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April 2, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 2, 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.


A Is For Zebra: An Alphabet, Art And Activity Book

A Is For Zebra: An Alphabet, Art And Activity Book
by Sean Tejaratchi

Kids are never too young to be introduced to the joys of clip art! This alphabetical activity book (each page is a letter of the alphabet, surrounded by images that all begin with the corresponding letter) by Sean "Crap Hound" Tejaratchi is both gorgeous and fun - even for adults. I admit it, I had to check the key in the back for a couple items.


The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis

The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis
by Darryl Cunningham

We all know the type - the "I got mine, Jack" type of knuckleheads who rationalize selfish individualism while romanticizing the works of an author they most likely never fully read in the first place. Cunningham connects the dots of our most recent economic meltdown all the way back to Ayn Rand - the libertarian idolized by people like Rand Paul (notice his first name?) and Paul Ryan. Informational, fun, and important.


Lumberjanes Volume 1

Lumberjanes Volume 1
by Noelle Stevenson / Grace Ellis / Brooke A. Allen

An instant all-ages classic, this volume collects the first few issues of the hit series that reads like Buffy The Vampire meets the Girl Scouts.


Nemo: River Of Ghosts (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

Nemo: River Of Ghosts (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
by Alan Moore / Kevin O'Neill

Moore continues his Nemo arc of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series with this new hardcover.


Record Store Book: Fifty Legendary and Iconic Places to Discover New and Used Vinyl

Record Store Book: Fifty Legendary and Iconic Places to Discover New and Used Vinyl
by Gary Calamar / Phil Gallo

Just in time for this year's Record Store Day (April 18) comes this photographic love letter to record shops. The only thing better than spending an hour in a record shop, is looking at these pictures of record shops.


So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
by Jon Ronson

In an era where the wrong Tweet or a hasty Facebook comment can result in friendlessness and unemployment, Ronson looks at the use of technology to publicly shame others with is typically entertaining, neurotic and amusing style.


Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes

Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes
by Benjamin Dewey

This collection from the popular comics Tumblr presents a series of over 500 illustrated tragedies - some absurd, some hilarious, some profound - and sometimes, some that are all three.


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)

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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