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April 22, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 22, 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.

The Experts
The Experts
by Sophie Franz

A group of researchers lose their sense of purpose (and sense of self) when a mysterious fog bringing mysterious creatures rolls in. Sharp coloring and awesomely illustrated, The Experts is a weird, quirky story that hauntingly lingers in your psyche like a fog.

Matinee Junkie #3
Matinee Junkie #3
by Jordan Jeffries

It's time for Jordan's annual movie comics journal! If you're not familiar, Jordan's Matinee Junkie collects autobiographical comics centered around Jordan's movie-going. This issue includes: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Big Short, The Babadook, Spotlight, Steve Jobs, The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, Ant-Man, Trainwreck, Mad Max: Fury Road, and so many more (for a total of 48 movies seen in theaters - seriously, this guy's gotta habit!).

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus: Collected Works
Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus: Collected Works
by Raymond Pettibon

This brick of an art book is a career retrospective, collecting 600 pieces from every aspect of Pettibon's career, many of which have not published before. With such an iconic artist like Pettibon, it's easy to misremember his style as a monolithic, and Homo Americanus shows the tremendous growth of a great American artist.

Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973
Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973
by Mick Rock

The insane lenticular cover (I counted at least 6 Bowies in that flip action) tells you this Bowie book is something special (yes, you can sometimes judge a book by its cover). This book was compiled in 2015 with Bowie's blessing, and it reveals an artist at the greatest of his many creative peaks - the Ziggy Stardust era. Rock's photos reveal amazing glam gorgeousness and a whole lot more.

Sun Bakery #1
Sun Bakery #1
by Corey Lewis

Corey is a one-man comics anthology, and Sun Bakery is clearly inspired by manga anthologies like Shonen Jump. The stories here feature giant robots, swords and skateboards, and the art is kinetic and exciting. Get baked!

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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