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August 29, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 29th, 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.

A Chinese Life
by Philippe Otie / Li Kunwu

Set in The People's Republic of China, this epic and intimate graphic novel tells the story of Chairman Mao Zedong as illustrated by China state artist for 30 years, Kurwu.

A History Of Underground Comics
by Mark James Estren

A perfect compendium for getting to know the American underground cartoonists who laid the groundwork for today's alternative comics.

Kirby Genesis Volume 1
by Kurt Busiek / Alex Ross / Jack Herbert

Here Busiek and Ross make a valiant effort, full of gravitas and sci-fi "realism", to try to reclaim the magic of previous collaborations like Kingdom Come and Marvels by fleshing out some of Jack Kirby's lesser-known creations.

Lenore: Swirlies
by Roman Dirge

A new pretty hardcover collecting Dirge's cute little dead girl's misadventures. Goth-humor.

Message To Adolf Volume 1
by Osamu Tezuka

A literary manga masterpiece - Message To Adolf is an historic suspense story that also shows how German allies, the Japanese, viewed Hitler and also tells the story of Hitler in a clever narrative construction - via 2 other Adolfs.

Steel Sterling
by Gabriel Winslow-Yost / Michael Rae-Grant

A fun, self-published, brightly colored, off-kilter mini - a psychedelic super hero yarn - with breakfast.

The Odyssey
by Homer / Seymour Chwast

Graphic design Chwast has already tackled, with wildly successful results, the Canterbury Tales and the Divine Comedy. In this volume he deftly turns Homer's epic into a succinct and expertly designed graphic novel.

The Voyeurs
by Gabrielle Bell

Bell delivers a real-time comics memoir covering 5 years of her tumultuous life and travels. Bell is a true autobiographical comics master.

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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