February 22, 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.
by Tom Gauld
Gauld takes a look at the David and Goliath myth from Goliath's perspective. He'd rather be doing admin work than fighting people to the death. Bleak and funny - Gauld's art is consistently stunning.
Is That All There Is?
by Joost Swarte
Swarte is much more than the simple inheritor of Tintin creator Herge's art style - he modernized it and revitalized European alternative comics in the '70s-'80s in the process.
Scandinavia today is like Seattle in the 90s when it comes to alternative cartoonists, and this collection presents a number of highlights - an excellent introduction for American audiences.
My Friend Dahmer
by Derf Backderf
Creator of the alt-weekly classic comic strip The City also happened to go to school with, and was "friends" with, one of America's most notorious serial killers - Jeffrey Dahmer. While being a bit wrong-headed in his sympathy for Dahmer - a psychopath physically incapable of feeling empathy for others - Derf's book is a profound look at teenage isolation on par with Charles Burns' Black Hole.
Too Much Coffee Man: Cutie Island
by Shannon Wheeler
If you've note experienced the caffeinated hysteria that is Too Much Coffee Man, Cutie Island should be your destination. Wheeler delivers new TMCM tales of our coffee-headed hero trying, like all of us, to make sense of the increasingly bizarre modern landscape.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail email@example.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.
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other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)
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)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)