12.06.2008

IDW Parking Lot Sale

I'm not a huge fan of IDW's line of books, but I decided to check out their deep discount sale on brand new overstocked inventory at their local headquarters here in San Diego. Glad I did, as there were tons of deals; essentially, regardless of cover prices single issues were $1 and any sort of TPB or OGN was $5. Here's a quick rundown of what I picked up...

D'Airain Adventure #2: For a buck, I'll pick up just about anything with Ashley Wood art.

Dooomed Presents: Ashley Wood: See above.

Gene Simmons' Zipper #1, 4, 5, 6: I confess that Gene Simmon's Dominatrix is a book I also picked up previously for a buck and it became a guilty pleasure, so I decided to check this out. The premise was fairly solid and the writing has its moments, too bad the art isn't a bit stronger.

Tank Girl #1, 2, 4: Some Ashley Wood, some Rufus Dayglo, shouldn't really go wrong for just a buck.

Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse: Segue To Destruction: A one shot done by Ben Templesmith; again, Templesmith is sorta' like Ashley Wood to me, I'll generally pick up anything for a buck, with the exception of 30 Days of Night, that title is pretty played out. There was a ton of these different mini-series at the sale, but the one I wanted (Bloodsucker Tales, written by Matt Fraction) was not.

Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse: Calamari Rising #1, 2: See above.

Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #3, 4, 5, 6, 7: See above.

The Complete Jon Sable, Freelance: Volume 1 HC (Signed & Numbered): I was peripherally aware of Jon Sable and Grimjack back in the day, when I was reading Dreadstar and Nexus, but never really checked them out. No better time than $5 for a $50 hardcover!

The Complete Jon Sable, Freelance: Volume 2 HC: See above.

The Legend of Grimjack: Volume 1 HC (Signed & Numbered): See above.

Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire: Big weird looking book from William Messner-Loebs that I'd never heard of.

Mars: Looks like fun from Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel.

Clive Barker's The Thief of Always: Not a huge fan of Clive Barker, but this looked interesting.

Smoke: Read great things about this book by Alex de Campi and Igor Kordey.

Chicanos: Volume 1: Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso, worth it for the Risso art alone.

Chicanos: Volume 2: See above.

IDW's Tales of Terror: Volume 1 HC: Looks interesting enough, from a line similar to the Dark Horse Book of _____.

Total suggested retail price: $375 plus tax.

My price at the sale: $67, no tax.

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2 Comments:

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Ryan Claytor said...

How the heck did you find out about an IDW parking lot sale? :) I've heard they are located in San Diego, but where are their head quarters? Sounds like you swung a great deal.

In other news, I've recently been reading a book titled, "Reading Comics" by Douglas Wolk. It is a sound, approachable, well-written, critical, prose book on comics. I've been enjoying the chapters as I skip around the book (not agreeing with everything, but agreeing with the majority of what he has to say). It's pretty entertaining and thought-provoking. Not to mention, when he talks about being a critic/reviewer in the first chapter of the book, and the responsibilities of someone in that role, I immediately thought of you.

The reviews on Amazon come in mixed, but it made me feel better when the 4/5 star rating came from former Dark Horse Editor/former Oni Editor-in-Chief/current Writer, Jamie S. Rich.

Anyhow, maybe something to add to the Amazon wish list...as if you need anymore reading after that parking lot sale. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comics-Graphic-Novels-Work/dp/0306815095/ref=ed_oe_h

Happy Holidays,

Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
http://www.ElephantEater.com

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Justin said...

Ryan,

Hey man... it really wasn't marketed terribly well. I found a random post on someone's site (I think it was Valerie D'Orazio) and then tracked it back to a buried little news item at CBR. Nobody locally seemed to know about it. I was there for the first half hour or so and saw maybe 30 people total. Heck of a sale though.

Anyway, IDW is over on Santa Fe Rd., East of the 5, across from the exits to PB, roughly. Oh, and it was sunny and warm. ;-) Miss California weather yet?

Ah, Doug is a great writer! He's one of the reviewers at the Savage Critic and even moderated some panels (one on blogging) at the con this year. I'll definitely be seeking that book out, sounds great, thanks for the tip.

Best,

Justin

 

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