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February 7, 2019

Atomic Books Comics Preview - February 7, 2019

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.


The Comics Journal #303

The Comics Journal #303
edited by Gary Groth

The last issue of the important and influential comics arts publication The Comics Journal was 5 years ago. A lot has changed in comics and culture since then, but seeing a new print issue of TCJ is like seeing an old friend again. So why come back to print now after so many years as online publication? Well, as the introduction says, "Graphic novels are regularly reviewed by tiny blogs as well as the most prominent media outlets. Movies and television shows based on comics are setting record box office numbers and multimedia conglomerates are raking in billions. But where are the creators in all this? Where is that higher value and greater merit for the artists behind these comics? ... This Comics Journal will be a place to consider modern and historical artworks, politics, ethics, technology, economics, innovation and comics' and artists' place in society at large. Not just the hyper-specific pop culture niche ditch that comics sites and magazines have been dredging for years; The Comics Journal will attempt to take on larger, more crucial matters." Loaded with full articles, essays, interviews, full color artwork and comics, TCJ is a must-read for anyone who takes their comics seriously.


Eric

Eric
by Tom Manning

Eric is a trippy, visionary graphic novel that reads as if Thomas Pynchon wrote a novel about The Big Lebowski actually being a Beach Boy and David Lynch then decided to turn it into a film. My only gripe - I really wish there was an accompanying soundtrack - I really need to hear Eric's masterpiece, "Olmec Tolkien".


Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story
by Jeff Jensen / Jonathan Case

Out of print for years, this classic true crime detective comic about the famed Green River Killer, written by the son of the detective who caught him, is finally back in print. It's like binge-watching a Netflix serial killer series, but in comic book from. A contemporary classic.


To Eat And To Drink: Tastes And Tales From A French Kitchen Volume 1

To Eat And To Drink: Tastes And Tales From A French Kitchen Volume 1
by Guillaume Long

To Eat And To Drink is like a master class in French cuisine - but in graphic novel form. The book is innovative, accessible, personable and fun. There are recipes, inventories, tips, biographic strips, and more. The perfect comic for the aspiring foodie.


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


also at Largehearted Boy:

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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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