much offering up what weeks at the comic shop look like now in contrast to what they looked like five years ago. That doesn't include our lead-off book, though, because five years ago it seemed like we were getting two book from Jason a year. This is the cartoonist working with his interests in pop culture, although at a slightly more distant and complex remove than usual. I'm glad to have a new book; it seems like it's been a while.

imageJUN150546 ISLAND #2 (MR) $7.99)
JUN150898 YANKEE #1 (MR) $7.95
JUN150897 FEDOR ONE SHOT (MR) $8.00
Something very much right now is the tweener comic book, something sold at about twice the price for a lot more content or, in some cases, a fancier treatment. Island is the Brandon Graham anthology. It seems like the first issue was very well-liked but other than Graham's own contribution, a repeat, I was left kind of cold by the results. Still, I'll give Graham as many chances as he needs because the results are interesting even when they're not for you.

JUN150560 TREES #12 (MR) $2.99
JUN150544 INVINCIBLE #122 $2.99
JUN150540 WOLF #2 (MR) $3.50
JUN150069 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #134 $3.50
JUN150052 GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #8 $3.99
Here are a few standard-sized -- and thus standard-priced -- comic books. Warren Ellis has a twelfth book of Trees done; it seems like the last half dozen have fairely roared to life and into print. Invinicble is playing out a plot line that convention discussions make me think is going to go away soon. I kind of like where that comic is plotline-wise, too. Wolf is one people keep telling me is the new series to watch that doesn't star giant robots. There's your Mignola-verse offering. And we always, always, always buy Aragones.

MAR150785 MS MARVEL HC VOL 01 $34.99
FEB150837 POWERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 (MR) $125.00
APR150306 WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS HC $75.00
Those are three different superhero comics with three different audiences, or at least three potential different tracks through which to find an audience. I'm glad that Perez work is being gathereed together in that particular format; those were some very pretty comics, and that characters doesn't have a significant number of periods in which it has seemed to work.

APR151729 DEFINITIVE BETTY BOOP TP VOL 01 $39.95
I've seen Betty Boop comics here and there, usually in a book of some sort. I'd love to do a more focused reading at some point and it looks like I'll have that chance with this series if I can find it at a price point I like or level up career-wise where that is a level I can consume on a semi-regular basis. I would think a Betty Boop comic might be interesting for how innovations in comics storytelling might have achieved a wide purchase very quickly.

JUN151666 DOROHEDORO GN VOL 16 (MR) $12.99
JUN151671 EMMA HC GN VOL 02 $35.00
Two different kinds of collection -- the Emma is a second go-around, I think, but the two manga volumes that jumped out at me this week. I want them both.

APR151222 GUNNERKRIGG COURT HC VOL 05 REFINE $26.99
I read the first three of these. I was initially put off by the approach to art -- so many dropped backgrounds! -- but it quickly grew on me and made for an accelerated reading experience of a kind that's all too rare in fantasy prose. I don't think it always finds the right pacing as a longer book.

JUN151310 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #1 $3.99
Ed Piskor is the Great Lord Of Comic Books, and I think this existing at this price point could extend the life of the book.

APR151496 DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 03 TREASURE UNDER GLASS $29.99
I loved the first two in this series. There's something humble about Don Rosa working with the ducks that you only very rarely get with legacy book starring costumed crusaders. It gives the adventures a kind of genial energy that's hard to beat.

APR150033 NANJING THE BURNING CITY HC $24.99
I'm not familiar with the cartoonist -- whose bio suggests a well-traveled old soul at a young age -- but I know I've seen the work, and there's no better World War II story in terms of the horror and lingering history than that of Nanjing.

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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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