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April 7, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 7, 2010

In the Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights several new comics and graphic novels released this week.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper

Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980
by Dan Nadel (editor)

Dan Nadel's Art Out of Time helped establish the concept of cartoonist outsider artists. This companion book collects complete comic stories that represent some of the best, but obscure adventure stories from the 1940s through the 1980s by well-known artists like H.G. Peter (Wonder Woman), John Stanley (Little Lulu), Harry Lucey (Archie artist), Jesse Marsh (Tarzan artist), and Bill Everett (Sub Mariner, Dr. Strange). This book is a must for those who believe that quirky and oddball comic work shouldn't be forgotten just because it's strange.

Batman And Robin Volume 1: Batman Reborn (Deluxe Edition)
by Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely / various

So when they killed off Batman (yes, Bruce Wayne is dead – but he's superhero dead so that means he'll be back eventually), I rolled my eyes – another cheap ploy. But the result has been this excellent series by Grant Morrison. A fresh new dynamic with a new Batman and Robin which has been a lot of fun to read.

Hate Annual #8
by Peter Bagge

One of the best comics from the ‘90s now comes out only as an “annual” (even though it's been a few years since issue #7 – so technically, it's a “sort of annual”). Still, a visit with Buddy Bradley is always worth the wait – it's like seeing an old friend again. And this issue has a 20 page Buddy story, plus some other Bagge comics. Feel the Hate!

Market Day
by James Sturm

It's been years since several years since we've had a graphic novel from James Sturm. This historical graphic novel concerns an early 20th century Jewish businessman struggling to survive amid social and economic forces on the brink of industrialization. It's a tale that has much resonance today.

Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?
by Kate Bingaman-Burt

How much do buy in a day? Do you think you could list everything? How about draw it all? That's what Bingaman-Burt did when she was facing a mountain of post graduation debt. She drew her monthly credit card statements until that debt was repaid three years later. The result is not just a fascinating study in mass consumption, but also a look at life of and through objects.

Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.

Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books blog
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Said What?

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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