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October 27, 2010

Atomic Book Comics Preview - October 27, 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, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

Duncan The Wonder Dog Volume 1: Show One
by Adam Hines

A phonebook sized first installment of an epic that takes place in a universe where some animals can talk and decide organize against they way humans treat them. Think PETA meets Animal Farm meets Dave McKean meets Dave Sim.

Lone Pine
by Jed McGowan

We've all been there. A relationship ends, we retreat to an isolated life in the woods to reflect on our own shortcomings and failures only to stumble upon a strange mystery. Okay, well, maybe we've all experienced some of the first part of that sentence, but this book is a great way to experience the second part safely. It's a 2010 Xeric award winner.

Royal Flush #7
by Josh Bernstein (editor)

Royal Flush is a fine template for the type of publication I'd love to see more of: a ridiculously fun magazine loaded with readability and offering some comicy goodness as well. In this issue, John Waters teaches you how to cultivate your own sweet 'stache (Waters-style, of course), there's Roger Corman, Lewis Black, Roddy Piper, Danny McBride and more, surrounded by great illustrations, and pages of gag cartoons. A few more Royal Flush-type publications might just be able to keep print alive!

Seripop - New Mutantes
by Chloe Lum / Yannick Desranleau

Seripop is Cloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau who are also the noise rock band AIDS Wolf. New Mutantes is a newsprint tabloid of some of their more mutated designs.

The Wrong Place
by Brecht Evens

Evens delivers a sort of study on the effects of celebrity on socializing, but the real star here is Evens' fantastic watercolor work. Really, really remarkable art.

Zabime Sisters
by Aristophane

A remarkable coming of age story that is as intricate and complicated as the artist's brushwork. Gorgeous and magical.

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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