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March 21, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 21st, 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.

Last week, one of my highlights was a new edition of an historic Batman book by artist David Mazzucchelli. After I made the pick, it came to my attention that Mazzucchelli would prefer, for whatever his reasons, that people not buy that book. The book is a new hardcover edition of Batman: Year One. So I'm retracting that pick and pointing that out. Had I known at the time there was some political issue between an artist and the large corporate publisher of this superhero comic, I wouldn't have highlighted it. So, moving back to comics that matter, here are new books this week that, if you're looking for good comics to read that transcend corporate superhero pablum, I think you might like to check out.

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist
by Daniel Clowes / Alvin Buenaventura

Every so often, a book will come in that I feel the need to keep a copy of with me everywhere I go - sort of like Linus and his blanket. This is one of those books - it's the security blanket of comics art books.

Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow And The Little King
by Otto Soglow

A substantial archival collection of Soglow's pantomime comics that have influenced everyone from Chris Ware to Dan Clowes to Ivan Brunetti.

by Nick Edwards

Sort of like a Journey to the Center of the Earth told Dig Dug style.

Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson
by Will Bingley / Anthony Hope-Smith

A most appropriate biography for a man who basically lived a comic book existence.

by Ryan Inzana

An interesting look at the nature of loss and war and the way it affects young Ichiro - who lost his father in Iraq.

Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1942-1945
by Ernie Bushmiller

I like to think of Nancy as the source material for Josh Bayer's awesome Suspect Device parody comics.

Sammy The Mouse Volume 1
by Zak Sally

Personally printed by Sally, Sammy is sort of like a hobo Disney mouse from an alterna-universe.

by Ellen Linden

Set in a 50s-era Coney Island, Rhonda lives a life of events beyond her control. Sharp characterizations, wonderfully atmospheric, Undertow is a real charmer.

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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