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February 8, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 8th, 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.

Every Man Is My Enemy
by Skinner

This book collects the mural and installation art work of Sacramento artist Skinner. The result is a gorgeous heavy metal, Dungeons & Dragons, psychedelic acid trip.

Galactic Breakdown #4
by Keenan Marshall Keller

The newest installment in the stunning, weirdo underground comic. It reads like a psychedelic '80s video game designed by Gary Panter with a killer punk rock soundtrack.

The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat
by R. Crumb

For the first time in hardcover, the epic saga of one of Robert Crumb's most famous characters - so famous, in fact, that Crumb had to kill him.

We Can't Get Up
by Dina Kelberman

This colorful mini by Dina Kelberman is sort of the comics equivalent of a collection of outtakes and b-sides. Except with Dina, her b-sides are better than most people's a-sides. It includes stories she's done for a couple anthologies I've edited, an overheard conversation for a weekly comic strip I do, and some other excellent work. It's a great introduction to the charm that is Dina Kelberman.

Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's 1940s-50s Romance Comics
by Jack Kirby / Joe Simon / Michel Gagne (editor)

Before they became famous for all those superheroes, these two legends of comics helped define the hugely popular, at the time, romance comic genre. This book brings together some of the best work in an overlooked and under-appreciated genre.

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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