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January 22, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 22, 2015

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.

Alan Resnick Comics

Alan Resnick Comics
by Alan Resnick

If you've caught the Adult Swim shorts "Unedited Footage Of A Bear" or "Live Forever As You Are Now With Alan Resnick," you are already familiar with Alan's sharp (and sometimes joyfully unsettling) sense of humor. Here he collects a series of his short, funny comic strips. The cartooning style is in the realm of Matt Furie of Ron Rege Jr., and the strips involve butt clubs, Ed Schrader's t-shirts and dinners, self-loathing and Alan's comics could easily run in an any alt-weekly or even The Believer's comics pages should he ever get tired of this pretty awesome TV thing he's got going on.

Baltimore Coloring Book Project Vol. 1

Baltimore Coloring Book Project Vol. 1
by Benn Ray (editor) / Ben Claassen III (designer) / various

Last year, the Baltimore Museum of Art invited us to curate an event for their 100 year celebration. They wanted something illustrative and Baltimore-centric, so what we came up with was the beginning stages of this book. I put together a list of famous people who have lived in Baltimore, and then I invited a bunch of my artist friends to draw a portrait of them, coloring book style. During the BMA celebration, pages were set out on a big table with a bunch of colored pencils and visitors were invited to color in the sheets, but here, we've collected it all into a coloring book, and I've written a series of short bios for each person. So now you can color in Dan Deacon or Billie Holiday or Tupca Shakur or Frank Zappa or Divine (among many others) as drawn by artists like Alex Fine, Gary Kachadourian, Molly O'Connell, and many more. Our goal is to put out a new one every year.


by Eric Haven

Fans of the TV show MythBusters may recognize the name Eric Haven as a producer and director. He's also an extremely talented cartoonist - with precise linework that melds the best of Jack Kirby and Charles Burns with evocative coloring. The stories in UR start by following a pattern of a some kind of strange superhero (Man-Cat, Reptilica, Bed Man, The Equestrian) who goes on an adventure that typically takes a surreal turn part-way through. They then move to a collection of Race Murdock adventures about a seemingly average Joe who, within a handful of panels, finds himself dismembered, exploded, beheaded, impaled, etc. UR is a fun package of alternative superhero/adventure humor and oddity.

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, Mutant Funnies

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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