Friday, August 10, 2007

USA Today Reviews

On Wednesday USA Today reviewed 4 graphic novels. They were: Batman: Ego and Other Tails, By Darwyn Cooke; Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, an anthology Edited by Jason Rodriguez; Stop Forgetting to Remember, By Peter Kuper; and Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, By Laurell K. Hamilton, Stacie Ritchie, Brett Booth.

The article starts out, "At $330 million in sales a year and growing, graphic novels now represent the biggest segment of the comic-book publishing world. USA TODAY checks out some of the summer's best offerings..." and then goes on to list these for recent arrivals.

I have read Anita Blake in single issue form - good stuff if you're a vampire fan. I've not read Batman: Ego, but we have it in stock here and Darwyn Cooke is great. The other two we don't have in stock and I'm not familiar with, but we could get them in if someone was so inclined as to want to read them.

My only complaint with these types of columns - they don't give the site address or phone (1-888-COMIC BOOK) number for the comic shop locator service. People need to know that these graphic novels are often readily available at comic book stores, not just at the Barns & Noble. And those B&N's typically only carry a small selection of graphic novels (although due to increasing popularity those sections have begun to increase in size), so if you have to special order it because B&N doesn't have it, and the comic book store doesn't have it - ask the comic book store to order it for you. It will, more than likely, cost you the same either way, and your local comic book store owner will actually appreciate your business.

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