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August 19, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 19, 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.


Bacchus Omnibus Volume 2

Bacchus Omnibus Volume 2
by Eddie Campbell

Bacchus is by far one of my most favorite comic epics, and it also just happens to be one of the more obscure and underrated series in comics. Hopefully this second omnibus collection will help change that. It's the story of ancient Greek gods, suffering through modern existence, and it's something you really need to read if you claim to like comics.


Cometbus #57

Cometbus #57
by Aaron Cometbus

Really, the release of a new issue of Cometbus should be seen as a national holiday. Everyone should get off work and we can all meet up at cafes and bars, read the issue cover to cover, have a few drinks and discuss. This new issue focuses on the vibrant comics scene of New York city, with interviews with Adrian Tomine, Julia Wertz, Gary Panter, Gabrielle Bell, and many more.


Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster

Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster
by Denis Pellerin / Brian May

This new book from Brian May (of Queen fame) is another gorgeous collection of stereoscopic images and history - this time focusing on fashion from nearly a century ago.


Dokkiri! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989 A History and Guide

Dokkiri! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989 A History and Guide
by Kato David Hopkins

A fascinating survey of the rich and varied underground music worlds of Japan from experimental rock to punk to psychedelic to Noise. It's a thorough and revealing guide to a familiar yet alien world of rock music.


Neat Stuff

Neat Stuff
by Peter Bagge

This deluxe, 2 book, slipcase collection of Peter Bagge's 1980s comic series can best be described in one word: "Masterpiece."


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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