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January 11, 2019

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 11, 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.

Fluke #16

Fluke #16
edited by Matthew Thompson, art by James B. Hunt / NXOEED

For anyone who knows a gifted flyer artist and is thinking about turning a collection of their work into an awesome zine - this issue of Fluke is a master class. It also helps when the artist is as good an illustrator as NXOEED.

Hobo Mom

Hobo Mom
by Charles Forsman & Max de Radiques

From the creator of the comic the hit TV show The End of the Fxxxking World is based on and the cartoonist behind The Bastard comes this gorgeous, beautiful bittersweet tale of a mom whose need for independence undermines her efforts at building a family, her forsaken daughter and the lonely locksmith who loves them both. As wonderful as Hobo Mom is, it even managed to offend a group of twentysomethings who were in the store thumbing through a copy of the book earlier in the week (I think they may have been shocked to see an R-rated scene in a comic)- and that's a plus.

Nothing Nice To Say: Complete Discography

Nothing Nice To Say: Complete Discography
edited by Mitch Clem

What up punx!? The comics in this book began back in 2002 as the world's first online punk comic. A few years later it disappeared from the internet, and since then it's become a sort of cult classic for punks. Now you can hold and shelve your own copy in a format far more stable than online. Oh, and it has a bunch of awesome bonus material too. No punk library is complete without Nothing Nice To Say.

Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography

Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
by Laurent Queyssi / Mauro Marchesi

For fans of Philip K. Dick - author of Minority Report, Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Man In The High Castle, A Scanner Darkly and so many more great works of fiction, the author's life gets the biographic graphic novel treatment. And unsurprisingly for anyone who's read Dick's work, his life was full of instability, paranoia and hallucinations fueled by drugs.

Unknown Anti-War Comics

Unknown Anti-War Comics
edited by Craig Yoe

Sure, most comics readers are familiar with the war comics genre - but what Yoe harvests here is the complete opposite of that. It's a collection of classic anti-war comics (often masked as fantasy or science-fiction stories) from an era when holding such a position could quite possibly get your ass kicked.

Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
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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)