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January 12, 2018

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 12, 2018

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.

Big Me Book

Big Me Book
by Tom Van Deusen

I haven't read such entertaining "autobiographical" comics of character self-assassination since Joe Matt's legendary Peepshow. Van Deusen's art is every bit as likeable as his comic alter-ego isn't. Delightful!

Descender Volume 5: Rise Of The Robots

Descender Volume 5: Rise Of The Robots
by Jeff Lemire / Dustin Nguyen

If you've done all the Star Wars there is to do and you're all caught up on Saga and wondering where to go next, Lemire's Descender offers a surprisingly intimate intergalactic epic about friendship, loyalty, technology and revolution - all told with the incredibly evocative painted art of Nguyen.

Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them
by Larry Gonick / Tim Kasser

There are few ways to understand things better than reading one of Larry Gonick's comics explaining concepts or, even better, outlining the Cartoon History Of The Universe. The other day, when I had begun to wonder, "What are we going to do about capitalism? There has to be a way to start fighting back by sabotaging hypercapitalist entities" our shipment of books arrived and in it was this! Talk about your Jungian synchronicity! Gonick and Kasser offer a primer for surviving in a post-Occupy world.

Limbo Lounge

Limbo Lounge
by Dave Calver

The surreal ideas of Jim Woodring meet the otherworldly technique of Renee French in this trippy tale of a purgatory bar.

Spinadoodles 8: Mooz Boosh

Spinadoodles 8: Mooz Boosh
by Sam Spina

Sam's been collecting his diary comics into Spinadoodles for years now. #8 marks the last year of Old Man Spina's twenties - a time when he's hit the big time and has become a filthy rich animator. Will success spoil him? Does success really look like that? Will he age gracefully as his own comic character? Are there farts? Spinadoodles answers all these questions and dozens more you didn't even know you had.

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
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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