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August 11, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 12, 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.


Baltimore Graffiti: The Definitive Charm City Style Collection

Baltimore Graffiti: The Definitive Charm City Style Collection
by Michael Sachse

Sachse redefines the meaning of the word "comprehensive" with his massive and beautiful survey of the Baltimore graffiti scene.


Cosplayers

Cosplayers
by Dash Shaw

This book came in just in time for the final year of Otakon here in Baltimore. This book humanizes cosplayers who are frequently looked at in the same way one might watch that insult of a tv show, Big Bang Theory.


Cousin Joseph

Cousin Joseph
by Jules Feiffer

Feiffer revisit his noir style that yielded glowing reviews for his last graphic novel, Kill My Mother. In Cousin Joseph, Feiffer looks at the fear mongering of Hollywood's past to reveal the fear mongering of today.


Growing Up In Public

Growing Up In Public
by Ezequiel Garcia

This is the American debut of the Argentine cartoonist. In Growing Up In Public, Garcia uses autobiographical comics to discuss anxiety of aging while looking at Buenos Aires uncertain future.


Kann And The Heavy Metal Lords Of War

Kann And The Heavy Metal Lords Of War
by Victor Puchalski

This full color, fold out comic will perfectly scratch your Johnny Ryan/Prison Pit itch, assuming you have such an itch. But you probably do.


King-Cat Comix And Stories #76

King-Cat Comix And Stories #76
by John Porcellino

Any time there's a new issue of Porcellino's long-running, self-published, minimal and meditative comic, it's cause for celebration. A perfect read for a Saturday morning at the cafe, with a cup of coffee and reflecting on life.


March Book 3

March Book 3
by John Lewis / Andrew Aydin / Nate Powell

The final installment of John Lewis' acclaimed autobiography as a leader in the Civil Rights movement couldn't have come at a more necessary time.


Meat Cake Bible

Meat Cake Bible
by Dame Darcy

This definitive collection includes all 17 issues of her comic (running from 1993-2008). It's a blend of gothic, horror, punk, Victorian, and a little witchy. And, more importantly, it includes her famed collaboration with Alan Moore.


Pitchfork Review #10

Pitchfork Review #10

This beautiful new issue of Pitchfork's quarterly focuses on festivals. It includes an article on Beach House's tour, and a look at 50 years of Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds to name just a couple of things. Want more? How about a look at the Newport Jazz Festival and insider tips on DIY festivals?


Spanish Fever: Stories By The New Spanish Cartoonists

Spanish Fever: Stories By The New Spanish Cartoonists
by Paco Roca (editor)

This satisfying brick of an anthology offers a survey of the Spanish cartoon scene, and as Spanish Fever reveals, it is a rich and vibrant scene.


Virus Tropical

Virus Tropical
by Powerpaola

Another North American debut, this time by the Colombian artist who goes by the name Powerpaola. Virus Tropical looks at the lives of a family of women in 1980s/90s Colombia. And their stories are told by some of the more interesting linework I've seen an quite a while.


Wrinkles

Wrinkles
by Paco Roca

Mischievous elderly residents plot tricks and a nighttime breakout of an assisted living facility. It's like Duplex Planet meets that one plotline from David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas.


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


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