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November 15, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 15, 2015

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books.

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.

Class Photo

Class Photo
by Robert Triptow

When he was in college, Triptow found a high school class picture from 1937 in the trash. In Class Photo, each page tells the story of each student in that photo, as he has imagined their lives over the years.


by Jeremy Sorese

Despite this gorgeous new Nobrow graphic novel having the size and scope of a science-fiction epic, it is also very much a look at human relationships and how the idea of those relationships can take over the reality of them.

Found: After Dark

Found: After Dark

This new, special, issue of Found Magazine collects finds with the theme of hooking up, romance, and sex. But this is less "dirty" than the Dirty Found series, and more heart-wrenchingly raw.

Martyrdom: The Coloring Book

Martyrdom: The Coloring Book
by Hallie Fryd / Julia Gfrörer

Looking at the deaths of martyrs can be amazing and often can strain our ability to believe. Fryd's histories here contain a lot of those fantastic moments, and Gfrörer's intense art leaves a lot of room for grown-ups to color in.

Men's Feelings #2

Men's Feelings #2
by Ted May

Eisner-nominated May continues his hilarious exploration of the feels of men in the modern world. Men's Feelings is one of my favorite new series.

Pareidolia: A Retrospective Of Beloved And New Works By James Jean

Pareidolia: A Retrospective Of Beloved And New Works By James Jean
by James Jean

It's nearly 300 pages of Jean's art, spanning both the globe and the majority of his career.


by Derf Backderf

Derf expands one of his earlier comic stories (sort of like he did with My Friend Dahmer) to explain the world of garbage. He relies on his own experiences as a garbage man, but creates a work of fiction about several friends who are trash collectors, while also interspersing non-fiction pages looking at our garbage and what happens to it. You'll be amused and grossed out. The perfect combo!


by Anna Ehrlemark

Winners introduces Swedish cartoonist Ehrlemark to American readers with a collection of her comics short stories. She explores feminist, queer, anti-capitalist themes in stories about family, sex, witchcraft and revenge.

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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