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June 6, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 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.

John K Presents Spumco Comic Book

John K Presents Spumco Comic Book
by John Kricfalusi

Over the years, Ren & Stimpy creator John K. has put out a handful of finely illustrated, weird, disturbing and funny comics. These days they're super hard to find and expensive when you do fine them. So instead of missing out, Yoe Books offers you a chance to check them out in this snappy, hardcover edition. It also includes a previously unpublished comic.

Lone Wolf And Cub Omnibus Volume 1

Lone Wolf And Cub Omnibus Volume 1
by Kazuo Koike / Goseki Kojima

Lone Wolf & Cub is one of the greatest, most influential manga series of all-time. Unfortunately, like so many manga series, there are just too many books in the series for most of us to try and read/collect them all. So Dark Horse is repackaging them into these nice multi-volume omnibus editions. Very handy! If only they'd done something about the garish Frank Miller covers too.

Solo: The Deluxe Edition

Solo: The Deluxe Edition
by various

Solo was a 12-issue series from 2004 where a single comics creator was given the opportunity to tell a single-issue story of a different character in the DC Universe. This is kind of an anomaly for superhero comics, where there is usually a staff of artists working on any given issue (for a variety of reasons). It includes work by Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Richard Corben, Paul Pope, Howard Chaykin, Sergio Aragones, and more. So how did this project turn out? Well, just look at that Mike Allred cover. That says all you need to know.


by Jim Rugg

Supermag is a magazine that showcases the amazingly diverse range of Rugg's illustrative talent. Artwork mixes with comics stories to create a new standard in the comics-magazine format. "Supermag" is a very accurate title for this project.

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
by Ulli Lust

This brick of a book as Lust's memoir of a 1984 hiking trip through Eurpoe she took when she was a 17-year-old punk. Now translated in English (it was originally in Austrian), this book offers a look at an exciting new wave of European cartoonists.

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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