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August 28, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 28, 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.

Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art

Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art
by Brandon Bird

Pop artist Bird has an incredibly sharp eye for celebrity - and recontextualixing that fame in fun and exciting ways. I'm such a fan, I even have his Abe-kido tattooed on my arm. This activity book takes the oddly famous and presents them back in weird and fun ways. One of the best activity books I've ever seen.


by Chuck Forsman

I've been digging Chuck's stuff since back in his Snake Oil days (that series itself a great comics series), and his work has only gotten more mature. He's every bit a great storyteller as he his an illustrator, and he's one of the most talented illustrators illustrating these days. TEOFTFW is a take on the teen-angst spree killer story - sort of like Badlands mashed up with Dazed & Confused, but in comics form. Easily one of the best graphic novels so far this year.

Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly

Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly
by Kyoko Okazaki

One of the more important titles in manga history, Helter Skelter takes a look at extremes models go to to stay model-icious. Plastic surgery leads to madness.

Little Fish: A Memoir

Little Fish: A Memoir
by Ramsey Beyer

Beyer's autobiographical coming-of-age story is a wonderful mix of comics, lists, collages, journal entries and more. Utterly charming!

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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