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May 4, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 4th, 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.

Alexandro Jodorowsky's Screaming Planet
by Alexandro Jodorowsky / various

The remains of a destroyed planet. A sentient piece of metal longing to share its sadness. It's a new treat for fans of the cult filmmaker and comic writer Jodorowsky.

Bat Boy: Weekly World News Strips
by Peter Bagge

This collects Bagge's looney Bat Boy strips which ran for a couple years in Weekly World News (home of Bat Boy).

I Taste Sound Volume 1: The Sword of Reason
by Mike Riley

Collecting the web comics' one panel gags. The characters include Stunt Slug, Comb-Over Eagle, Loch Ness Hamster, Psychic Octopus and more!

I Will Bite You! And Other Stories
by Joseph Lambert

This book collects a bunch of Lambert's long out-of-print and hard to find self-published mini-comics. There are a bunch of different stories here, and Lambert plays with his style quite a bit - but if you want to know what the arrival of an important new cartoonist looks like, I Will Bite You! will show you exactly that.

Mammal #3
by Devin Clark / Tom Forget / Matt Dorfman (editors)

I'm not sure where to shelve this finely produced, perfect bound, full-color publication. I'm torn between putting it with comics or with art publications. It contains excellent examples of both. This issue's theme is fear, and it features work from Les Kanturek, Jim Cooke, Jenny Herbert, Tom Raski, Jim Bauer, Dan Meth, Benjamin Marra, Claire Donner, Joe Spix and more!

The Next Day
by Paul Peterson / Jason Gilmore / John Porcellino

This is a remarkable feat of comics journalism. Here is an intimate collection of interviews from four survivors of near-fatal suicide attempts, drawn with poetic minimalism by John Porcellino. This book is exceedingly powerful.

Not My Small Diary #16
by Delaine Derry Green (editor)

If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, you'll not find a better deal than NMSD. It's a 2 volume, 160 page comic set of transportation-themed comic stories by over 60 cartoonists, including: Kelly Froh, Roberta Gregory, Ayun Halliday, John Isaacson, Dave Kiersh, MariNaomi, Carrie McNinch, John Porcellino, Liz Prince, Sam Spina, Noah Van Sciver, Julia Wertz, and more.

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind and Beyond
by Jacob McMurray / Krist Novoselic

This book is not a graphic novel, it's more of a gallery/ cultural history book but it's published by Fantagraphics (mostly a comics publisher). Fantagraphics was every bit as important to the sub-culture scene of Seattle in the '90s as Sub Pop Records was. This book traces the history of Grunge and the punk sub-culture of Seattle from the '70s through the '90s. Did I mention it comes with a DVD loaded with interviews from underground luminaries?

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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