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December 11, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - December 11, 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. He also runs the Mutant Funnies Tumblr.

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.


Ink Brick #1

Ink Brick #1
by various

If comics are literature, and after years of comics consistently proving the point I think most people agree they are (although I still run into an Lit. grad student now and again who doesn't get it), why can't comics also be poetry? This anthology comic explores the intersection of poetry and comics. With work by John Hankiewicz, Simeon Moreton, Simone Kearney, and more.


Madballs Oozing Art Wad

Madballs Oozing Art Wad
by various

Remember the Madball trend? They were sort of like the spherical equivalent of Garbage Pail Kids. Or like nightmare Beanie Babies that could sort of roll, just not in a straight line. Well, those gross balls have now been turned into this anthology comics of gross stories, featuring work by Matt Crabe, Dan Zettwoch, Jimmy Giegerich, Derek Ballard, Lale Westvind and more! This is in an oversized, multi-covered, limited edition. No Madballs collection is complete without it.


Magic Whistle #1 (Volume 3)

Magic Whistle #1 (Volume 3)
by Sam Henderson

The laugh hurricane that is Sam Henderson (if you ever get a chance to see him perform his comics live, do it), has turned his long-running Magic Whistle into a more of an anthology publication now, with contributors like Peter Bagge, Jesse McManus, Ansis Purins, and more. It's just the prefect thing to hold you over until the next issue of MAD Magazine.


Planetes Omnibus Volume 1

Planetes Omnibus Volume 1
by Makoto Yukimura

This space manga follows a galactic garbage crew as they endeavor to clean up all the interstellar rubbish that has reached crisis-levels.


Space Riders Volume 1: Vengeful Universe

Space Riders Volume 1: Vengeful Universe
by Fabian Rangel / Alexis Ziritt

Space Riders is some crazy-awesome psychedelic sci-fi.


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)

Online "Best of 2015" Book Lists

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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