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May 1, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 1, 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.

Hacksler #1

Hacksler #1
by Michael Hacker

It's taken this collection of enjoyably disturbing gag strips 4 years to make its way from Australia to me, but it was worth the journey. "Mikes" is about 2 parts of the same decapitated chicken, "How To Feed A Unicorn" illustrates the dangers of feeding a unicorn, we also have butt-sniffing dogs, decaying skulls and a young man who watches so much TV, his eyes abandon him.

Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye's Final and Darkest Era

Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye's Final and Darkest Era
by Mike Hunchback / Caleb Braaten (Editors)

Explore the dark horror art of an obscure 20th century master in this revealing hardcover look at the work from the last years of his life.

Mutant #6

Mutant #6
by Benn Ray (editor) / Ben Claassen III (designer)

This Saturday (May 2) is Free Comic Book Day. So at participating stores throughout the country, you can go to comic book stores and choose from 50 different free "official" Free Comic Book Day releases. Each year, at Atomic Books, we publish our own. This year, we feature comics by Ben Claassen III, Sara Lautman, Nick DiFabbio, Mike Riley, Nate McDonough and more. Stop by, why don't you?

Not My Small Diary #18

Not My Small Diary #18
by Delaine Derry Green (editor)

It's always an event when a new issue of Green's long-running anthology of autobiography comics comes out. This new issue has a theme of pet stories and is once again a who's who of the indie comics world. #18 has work by Ben Snakepit, Mark Campos, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Ayun Halliday, Roberta Gregory, Joe Decie, Sam Spina, Missy Kulik, Misun Oh, Kelly Froh, Anne Thalheimer, Peter Conrad, Max Clotfelter, Donna Barr, Jason Martin, J.T. Yost, Liz Prince, Carrie McNinch and so many more.

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)

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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