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July 27, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 27th, 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.


Amazing 3-D Comics
by Craig Yoe (editor)

I really think at this point, Craig Yoe should be added to the pantheon of important names in comics - alongside Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, etc. And it's because of his brilliant and prolific archival work like this book which clearly shows decades before every Hollywood blockbuster was expected to come out in darker-than-normal 3-D, comics with print runs in the millions were entertaining kids with tales just as incredible. This book features the work of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bob Powell, Al Jaffee, Russ Heath, Milt Stein, Alex Toth, and many more.


Justice
by Jim Krueger / Alex Ross / Doug Braithwaite

Collected into a very pretty hardcover. When the Legion of Doom starts doing global good, the Justice League starts to get a little suspicious.


Krazy Kat and The Art of George Herriman: A Celebration
by George Herriman / Craig Yoe (editor)

Look, it's that Craig Yoe guy again! This time putting together a great collection of art, essays and biographies of one of the more. Discover the genius of Herriman and his iconic creation, Krazy Kat.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969
by Alan Moore / Kevin O'Neill

The much anticipated new installment of Alan Moore's epic League story-arc. If all you know of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the disappointing movie, go read one of these books. This volume is set in a drug-drenched swinging Sixties London.


Murder by High Tide: Gil Jordan, Private Eye
by M. Tillieux

All the fun of Herge's Tintin, without any of the guilt (if you don't know, just Google Tintin and "racism" or "nazi" and follow the discussions)! Fantagraphics is bringing several Franco-Belgian comics to English for the first time.


The Raven
by Lorenzo Mattotti / Lou Reed / Edgar Allen Poe

Lou Reed reinterprets the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Lorenzo Mattotti illustrates. Reed's had a long running fixation with the author, and this project is another interesting installment of a series of work that involves records and staged musicals.


Sibyl Anne Vs. Ratticus
by R. Mancherot

Another fun, post-Tintin Franco-Belgian import from the folks at Fantagraphics.


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 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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