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February 9, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 9, 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.


Cometbus #54: In China With Green Day?!!
by Aaron Cometbus

This isn't a comic, it’s a zine. In fact, it is considered by many as "THE" zine. Aaron Cometbus has been doing this publication himself for years. And a long time ago, he was a friend and roadie for Green Day back when they were a DIY punk band. This zine is about him reuniting and going on tour with them. How have the years changed old friends whose lives took very different directions? Cometbus #54 is a fascinating read.


Femina And Fauna: The Art of Camilla D'Errico
by Camilla D'Errico

This art book collects the work of illustrator and pop-surrealist artist Camilla D'Errico. It's a beautiful collection of gorgeous art work.


Mid-Life
by Joe Ollmann

I am a 9-panel grid devotee (the traditional 9 panel comic book layout), so my eyes bugged out when I started thumbing through this new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly. Joe's book is a must for any 9-panel grid fetishist (as well as anyone who's ever suffered or think they may suffer a mid-life crisis). Page after page of a story about a guy dealing with mismanaged mid-life issues, John, told perfectly by 9 panels per almost every page.


Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness
by Darryl Cunningham

Darryl's time working in a psychiatric ward gives him unique and insight into the world of the mentally ill. Psychiatric Tales dymythologizes and destigmatizes mental illness.


Twilight of the Assholes
by Tim Kreider

I've known Tim Kreider for years, and he's one of the nicest folks you'd ever meet - which makes his hilariously cynical and extremely incisive political and personal cartoons collected in this book (with accompanying essays) all the more fascinating. Kreider is one of the keenest and sadly under-appreciated political cartoonists working today - but he's also much more than that. The crazier America gets, the better Kreider's work is - and let's face it, as a nation, we're bonkers right now.


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)

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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