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November 9, 2011

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 2nd, 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 has been 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.


Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s
by Richard Graham

This beautiful collection is also a fascinating historical document of comic talent working for the government as propagan... er... disseminators of public information. Will Eisner, Milton Caniff, Walt Kelly and more all helped to let us know how much tv to watch, how to survive a nuclear attack, and Reefer Madness-like warnings about drugs and sex and more.


R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection
by Robert Crumb

Designed and packaged to look like a 78 record, this book collects Crumb's record cover illustrations. More than just sleeves for Big Brother And The Holding Company and The Grateful Dead - this package is chock full o' old timey music illustrations too.


The Someday Funnies
by Michel Choquette

The Someday Funnies originally began as an insert for Rolling Stone magazine, it soon took on a life of itself wtih cartoonists like Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, Jack Kirby, Moebius and Gahan Wilson. Chronicling the 1960s, this project went unpublished for decades until now.


Spy Vs. Spy By Prohias Omnibus
by Antonio Prohias

It seems so simple: one spy black, one spy white, both forever entangled in a never ending Cold War. But the lengths they go to to destroy each other are wonderfully complex. This omnibus collects hundreds of pages of Prohias' Spy Vs. Spy strips from MAD Magazine.


Unventions
by Edward Lorenz

Experience Chaos Mathematics with Lorenz' book. Unventions are what happens with people get all uppity about their big ideas. Shoe Boats, pistols that dispense icing, bill toasters and more.


What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley
by David Shrigley

Shrigley's work is hard to peg down. It's more like art than it is comics. But it's also more comics than art. It's simple yet brilliant. But one thing that is consistent - Shrigley's stuff is always hilarious. This collects his most "essential" work.


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)

the list of online "best books of 2011" lists

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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