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May 13, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 13, 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.

Boy's Club

Boy's Club
by Matt Furie

Matt Furie's Boy's Club mini comics were easily some of the best selling mini-comics in the history of Atomic Books. Now out of print and highly collectible, Fantagraphics provides us with an alternative - this book, loaded with Furie's infamous stoner humor in the family of Simon Hanselmann’s Megg and Mogg and Joán Cornella’s Mox Nox.

Funeral Parlor

Funeral Parlor
by Robert Young

Back in 1991, a televised wrestling incident involving The Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker would have a hugely profound effect on the artist, then a young child. This is the story of that incident, in the form of a fully and beautifully risographed comic.

Heavy Metal Magazine #280

Heavy Metal Magazine #280
by Grant Morrison / various

This issue marks the beginning of Grant Morrison taking the wheel of the legendary illustrated fantasy magazine as it's editor-in-chief.


by Melissa Mendes

An utterly charming tale of a young tomboy named Lou, growing up in New England in the 1990s.

Spooky Show

Spooky Show
by Jordan Jeffries

31 horror movies in 31 days. This zine is the result, with reviews and drawings. Can you do 31 horror movies in as many days?

Twilight Children

Twilight Children
by Gilbert Hernandez / Darwyn Cooke

This book is an excellent collaboration from two excellent cartoonists involving a possible alien conspiracy. Beautiful (if not a tad tame) art by Darwyn Cooke accompanies Gilbert Hernandez's magical story.

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:

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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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