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April 18, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 18th, 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.


Darth Vader and Son
by Jeffrey Brown

Comics all-star Jeffrey Brown takes time away from his lucrative career drawing adorable cats doing adorable things to offer this adorable father/son parenting take on Star Wars.


Harvey Pekar's Cleveland
by Harvey Pekar / Joseph Remnant

From the mean streets of Cleveland! Harvey is gone, but he leaves behind one of his best works - a love letter to his town. In Joseph Remnant he has found an artist every bit as capable of translating his words as his early, legendary collaborator Robert Crumb. And the introduction by Alan Moore is a fascinating read as well - a love letter from one of the greatest comics writers to another.


Nobrow #6: The Double

The newest installment of the acclaimed biannual comics arts/illustration journal. The theme of this issue is doppelgangers and it features work by: Andrea Kalfas, Kevin Huizenga, Michael DeForge, Malachi Ward, and many more.


Reset #1
by Peter Bagge

This first issue of Peter Bagge's new mini-series finds the cartoonist once again exploring the limits of reality. If you could relive moments of your life, would you try to improve them? Would such efforts only make things worse? Would you take the opportunity to do things you wanted to do but never did? Has-been actor Gary Krause answers these questions after signing on to a virtual reality experiment.


Survivalist
by Box Brown

In a post-apocalyptic world, Noah begins to learn to connect with another. It's a great new work by Box Brown - who is building an impressive catalog of great work.


Suspect Device #2
by Josh Bayer (editor)

It's the comics event of the spring! In this new issue, Garfield joins Nancy as the subject of page after page of hilarious, offensive, bizarre and downright disturbing parody. This volume is a who's who of the underground comix world featuring work by: Noah Van Sciver, Johnny Ryan, Brian Ralph, Box Brown, Keenan Keller, Chuck Forsman, and many, many more. I keep this one in my bag and read and reread it whenever I get a moment. It's better than any smart phone app.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.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.


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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