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September 19, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - September 19, 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.

Digestate: A Food And Eating Themed Anthology
by J.T. Yost (editor)

Digestate offers a variety of takes on the theme of food - fiction, non-fiction, auto-biographical, etc. And it features the work of Jeffrey Brown, Renee French, James Kochalka, Marc Bell, Box Brown, Noah Van Sciver, Josh Bayer, Sam Henderson, Ben Snakepit, Liz Prince and many more. The result is the comics equivalent of delicious comfort food.

Important Comics Volume 2: Important Comics Deserve Our Respect
by Dina Kelberman

This new collection of Dina's work showcases the one-two punch her comics pack. First, As far as art and design goes, they're gorgeous. But once you look inside the strips, the sentiments conveyed are relatable, charming and endearing.

Stupid Dreams: The Complete 5-Minute Comics Collection
by Joey Alison Sayers

If you're a regular reader of MAD Magazine like I am, you'll recognize Sayers. Her gag strips are often the high point of the magazine. Here is a collection of hilarious strips, all drawn in under five-minutes - she times herself.

The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln
by Noah Van Sciver

I've been looking forward to this book for what feels like two years now. Van Sciver looks at Lincoln's early, pre-Presidential life, when he suffers a breakdown and is threatened by a persistent cloud of depression he calls "The Hypo". It's a side of Lincoln rarely revealed, beautifully illustrated, and wonderfully told.

Year One
by Ramsey Beyer

This collection of diary comics presents Ramsey's search for a home as she moves to Philadelphia. Along the way, she shares romance, loss, growth and punk rock stories.

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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