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July 13, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 13th, 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.

Cat Rackham Loses It!
by Steve Wolfhard

This comic by Koyama Press melds the worlds to underground comix with today's more art-comics inclined (as most of their publications do), with great results. Cat Rackham is a depressed cat living in the wild and is too neurotic for his instincts to help him.

by Gary Phillips / Brian Hurtt

The newest installment in the far too overlooked Vertigo Crime series deals with race and violence - Hip hop clubs, gangstas, undercover cops, and Hollywood celebrities are the setting and characters at the scene of a racially motivated police-shooting which yields unexpected results. Cowboys is an intense hip-hop crime graphic novel.

Homeland Directive
by Robert Venditti / Mike Huddleston

An expert in viral study is at the heart of a large conspiracy when she is blamed for the murder of her partner. Of course, as is the case with conspiracies, there is far more going on than just murder, and Dr. Regan must not only save herself but she must also help save America by exposing the deadly plot before things go, er, viral.

Monster Party
by Chris Eliopoulos

Oscar has monsters in his basement, and they want to come up an party. Elio's artwork is always a delight, and this comic is as much fun as a Monster Party.

Root Rot
by Michael DeForge (editor) / Annie Koyama (editor)

This is a beautiful anthology of forest-themed comic stories. It features work by some of my favorite cartoonists like T. Edward Bak, Derek M. Ballard, Chris 'Elio' Eliopoulos, Hellen Jo, Joseph Lambert, Jon Vermilyea, Angie Wang, Dan Zettwoch and many more.

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 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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