26 July 2005

Try Something Different: 7/27/05

Support Independent Comics!

Independent comics (and manga) being released tomorrow, 7/27/05, courtesy of ComicList. Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it.

Recommendations, sometimes blind, in BOLD. Which ones are YOU reading?

AC COMICS
Men Of Mystery #54, $6.95

ACTOR
Actor DFE Hunter Killer Alt Cvr #1, $6.99
Actor New Avengers #2 Miki Sgn, $19.99
Actor X-Men Forever #1 Alt Cover, $10.00

A. D. VISION
Full Metal Panic Manga Vol 8 TPB, $9.99
Notenki Memoirs SC, $9.99

ALIAS ENTERPRISES LLC
Dreamland Chronicles #2 (Of 24), $4.50
Gimoles #1 (Of 4), $0.75
Imperial Dragons #1 (Of 6), $0.75
Lions Tigers & Bears TPB, $9.99
Psi Kix Vol 1 GN, $9.99
Ted Noodleman Bicycle Delivery Boy TPB, $9.99

ALTERNATIVE COMICS
Cute Manifesto TPB, $19.95

AMAZE INK (SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS)
Bill & Teds Most Excellent Adventures Vol 2 TPB, $13.95
Ghouly Boys Fat Bat Plush Doll, AR

ANTARCTIC PRESS
Fist Full Of Dollars Ninja High School #130, AR
NHS Pkt Manga Five Pack Special, AR

ANTIMATTER/HOFFMAN INTERNATIONAL
Mike Hoffmans Mythos Magazine #1, $9.95

ARCANA STUDIO
El Arsenal #1 (Of 3), $2.95

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
Jughead #167, $2.25
Tales From Riverdale Digest #4, $2.39

ASPEN MLT INC
Fathom Signed Ed #1, $29.99

ASYLUM PRESS
Satans 3 Ring Circus Of H$$$ TPB, $19.95

AVATAR PRESS
Alan Moores Hypothetical Lizard #3 (Of 4), $3.50
Alan Moores Hypothetical Lizard Foil Incentive #3 (Of 4), $3.75
Alan Moores Hypothetical Lizard Wraparound Cvr #3 (Of 4), $3.50
Brian Pulidos Lady Death Dead Rising Martin Sketch Ed, $34.90
Brian Pulidos Lady Death Swimsuit 2005 Killing Blow Ed, $5.99
Brian Pulidos Unholy Nature Calls Cvr #2, $5.99
Gypsy #1, $3.50
Gypsy Adrian Cvr #1, $3.50
Gypsy Nouveau Cvr #1, $3.50
Gypsy Platinum Foil Incentive Cvr #1, AR
Gypsy Premium Cvr #1, $9.99
Gypsy Rearte Cvr #1, $3.50
Lady Death Abandon All Hope #1 (Of 4), $3.99
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Foil Incentive #1 (Of 4), AR
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Glow Cvr #1 (Of 4), $19.99
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Premium Cvr #1 (Of 4), $9.99
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Ryp Cvr #1 (Of 4), $3.99
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Wraparound Cvr #1 (Of 4), $3.99
Lady Death Leather & Lace 2005 Hot As H$$$ Ed, $5.99
Shi Poisoned Paradise #1/2 Royal Blue Foil Ed, $75.00
Stargate SG1 Daniels Song Dallas Con Gold Ed #1, $4.99
Stargate SG1 Fall Of Rome Judge Sgn #3 (Of 3), $39.99
Threshold Lookers Nude Cvr #53, $6.00
Threshold Lookers Wraparound Cvr #53, $4.99
Threshold Pandora Cvr #53, $4.99
Threshold Pandora Demon Nude Cvr #53, $6.00
Threshold Pandora Nude Cvr #53, $6.00

BOOM STUDIOS
Hero Squared #1 (Of 3), $3.99
Hero Squared Pull My Finger Cvr #1 Of(3), $3.99

BROADSWORD COMICS
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #33, $2.95

BUYMETOYS.COM
Oz Wonderland Chronicles Preview, $2.99

COMIC CAVALCADE
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Comm Cvr #1 (Of 4), $5.99
Lady Death Abandon All Hope Gold Foil #1 (Of 4), $5.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Dungeon Siege Battle For Aranna GN, $6.95
Hellboy The Island #2 (Of 2), $2.99
Oh My Goddess Vol 21 TPB, $10.95
Star Wars Republic #77, $2.99
Usagi Yojimbo Vol 19 Fathers And Sons TPB, $15.95

DEL REY
Edgar Allan Poe Fall O/T House Of Usher & Other Tales TPB, $12.95
Genshiken Vol 2 GN, $10.95
Guru Guru Pon Chan Vol 1 GN, $10.95
Nodame Cantiabile Vol 2 GN, $10.95
Tsubasa Vol 6 GN, $10.95

DESTINATION ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Transformers Universe #1 Red Foil Con Ed, $12.99

DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION
Yellow Vol 1 GN, $12.95

DISNEY PRESS
Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas Manga GN, $8.99

DORK STORM PRESS
Dr Blink Superhero Shrink #1 (AA), $2.99

DR MASTERS PRODUCTIONS INC
Category Freaks Vol 1 TPB, $9.95

FANFARE / PONENT MON
Times Of Botchan Vol 1 GN (Of 10), $19.99

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING
EC Aces High Annual #1 (AA), $13.50
EC Frontline Combat Annual Set (AA), $37.40
Uncle Scrooge #344, $6.95
Walt Disneys Comics & Stories #659, $6.95

GIGANTIC GRAPHIC NOVELS
Dead West Vol 1 GN, $14.95

HEROIC PUBLISHING INC
Flare #26, $2.99

HOARSE AND BUGGY PRODUCTIONS
Western Tales Of Terror #5, $3.50

IDW PUBLISHING
CSI New York Bloody Murder #1 (Of 5), $3.99
CVO Covert Vampiric Operations Rogue State TPB, $19.99
Grimjack Killer Instinct #6 (Of 6), $3.99
Metal Gear Solid #11, $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
Alien Vs Predator Hybrid Bx Set AF, AR
Alien Vs Predator Ser 2 AF Asst, AR
Casefiles Sam & Twitch #18, $2.50
Godland #1, $2.99
McFarlanes Sports MLB 3-In Singles Ser 1 AF Asst, AR
Tomb Raider Witchblade Magdalena Vampirella One Shot, $2.99

MAHRWOOD PRESS
Nagdila Vol 1 Tale Of The Golden Age GN, $19.95

MOONSTONE
Belle Starr Queen Of Bandits #1, $2.95

NBM
Attitude Featuring Neal Swaab Rehabilitating Mr Wiggles TPB, $10.95
Cryptozoo Crew Vol 1 TPB, $9.95

NEW ENGLAND COMICS
Tick Days Of Drama #1, $4.95
Tick Days Of Drama Ltd Variant Cvr #1, AR

ONI PRESS INC.
Capote In Kansas GN, $11.95
Courtney Crumrin Tales #1, $5.95
Queen & Country Declassified Vol 3 #2 (Of 3), $2.99

REBELLION
2000 AD #1445, $4.10
2000 AD #1446, $4.10

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Amazing Agent Luna Vol 2 GN, $10.99

SIRIUS ENTERTAINMENT
Poison Elves Ventures #2 Lynn #2, $3.50

SPEAKEASY COMICS
Beowulf #3, $2.99

SSSCOMICS.COM
Eclipse And Vega The Beds We Make #3 (Of 3), $2.95

TOKYOPOP
All Grown Up Cinemanga Vol 2 GN (Of 2), $7.99
Blame Vol 1 GN (Of 10), $9.99
Cross Vol 4 GN (Of 5), $9.99
Dot Hack Sign Ai Buster Novel, $7.99
Dragon Knights Vol 20 GN (Of 22), $9.99
Dream Saga Vol 5 GN (Of 5), $9.99
Duel Masters Cinemanga Vol 5 GN (Of 7), $7.99
Escaflowne Vol 1-4 GN Set, $19.99
Fruits Basket Vol 11 GN (Of 14), $9.99
Girl Got Game Vol 10 GN (Of 10), $9.99
Gto Vol 1 GN (AA), $9.99
Gto Vol 25 GN (Of 25), $9.99
Heaven Above Heaven Vol 2 GN (Of 6), $9.99
Initial D Vol 19 GN (Of 29), $9.99
Lament Of The Lamb Vol 7 GN (Of 7), $9.99
Model Vol 7 GN (Of 7), $9.99
My Little Pony Jr Cinemanga Vol 1 GN, $3.99
Rave Master Vol 16 GN (Of 29), $9.99
Rebirth Vol 15 GN (Of 18), $9.99
Rising Stars Of Manga Vol 5 GN (Of 6), $9.99
Rizelmine GN, $9.99
Saiyuki Reload Vol 1 GN (Of 4), $9.99
Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol 15 GN (Of 27), $9.99
Scrapped Princess Vol 1 GN (Of 3), $9.99
Shaolin Sisters Reborn Vol 2 GN (Of 4), $9.99
Shutterbox Vol 3 GN (Of 3), $9.99
Snow Drop Vol 10 GN (Of 12), $9.99
Spongebob Squarepants Cinemanga Vol 9 GN (Of 12), $7.99
Suikoden III Vol 7 GN (Of 8), $9.99
Tokyo Tribes GN Vol 3 (resolicited), $9.99
Tramps Like Us Vol 6 GN (Of 10), $9.99
Vampire Game Vol 12 GN (Of 14), $9.99

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Secrets In The Shadows Art & Life Of Gene Colan SC, $21.95

VIPER COMICS
Karma Incorporated #1 (Of 3), $2.95
Oddly Normal #4 (Of 4), $2.95
Random Encounter #4 (Of 4), $2.95

VIZ LLC
Shojo Beat Aug 05 Vol 1 #2, $5.99
Shonen Jump Sep 05 #33, $4.99

3 comments:

Robby Reed said...

Why should we support "independents"? I support GOOD COMICS. Most of the "independents" you list, and ask us to support (for no reason other than they ARE "independents"), are total unreadable crap that no one buys for a REASON! Let's stop generic calls to support all "independents" regardless of quality, and instead support GOOD COMICS!

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

You're right, technically, but the fact of the matter is that a only small percentage of the direct market supports independent comics - including Dark Horse & Image, who get the bulk of that limited support - and the average fan isn't even aware of the existence of the hundreds of other comics published each month, good or bad.

"Try Something Different" is meant to be taken literally. There's an equal percentage of "unreadable crap" published by Marvel & DC that is being bought for no other reason than the completist mentality. Some of the best indies I've come across have been from randomly sampling comics I'd never heard of, a luxury I have thanks to being in NYC where Midtown stocks a wide range of comics.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

PS: You ask: Why should we support "independents"?

Because if we don't, we end with a Wal-Mart scenario...something we're pretty close to any way with the glut of SuperBat-SpiderMutant spinoffs flooding the market. Never mind the overhyped corporate crossovers that are dominating the sales charts.