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May 28, 2017

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 28, 2017

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.

CARtoons Magazine #9

CARtoons Magazine #9
edited by Marc Methot

Growing up the son of an auto mechanic in the late 1960s/early 1970s, CARtoons comics were easily found around the house. I would gaze over the panels for hours and then try to draw my own monster cars. Gone for 25 years, CARtoons has now returned with art and stories and crazy car illustrations every bit as excellent as the original run.

Everything Is Flammable

Everything Is Flammable
by Gabrielle Bell

I have long been a fan of Bell's autobiographical story telling and art. But here the full color treatment adds a new depth to her work I didn't think possible for an artist as considered and honest as she is. A fire sets in motion this revealing look at returning home and mother-daughter relationships.

Fante Bukowski Volume 2

Fante Bukowski Volume 2
by Noah Van Sciver

The second volume of misadventures from everyone's favorite self-styled literary genius, Fante Bukowski, is even better than the first - with more depth to the characters, one actually begins to feel pity for the title character, even if he may not deserve it. But for those who remember reading the Black Sparrow Press editions of Charles Bukowski and John Fante's books, the cover design is also a real treat - such a close parody that one could be forgiven for mistaking it for an actual Black Sparrow Press book - complete with an "price tag adhesive shadow" on the back cover of the book. Genius.

My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness
by Kabi Nagata

A remarkably heartfelt autobiographical manga comic about a young woman growing up and coming to terms with her own sexuality.

On The Camino

On The Camino
by Jason

To celebrate turning 50, Norwegian cartoonist Jason not only decided to make the pilgrimage along route of The Camino de Santiago in Spain but to document the triumphs, set backs and odd encounters in comic form for our reading enjoyment. Jason made the pilgrimage so we don't have to. He also turned 50 so we don't have to. Thanks, Jason!

One More Year

One More Year
by Simon Hanselmann

It's the thinking stoner comics fan's event of the year as this new Hanselmann book collects the further adventures of Megg the witch and Mogg the cat.

Resurrection Perverts: Hunter's Point

Resurrection Perverts: Hunter's Point
by Danny Hellman

Failing porn publisher Harry Homburg intends to use photos of a U.S. President caught in the act to save his business. Meanwhile, a b-list/has-been celebrity serial killer is making the rounds. Told in a one-panel per page format, Hellman brings up issues like freedom of speech, American puritanical hypocrisy and more. This very much looks like the beginning of the masterpiece "Dirty" Danny Hellman has been meant to create.

Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail 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:

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Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Mutant Funnies

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