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March 16, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 16, 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.

Cinema Sewer #24
by Robin Bougie

The newest installment of Robin Bougie's annual sleazy cinema zine is out. It's chock full of cinematic oddities, disturbing illustrations and obscure movie info - like did you know Wes Craven made a smut film? This zine is awesome. It is also very much NOT an "appropriate for all audiences" type of experience.

The Downsized
by Matt Howarth

Howarth's comic reads like an entertaining updating of the Big Chill. But instead of a funeral, the gathering point is a 50th wedding anniversary.

Drop Target #1
by Jon Chad / Alec Longstreth

"You! With the face!" There was a convenience store across from my freshman year college campus with a pinball machine in it that would every once in awhile announce that. And also, "Ride the ferris wheel." But "You with the face" always struck me as an odd thing to say since most folks have faces - but as I type this I now get the genius of it. Drop Target is a brand new pinball-focused zine/comic. This first issue is perfect for beginners and gratifying to pinballers alike.

iZombie Volume 1: Dead To The World
by Chris Roberson / Mike Allred

iZombie, along with Sweet Tooth, is my favorite "new" Vertigo series. Roberson's story is a sweeter Buffy The Vampire Slayer/True Blood. Gwen is a grave-digging zombie, and her friend Eleanor is a '60s-era mod girl ghost. There are were-terriers, vampire paintballers, monster hunters, and so much more. Allred's artwork is the perfect style to tell this delicious, super-natural pop-culture stew of a tale.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Volume 1: Comic Book Time
by various

This brightly colored, hardcover Yo Gabba Gabba! comics anthology features work from the likes of Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Mike Allred, J. Torres, and many more. It's a fun, YGG! romp!

Your Highness
by Danny McBride / Jeff Fradley / Sean Phillips / Paul Peart

Danny McBride wrote this comic as a prequel to the upcoming film of the same name. Why am I pointing it out? Because Danny McBride wrote this comic!

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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