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June 12, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 12, 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.

Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind The Big Eyes

Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind The Big Eyes
by Cletus Nelson / Adam Parfrey

Back in the '60s and '70s, Walter Keane's big eyed waif art was culturally ubiquitous. Even through the '90s, you couldn't walk through a thrift store without spotting kids with huge eyes. This art was so popular it inspired a wave of lesser imitations. Working on an article years, later, writer Parfrey came upon a fascinating discovery via a series of lawsuits and counter-suits - that it wasn't Walter Keane who had been creating the art, it was his wife, Margaret who had been doing the work and signing Walter's name to it. This book unravels the mystery and is the inspiration for the upcoming Tim Burton movie, Big Eyes.

Il Brutto

Il Brutto
by Alex Fine

Illustrator Alex Fine takes legendary action movie hero Charles Bronson and re-imagines him in a bunch of other action movies like Predator, Blade Runner, Terminator, Aliens, and more. It's a world that could have been - and what a weird but awesome possibility Il Brutto reveals.

That's Because You're A Robot

That's Because You're A Robot
by David Quantick / Shaky Kane

Quantick, the writer of HBO's excellent Veep teams up with pop artist Shaky Kane and delivers this futuristic, buddy cop screwball comedy. Two cops, one's a robot. Except neither know which is which. Understandably, that creates some tension, but will it completely interfere with their ability to do the job? The results are somewhat Robocop as envisioned by Andy Warhol or Litchtenstein.

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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