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October 23, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 23, 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.

Daggers Drawn: 35 Years Of Kal Cartoons In The Economist

Daggers Drawn: 35 Years Of Kal Cartoons In The Economist
by Kal / Kevin Kallaugher

For 35 years, Kal has worked as an editorial cartoonist for such publications as the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and on and on. This exquisitely designed book collects hundreds of his sharply satirical pieces for The Economist magazine. Can a cartoon change the way you think about something? If you say "no," it's because you haven't yet seen Kal's work.

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana
by Jon Vermilyea

This colorful book is a feast of psychedelic two-page panoramas that form an adventure narrative of a young boy traveling through his own imagination.

MAD's Greatest Artists: Dave Berg: Five Decades of The Lighter Side Of . . .

MAD's Greatest Artists: Dave Berg: Five Decades of The Lighter Side Of . . .
by Dave Berg

The legendary Dave "The Lighter Side Of..." Berg is the latest MAD Magazine artist to get the "Greatest Artists" book treatment. Berg's linework was deceptively simple and stylized, his caricatures were seemingly middle America - often with subtlety subversive twists.

Monkey Chef Volume 1

Monkey Chef Volume 1
by Mike Freiheit

In 2010-2011, Mike worked at the International Primate Rescue in South Africa. He cooked dinner for humans every night, but during the day he prepared meals for the primates. And man does he have some stories - and in this first book, he beings telling them - with intricately rendered and excitingly kinetic artwork.


by Ryan Cecil Smith

Ryan has been working on an a fun, excellently illustrated, epic space opera. Scientific Fleets, Space Pirates, and more. It's a truly creative and alternative take on the sci-fi genre - and you'll want to jump on it now before you get left behind.

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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