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June 3, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 3, 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.


Copendium: An Expedition into the Rock 'n' Roll Underworld

Copendium: An Expedition into the Rock 'n' Roll Underworld
by Julian Cope

Over the years, '80s Brit psychedelic rocker Cope has also written some fascinating books on underappreciated music genres. Here Cope uses his reviews and themed track samplers to create a re-imagined canon of popular music, one that includes Krautrock, motorik and post-punk, stoner and doom metal, and yes, sometimes even jazz.


Paper Girls #6

Paper Girls #6
by Brian K. Vaughan / Cliff Chiang

The hit comic series returns after an unfortunate momentum-killing break with a new story arc, this time the girls find themselves not in 1988.


Record Culture Magazine #1

Record Culture Magazine #1

This pretty, new magazine takes us into studios and recording spaces as well as homes to give is a better sense of where some of our favorite music comes from. This issue features Lovefingers, Philippe Zdar, Tim Sweeney, Kindness, Veronica Vasicka, and Joakim.


The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
by Neil Gaiman

This new collection brings together nearly 60 charming pieces of Gaiman's non-fiction work. With wit, humor and impressive insight, he tackles subjects like authors, music, comics, bookshops, travel, fairy tales, America, libraries, ghosts, and his account of what it was like going to the 2010 Academy Awards.


Weird Love: I Joined A Teen-Age Sex Club

Weird Love: I Joined A Teen-Age Sex Club
by Bob Powell / various

Weird Love collects some of the more bizarre romance comics from the 1950s and 1960s. Stories like "I Joined A Teenage Sex Club," "I Married A Maniac," and "He Called Me Jail Bait" give you a good idea of the fun you can expect.


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:

Largehearted Boy's 2016 Fundraiser

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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