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January 24, 2018


Go, Look: Aske Schmidt Rose

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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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AUG170018 ONLY END OF THE WORLD AGAIN HC $19.99
NOV170017 VINEGAR TEETH #1 (OF 4) $3.99

AUG170343 SUPERMAN THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 05 $125.00

NOV170566 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS COMICS FOR ALL #2 CVR A $3.99
NOV170567 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS COMICS FOR ALL #2 CVR B $3.99
NOV170547 TIME & VINE TP $24.99

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NOV170731 BLACK CLOUD #7 (MR) $3.99
NOV170732 BLACK MAGICK #10 CVR A SCOTT (MR) $3.99
OCT170662 BLACK SCIENCE #34 CVR A SCALERA & DINISIO (MR) $4.99
SEP170753 MOONSTRUCK #5 $3.99
]NOV170711 SEX CRIMINALS #21 (MR) $3.99
JAN170761 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #19 CVR A LATOUR (MR) $3.99
JAN170762 SOUTHERN BASTARDS #19 CVR B ZDARSKY (MR) $3.99
NOV170686 SPY SEAL TP VOL 01 CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX $12.99

dOCT171593 LIE & HOW WE TOLD IT HC (MR) $24.99
DEC171177 LISAS LEGACY TRILOGY HC SLIPCASE ED $80.00
NOV171353 LUMBERJANES #46 $3.99
NOV171660 NOW #2 $9.99
NOV171677 OLYMPIANS GN VOL 10 HERMES TALES OF TRICKSTER $10.99
NOV171678 OLYMPIANS HC GN VOL 10 HERMES TALES OF TRICKSTER $18.99
SEP171632 POGO COMP SYNDICATED STRIPS HC BOX SET VOL 3 & 4 (RES) $75.00
NOV171569 PROJECT SUPERPOWERS HERO KILLERS TP $19.99
NOV171789 ROBERT MOSES MASTER BUILDER NYC GN $15.95
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DEC172057 BEN KATCHOR CONVERSATIONS HC $50.00


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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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If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2018

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January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Long Island City, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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February 1
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 3
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)
* If I Were Near Canberra, I'd Go To This (ACAF)

February 10
* If I Were In San Mateo County, I'd Go To This (Small Press Expo At PLCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)
* If I Were Near Canberra, I'd Go To This (ACAF)

February 11
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)
* If I Were Near Canberra, I'd Go To This (ACAF)

February 12
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 13
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 14
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 23
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 24
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 25
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Wizard Of Id Sundays

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Mister Miracle #4.

* here's Graeme McMillan on the opportunities that lie before Marvel in bringing in a new Editor-In-Chief and a new Publisher. I agree with a lot of this and with the general notion of that company just doing anything else for a while will be a virtue for its fans and its creative community.

* there's a fun post at the Timely-Atlas-Comics site about Jack Kirby subbing on the Davy Crockett strip that appeared in the Daily News; it includes a more than half-year run of the strip when it was not being subbed out.

* the cartoonist Ben Passmore writes a bit about the origins of his Your Black Friend.

* I did not know this.

* finally: they have tours for everything now. I could do one for alt-comics '90s Seattle that started with all the ATMs that paid out in $5 increments.
 
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Happy 88th Birthday, John Romita Sr.!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Steve Geppi!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Ben Morse!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Lorenzo Mattotti!

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January 23, 2018


Ursula K Le Guin, RIP

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I read this series of exchanges between the artist Charles Vess and the late writer just this morning. That Vess piece above from here -- my understanding is that all of these are for an imminent republication of Earthsea with copious illustration work -- is lovely, and detailed fantasy drawings like that were basically one and the same with comics for single-digit-age me. That comics-related commentary aside, she was a huge presence as a writer in my young mind for the quality of her prose.
 
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Go, Look: Passing

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Go, Look: Early Harvey Kurtzman

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Go, Read: Facebook Thread About One Day Finding One's Own Work On Sale On eBay

imageHere. I like the swerve into the sales origin of the comics and materials in question and that the buyer who put the items up ends up being a fair- and rational-sounding person.

Super-small press material like this has seemed to me over the years to be more generally desirable to buyers than a fan used to scanning Heritage Auctions headlines or reading the old price guides might imagine; it's just that the market is smaller all-around than the others. It is undeniably rare material.
 
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Go, Look: Albert Bruun

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* it's nice to see the writer Dan Slott enjoy stepping down from his long tenure as Spider-Man writer and into a gig working with the Lee/Lieber/Heck/Kirby Iron Man character published by Marvel. Those are still the dream gigs for many creators out there, much as I might personally prefer it otherwise.

* sticking with Marvel, the publisher has signed the writer Kelly Thompson to an exclusive contract, which sounds like a smart move for both sides.

* Aftershock receives word on what one of its foundational creative deals will yield as a first book.

* looks like in June we get about 600 pages of Larry Marder's Beanworld work for $25, which sounds like a nice format for an authoritative collection of Marder's lifelong creative work.

* finally: that's a very cute Jaime Hernandez cover.
 
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Go, Look: Alfredo Alcala Swamp Thing Images

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Go, Look: Joe Staton Superpeople Splash Pages

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Under The Air.

* here's a twitter essay about the strange positions into which editors can be put with their allegiances to creators and to their place within the overall publishing machine.

* pretty sure I've never seen this Mike Vosburg cover for one of the Jerry Bails books.

* John Siuntres talks to Tom King.

* not comics: another essay about the strategy of focusing on positive reviews. Since this one has focused on Peak TV, it might have more to say to comics than the average thinkpiece of its type. I think every writer has to pick their own strategy, and focusing on positive pieces is one of them. I like a range of discussions, myself, and we should be more honest generally that many people do this to avoid pushback.

* finally: go to Glasgw's Radisson Red Hotel for a look at some unique Frank Quitely work.
 
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Happy 84th Birthday, Don Wright!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Klaus Janson!

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January 22, 2018


Go, Look: Alejandra Espino

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Progress In Prageeth Ekneligoda Case Focuses On Missing Documents

Any progress at all in the case of the missing, presumed dead journalist and cartoonist follow a Sri Lankan election in which he wrote editorials against those in power is sort of a miracle. All respect to the Ekneligoda's wife Sandya for everything uncovered to date. As the article makes clear, there is still a long, long way to go to making human rights charges stick.
 
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Go, Watch: Your Black Friend


 
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Go, Look: Tatsuro Kiuchi

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