Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is one of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. I’ve always been a fan of Gaiman, but this book solidified him as one of the best writers of genre fiction in our time. The story is an immersive look at mythology in a way that I’ve never experienced before. I’m super excited about the television show that’s premiering next year; along with a new comic coming to Dark Horse. Read more about that, as the cover graces next Month’s PREVIEWS catalog.

The January edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops on December 28th and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning March 2017.

ON OUR FRONT COVER: P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton bring an acclaimed and award-winning Neil Gaiman novel to comics in Dark Horse Comics’ American Gods: Shadows.

ON OUR BACK COVER: IDW Publishing celebrates the National Book Award won by March, the graphic novel autobiography about the Civil Rights Movement by Representative John Lewis (D-GA).

The January PREVIEWS Features

Free Comic Book Day — Free Comic Book Day returns in 2017, and this month’s PREVIEWS unveils the Gold and Silver Sponsor books as well as the Commemorative Artist t-shirt by The Fairly Odd-Parents‘ Butch Hartman and the Commemorative Artist poster by Black Panther: World of Wakanda‘s Afua Richardson.

How-to-Draw Month — Many PREVIEWS readers and comic book fans not only enjoy reading graphic literature, but want to learn all they can about the techniques and processes artists utilize to create comics and graphic novels. This month, PREVIEWS focuses on artistic tricks-of-the-trade, making it easy for aspiring artists to find how-to-draw books throughout this issue by marking them with a special icon.

Draw Your Own Hero Contest — To get readers in the mood for PREVIEWS‘ “How to Draw Month,” PREVIEWS is running a contest in January where readers can create their own super-hero and potentially win a prize pack of How to Draw books.

On The Flip Side — A new era begins for X-O Manowar in March as Valiant Entertainment’s launch title relaunches with a new direction, and PREVIEWS talks with Valiant publisher Fred Pierce about what readers can expect from the new X-O Manowar and where the series is going.

Gems of the Month — January’s PREVIEWS Gems of the Month include:

  • Dark Horse Comics’ American Gods: Shadows #1 and Rebels: These Free and Independent States #1
  • DC Entertainment’s Batwoman #1 and Savage Things #1
  • IDW Publishing’s Ghostbusters 101 #1
  • Image Comics’ Afar OGN and Royal City #1
  • Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist #1

catBUZZPREVIEWS shines a special spotlight at some of the blockbuster books and products coming in March, including Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones’ America from Marvel Comics, an ongoing series starring fan-favorite character America Chavez of the Young Avengers and Ultimates. Plus, Jeff Lemire explores a family’s secrets and pain in Image Comics’ Royal City; the original Ghostbusters meet the Ghostbusters of 2016 in IDW Publishing’s multiverse-spanning adventure Ghostbusters 101; Art Baltazar and Franco revisit Little Archie as part of Archie Comics’ one-shot specials month; the world of Kim Newman’s best-selling horror/alternate history series Anno Dracula comes to comics in Titan Comics’ new series; Diamond Select Toys’ unleashes the power of Thor from Walt Simonson’s legendary run with their Marvel Milestones: Armored Thor Resin Statue; and HEROCROSS brings the Star Wars Hybrid Metal Figuration line of action figures to American shores.

Indie Edge PREVIEWS talks to Anthony Del Col about his upcoming book Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie from Dynamite Entertainment as well as his work on IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare, plus the comics that he’s reading and enjoying today.

New Look for 2017 —Beginning this month, PREVIEWS sports a new cover stock, an updated cover design, and new page layouts, giving the comic industry’s venerable catalog a new look for the new year.

Plus: Staff Picks, the monthly Bestseller Charts, and so much more!

All this awaits you in the January edition of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, December 28th with the regular cover price of just $3.99.