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September 16, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - September 16, 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.

All-Star Future Shocks

All-Star Future Shocks
by by 2000 AD

This anthology collects a number of stand-alone stories from the long-running British anthology comics magazine, 2000 AD, and the line-up of writers and artists who have stories in here are a testament to the greatness of it. With Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Peter Milligan, Simon Spurrier, Kevin O'Neill, Brian Bolland, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillion, Frazier Irving, and many more. The result is an excellent collection of comics sci-fi stories.

Cringe: An Anthology Of Embarrassment

Cringe: An Anthology Of Embarrassment
by Peter S. Conrad

This anthology allows us to share the humiliations of a number of other cartoonists. A good variety of styles and approaches to the stories delivers cringe after cringe: people wetting the bed with new lovers, lightbulb eating, inappropriate darkroom touching, awkward moments with fans, super-nerds harassing famous film directors and more. With stories by Gabby Schulz, J.T. Yost, Sam Spina, Liz Lunney, Jeffrey Brown, Elijah Brubaker, Box Brown, Steve Lafler, Jamie Vayda, Julia Gfrorer, Sam Henderson, Victor Kerlow, Noah Van Sciver and many more, there is an abundance of cringe-worthy moments here.


by Michael Cho

Cho's Corrina Park is a modern take on the classic archetype. She's the writer who takes a job with an ad agency to pay the rent, still believing she'll someday return to the live of a writer. Years later she's still there and still single. But while she's unhappy professionally, she's also quite comfortable. She's stuck. And so she turns to shoplifting to add some spice to her life. But behind delivering a familiar story-type, Cho lavishes the reader with gorgeous art and astute and subtle cultural observations in our use of technology.

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.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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