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August 28, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 28, 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.

Big Pussy

Big Pussy
by Gina Wynbrandt

Okay, just look at the cover and the title of the very funny Wynbrandt's risographed mini comic from 2D Cloud and tell me you don't feel compelled to read it. If you do (and you know you do), you'll be rewarded with the struggles of a 24 year old woman trying to grow up while avoiding responsibility at the same time.

E-Man: The Early Years

E-Man: The Early Years
by Joe Staton / Nicola Cuti

Those who read my picks regularly might rightfully get the impression I am not a huge fan of all things superhero. I am, however, unreasonably excited by this collection of E-Man comics. Somehow, as a kid, I lucked into finding the character's Charlton Comics early '70s run, which this book now, finally collects. I'm not sure I can adequately explain the comic here, but I'll give it a shot by saying it involves a sentient form of energy from a nova and an exotic dancer/grad student.

Imagine Caring About This

Imagine Caring About This
by Meghan Turbitt

In this mini comic, the very funny Turbitt presents a series of one page comics featuring stories about things like what Jeb Bush ate for lunch or what J.Lo thinks of her exes, and then challenges you to care about them. And you probably won't. But you will laugh at how much you don't care.


by Ted Rall

I'm including this new Ted Rall comics bio of Edward Snowden because I want to end up on some NSA watch list. Just kidding, I'm probably already on one. We've seen so much of how mainstream (or institutional) America has presented Snowden, but Rall gives us a more complete view, along with humor and commentary on the current security state we currently live in. Hi, NSA!

Ultra Violent Magazine #12

Ultra Violent Magazine #12

It's been too long since there was a new issue of this global horror and exploitation magazine. But the new issue is finally here and it's loaded with interviews and reviews.

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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