This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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.
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
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
DEC172057 BEN KATCHOR CONVERSATIONS HC $50.00
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.
* 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 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.
Go, Read: Facebook Thread About One Day Finding One's Own Work On Sale On eBay
Here. 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.
* 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.
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.