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October 23, 2016

Atomic Books Comics Preview - October 23, 2016

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.

23 Skidoo

23 Skidoo
by Al Columbia

This is a 23rd anniversary reproduction of an Al Columbia mini-comic. Columbia has been a unique and riveting, albeit far too infrequent, voice in comics, and this mini is a fascinating look at his early work.

Blammo #9

Blammo #9
by Noah Van Sciver

For Blammo fans like me, it's been far too long between issues. But finally, Van Sciver's Blammo is back. The stories here range from autobiographical (the strange and alienating world of teaching at a cartoonist school in Vermont), to his own version of Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, to a short story about a con, to more. Blammo is loaded with Van Sciver's wit and cultural criticism.

Cowboys And Insects

Cowboys And Insects
by David Hine / Shaky Kane

This quirky comic filters the cultural normalization of meat consumption by focusing an insect eye on a pop-art Americana. Weird, visually compelling, and it has a point. Who's ready for some deep-fried exoskeleton?

Love And Rockets #1

Love And Rockets #1
by Los Bros Hernandez

The Hernandez Brothers are back with a new iteration of their decades-long running, extremely important, highly influential and downright brilliant comic series, Love And Rockets. Here they return to the magazine-sized format of the original Love And Rockets series. This first installment deals with issues like family, getting old and more. For the unfamiliar, accessing the world of Love and Rockets can seem daunting - well, this new issue is the best place to start.

Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book

Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book
by Elly Blue / Meggyn Pomerleau

We may have just hit the pinnacle of the Adult Coloring Book trend with the Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book: a coloring book that addresses the false male-female binary assumption of gender. While coloring, you can also enjoy quotes from post-Structuralist philosophers. Remember it's never cool to grab a woman's privates, even if you happen to be Republican Presidential nominee - but it is cool to color them in.

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:

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

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