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March 6, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 6, 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.

Fanny And Romeo

Fanny And Romeo
by Yves Pelletier / Pascal Girard

It's a precious story of Fanny who wants children, and Fabien who doesn't. Romeo, a cat, seems like a fair compromise, but Fabien is allergic. It's an adorable story by Pelletier with endearing art by Girard. It's sort of like an indie-rock song as graphic novel.

Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories

Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories
by Ben Katchor

Katchor's new, full-color, over-sized collection looks at the things that define us. Urban planning, architecture, product design - it's a surreal take on 21st century consumer society.

In The Sounds And Seas Volume 1

In The Sounds And Seas Volume 1
by Marnie Galloway

It's like a wordless, mythological ancient poem - with mesmerizing artwork - with fascinating patterns, repetition, etc.

Tank Girl: Everybody Loves Tank Girl

Tank Girl: Everybody Loves Tank Girl
by Alan Martin / Jim Mahfood

With co-creator Jamie Hewlett busy with non-Tank Girl-related things, the success of Martin's stories are often dependent upon the quality of the artist he has drawing Tank Girl. Here, Jim Mahfood proves to be the perfect match-up for his anarchistic, foul-mouthed heroine.

The Shade

The Shade
by James Robinson / various

James Robinson's acclaimed Starman series is still beloved those who remember it. Here he revisits that universe, focusing this time on anti-hero the Shade with a centuries-spanning tale that sheds some light on one of Robinson's more shadowy characters.

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 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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