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May 5, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 5, 2010

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.

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.

The Beats: A Graphic History
by Harvey Pekar / Paul Buhle / Ed Piskor

Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) and a host of other writers and artists give us this graphic novel history of the Beat Era. There’s something remarkably appropriate about a history of the Beats in graphic novel form. And it’s a great, entertaining way to find out more about legendary American writers like Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg as well as historic places like San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore.

The Comics Of Chris Ware: Drawing Is A Way Of Thinking
by David M. Ball / Martha B. Kuhlamn

Chris Ware (ACME Novelty Library) is one of the most important cartoonists of the 20th/21st century. His precision linework, his page layouts, his approach to narratives, all have profoundly influenced the way serious cartoonists now look at the medium. This book collects a number of essays looking at his work to date.

iZombie #1
by Chris Roberson / Michael Allred

Mike Allred (Madman) returns to monthly comics by teaming up with Chris Roberson to deliver this new Vertigo series. Gwen is a gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery and also a zombie detective. Once a month she has to eat a brain to keep herself from going full-zombie – but this also crowds her head with memories from the dead. And after chowing down on their brains, she feels like she has to fulfill their final requests. It's a fair price for a hearty meal. Good, stylized, zombie fun.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies: The Graphic Novel
by Jane Austen / Seth Grahame-Smith / Tony Lee / Cliff Richards

Seth-Grahame-Smith’s surprise hit novel, incorporating zombies into Jane Austen’s classic novel gets the graphic novel treatment. And with ninjas, zombies and disapproving aunts, why shouldn’t it?

by James Kochalka

What would the Teen Titans really be up to in Titans Tower if left unsupervised? Remember, they are the TEEN Titans. Well, realistically (and cartoonishly), it would probably look something like SuperF*ckers: a group of gutter-mouthed, dirty-minded super kids hanging out, getting high, hazing the newbies, designing fresh new costumes, etc. If the X-Men are too emo for your tastes, Kochalka’s SuperF*ckers will do the trick.

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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