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May 11, 2018

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 11, 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.

Dead in the Water: The Steve Buscemi Activity Book

Dead in the Water: The Steve Buscemi Activity Book
by Belly Kids

Finally! The world's most beloved character actor gets his own activity book! Bright! Colorful! And every bit as quirky as Buscemi himself. Is there a find Steve activity? You bet! How about a jumble? Of course! There's coloring, and a page where you have to figure out his drunken best man's wedding toast! Dead In The Water is THE activity book of the year! From the same people who brought you The Wisdom Of Nicolas Cage and Hip Hop Pick-Up Lines. So you know, it's solid.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life
by Ellen Forney

Forney's much-anticipated sequel to her acclaimed comic memoir Marbles is a bipolar survival guide loaded with personal stories and advice. This book is a mental health must have.

Sherlock Frankenstein And The Legion Of Evil

Sherlock Frankenstein And The Legion Of Evil
by Jeff Lemire / David Rubin

Jeff Lemire continues to expand his utterly immersive and compelling Black Hammer universe with this charming story of a Black Hammer villain. Lemire is easily one of the best writers in comics right now. And Black Hammer is an argument why he maybe should be put in charge of, say, the DC Comics Universe once Scott Snyder's Metal, etc. has run its course.

Tiny Report #5

Tiny Report #5
edited by Robyn Chapman

This review zine gives the what's what on the mini-comics scene. But this full color (with fold-outs), ambitious issue not only features a ton of reviews of books you'll want to track town, it also includes very large, in-depth interviews with artists Eleanor Davis (one of the most important cartoonists working today) by Robyn Chapman and Mike Diana (one of the most controversial cartoonists ever, if you don't know him, he actually went to jail for his art) by Haleigh Buck. Tiny Report is one of those zines you'll want to read cover to cover because you get so much out of it.

Vinyl Vagabonds Presents

Vinyl Vagabonds Presents
by Eric Gordon / Sara Gordon

My favorite vinyl-collecting zinesters have turned out this really interesting new... I'm gonna call it a "zine." It's a part zine/part comic flipbook hybrid. But the comics aren't traditional comics - what they've done is taken photos from common record albums and drawn over them and turned them into comic strips - a sort of record-collecting fumetti - in a CD-sized format (clever!). I think they may have just discovered a new form. Or maybe I saw it as a kid in National Lampoon? Either way, it's way fun. One side deals with the struggles of record shops, and flip it over and you'll get a look at record collectors. Great, weird stuff that anyone who owns music in vinyl format will love.

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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other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

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)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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