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October 17, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 17, 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.

Barack Hussein Obama
by Steven Weissman

Set in a surreal, parallel universe, Barrack Hussein Obama's odd world is really no stranger than our own. In our world, politicians exist with the protective Beltway Bubble, but in BHO politicians are made to live in the world they create via their policies.

Drawn Together: The Collected Works of Robert and Aline Crumb
by Robert Crumb / Aline Crumb

Collecting the joint work of the first couple of comicsdom. What started as a way to kill some time - two cartoonists passing the paper back and forth together, working on the same story - has grown into a long-awaited sort of joint, biographical graphic novel.

by Tessa Brunton

Ever since her brown-paper bag-covered mini-comics days, I've hoped to see more of Tessa Brunton's work, and Passage is just what I was hoping for. Here her art is the best its ever been as she tells the story of an odd adolescence.

by Francois Alexandre / Samson Fontaine / Dunlop Rousseau

For the first time in English - Pinkerton is the story of two celibates who try to work the theory of "amplified negative romantic conditioning" via a study of indie rock. The heart of their problems - Weezer's Pinkerton.

The Hive
by Charles Burns

This is the second part of Burns' surreal, Tintin-esque epic. The walls that separate worlds prove to be paper-thin to a master like Burns, who relishes in tearing down barriers and letting things bleed together in hallucinatory and psychedelic ways.

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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