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June 18, 2017

Atomic Books Comics Preview - June 18, 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.


Ripple: A Predilection For Tina

Ripple: A Predilection For Tina
by Dave Cooper

As a publisher, Fantagraphics is no stranger to putting out great comics. And this new hardcover edition of Dave Cooper's Ripple is yet another comics art masterpiece that belongs on the shelf of greatest graphic novels. It is essentially the story of an artist and his muse - but it explores that thin line between repulsion and attraction and the eroticization of homeliness. Plus, Cooper's art is uniquely magnificent.


Shit And Piss

Shit And Piss
by Tyler Landry

For a graphic novel taking place in a sewage treatment plant and the creatures that exist within it, I can't think of a more fitting name. Landry's grosso art is terrific.


Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus Plus

Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus Plus
by Shannon Wheeler

Too Much Coffee Man is a stressed anti-hero. This sturdy omnibus collects the hilarious and odd antics of Wheeler's genius creation. For those unfamiliar, Too Much Coffee Man belongs in a oddball hero hall of fame alongside The Tick, Flaming Carrot, and Tank Girl.


Vague Tales

Vague Tales
by Eric Haven

Haven's stories are darkly absurd. His linework is beautifully bold and classically precise. And his stories are engagingly fantastic. This book is his long-awaited graphic novel debut.


You're Garbage Fired!

You're Garbage Fired!
by Adam Meuse

We're all working through this Trump mess in our own way. Here, Sad Animals cartoonist Meuse offers some insights to accompany his portraits of Trump and his cabinet. In a word, "cathartic."


This Is Revolting

This Is Revolting
curated by Allison Cekala

In the aftermath of the November election, Cekala made an open call for art exhibition. This full color collection of work encapsulates what many of the artists were and have been feeling. The title says it all.


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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