October 3, 2012
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.
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 Chris Ware
This gorgeous, over-sized box set collects a series of booklets and sheets with no clear beginning. You simply open the box, pick out something, and step into the lives of several characters who live in the same Chicago apartment building. Ware continues to experiment with comics' narrative structure in fun and interesting ways while still delivering that Ware humor and melancholia we expect.
Everything Together: Collected Stories
by Sammy Harkham
The acclaimed Kramers Ergot editor collects several of his short comics works in this book. Harkham is as good a storyteller as he is an illustrator - and he's an excellent illustrator. Everything Together is a great way to sample his comics.
by Jonny Negron
At least once a day someone asks me if I have any Negron. His minis are rather hard to get and sell out quickly - but now, with this book, I can say yes. His style is a fusion of manga, underground, video game, street art, erotic and fashion. And this book blurs the line between art book and graphic novel. So yes. Yes, I have some Negron. Do you?
New York Drawings
by Adrian Tomine
It's one of the most iconic images ever - the New Yorker cover where a clerk is opening his bookstore as his next door neighbor receives an Amazon package from a delivery person and their eyes meet. It speaks volumes. And it's just one of many pieces collected here in this new art book (which also includes comics) by the Optic Nerve cartoonist, Tomine.
Secret Prison #7
This anthology is manga-influence-themed and collects work by many artists who one would not expect to see work in that style - Box Brown, Keenan Marshall Keller, Noel Friebert, Ryan Cecil Smith, Paul Aulisio, Alex Schubert, Tom Hart and more. It's over-sized, perfect bound and printed on newsprint. It's one of the more interesting comics anthologies to come out this year.
The Nao of Brown
by Glyn Dillon
Nao has mental health issues. She also has hopes for the future - becoming an illustrator, finding perfect love, etc. Dillon's beautifully illustrated graphic novel reads like a well-made indie film - in the best possible sense.
The Understanding Monster: Book 1
by Theo Ellsworth
I love Theo Ellsworth's work. He is one of those artists whose style I can just get lost in for a long time - I'll start looking at his linework and how it comes together and the next think I know, 30 minutes have elapsed. It's almost like Ellsworth creates time portals or inter-dimensional wormholes with his work. When I heard this book was going to be in color, I was a little nervous that that magic would be lost - but it's not. In fact the color really enhances his inks. It's crazy. The Understanding Monster is the first of a series, and it's a great opportunity to step into Ellsworth's strange alternate reality. It's a remarkable place to visit.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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