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January 5, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 5, 2011

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.

Buildings And Bodies
by Ryan Dodgson

Ever see the front of a building and sometimes think it looks like a person? The beautiful illustrations in Ryan Dodgson's expertly crafted handmade book use real buildings around Toronto as faces on the bodies of some of his friends. The style is somewhat similar to Lisa Hanawalt. But with houses for heads instead of animals.

Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks
by Drew Friedman

One of my favorite illustrators tackling one of my favorite subjects: sideshow freaks!

Hi Fructose #18
by Attaboy / Annie Owens

One of the best arts magazines available today. It's always in demand. Great selection of artists. Beautiful photo spreads. If an art magazine could have a flavor, this one would be delicious. Wait, delicious is not a flavor? Well, it should be.

The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd #1
by Benjamin Marra

Who doesn't have a crush on Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd? Ben Marra's comic, with his hilarious and sharp '70s/'80s underground art style, turns her into an even sexier action hero. Is there a name for having a Mo Dowd fetish?

by Ray Fenwick

These bright, full-color paintings blur the lines between traditional art and comics, between lettering and language. Each piece in Mascots stands on its own, but it also functions within the context of the other paintings as well, to reveal a larger world.

Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!
by Fumi Yoshinaga

It's manga for foodies. But here's the kick - while the characters may be fictitious, all the restaurants discussed in this book are real Tokyo eateries.

Spotting Deer
by Michael DeForge

Michael DeForge first came on my radar with his crazy-good Lose comics. In Spotting Deer he seems to effortlessly work in another style like he's been perfecting it for years. Maybe he has. One thing is for sure, Spotting Deer is yet more evidence of DeForge’s talent. The full color book is about a guy who studies the behavioral patterns of something called "The Spotting Deer."

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)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists

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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