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October 30, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 30, 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.

Basil Wolverton Weird Worlds Artist Edition

Basil Wolverton Weird Worlds Artist Edition
by Basil Wolverton

IDW's Artist Series has published quite a few impressive, over-sized, limited edition books , but this collection of legendary MAD contributor Basil Wolverton may be the best yet. It contains stories covering his career from Powerhouse Pepper, Spacehawk, up through his grotesques, his religious work and more. The result is simply WOW!

Found: The Early Years

Found: The Early Years
by Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart's ingenious magazine Found - collecting the best (and worst) of notes, letters and other miscellany readers find - will go down as one of the all-time best zines. For those who are late to the party, finding back issues of #1-4 can be a tad tough - so Found: The Early Years collects the best of those 4 issues into one very Found Magazine-like book.

Stray Bullets Volume 1: Innocence Of Nihilism

Stray Bullets Volume 1: Innocence Of Nihilism
by David Lapham

Lapham's crime cult-classic has been dormant for a long time. Recently, he came back to it - completing the original series' story-arc and starting a whole new one (Stray Bullets: Killers). This brings the long unavailable first volume back into print.

True Stories #1

True Stories #1
by Derf

One of my all time favorite alt-weekly strips was Derf's The City. Here the cartoonist collects the first of several planned volumes of "True Story" comics. The theme is that these are real things that the cartoonist witnessed that made their way into his long-running comic.

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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