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March 23, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 23, 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.

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)
by Matthew Inman

It's always fun when a webcomic graduates to a print publication. This book collects some of the most popular comics from

The Arctic Marauder
by Jacques Tardi

This is a gorgeous, simply breath-taking example of Tardi's early work. This retro-sci-fi tale involves the mystery of a ship stuck on top of an iceberg. How'd it get there? The answer involves monsters of the deep, mysterious futuristic machines and mad scientists.

The Cardboard Valise
by Ben Katchor

It's Ben Katchor's first new book in nearly ten years. AND it folds out into a valise! The story itself is a semi-surreal travelogue.

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice
by Ivan Brunetti

This is a short introduction to the art of cartooning - part how-to, part theory, it's a must for anyone doing comics as well as fans of the medium.

The Heavy Hand
by Chris C. Cilla

Chris Cilla and his brand of weird, surreal but very readable comics are now available in this debut graphic novel.

Graffiti Art Coloring Book
by Aye Jay

If you've ever wanted to get revenge on taggers, now you can - by tagging all over this coloring books' graffiti images with Crayolas. Or, you could stay inside the lines and add color to the art of folks like Dondi, Lady Pink, Dalek, and Shepard Fairey.

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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