June 2016 Pre-Order Picks: A TO Z

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Trying out a new feature here.  We will go through the monthly PREVIEWS catalog from Diamond Distributors and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention. To follow along, please pick up a copy of the June 2016 PREVIEWS catalog from your local comic shop (available now).

 If this is your first time viewing the catalog, it lists all books to be published two months from now.  So, you get a chance in June to see what’s coming up in August 2016.  

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them.  In a perfect world, you could just visit your local store and the books you want would be there waiting for you to pull them off the shelf. It’s a great time for comics fans, as there are a variety of great titles in assorted genres from a growing group of publishers large and small.  Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.

If you’re really new to this, then you need to understand that comic shops have to pre-order their books and pay for them in advance, also without the ability to send back any titles that don’t sell.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.  

What better way to start this off than to focus on an anthology of short stories form real independent creators.  It’s also right behind AARDVARK ANAHEIM in the PREVIEW catalog.


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 The former INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE returns in a smaller format with less pages (48) and a lower price ($4.99).  Still featuring a selection of high quality black and white, short stories (completed in one issue, no continued tales)  by independent writers and artists.  

From the catalog listing:  “The adventure begins when Rick Bonn asks ‘Why Did the Caveman Cross the Sea?’.  Brad Ulrich’s mercenaries attempt a raid on Rectory VII, ‘At Galaxy’s Core’.  Terry Cronin plunges three college students on spring break into an underground world of bloodsucking women.  Gary Scott Beatty follows the Maketch Girl and elder gods into darkness. Michael R. Carr presents two aging adversaries converging for a final encounter.  And diesel punk meets modern world in Paul Bradford’s ‘The Night Errant.’  MATURE THEMES.

  More details about the creators and the various offerings from Aazurn Publishing can be found at this website:


If you like the idea of reading mini-previews of upcoming comics at BC Refugees, please let us know via the comments.

NEXT:  More of the pre-picks from publishers beginning with A.  There’s a lot of them!



  1. Thanks, Mike! The new Indie Comics #1 is adventure and horror oriented. Some of our creators are reasonably well known in the indie community, the rest have strong regional followings. Indie Comics #1 is in Previews now (JUN160995) under Aazurn Publishing — IC#2 and IC#3 will be in August and October’s Previews.

    Below, detail of my page from “The Maketch Girl” in Indie Comics #1. This "The Little Match Girl” pastiche turns a child toward sunless, ancient worlds of eldritch horrors.


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