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November 3, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 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.

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.

by Dave Cooper

The long-awaited collection of Dave Cooper's awesomely disturbing, pleasingly strange, but profoundly compelling new artwork.

Bound And Gagged
by Tom Neely (editor)

A well-done one-page gag comic is truly a work of art. And this book, edited by Tom Neely, collects these one-pagers from Kim Deitch, Theo Ellsworth, Eamon Espey, Julia Gfrorer, Kaz, Anders Nilson, John Porcellino, Zak Sally, Noah Van Sciver and too many more to mention here.

Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City in the 30s and 40s
by Denys Wortman / James Sturm (editor)

James Sturm presents a rediscovery or an overlooked artist revered by his peers (who just happened to be Walt Disney, Milt Gross and William Steig). Step into a masterfully presented New York of the past and wonder why Wortman’s art has gone forgotten for so long.

H Day
by Renee French

Is this an autobiography of an artist dealing with migraines, or is it a fantasy of beasts? Or is it both? Renee's art manages to be simultaneously defined and fuzzy - her technique is unique and masterful.

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
by Sarah Glidden

A couple years ago, this Sarah's story here was my favorite mini-comic. Then Vertigo smartly signed her, and I've had to wait for this book so I can finish the story of Sarah on a "Birthright Tour" trying to make sense of the Middle East. Her expectations clash with reality and her personal politics face self-defining turmoil. A fascinating, must-read!

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
by Adam

This book reveals answers to one of the more mysterious characters from Joss Whedon's cult favorite TV show Firefly (and subsequent movie Serenity), Shepherd. Plus, it's sci-fi/western comics fun.

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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