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June 27, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 13th, 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.

Birdseye Bristoe
by Dan Zettwoch

Birdseye Bristoe is a town with one permanent resident, and he owns most of the land. Then a telecom conglomerate comes to lease his land. Zettwoch's graphic novel is a playful and witty look at small-town USA.

Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me
by Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips

Just the thing to chill off a summer heatwave - a cool noir graphic tale. It's a present-day/past split tale of obsession and destruction.

The Furry Trap
by Josh Simmons

This book collects 11 of Josh's "horror" stories, each with a genre-bending twist. "Mark The Bat," a dark Batman parody is one of my favorite pieces here, but the stories all vary in style and tone.

Get Jiro!
by Anthony Bourdain / Joel Rosen / Langdon Floss

This original Vertigo graphic novel was written by No Reservations host and Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain. I've recently been arguing with friends over dinner that in terms of cultural importance, food has surpassed music in the US. That makes celebrity chefs (like Bourdain), the new rock stars. This graphic novel, set in the near future, takes that concept to a farther extreme - where chefs are the new power in Los Angeles - bigger than movie stars, bigger than crime lords. Jiro, a renegade sushi chef, enters the culinary war and the result is a violent graphic novel any foodie would find delicious.

And just to tie the music/food connection together neatly - here's a song friends of mine in the now-defunct Sick Weapons wrote a few years back about Bourdain:

Sick Weapons: "Anthony Bourdain's Earring" [mp3]

by Kevin Huizenga

Huizenga's popular protagonist Glenn Ganges returns in a hip-pocked-sized tome of quietly existential considerations.

by Joe Sacco

Sacco is the leading comics journalist - not that he's a journalist who writes about comics, he's a journalist who uses comics to convey his reporting. Journalism collects stories that have never before been published in the United States - stories that the American military in Iraq, the smuggling tunnels of Gaza, the trial of Bosnian warlord Milan Kovacevic, India's untouchables and more. If you've never read Sacco, or never experienced reporting via comics - pick up Journalism. And then pick up all of Sacco's books.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009
by Alan Moore / Kevin O'Neill

In the newest chapter in Alan Moore's series, he brings his team of famous adventurers into modern times. The culture shock is part of the charm.

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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