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November 7, 2012

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 7, 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.

Adventure Time Volume 1
by Ryan North / Shelli Paroline

This collects the first few issues of the hit comic series based on the hit cartoon. North's comics are an excellent continuation of a show that many of us just can't get enough of. It's Adventure Time. C'mon grab your friends!


by Chris Wright

Wright constructs a dense, brutal and unexpected tale of redemption involving pirates, gangsters, and a school teacher. This original graphic novel reads like Sam Peckinpah directing a film based on a Herman Melville novel.

The Graphic Canon Volume 2: From

The Graphic Canon Volume 2: From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Russ Kick (editor)

The second (of three) compendium of literature adapted into comics from brings us up through the 1800s. That means stories by Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson with art by John Porcellino, Dame Darcy, S. Clay Wilson, and more. Another gorgeous tome!

The Great Showdowns

The Great Showdowns
by Scott Campbell

A collection of adorable, water-color artwork featuring characters from our favorite movies involved in epic struggles. It's Ripley and Alien, Spinal Tap and Stonehenge, Brody and Jaws... classic, cute and funny.


by Jan Strnad / Richard Corben

Ragemoor is a Lovecraftian tale of horror about a self-possessed, living castle. Corben is a master artist - and this story is totally in his wheelhouse.

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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