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May 19, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 19, 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.

Catland Empire
by Keith Jones

Imagine if Philip K. Dick made Saturday morning cartoons instead of writing novels. Jones' brand of psychedelic sci-fi could easily be the result.

by Jon Evans / Andrea Mutti

Another fun entry into DC Comics’ Vertigo Crime imprint of hardcover, b/w, original, pulp graphic novels. When a former athlete returns to town to be the executor of his deceased high school sweetheart's will, he discovers his past may have something to do with her demise.

Henry And Glenn Forever
By Igloo Tornado

In this comic, Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins are "very good friends" and roommates. Their next-door neighbors are the extremely considerate and Satan-worshipping Hall and Oates. The result is a series of gag strips involving emo-meltdowns, cringey insecurities and cryfest diaries. A can't-miss concept that is wholly enjoyable.

Wally Gropius
by Tim Hensley

Sex, violence and rock 'n roll - all told in a beautiful Archie-esque retro '60s teen comic style. Wally Gropius has to marry the saddest girl in the world or lose his petrochemical conglomerate inheritance. The result is weird and fun, surreal and funny, odd and appealing....

by Jim Woodring

Alt-comics legend Jim Woodring's first official graphic novel finds him in the Frank Universe (one of his best-known creations), telling a dense yet wordless tale about suffering and enlightenment. Woodring's comics are beautifully psychedelic, and his linework is a visual feast.

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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