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October 31, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 31, 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.

August Moon

August Moon
by Diana Thung

One of the more magical all ages books you'll read in a long time. August Moon is like a Hayao Miyazaki film turned into a comic rooted in Chinese folklore.

Came the Dawn and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)

Came the Dawn and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Wallace Wood / Al Feldstein

A collection of classic EC horror and crime stories from Wally Wood collected in one new volume. The EC Library also gives these stories the "historical" treatment - complete with essays, notes, and more.

Corpse on the Imjin! and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)

Corpse on the Imjin! and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Harvey Kurtzman

Collecting Kurtzman's classic EC Comics war stories he wrote and drew from Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. And excellent and influental take on comic book representation of war.

Heads Or Tails

Heads Or Tails
by Lilli Carre

Collecting comics short stories by Carre - here we see the artist play with different styles while delivering her trademark natural dialogue and elegantly Gothic tales. Could she be the comics equivalent of Flannery O'Connor? Heads or Tails makes a strong argument for such a comparison.

The Cartoon Utopia

The Cartoon Utopia
by Ron Rege Jr.

Want to know what a cartoonist's masterwork looks like? Check out Ron Rege's transcendental, psychedelic The Cartoon Utopia. It's rare that a book's title also serves as such a perfect description of its quality.

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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