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December 31, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - December 31, 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.


As You Were #5: This Job Sucks

As You Were #5: This Job Sucks
edited by Mitch Clem / Avi Ehrlich

This new volume of the punk comics anthology, focusing on shitty jobs, features work by Julia Wertz, Liz Baillie, Max Clotfelter, and many more. Commiserate with these tales of crap employment.


Brighter Than You Think: 10 Short Works by Alan Moore

Brighter Than You Think: 10 Short Works by Alan Moore
by Marc Sobel / Alan Moore / Stephen R. Bissette

This book collects ten of Moore's more obscure and difficult to find short comics stories. It includes some experiments, early work and self-critique. And each story comes with Sobel providing context and history.


David Bowie: Color the Starman

David Bowie: Color the Starman
by various

Now you can color away your grief.


Love Is Love

Love Is Love
edited by Phil Jimenez

This anthology is the comics community coming together over the killings in Orlando earlier this year. The proceeds from the book will go to help victims, survivors and families through Equality Florida.


Trump: The Complete Collection

Trump: The Complete Collection
by Harvey Kurtzman / various

I've been waiting for this collection to come out for years. It seems like an exceptionally cruel coincidence that a collection of a decades old humor magazine called "Trump" would come out now, as we are about put a man named Trump into the highest office in the land. If Harvey Kurtzman were still alive, I'm sure he'd be having a field day with that. A few years after the success of MAD Magazine, Kurtzman found himself courted by a number of publishers eager for him to recreate the magic of his humor magazine for them. He eventually went with then young upstart Playboy. Hugh Hefner brought Kurtzman on board and the result lasted two issues before it all imploded. This book provides those issues and elements of the "in-the-works" third issue as well as some history and insight as to what exactly happened that killed Trump before it ever really got started - the famous quote from Hefner, "I gave Harvey Kurtzman an unlimited budget ... and he exceeded it," notwithstanding.


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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Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
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