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February 27, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 27, 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.


Chew Volume 9: Chicken Tenders

Chew Volume 9: Chicken Tenders
by John Layman / Rob Guillory

This new volume of the quirky hit comic series finds Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats, getting used to married life and working on crimes as his friends him conspire to take on the psychopath who killed his twin sister.


Criminal (Savage Edition One-Shot)

Criminal (Savage Edition One-Shot)
by Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips

Sometimes a variant packaging concept is so perfect for a title, you wonder why it's a variant and not the sole packaging. This is the case with this Criminal one-shot. Sure, you could pick up the standard comic format issue of this one-shot crime title - but why would you when, for a dollar more, you could pick up this version - magazine-formatted, with a Savage Sword of Conan parody cover that perfectly fits the first 8 pages - a comics magazine (popular in the 70s) that one of the characters is reading.


Fuff #10

Fuff #10
by Jeffrey Lewis

Cartoonist and musician Jeffrey Lewis returns with another issue of is vastly under-rated Fuff. In #10, he continues to awesomely overshare his sexual autobiographies with his therapist - his drawing desk.


Garbage Pail Kids: Love Stinks

Garbage Pail Kids: Love Stinks
by various

Arriving just in time to be a couple weeks too late for Valentines Day (thanks, IDW), this comic collects love-themed GPK grossout stories by "Green" Dean Haspiel, Shannon "Cannon" Wheeler, "Pegleg" Peter Bagge, Miran "Migraine" Kim, "Joltin'" Joe Smiko and more!


Sex Criminals Volume 2: Two Worlds One Cop

Sex Criminals Volume 2: Two Worlds One Cop
by Matt Fraction / Chip Zdarsky

First, can we all just take a moment to appreciate the punny reference in this volume's subtitle? Gross, right? Okay... In this volume the honeymoon is over, lust fades.


Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy
by David Graeber

Author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, the hit book on economics (yeah, that's a strange sentence to write), returns - this time look at the way bureaucracy, and the dominant institutions of our times which are guided by it, effects our lives.


Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High School

Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High School
by Lisa Wilde

Collecting the widely acclaimed zine, Yo Miss is a staggeringly realistic look at inner-city education in beautiful, comics form.


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, 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

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
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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