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July 11, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 11, 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.


Badzine #10 : Another Coloring Book

Badzine #10 : Another Coloring Book
by Tim Lamb

Badzine collects an illustrated array of trucks, trains, dumpsters, etc. for you to color in. Or, if you prefer, to practice some designs before you break out the spray cans.


Believed Behavior Anthology Season 2

Believed Behavior Anthology Season 2
by various

It's time for the second season of Believed Behavior - a newsprint anthology. This issue features comics by Michael DeForge (about a girl who has herself medically transformed into an airplane and falls in love with a boy who turned himself into a car), Anya Davidson (with a story about a working class monster poet), Sophia Foster-Dimino (about the misadventure of a terrible bodyguard) and stories by Lale Westvind and Lyra Hill.


Doris #31

Doris #31
by Cindy Crabb

The new issue of Crabb's long-running and beloved zine is now out - and it's always like catching up with an old friend who always has interesting things to say. In personable, and extremely relatable prose, she talks about squatting in the winter, reparations, raising animals, building houses and so much more.


Galaga (Boss Fight Volume 4)

Galaga (Boss Fight Volume 4)
by Michael Kimball

If you're familiar with the 33 1/3 book series - where each book is based on a great album and is written by a different author - than you'll easily grasp the idea behind the Boss Fight Series. It's the same idea, but applied to videogames. In Volume 4 Kimball gives game tips, a cultural history, explains his obsession with Galaga and how the game may have just saved his life.


Modern Drunkard #58

Modern Drunkard #58
by Frank Kelly Rich (editor)

It's been a while since the last issue of the modern drinker's go-to magazine. This new issue features cover-to-cover content for the drinking enthusiast - mixology tips, a history of the flask, and a drinking battle between Hunter S. Thompson and Doc Holliday. No bar should be without a copy.


Tall Trees Of Portland

Tall Trees Of Portland
by Matt Wagner (editor)

Wagner's Tall Trees series is a survey of different areas' contemporary art scene. Her he profiles Portland by featuring the work of artists like Apak, Martin Ontiveros, Souther Salazar, Craig Thompson and many more, as well as some key, important art spaces. Tall Trees of Portland expertly documents the art of a time and place.


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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