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July 18, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 18, 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.

Adventure Time #30

Adventure Time #30
by various

This issue of Adventure Time is a standalone. It's constructed like a zine that Marceline is making with the help of her friends, so various Adventure Time characters contribute comics stories (actually done by Liz Prince, Yumi Sakugawa and many more). It's one of the more adorable Adventure Time comics I've read in a while.

Daygloayhole #2

Daygloayhole #2
by Ben Passmore

Daygloayhole is a psychedelic post-apocalyptic adventure comic - sort of like if Paul Pope had created Adventure Time with the help of Mike Allred and Brian Ralph. This issue offers theoretical roaches, tv-faced monsters, a city of traps, a giant, floating-disembodied hand, and references to Ghost Dog, Bolano and Kafka.

God And The Devil At War In The Garden (Monologuist Paper Update IV)

God And The Devil At War In The Garden (Monologuist Paper Update IV)
by Anders Nilsen

Nilsen's God And The Devil At War In The Garden is a tremendous accomplishment. Nilsen is the rare cartoonist who has exceptional thoughts and ideas that are as complex as his illustrations. I could stare at his "Anatomy of a Vacant Lot" for days - and in a way, I kind of have since there is a lot just like it where I live. But the included Conversation Gardening, where he discusses his feelings about Amazon, should be required reading. And oh yeah, Nilsen is also doing this thing where if you buy any of his books from an independent bookseller and send him a note and the receipt, he'll send you back a drawing. Genius!

Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever

Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever
by Tom Neely / various

And here it is - the Henry & Glenn masterwork - collecting the four issue mini-series plus 100 pages of additional comics chronicling the adventures of Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. The introduction by Rob Halford is a nice touch. And the color section of covers, cover-variants and other artworks makes this book even more irresistible.

Ritual #3: Vile Decay

Ritual #3: Vile Decay
by Malachi Ward

It's a perspective-twisting tale of how civilization's past decay prefaces its future decay - and a computer program - beautifully told by Ward.

Seconds: A Graphic Novel

Seconds: A Graphic Novel
by Bryan Lee O'Malley

If you've been Jonesing for more O'Malley since Scott Pilgrim, O'Malley has finally delivered the goods in hardcover, full-color glory. Magic mushrooms give Kate, the struggling restaurateur, a do over. But the temptation to not just make her life better but perfect proves too much.


by Eric Gordon / Sara Gordon / various

The perfect zine for the Robocop fanatic - complete with fan comics, character obituaries, pin-ups and a police blotter - all based around the 1987 classic.

Vinyl Vagabonds #5

Vinyl Vagabonds #5
by Eric Gordon / Sara Gordon

The new issue of the excellent record-collectors' fanzine ups the ante with a screenprinted cover. Loaded with record reviews, a piece on colored vinyl and a review of the records of 2013 - if you prefer your music to come on vinyl, you need Vinyl Vagabonds.

Youth Is Wasted

Youth Is Wasted
by Noah Van Sciver

Noah is consistently proving himself to be the most important cartoonist of his generation. Youth Is Wasted is a rather ironic title for this collection of stories, as it shows Van Sciver, now looking at 30, has done anything but waste his youth.

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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