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August 15, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 15th, 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.

By This Shall You Know Him
by Jesse Jacobs

There are a lot of strange beings, patterned linework and licking in Jesse Jacobs' followup to his acclaimed and beautiful Even The Giants. By This Shall You Know Him blurs the line between graphic novel and art book, and as a whole - the title could refer to an artist introducing himself to a larger audience with a strong piece of comics art.

The Making Of
by Brecht Evens

Another piece of fantastic comics art - this time with a painterly/water-colorsly approach. Evens creates layers and depth with a visually stunning result. The story concerns a festival going wrong in a Flemish town. Witty, lush, rich, no one else makes comics like Brecht Evens.

by Gabby Schulz (Ken Dahl)

A transcendent story about air travel anxiety that is appropriately gross at times - with creative page layouts - Gabby (aka Ken Dahl) is one of my favorite cartoonists, and it's exciting to see him experiment with the form.

Wowee Zonk #4
by various

Comics anthology Wowee Zonk steps it up production-value-wise with this issue - but don't be fooled by the perfect binding and cardstock cover, inside is pure underground comics delight. Zonk contains comics stories by Marc Bell, Alex Schubert, Patrick Kyle and a number of other cutting edge Canadian cartoonists.

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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