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June 3, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 3, 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.


Just a reminder - while Wednesday is traditionally the day all new comics books come out - Monday was a holiday - so Thursday this week's Wednesday.

The Best American Comics Criticism
by Ben Schwartz (editor)

With the rise of the graphic novel as a serious artistic and literary form - so too did the world of comics criticism rise. This book takes serious comics very, very seriously. Criticism, interviews, peer on peer essays and cartoons, and more.


Cinema Sewer #23
by Robin Bougie

It looks like a comic - but really, it isn't a comic - it's the newest installment of Robin Bougie's excellent film zine. While it comes in a comic format, and the pages are hand-lettered and chock full o' illustrations, Cinema Sewer is a frequently obscene and highly addictive magazine that focuses on, as the title suggests - the cinematic sewer - exploitation, sexploitation, horror, noir, XXX, and more. This issue also includes an article by Patton "Serenity: Float Out" Oswalt. Warning: Extremely graphic. But extremely worthwhile.


Freakangels Volume 4
by Warren Ellis / Paul Duffield

Yes, I know it's a free weekly webcomic - but really, I don't have the patience for most of those things. This old-fashioned book concept is so much nicer - it collects 144 pages of Freakangels - so you can actually immerse yourself in Paul Duffield's gorgeously subtle art and spend some time in Warren Ellis' post-apocalyptic universe where a weird group of people with strange powers caused something terrible to happen and are now trying to make amends. Well, mostly.


Serenity: Float Out
by Patton Oswalt / Patric Reynolds

Beloved comedian and comics fan of distinction Patton Oswalt writes this one-shot tale from Joss Whedon's sci-fi/werstern Serenity universe. Even though pilot Wash is dead, Float Out tells stories of his past.


Understanding the Crash
by Seth Tobocman / Eric Laursen

Understanding the Crash answers one very basic but seemingly incredibly complicated question - "What the hell happened to the global economy?" Tobocman and Laursen look at the history of our crisis and explain it - in illustrated form. They also offer solutions.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.com. 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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