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September 12, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - September 12, 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.

Hugo Tate
by Nick Abadzis

From 1988-1994, Hugo Tate ran in the British music magazine Deadline, along with other popular comics of the era, like Tank Girl. This volume collects 16 years of strips on one handsome edition. Reading this book is an enjoyable exercise in character development, both literal and figurative.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #5
by Los Bros Hernandez

Since Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez revived and then revamped their old Love & Rockets comic series, they've produced comics like they're completely reinvigorated, and book 5 continues that trend. Love & Rockets is a vast and intricate world - but it's one that will completely absorb you - and these New Stories are a great way to crack a seemingly impenetrable library of volumes.

The Crackle of the Frost
by Lorenzo Mattotti

Mattotti's exquisite artwork make you feel like you're reading something other than a comic - like you're reading photographs or fine art. But the narrative exists to remind you that the images are married to a story, and in this case, it's the store of Samuel - a guy looking for rekindling or closure form a previous relationship he fled.

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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