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August 29, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 29, 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.

Baltimore Time Travel Anthology 2

Baltimore Time Travel Anthology 2
by Melody Often

This new anthology offers an array of Baltimore artists, cartoonists, illustrators and writers presenting work with a time travel-based theme. Featuring contributions from Alex Fine, Ben Claassen III, Mike Riley, Mipagumi, Motobus and more!

Bob's Burgers #1

Bob's Burgers #1
by Rachel Hastings / Frank Forte

YES! If you just can't get enough of the excellent cartoon Bob's Burgers, this comic really helps. The presentation is pretty clever - each issue is actually an anthology of ongoing stories from different characters from the show - about a family who owns a burger joint (but is actually just an extension of the Archer universe - what, you didn't see that episode of Archer?). And one-pagers like "Burger of the Day Ideas" and "Letters from Linda" are inspired interludes. Bob's Burgers promises to be a lot of fun.

The Cruising Diaries

The Cruising Diaries
by Brontez Purnell / Janelle Hessig

Purnell delivers a hilariously gross sexual memoir told in a series of encounters with refreshingly shocking openness and honesty. Told on their own, these make for very funny and engaging stories, but Hessig's accompanying art really drives home Purnell's stories.

Humans #0

Humans #0
by Keenan Marshall Keller / Tom Neely

This comic is a prelude to a much-anticipated new Image Comics series coming this fall, and it's chock full o' attitude and bad-assery. It's like The Wild One meets Planet of the Apes: motorcycle gangs of primates fighting amongst themselves.

Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel

Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel
by Jules Feiffer

Acclaimed writer and artist Feiffer delivers what may just be a career masterpiece, and it's been a long and award-studded career. It's a classic comic strip meets Golden Age Hollywood noir story.

Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed The World

Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed The World
by Monte Beauchamp

Beauchamp collects a collection of comics biographies of cartoonists who have had a dramatic impact on the medium. Subjects include Dr. Seuss, Robert Crumb, Charles M. Schulz, and more as told by the likes of Nora Krug, Denis Kitchen, Peter Kuper, and others. All in a beautiful, hardcover package.


by Simon Hanselmann

Compiling and freeing this comic from the internet, Fantagraphics presents Hanselmann's funny, strange, stoner comics into one handy volume. Awesome on line - even better on paper!

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
by Liz Prince

Liz's memoir has been one of the most anticipated books at Atomic in the past few weeks, with most of the staff asking at least once a day, "Is it here yet, is it here yet?" When I finally said yes, everyone dropped what they were doing and immediately grabbed a copy and started reading - and everyone is in agreement that Liz totally killed it with this book.

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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