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April 2, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 2, 2014

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.

America: Live/Die

America: Live/Die
by Mike Diana

In the 1990s, Mike Diana became a martyr and an icon for alternative cartoonists everywhere. We was persecuted and prosecuted for his art - with a judge even issuing a sentence preventing him from making that art and police raids to ensure that sentence was being followed. This handsome two-volume slip-cased box set not only catches us up on what Diana has been doing since then (one volume containing comics and one containing art), it makes a damn fine argument of what many of us knew at the time: that what the courts were doing back in the 1990s was engaging in censorship of art it did not understand and like. Diana's art isn't easy - it's disturbing, violent, sexual and perverse - a pointed reflection of American culture itself.

Animal Sex

Animal Sex
by Isabella Rotman

Rotman has illustrated this mini all about the bizarre world of animal reproduction: bisexuals of the deep, the leopard slug, the giant squid and more. Adorable and fun.

Fatima: The Blood Spinners

Fatima: The Blood Spinners
by Gilbert Hernandez

In the future, a drug epidemic turns people into zombies. Fatima is tasked with protecting survivors and it gives Hernandez a platform for a fun, over-the-tip fest of blood and violence, and he does not hold back.

Sleep Of Reason: An Anthology Of Horror

Sleep Of Reason: An Anthology Of Horror
by C. Spike Trotman

Sleep of Reason is a creepy black and white horror-themed comics anthology that is a fun read full of a variety of styles and stories.

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
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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