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September 1, 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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JUN151374 SPACE DUMPLINS GN HC VOL 01 $24.99
JUN151373 SPACE DUMPLINS GN VOL 01 $14.99
This is actually last week's list, which I forgot to post but very much did. I'd been skipping a lot of column over the last year just from having no time, but the money received in the patreon campaign has let me stablize the web site a bit as a kind of first step along with gearing up for PDF publishing at a brisk pace from now on. As for this comics, Craig Thompson is a super fun artist and he's had an admirable career in terms of doing the projects he wants when he wants to do them. This one looks gorgeous, and we're about to reacquainted with the man as he'll be touring extensively behind it.

imageJUN150079 HELLBOY IN HELL #7 $2.99
JUN150045 ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 $3.99
JUN150182 CYBORG #2 $2.99
JUN150255 GRAYSON #11 $3.99
JUN150215 PREZ #3 $2.99
JUN150375 GODZILLA IN HELL #2 $3.99
APR150531 EAST OF WEST #20 $3.50
JUN151150 ADVENTURE TIME #43 $3.99
JUN151090 OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1 $3.99
An odd week for serial comics, at least from my natural point of view. There's the Mignolva-verse comic right up on top but it's one drawn by the creator, so it gets special attention. Zodiac Starforces is an all-age comic of the kind that we should be seeing debut over the next couple of years, based on market penetration for similar work. I haven't see this particular effort. Cyborg, Grayson and Prez all have vocal fans, which is something DC hasn't always had across a bunch of titles before the last 18 months or so. The appeal of Godzilla In Hell is eithe immediate or non-existent. East Of West is beginning to show some signs of a work that is viewed in contrast to writer Jonathan Hickman's efforts in mainstream comics, and also as a value-added proposition for any fans he might be making with the Marvel stuff. Adventure Time I noted because it's a 43rd (!) issue; Over The Garden Wall because it's a first -- that one seems amenable to comic book expansion, I think.

APR150043 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA LTD ED HC VOL 04 $79.99
APR150042 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 04 $24.99
I will always, always, always look at Usagi Yojimbo even though most people I know that read Stan Sakai's comics are trade followers and I'm actually a single-issues guy. It's weird for me to see multiple editions of the same day, but I guess that's the new conventional wisdom now.

APR150324 SCALPED HC BOOK 02 DELUXE EDITION (MR) $29.99
At some point I think this is a book that a lof of people will have in some form or another, but I think it's much less certain which one will take.

JUN150835 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP NEW PTG $34.99
A new printing for these very funny superhero comics, which came out from an editorially generous Marvel at one time. The fun thing with this one is that they did a good job of hiding everything except the broad background stuff and I'm prettty sure these could be published right now without a lot of rewriting -- I don't mean that as a compliment to its tone or modern feeling, but as it fits into continuity.

JUN151401 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 16 $10.99
JUN158141 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 01 $9.99
JUN158140 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 02 $9.99
APR150076 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE OMNIBUS ED TP BOOK 01 $19.99
These are all sold manga titlesof the moment; I'm glad that Kurosagi Corpse Deliver Service will get that bigger packaging; I think that's a book that format might flatter.

JUL151273 E-MAN EARLY YEARS TP $27.95
I am totally old, so I'm into collections of things like the fun character E-Man, although it's hard for me to believe that $28 judiciously spent wouldn't nab you all of these comics in their original form.

JUN151510 SNOWDEN GN $16.95
I believe this is Ted Rall's new comic, and I'm surprised he's been so quiet in the ramp-up to its publication. That's certainly a worthy subject.

MAY151510 ZENITH HC PHASE ONE APEX ED PI
Someday I'll figure out these book and own a complete run of its story.

MAY151055 GLENN FABRY SKETCHBOOK VOL 03 (MR) $12.99
I'd look for sure; Fabry's very talented.

JUN151181 OUT ON WIRE STORYTELLING SECRETS NEW MASTERS RADIO GN $17.00
The comics world is better with Jessica Abel in it, and I"m looking forward to the next 12 months in comics almost strictly on that basis.

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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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