Safe Haven?

January 28, 2009

Carnal Comics checked in the comments of a previous post with an update, noting:

“We are currently working an arrangement with Haven Distribution who sepcialize in carry the unique cutting edge comics. So we may still have a presence in the comic shop marketplace.”

Haven Distributors also came up this week in Rich Johnston’s Lying in the Gutters column at Comic Book Resources and in a wrap-up at Anime News Network. Newsarama’s Rick Offenberger interviewed Haven’s Lance Stahlberg earlier this week as well:

“Part of our mission is to help bring independent comics to the market. We give deserving titles a chance when Diamond won’t. We still have a submission and approval process, and you may get taken on consignment, but we boast a wide range of titles that cater to many tastes. Every new book we offer is treated the same.”

It would certainly be an interesting development if Diamond’s cost-cutting measures turned Haven into a major rival. Haven already seems like it’s in a good position for the “Offered Again” market sector.

Upcoming and incoming for 1/28/2009

January 28, 2009

A few quick links before we get to new arrivals from this week’s ComicList:

  • Deb Aoki posts results from the 2008 Best New Shonen readers’ poll at About.Com.
  • Johanna Draper Carlson shares a preview of Mijeong (NBM), another book from Byun Byung-Jun, the gifted creator of Run, Bong-Gu, Run!
  • GLAAD appreciates people who like us, who really, really like us.
  • Now, onto the Wednesday haul.

    Del Rey has three books that catch my eye: the fifth volume of Hiro Mashima’s fun, lively Fairy Tail, the second of Miwa Ueda’s twisted-sister drama Papillion, and the sixth of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s enduringly awesome Parasyte.

    HarperCollins delivers a second printing of Paul Gravett’s excellent Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know. It’s a terrific overview of a medium that’s tricky to summarize. Gravett pulled off a similar trick with his essential Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics.

    In a similar vein, Netcomics offers Manhwa 100: The New Era for Illustrated Comics, promising a compilation that represents the Korean comic book industry.

    Tokyopop’s big offering for the week is Benjamin’s full-color manhua Orange. Brigid Alverson shared a preview at MangaBlog, and Paul Gravett recently posted an interview with the creator conducted by Rebeca Fernandez. The other highlight from Tokyopop is the fourth volume of Ai Morinaga’s Your and My Secret, gender-bending comedy at its very best.


    January 28, 2009

    The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association has released its 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, along with the Top Ten. The group recognized 53 titles total from 27 different publishers or imprints. The big winner was Viz, with 9 titles and 23 books recognized, though if you add up the entries from all of DC’s various imprints, it comes close with 9 titles and 14 books recognized. Viz dominated the Top Ten, with 3 titles earning recognition.

    As usual, there’s a terrific breadth of material on display, from romance to biography to history mystery to super-heroes to slice-of-life to fantasy and so on. Here’s the breakdown of entries by publisher/imprint:

    Viz: 9 titles, 23 books, 3 titles in the Top Ten

    Marvel: 5 titles, 7 books

    CMX: 3 titles, 6 books
    Tokyopop: 3 titles, 4 books
    Hill and Wang: 3 titles, 3 books
    Image: 3 titles, 3 books

    Go! Comi: 2 titles, 4 books, 1 title in the Top Ten
    Vertical: 2 titles, 4 books
    DC: 2 titles, 3 books
    Yen Press: 2 titles, 3 books
    Dark Horse Comics: 2 titles, 2 books, 1 title in the Top Ten
    Vertigo: 2 titles, 2 books, 1 title in the Top Ten

    DrMaster: 1 title, 2 books
    Oni Press: 1 title, 2 books
    Wildstorm: 1 title, 2 books
    Cinco Puntos Press: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
    First Second: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
    Groundwood Books: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
    Red Five Comics: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
    Abstract Studio: 1 title, 1 book
    Bloomsbury: 1 title, 1 book
    Cellar Door: 1 title, 1 book
    Graphix: 1 title, 1 book
    Minx: 1 title, 1 book
    Riverhead Trade: 1 title, 1 book
    Slave Labor Graphics: 1 title, 1 book
    Villard: 1 title, 1 book