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February 22, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 22nd, 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 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.

Kolor Klimax: Nordic Comics Now

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 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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