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May 29, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 29, 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.


As You Were #1

As You Were #1
by Mitch Clem

This exciting new anthology collects punk rock comics stories centered around a theme - in this issue, it's house shows. It's a veritable who's who of punk cartoonists, including Ben Snakepit, Liz Prince, Emilja Frances, Liz Suburbia, Ramsey Beyer, and many more.


Lucifer Book 1

Lucifer Book 1
by Mike Carey / Scott Hampton / Various

If, like me, you can't wait for the next season of the CW show Supernatural to get started, this new edition of of Carey's Sandman spin-off series Lucifer offers us the opportunity to go back and read what surely was some inspirational source material for the TV show.


Miss Lonelyhearts #1

Miss Lonelyhearts #1
by Gabrielle Gamboa / Nathanael West

Miss Lonelyhearts #2

Miss Lonelyhearts #2
by Gabrielle Gamboa / Nathanael West

Gabrielle Gamboa has undertaken an excellent project - she's translating the work of one of my favorite authors, Nathanael West, into comic form - but the way she does it - using parodies of comic strip characters of the era of when the novella takes place to represent letter writers is pure genius.


Satan Is Alive: A Tribute to Mercyful Fate

Satan Is Alive: A Tribute to Mercyful Fate
by Mark Rudolph (editor)

Since I have a punk anthology comic in this week's list of picks, for the sake of being balanced, I really should also have a metal comic anthology - fortunately Mark Rudolph's awesome tribute to Mercyful Fate fits the bill nicely. It features work by Tom Neely, Johnny Ryan, Ed Luce, Ben Marra, and many more.


Slurricane #5

Slurricane #5
by Will Laren

Will Laren is one of the funniest people making comics right now. This handmade new issue of Slurricane presents more of his bizarrely hilarious and often grotesque visions.


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)

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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