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February 2, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 2, 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.

by Fabio Moon / Gabriel Ba

Collecting the hit Vertigo series, Ba and Moon's graphic novel marvels at the varieties in daily existence as each chapter focuses on the life of Bras de Olivias Dominguez and ends with his death, over and over again. The next chapter starts up at a different point in his life and again ends with his death. So in a way, it's the life story of a man told in multiple installments of his deaths.

Evolution: The Story Of Life On Earth
by Jay Hosler / Kevin Cannon / Zander Cannon

Okay, this book may not appeal to everyone since some folks don't believe in things like science, but for folks who do, this book easily explains a concept that over half the U.S. doesn't seem to understand. (No one is calling your mother a monkey, so settle down.)

Mineshaft #26
by Everett Rand / Gioia Palmieri

Mineshaft is as much a comics anthology as it is an illustration art zine and a literary journal. But the real surprise to this underappreciated gem is the stellar cast of contributors: Robert Crumb, Pat Moriarity, David Collier, Dennis Eichhorn, Andrei Codrescu, Jim Blanchard, and many more.

New Character Parade
by Johnny Ryan

If you like to laugh, you'll love Johnny Ryan's comics. This book collects the hard to find New Character Parade single issues. As the title suggests, it's a parade of characters, in funny, comic strip form, including: Lesbian Spock, Metaliban, Judge Judy Dredd and so many more.

Scenes From An Impending Marriage
by Adrian Tomine

It's a sort of wedding gift, from the Optic Nerve cartoonist. This collection of funny comic strips, which illustrate the absurdity of the process of planning a wedding, began as a unique favor for wedding guests and ended up becoming this book. So it's kind of like we were all invited to Tomine's wedding except we didn’t have to dress up or get him anything.

Tales Of A Hippy Kid: Road Trippin' And Skinny Dippin'
by Jon Kroll / Dave Bohn

Okay, as a fan of underground comics, I also have a soft spot in my heart for hippy/head comics since that's the scene where the undergrounds originated. This collection of stories scratches that hippy comics itch nicely.

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
by GB Tran

Tran's family fled Vietnam for the U.S. during the fall of Saigon. This graphic memoir (which wonderfully mixes family biography, history and travelogue) traces the hardships of his family that he only becomes aware of when returning to Vietnam for his grandmother's funeral.

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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