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March 21, 2019

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 21, 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.

Bubbles #1

Bubbles #1
by Bubbles

Bubbles exists to bring comics fandom off the internet (not that there's anything wrong with that) and back into fanzines, where it's more awesome. This inaugural issue features a look at Blast Books - who published a lot of really incredible cult manga, reviews of awesome comics you need to check out (if you can find 'em), a look at an obscure 1979 Nancy comic strip performance piece, and an excerpted manga from Tsurita Kuniko, and more. Just like an old school fanzine, Bubbles exists to turn you on to awesome things.

Flowery #1

Flowery #1
by Mel Stringer

This mini collects the absolutely adorable and charming autobiographical comics of Mel Stringer - beef jerky, stinky burps, crazy dogs, Arkansas back roads, and more.

The Perineum Technique

The Perineum Technique
by Florent Ruppert / Jerome Mulot

JH is a video artist in need of a muse, and Sarah is the woman he's been having virtual hookups with. As he develops emotions for her, his pressuring her to meet leads to an Eyes Wide Shut-style swingers dinner and a lot of complications. When she teaches him the Perineum Technique to better control himself, his creativity explodes. Beautiful art, rich coloring, and a complex story of art and sex and human connections told in a way that fully embraces the comics medium - The Perineum Technique is a very real rendition of the mind games involved in fledgling romances.

She Could Fly

She Could Fly
by Christopher Cantwell / Martin Morazzo

Easily the best and most successful series in the new Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse, She Could Fly follows the story of a mysterious flying woman who explodes while in flight and the young girl who has become obsessed with her who hopes unlocking the mystery might also solve her own emotional issues. Written by Halt And Catch Fire's Cantwell, She Could Fly feels like discovering an obscure TV show you can't stop yourself from immediately binge-watching.

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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