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June 26, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 26, 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.

Black Eye Nr. 2: The Anthology Of Humor And Despair

Black Eye Nr. 2: The Anthology Of Humor And Despair
by Ryan Standfest

Black Eye is an expertly curated collection of black humor, deftly delivered by artists like Max Clotfelter, J.T. Dockery, Brecht Evens, Julia Gfrörer, Danny Hellman, Benjamin Marra, Onsmith, David Shrigley, and many more - often in a classic underground meets EC Comics sort of style. But wait - there's more! Black Eye 2 also features a series of photos from David Lynch and articles by Paul Krassner and Michael O'Donoghue and other. There's also an artist's tribute section to influential Mexican illustrator J.G. Posada, with work by Blanquet, Lilli Carré, Sue Coe, Peter Kuper, Mats!?, David Sandlin and more! Black Eye 2 is an exquisitely crafted comics experience.

The Graphic Canon Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest

The Graphic Canon Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest
by Russ Kick (editor)

Russ Kick concludes his massive and impressive Graphic Canon trilogy that surveys literature in comics form with this volume - featuring work by Robert Crumb, Dame Darcy, and more - interpreting works by The Beats, H.G. Wells, Black Elk, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Kathy Acker, Raymond Carver and more. See great literature interpreted as great comics.

New School

New School
by Dash Shaw

Shaw (Bottomless Bellybutton) again delivers a terrific story while fully engaging the qualities of the comics medium. New School is a little like Westworld/Jurassic Park in that Danny's brother goes away to work at an island theme park of historical events called ClockWorld and never returns. Now Danny must go to ClockWorld to convince his brother to come back to America.

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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