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January 16, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 16, 2016

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.

Burnt Comix #1

Burnt Comix #1
by Jayro Lantigua

If you long for the days of boundary-pushing undergound comix of the 1980s/1990s, then Burnt Comix is for you. Weird, dark, disturbing - I was super-excited to see this book.

Mean Girls Club

Mean Girls Club
by Ryan Heshka

A lot of "art" comics tend to forsake story or character for craft, and what you're left with is great art that you pour though in under 60 seconds. Not so with Ryan Heshka's stylish and bad-ass mean girls. Drugs, debauchery, and characterization mix with some excellent art. You'll want to see more of Pinky, Sweets, Blackie, McQualude, Wendy, and Wanda.

Pulsate And Squirt

Pulsate And Squirt
by Otto Splotch

More awesomely gross comics from Splotch.

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir
by Tom Hart

It's often said that parents should never have to bury a child. Tragically, Hart and his wife lost daughter Rosalie at a very young age. This beautiful, heart-wrenching graphic novel tells their story of dealing with tragedy and its aftermath.

Southern Cross Volume 1

Southern Cross Volume 1
by Becky Cloonan / Andy Belanger

This volume collects the first six issues of Cloonan's claustrophobic, paranoid space whodunit.

Starve Volume 1

Starve Volume 1
by Brian Wood / Danijel Zezelj / Dave Stewart

This volume collects the first story arc of Wood's Anthony Bourdain meets DMZ meets Iron Chef, edgy, futuristic celebrity chef cooking show competition.

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)

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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