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May 8, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 8, 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.

'Legends of the Blues

Legends of the Blues
by William Stout

In the tradition of Robert Crumb comes Stout's excellent handbook collecting his illustrations of blues legends with accompanying biographical information as well as an included CD.


by Pierre Oscar Levy / Frederik Peeters

The perfect beach day is interrupted with the discovery of a dead body. But thirteen strangers band together to get to the bottom of what happened.

'So Long, Silver Screen

So Long, Silver Screen
by Blutch

This graphic novel serves as a meditation on cinema by a series of inter-connected comics shorts that bring together Jean-Luc Godard, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Tarzan and more.

'The Complete Don Quixote

The Complete Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes / Rob Davis

Davis illustrates and excellent adaptation of Cervantes' epic classic of chivalrous quests and unbridled idealism.

'The Playboy

The Playboy
by Chester Brown

Drawn & Quarterly revamps an early Chester Brown autobiographical graphic novel into a more digest size. The Playboy deals with a young Chester's anxiety over a Playboy magazine.

'You're All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack

You're All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack
by Tom Gauld

This book collects a number of Gauld's darkly humorous strips from the UK's guardian - previously unavailable in the United States until now. In Gauld's world, towns are designed by Tom Waits and fiction police make arrests.

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)

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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