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May 27, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 26, 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.


After Nothing Comes

After Nothing Comes
by Aidan Koch

Edited by Bill Kartalopoulos, After Nothing Comes collects a number of Koch's early works - showing the poetic and painterly origins of the Koch style. The works here resonate in unexpected ways.


Don't Come In Here

Don't Come In Here
by Patrick Kyle

A story told in unfolding vignettes, Don't Come In Here is an abstract comics exploration of the disorienting nature of being an artist.


From Now On

From Now On
by Malachi Ward

I was so anxious for this book, when it missed its shipping date, I couldn't help but sending an email to the publisher to make sure it was still coming (sorry, Alternative Comics, and thanks for being so awesome!). From Now On collects a number of Ward's beautiful short works, some previously published, some not. Some in color, some not.


Lovf: The Illustrated Diary Of A Man Literally Losing His Mind

Lovf: The Illustrated Diary Of A Man Literally Losing His Mind
by Jesse Reklaw

I first encountered Lovf as a mini-comic, and what struck me about it was how radically different the art is from most of Reklaw's other work. Moody, colorful, watercolory - manic - and intense. If Bill Sienkiewicz was making underground comics today, they might look something like this.


Space: An Eschew Collection

Space: An Eschew Collection
by Robert Sergel

Like Lovf, I first came across Space as mini-comics called Eschew. I was struck then, as now, by their precision, their containment - in terms of art as well as narrative.


Turning Japanese: A Graphic Memoir

Turning Japanese: A Graphic Memoir
by MariNaomi

MariNaomi continues to mine her rich past for material. Set in the mid-'90s, she reflects on her time as an illegal Japanese hostess while also revealing cultural and generational differences.


What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy

What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy
by Rokudenashiko

It may be hard to define, but do we know it when we see it. Or do we? Rokudenashiko is a Japanese artist who has been jailed for their art for posing questions similar to the one this book asks, which is "What is so problematic about the pussy?"


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:

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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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