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July 18, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 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.

American Elf Volume 4: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka
by James Kochalka

Share James Kochalka's life. Every day of it. From 2008-2011. Master of the diary comic, Kochalka turns every day of his life into a comic strip. The results are often funny, consistently charming, and surprisingly profound.

Concrete: Three Uneasy Pieces
by Paul Chadwick

Chadwick's unusual man of stone character returns after being essentially MIA in comics for years. Three Uneasy Pieces collects a handful of short stories which ran earlier in the recently revived Dark Horse Presents. It's a great way to discover a fascinating new, tragic character and it's also a welcome return for fans.

Creepy Presents Richard Corben
by Richard Corben

For years, true horror comics fans were familiar with work of groundbreaking artist/storyteller Corben, but this volume, collecting his work from Creepy and Eerie magazines also helps to introduce his work to a larger audience.

Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons
by by Flannery O'Connor

When talking important southern American writers of the 20th century, O'Connor is right up there with William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. During her high school and college years, the writer was also cartoonist. This book collects her work, and what it reveals is an artist experimenting and learning techniques she would later use in her fiction.

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture: A Career Retrospective
by Jack Davis

Jack Davis is an American illustration treasure, and this beautiful, over-sized collection of his art is a fine testament to the work of a man who went from post-World War 2 advertising to EC Comics to MAD Magazine (and Humbug and Trump) to movie posters and record covers. Davis' art helped define what an entire era looked like.

The Adventures of Venus
by Gilbert Hernandez

It's an all-ages Love & Rockets hardcover, starring Luba's niece, Venus - in a remarkably affordable hardcover.

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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