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January 23, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 23, 2013

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.


Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection

Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection
by Jay Kinney

Starting in 1978, there was a super-obscure underground but influential comic that was sort of like an anarchist-punk MAD magazine called Anarchy. In 8 years there were 4 issues - and this volume collects them all plus additional, unpublished work.


Burning Building Comix

Burning Building Comix
by Jeffrey Zwirek

Creativly constructed, building-stories related comics are all the thing these days. There's Chris Ware's acclaimed Building Stories, of course. But before that came out, Zwirek was putting out Burning Building Comix minis that were designed to be read in a certain way - each one a look into the apartment of someone in a building that happened to be on fire. The collected hardcover here is also a unique narrative experience.


Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
by Nicole Georges

Imagine being told, as a young child, that your father is dead. Then, years later, a psychic tells you he's not dead. So you ask your family, and they finally come out with the truth - which is he's not dead. Where do you go for help and advice? If you're Nicole Georges, you turn to conservative radio talk show host Dr. Laura. Calling Dr. Laura is both an interesting family mystery as well as a story of understanding one's own identity.


Chromazoid #2

Chromazoid #2
by Lale Westvind

Westvind's Chromazoid is becoming more than just a comics anthology - with issue 2 it firmly stakes its claim as a sharp comics arts magazine. Contributors include Austin English, Grant Reynolds, Ian Reynolds and more. It also includes a mixed CD featuring songs by Tiny Knives, Big Black Clouds, Beach Arabs and more.


MAD Artist Edition

MAD Artist Edition
by Harvey Kurtzman / Wally Wood / various

Omigod! I was so happy to see this book, I literally hugged it when it came in. Sure this over-sized hardcover deluxe collection of stories from MAD #1-#18 is worth every freaking penny. Very limited. But very awesome.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.com. 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 2012" 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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