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May 8, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 8, 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.


Alamo Value Plus #1

Alamo Value Plus #1
by Rusty Jordan

Baldemar Pretzeldorf works at the Wal-mart-esque Alamo Value Plus. But it was a long hard journey getting on board this gravy train of a life - largely escaping the evil clutches of Maximillian Von Schidthed. But his excellence as an employee once again makes him a target. Alamo Value Plus is a weird (in a good way), slacker, indie action comic.


Matinee Junkie 2

Matinee Junkie 2
by Jordan Jeffries

If you like movies, you really need to check out Jordan's Matinee Junkie. It's part diary comic, part movie review comic. Each page is centered around a movie ticket stub from a film Jordan saw in 2014. Some entries get in depth about his thoughts on things like the Muppet Movie, and some are simply about him dealing with getting older.


Men's Feelings #1

Men's Feelings #1
by Ted May

This is a collection of short comics stories, each based on the sorts of things men feel. The comics run the gamut of Raymond Carver-quality short story to basic male ridiculousness. You'll want more.


Vinyl Vagabonds #6

Vinyl Vagabonds #6
by Eric Gordon / Sara Gordon

Vinyl Vagabonds is one of the best record collecting zine going. Articles include advice on downsizing your collection, a look at the record cover art of HR Giger, DC record fairs, an overview of cover art featuring food, James Brown's Soul Power, and more.


Wacky Wacko Magazine #1

Wacky Wacko Magazine #1
by Seth Bogart

This handmade, limited music zine comes from Seth Bogart (from Hunx And His Punx!). Loaded with great art and design, risographed - and, oh yeah, there's also cool content like an interview with Kathleen Hanna. Please let there be a #2 soon.


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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