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January 25, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 25th, 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.

by Douglas Rushkoff / Goran Sudzuka / Jose Marzan Jr.

From the famed media theorist, this original Vertigo graphic novel is about a group of special powered gamers, and provides a sharp look at media and corporate culture.

Blobby Boys
by Alex Schubert

Alex has a remarkable style - one that reminds me of several other artists styles that I'd never thought could be synthesized, and the result is something fresh and funny. If you like Boy's Club, you'll like Blobby Boys.

Fantastic Life
by Kevin Mutch

It's with good reason this graphic novel received both a Xeric Award and inclusion in America's Best Comics. It's a pervy mix of punk culture, the undead, and quantum mechanics. Yes, you read that right.

Kramers Ergot Volume 8
by Sammy Harkham (editor) / Robert Beatty (designer)

Kramers Ergot is the Cadillac of comics anthologies. It's the rare anthology whose contributors are every bit as stellar as the design of the book. In this volume, there's Gary Panter, C.F., Kevin Huizenga, Ben Jones, Jason T. Miles, Sammy Harkham, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw, Frank Santoro, and many more.

Rub The Blood
by Paul Aulisio (editor)

Who doesn't love Rob Liefeld? Well, aside from those who teach anatomy illustration. And even they must get a laugh out of him. Regardless, Rub The Blood is a tribute to the Image Comics co-founder by a collection of underground indie artists and the results are awesomely surreal and frequently psychedelic. Including contributions by Bald Eagles, Box Brown, Jim Rugg, Benjamin Marra, Josh Bayer, Keenan Marshall Keller, and 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)

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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