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June 9, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 9, 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.

Acts Of Violence: Anthology Of Crime Comics
by Ed Brisson (editor)

It's a smart anthology of hard-boiled crime comics in the pulp tradition by a host of young talent. As the title suggests, the stories are ripe with two-fisted goodness.

Grasshopper And The Ant
by Harvey Kurtzman

Considered by many as one of the best 100 graphic novels of all time, Harvey Kurtzman's classic beatnik take on an Aesop fable originally ran in Esquire magazine over 40 years ago. Here it gets the stand alone, hardcover, larger format respect it so warrants.

Neil Young's Greendale
by Joshua Dysart / Cliff Chiang / Neil Young

Greendale is a mystical, mythical and musical journey and a political coming of age story based on the Neil Young album.

Siegel And Shuster's Funnyman
by Jerry Siegel / Joe Shuster / Thomas Andrae (editor) / Mel Gordon (editor)

I can read, with seemingly endless fascination, about the plight of unfortunate creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This book tells the story and collects comics from their disastrous comic that they created after selling Superman to DC Comics and getting out of their contracts. The never-realized goal was to have Funnyman, their new funny Jewish superhero, trump Supes. Supes won.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6
by Michael Kupperman

If a cowboy Oscar Wilde or the adventures of physicist/writer duo Einstein/Twain (you have to acknowledge the physical similarities) seem up your alley, do not miss the newest installment of Michael Kupperman's hilarious and ridiculously well-stylized series, Tales Designed to Thrizzle.

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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