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June 6, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 6th, 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.

Angelman: Fallen Angel
by Nicolas Mahler

A funny and biting take on superhero comics - or as I often like to spell them, "sooperhero comics". Angelman has powers like empathy and enemies like Gender-Bender (a plastic surgeon). A minimal yet endearing art style - and a biting look at superhero comics, fans and the business behind them.

Back Alleys And Urban Landscapes
by Michael Cho

In 2008, Cho began creating and collecting illustrations of back alleys near his Toronto home. The result is the gorgeous book, an exquisite consideration for the urban landscape.

Black Images In The Comics
by Fredrik Stromberg

A fascinating survey of 100 comics from the past 100 years from all over the world all featuring black characters. Each entry includes an accompanying essay. Overall, a compelling look at the changing role of race in comics and therefore culture.

Ed the Happy Clown
by Chester Brown

Back when underground comics were underground, and not, y'know, talked about frequently on NPR, a handful of Lynchian (as in David Lynch, but actually good) surreal masterpieces emerged. One would be Daniel Clowes' Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron. Another would be Brown's bizarre Ed The Happy Clown. It's back in print after years in limbo in a new, definitive edition. If you've not read Ed, you really need to.

Surface Area Zine #1
by PEEL Magazine

Surface Area isn't a comic - it's a new zine for fans of street art and stickers. Nicely put together, including interviews with artists, the real topper here is that each issue comes with a selection of stickers, some of which are handmade.

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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