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August 20, 2017

Atomic Books Comics Preview - August 20, 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.

Behaving Madly

Behaving Madly
by Ger Apeldoorn

If imitation is one of the sincerest forms of flattery, what does that make outright ripping off? In the 1950s, when it was clear that MAD Magazine was not just a huge hit, but a cultural phenomenon, it didn't take long for other publishers to glut the market by launching their own versions of the humor/satire magazine. In some cases, these knock-offs even employed some of the best illustrators of the time. The results were uneven, but this book provides both a history of the publications of that era who all went MAD, and selections of some of the better comics from the wannabes.

Dark Nights Metal #1

Dark Nights Metal #1
by Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo

I'm not apt to recommend single issues of mainstream superhero comics, but this one has been highly anticipated since it's the vision of writer Scott Snyder, and it is the official starting point of DC's big crossover event. Basically, this weird metal, the Nth metal, has some sort of weird tie to a dark universe. Batman's shenanigans may have opened a doorway and something might be coming through. Snyder's take on the DC pantheon is very entertaining (so much so that I'd say that Warner Bros. would do well to put him in charge of their DC movies). And oh yeah, there is a huge surprise appearance from a beloved DC character who we rarely see anymore.

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald Trump

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald Trump
by Shannon Wheeler

New Yorker cartoonist and creator of Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler has taken the Tweets of Donald Trump and illustrated them here. So it's the President's own words, with Wheeler's art. The results make our national nightmare more bearable - for like a day or two.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Women of Folk Music

Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Women of Folk Music
by Bijou Karman

This awesome zine is a collection of profiles of female folk singers from the 50s-70s, some you have have heard of and some you may not have. It is a great little read with a solid list of artists you'll want to check out. Each entry also very smartly comes with a song recommendation as a starting point.

Women In Sound #4

Women In Sound #4
by Madeleine Campbell / Maggie Negrete

This inspiring zine features an array of interviews with women, queer and trans musicians and sound artists. There are band members, rappers, DJs, sound engineers, producers, and more.

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:

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

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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)
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