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July 17, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - July 17, 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.

Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design

Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design
by Art Chantry / Monica René Rochester

Chantry's lo-fi design style defined the look of the Grunge era. Here the Xerox and X-Acto hero collects his essays - opinionated, occasionally controversial, but always intriguing. What, you didn't think using digital tools to do your design work was actually cool, did you? C'mon!

Colour Me Swiftly

Colour Me Swiftly
by Mel Elliott

You'll want to color these pages immediately - and you'll want to use more than just Red. But you'll use a lot of Red.

How Posters Work

How Posters Work
by Ellen Lupton

Thanks to Ellen Lupton, one of the most important design minds today, our understanding of posters is not like Bill O'Reilly's understanding of tides or the Insane Clown Posse's understanding of magnets. This shit ain't magic. And Lupton breaks it down for us.

Island #1

Island #1
by Brandon Graham / Emma Rios

Brandon Graham returns with a comic magazine anthology. Each issue will contain a chapters of several different ongoing stories by several artists. If you know and like Brandon Graham's work, you'll want this.

Slang Aesthetics

Slang Aesthetics
by Robert Williams

The father of lowbrow art, Robert Williams, returns with a beautiful book of his more recent work. His epic paintings are included, but also some illustrations, work sketches and some really crazy awesome sculptures he's been doing.

Spinegrinder: The Movies Most Critics Won't Write About

Spinegrinder: The Movies Most Critics Won't Write About
by Clive Davies

This is a solid brick of a book of film reviews (about 8,000), where Davies compiles his thoughts on over a century's worth of exploitation and cult movies.

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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