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June 4, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 4, 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.


Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across 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

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

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

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 benn@atomicbooks.com. 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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