June 4, 2014
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.
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.
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
by John Waters
Cult filmmaker and icon John Waters likes to hitchhike. He's done it for years. Carsick documents his biggest adventure yet - hitching cross country from his Baltimore home to his place in San Francisco. The book is divided into three sections - section one outlines his ideal hitchhiking fantasies, section two relates his hitchhiking nightmares, and section three documents what his experiences really were. The results are heartwarming, fun, funny and surprising in how decent most folks were. Take a ride with John Waters with Carsick – you’ll not find a wittier, more engaging travel companion.
Cashiers Du Cinemart #18
by Mike White
Cashiers Du Cinemart is the long-running Detroit indie film zine - and this issue marks its 20th anniversary. Now published in a book format, CdC features a large contributors list and offers articles, reviews, essays and more from the world of cult and indie film. After 20 years, Mike White and gang know what they’re doing. Get your film on!
Smoke Signal #18
by Desert Island Comics
The best newsprint comics anthology to come out of Brooklyn returns for another excellent issue. It includes contributions by Lala Albert, Josh Bayer, Ivan Brunetti, Aidan Koch, Anders Nilsen, Yumi Sakugawa, David Shrigley, Lale Westvind, even Basil Wolverton!!!
Status Factory: The Art of Ron English
by Ron English
This new collection of English's art not only contains his recent paintings, but also photos of his infamous billboard "reclamations". Status Factory blurs the lines between street art, propaganda and pop surrealism, where English subverts pop iconography and recontextualizes it in ways that make us rethink that iconography. Ron English is a genius, and this book illustrates why.
Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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