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November 13, 2013

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 12, 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.

Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts Volume 1

Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts Volume 1
by various

This snappy hardcover collects a bunch of the shorter stories from the Adventure Time series by an array of artists - each with their own respective unique takes on Adventure Time. Including Michael DeForge, Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos, Lucy Knisley, Paul Pope, Aaron Renier, Chris Roberson, Jim Rugg, Shannon Wheeler and more! The slightly oversized, "Mathematical" format really showcases the art well.

Gold Pollen and Other Stories

Gold Pollen and Other Stories
by Seiichi Hayashi / Ryan Holmberg (ed.)

Another exquisite manga collection from Picturebox - this time focusing on the lyrical, avant-garde work of Seiichi Hayashi from the 1960s - early-1970s.

Haunted Horror

Haunted Horror
by Craig Yoe (editor)

A really nice, larger format, hardcover collection of the great 1950s horror comics that IDW has been reprinting. But be careful, this stuff can turn you into a juvenile delinquent.

Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree
by Ed Piskor

It's an encyclopedic comics history of hip-hop, complete with pages aged to look like they came from a collection from the hip hop era. Biz Markie says "This is the comic of all time." Who am I to refute the Diabolical One?

Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan

Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan
by Shigeru Mizuki / Zack Davisson (translator)

Mizuki presents a meticulous look at the history of 21st century Japan in, appropriately enough, manga format. This volume takes us up through the militarization of Japan leading into World War 2. Mizuki is an historical/manga master with a critical (and some might consider controversial - although I wouldn't) perspective. So he's sort of like Howard Zinn, if Zinn was a Japanese cartoonist.

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)

Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists

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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