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August 18, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 18th, 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.

Atomic Books was recently named one of Bizarre Magazine's 51 geekiest places on the planet.


Al Williamson Archives Volume 1
by Al Williamson

Sadly, comic book Hall of Famer Al Williamson died a few months ago. But for fans of this great artist whose highly influential artwork ran in EC Comics as well as Creepy, Eerie and many more – Flesk’s Al Williamson Archives keeps his work alive and vibrant.


Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story
by Mat Johnson / Simon Gane

In the days following Hurricane Katrina, most sane people were trying to flee New Orleans. Emmit and Dabny are racing to New Orleans – to rob a bank. The problem is they have to wrestle with the human desire to help those in need while trying to rob the bank before a contracted security force does. Dark Rain presents a smart and complex setting for caper.


Elephant Man
by Greg Houston

This wonderfully grotesque superhero spoof concerns Baltimore’s newest crime-fighting superhero – The Elephant Man.


Fuff #8
by Jeffrey Lewis

The long-awaited new issue of the Fuff comic series by musician Jeffrey Lewis, and it was well-worth the wait – just look at Lewis’s cityscape and landscape backgrounds! Fuff #8 features a lengthy story from his dad about a New Yorker building a cabin in the woods of Maine and the pre-teen superhero adventures of Meteorite Mite.


Set to Sea
by Drew Weing

Drew Weing’s graphic novel debut is a Popeye-esque delight. Weing’s linework – and abundant crosshatching – is a visual feast that well serves the story of a deadbeat poet who is shanghaied and learns to live and love the yarns he’s been spinning.


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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