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January 18, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 18th, 2012

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.

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003
by Bill Griffith

Most folks know Griffith as the creator of the newspaper strip Zippy The Pinhead. But before that, he was an important figure in the underground comix movement. This means he has a lot of non-Zippy stuff that was uncollected, until now. This volume also collects some of his earliest Zippy work too. Lost & Found is a fascinating new look at a well-known cartoonist.

The Evolutionist's Doodlebook
by Manvir Singh

The concept of this book is relatively simple and in that simplicity lies its genius. It's a collection of evolutionary terminology with definitions and interesting artwork which illustrates the meaning.

Gangsta Rap Posse #2
by Benjamin Marra

Who doesn't enjoy reading comics where Neo-Nazi Skinhead punks get their asses handed to them by gangsta rappers? Well, I mean aside from Neo-Nazi Skinheads, obviously. Marra's comic is ridiculously over-the-top and ridiculously fun.

Gutter Prints Volume 1
by Will Laren

This is a nifty, handmade art book type of project, with screen printing on newsprint. But it's also loaded with hilarious Laren gag comics. My favorites here are a guy putting stamps on his backpack because his parents won't let him sew patches on it and a bass drummer worried about the possibility of his drum being full of bees.

The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions
by Corinne Mucha

Here, Mucha reveals her own personal delusions - which are very, very funny. Mucha is always charming. One of the best young cartoonists working today.

ROM Comic
by Josh Bayer

Remember the old Marvel ROM comics series? This is an example of what it's like when the parody project is greater than the source material it parodies. Josh Bayer is a crazy good comics machine.

Steve Canyon Volume 1: 1947-1948
by Milt Caniff

Caniff was a master of the comics medium, and this book collects some of his best work from his Steve Canyon newspaper strip. Bold, beautiful lines.

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)

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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