May 27, 2016
In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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?"
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