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December 12, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - December 12, 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 BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.

Bitch Planet #1

Bitch Planet #1
by Kelly Sue DeConnick / Valentine De Landro

This new series by DeConnick and De Landro is a comic version of a feminist, sci-fi, women in prison, sexploitation flick. Think Orange Is The New Black meets Barbarella starring Pam Grier. There's an awesome feminist essay in the back, and the back cover is loaded with ads for patriarchy. It's a fascinating vision, one I'm very curious to see developed.


by Gary Kachadourian

I can look at drawings of monster cars and old comics like CARtoons while talking old Weird-Ohs-type model kits for hours. In fact, I did exactly that with the artist of this book earlier this week at our Eightbar. Gary draws a host of iconic vehicles in "kustom" form here. It's page after page of psycho-hot rods! Looking at his Cars reminds me of looking through one of my old middle school notebooks - only, y'know, with much better art.

Eamon Espey Holiday Card Set

Eamon Espey Holiday Card Set
by Eamon Espey

Each year I endeavor to find holiday cards that will befuddle, alarm and/or disturb my family - and Eamon's holiday card set is what I sent out this year. Have YOU been good? Oh yeah, and Eamon also just came out with a new issue of his awesomely strange comic series, Wormdye.

The Existential Coloring Book

The Existential Coloring Book
by Archie McPhee

The pages and lines in this coloring book are as empty as existence itself. But here at least you can fill the void of nothingness with color. Loaded with quotes from Sartre, Kirkegaard, Camus, Kafka, Steven Wright and Woody Allen. Consistently hilarious - but my favorite is the Existentialist Connect the Dot which reveals the truth of existence.

Mutiny On The Mousey

Mutiny On The Mousey
by Steven Weissman

Never has Mutiny On The Bounty been this adorable. Weissman retells the story with cats and mice in a full color mini-comic format. If you're a sucker for all things cats and a sucker for a sea-farin' tale, Mousey will have you hooked.

Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988

Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988
by Bruce Pavitt

In 1980, Bruce Pavitt began a zine called “Subterranean Pop” - focusing on a localized approach to music and art. By the mid-80s, Sub Pop was a record label. By 1988, the label signed an unknown local band named Nirvana. While the rest is history - Sub Pop USA is an important document of music and a pathway of how they got from a 500 copy print run of their first zine to one of the largest independent and most influential record labels still operating. So if Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways series on HBO ignited something in you, this will keep that fire burning.

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)

List of Online "Best of 2014" 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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