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October 24, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 24, 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.

Bravest Warriors #1
by Joey Comeau / Mike Holmes

The hit cartoon Adventure Time by Pendleton Ward also yielded an awesome comic series that captures the spirit of the show with an indie comics sensibility. Ward's new show also has a new comic series, and the same awesome formula still applies.

MAD's Greatest Artists: Mort Drucker: Five Decades of His Finest Works
by Mort Drucker

How does an up-and-coming celebrity know they've finally arrived? When Mort Drucker does their caricature in MAD Magazine. His satirical artwork has been a consistent and defining feature in America's greatest humor magazine. Here the most recognizable caricaturist of the 20th century handpicks his greatest works from over the past 50 years.

Multiple Warheads: Alphabet To Infinity #1
by by Brandon Graham

Graham (King City) kicks off a new, oddball comic series here - singing cigarettes, werewolf boyfriends, organ hunters - all set in a sci-fi/fantasy Russia. Graham's worlds are always curious and fascinating creations.

Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine #1
by Geof Darrow / Andrew Vachss

Years ago, Darrow had a cult classic comic series on his hands with Shaolin Cowboy. It only lasted 7 issues and was never collected (in English). But now it returns, not as a comic, but in illustrated pulp fiction magazine format.

Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity
by The Usual Gang of Idiots

60 years of MAD Magazine - all compressed down into less than 300 pages. Now that's an intense concentration of stupid! Totally MAD is a great way for longtime readers to push their own nostalgia button and it's also a fantastic way to educate younger readers on contributions of one of America's most important magazines.

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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