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October 15, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 13, 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.


1 Page At A Time: A Daily Creative Companion

1 Page At A Time: A Daily Creative Companion
by Adam J. Kurtz

Kurtz's fun, new book provides daily prompts to live creatively. Lists, drawings, activities and more - at the end of the year you'll essentially have a book you made yourself to show for it.


Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #1

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #1
by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa / Robert Hack

The Archie Adult Horror universe expands with this stylish revamping of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Sabrina lives in what some would rightfully argue is a pretty unhealthy family environment (a cousin who's a bad influence, over-protective guardians). Meanwhile, at school she struggles to fit in as the new kid. Should she use witchcraft to woo a boy she likes? While these story elements come straight from the original, kid-friendly version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, they are far more sinister. Plus, there's a larger evil lurking on the horizon that makes you anxious as you read. Another great reboot for Team Archie Comics. What's next? Josie and The Pussycats? Please?


Pocket Pizza Journal

Pocket Pizza Journal
by Scott Wiener

If your town is anything like my town, there's so much awesome pizza going on, it's impossible to keep mental track of. Scott's Pocket Pizza Journal is just the the thing to help you keep track of the right slice for the right occasion! Plus it's fun to use. It's sort of like an analog version of Instagramming your meals.


Punks The Comic #1

Punks The Comic #1
by Joshua Hale Fialkov / Kody Chamberlain

In the spirit of underground punk comics of the '80s, Punks The Comic is an anarchistic mess of fun, complete with trading cards, an activities page and more. The characters are Lincoln, fist, dog, skull and lizard-headed. And the style is a mishmash of collage and Fumetti. Things don't make too much sense, but then, they don't have to in Punks - they're just fun. It's a little like the Young Ones TV show, except here everyone would be Vyvyan and Rick.


Wytches #1

Wytches #1
by Scott Snyder / Jock

Superstar comics team Snyder and Jock introduce a new horror series based on Wytches, and are off to a good start. Stemming out of teen angst and high school bullying in which some kind of "incident" occurs, Sailor's family moves her to a knew town in the hopes she can put what happened behind her and forget about it. But can that really work when what's happening is because of what our teen heroine is?


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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