February 8, 2012
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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