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September 7, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - September 7, 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.

Big Questions
by Anders Nilsen

Nilsen's magnificent masterwork! A downed plane. An unexploded bomb. A stranded pilot and a flock of birds. Over 650 pages of an exquisitely illustrated post-modern fable.

Black Eye Nr. 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension
by Ryan Standfest (editor)

What Standfest has created here is nothing short of a miracle. A perfect blend of old and new, horror and humor, gross and gorgeous - Black Eye is a like a modern EC humor/horror publication. Complete interviews of EC artists and contributions by Brecht Evens, Ivan Brunetti, Tom Neely, Michael Kupperman, Lilli Carre and more. If I had the money, I'd buy all of these up and keep them all for myself. One of my favorite books this year.

The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer / Seymour Chwast

Chwast did wonders with his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. He now turns his attention to Chaucer's ribald Canterbury Tales.

by Brian Ralph

Ralph offers his take on the zombie genre. If this book was a movie - and honestly it very easily could be - it would be an immediate cult classic. Told in an unique first person format, Ralph relishes the opportunity to draw a post apocalyptic wasteland with zombies just lurking off the panels for most of the story. Creep, scary and totally fun.

by Jim Ottaviani / Leland Myrick

This graphic biography tells the story of the life of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, musician and adventurer. He worked on the Manhattan Project and helped investigate the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster before dying at age 69 of 2 rare forms of cancer.

Fungus #1
by James Kochalka

The first installment from new publishing project Retrofit Comics features this oddball experimental narrative by Kochalka.

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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