Friday, September 29, 2006

Events Galore

Besides the fact that it's everyone's birthday this coming month, we have events up the wazoo!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Last Bout

In case you missed it, or you've never been to Roller Derby, The Sun does a pretty good job of giving you a taste with a mini documentary about the Championship Bout. Just click on the photo gallery on the right side.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Reading Club Moves

The discussion for Our Cancer Year, our selection for September, will be at atomic POP, 3620 Falls Rd, instead of Frazier's, tomorrow night at 7pm!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Got Stickers?

We have a magazine rack at atomic POP that we'd love to cover with your stickers! Send us your stickers!

3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21211

Monday, September 18, 2006


photo by Randallart

Awesomest Weekend

photo by Superchou

That's your new Hampden Idol, Tony, giving some one on one attention to his fans.

So many great things happened this weekend:

Hampdenfest was amazing. Thanks to everyone for coming out and to all the supportive vendors and Hampden Merchants and superb bands for creating another great Hampdenfest. We had a little rain at first, but then the sun came out and so did the fun.

Thanks to everyone who came out and saw our new shop, Atomic Pop. We'll announce our grand opening party soon!

Oh and we also saw Mary Alice, from Ace of Cakes. Their show was renewed for another season!

Our roller derby team, The Night Terrors, won the Championship yesterday!!!!! It was the most exciting roller coaster bout ever. We are the Champions!!

And they'll also be in an upcoming issue of Gothic Beauty. We'll have a magazine/victory party for them!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Our First Pop Customer

Brian Ralph was our first! His son brought his own balloon for the occassion.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Love Pop

We are not ready to open Atomic Pop...but we will! You have to open sometime and a store is always a work in progress. Nothing is ever done, ever finished. So why not open tomorrow, at Hampdenfest?

And we have a special present for the first 50 customers! You get a Dunny Series 3 figure free with your purchase! Who knows, you may also get a golden ticket and win the coveted Love Dunny.

Who will be our first customer?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Talk About The Weather

This is the time of year when we watch the weather.

Cross your fingers, kids! Hampdenfest goes on rain or shine.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Like Action Figures?

The question we've been getting a lot lately, from people who aren't familiar with the concept of our new store, Atomic Pop, when we say that we're carrying more art toys is:

"Like action figures?"


I think the most distinct difference between the action figure and the art toy is that action figures are mass produced licensed characters from some other medium (tv, comics, movies, etc).

Art toys are simply creations/characters unto themselves. Sometimes they expand into comics and books of their own, but they didn't start there. They are made in much smaller quantities, some made partially or even all by hand.

Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and we are by no means shunning action figures. They're just going to stay at Atomic Books.


From the creators of Make comes Craft! We'll have the premiere issue when it debuts in October.

It's one of those is-it-a-book-or-is-it-a-magazine type publications with a heftier price, but it's like a who's who of today's craftsters with a ton of interesting projects that you'll want to keep as a reference forever.

I. Can't. Wait.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday Review - Just The Ls

Lisa read Little Lulu Color Special by John Stanley and Irving Tripp:

That Little Lulu! She's quite a character. She's sassy but not obnoxious. Clever but not infallible. And, although she clearly is not a modern creation (I mean, Lulu and her friends run all over town unscheduled and unsupervised), her stories are just as amusing now as they must have been when she debuted 60+ years ago. And Lulu's world is presented in gorgeously vibrant color in this special collection.

Wearing her little red dress and pushing her ever-present doll carriage she invents her way out of scrapes involving her nemeses but also best friends in the boy's only club and real, incompetent truant officers and imaginary, incompetent witches. She's not the smartest kid in school and she owns up to not being a beauty but she is resourceful and confident and mostly kind to her friends.

I keep thinking that having Little Lulu on his side would have done the main character in the last book I read, Jimmy Corrigan, a world of good. I can see her taking him (either Jimmy, really, World's Fair era or present day) under her wing and telling him an almost instructive, but mostly just entertaining, story featuring Witch Hazel and sending him on his way knowing that one sharp cookie has got his back.

Lauren read Blackstock's Collection by Gregory L. Blackstock:

Gregory Blackstock is an artistic savant. He spent most of his life as a pot washer and kept meticulous lists of just about everything. This collection is divided into sections like Tools, Aviation, and Things to Wear. These are not just lists of words, though. Gregory illustrates the list. His drawings are beautiful and detailed giving you the feeling of exactly what he was looking at. I think my favorite list is the shoes. It seems to cover everything!

Hampden Idol Tryouts Cancelled Tonight

Keyboard Man has come down with the flu! So tryouts tonight at the Hon Bar is cancelled.

Get better KM!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Monday, September 04, 2006

Plastic & Plush

Along with the current art toy explosion is a parallel boom of art toy books!

We can't wait to get our hands on these, all of which should be out this Fall/Winter:

I Am Plastic
Dot Dot Dash
Plastic Culture
Friends With You
Visionaire #50: Artists Toys

Also, Vinyl Will Kill is now available just as a book. And if you'd like a smaller catalogy overview type book Toys: MTV Overground V3 is a great place to start.

Since most art toys are made in editions of just a few hundred to a few thousand, these books are a great way to get a piece of even long sold out toys.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Just Like That, Summer's Over

We will be closing early tomorrow, for Labor Day. 3 pm!

This month's Reading Club pick is Our Cancer Year and is as always 15% off for the month.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Friday Review - Back to School

Winning Catalog Review is from Nolen for B. Krigstein Comics:

B. Krigstein has been an overlooked master of the comics medium and Fantagraphics really does him justice in this hefty volume. This is one of the best comic reprints I've seen, because the stories have been (for the most part) reproduced with the original colors and not redone digitally, so the pages look how they did originally. At a quick glance, his art seems typical, but upon a closer reading, individual panels, or sets of panels, could easily stand as a masterpieces on their own for the composition, rendering, and emotional impact. Well worth the price."

Eric read Blindness and Seeing:

I've been reading at a madman's pace this year, and my most shattering discovery has got to be Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago -- particularly his mid-'90s masterpiece Blindness. Blindness immediately thrusts us into the action: an unnamed European metropolis falls prey to a mysterious plague of blindness, beginning with rush-hour gridlock as the very first victim becomes afflicted while driving downtown. From there, the novel follows the grim aftermath for the first few sufferers (all unnamed, as in most of Saramago's work) as well as the even grimmer governmental response to the plague. In the process, Saramago evokes modern catastrophes such as AIDS and the Holocaust without ever being anything less than compulsively readable; his dense but addictive style and diabolical sense of humor (in which humanism and sadism violently collide) are more than enough to renew your faith in modern literature, and remind me of the thrills I experienced when I first discovered authors such as Dostoyevsky, Bukowski, and Thomas Bernhard.

For those who have already read and loved Blindness, you'll be happy to discover that Saramago's latest novel, Seeing, about an electoral revolt against a right-wing regime, gradually reveals itself as a sequel of sorts to Blindness (with a setting and several characters in common) and compliments the first book perfectly. Both are extreme page-turners -- not to mention art of the highest order!"

Benn read Fart Party:

I'd like to thank Julia Wertz for the extra joke of naming her comics "Fart Party". Not only is Fart Party my favorite comic of the year, but every time I try to recommend it or tell someone about it, I get the second joke - the one that's on me - for telling someone, "You have to check out Fart Party, it's awesome." They always give me that "you've got to be kidding me" look. People seem reluctant to believe that something called "Fart Party" can be good, but it is. And I imagine that Julia's response to people like that would be, "fuck 'em." Unabashedly autobiographical, with art that brings to mind a darker Ariel Schrag, Julia's sudden bursts of inappropriate hostility and frustration only serve to make the comic version of herself more endearing. Plus, she picks her nose. And her letter pages alone are worth the cover price. So, there it is. Fart Party. Take a whiff."

Rachel loves Kid Robot/My Paper Crane's Doughnut Keychains:

Just released today, they're a perfect keychain replica of Heidi Kenney's plush creations. They're flocked and a nice fit in the hand, somewhat bigger and more adorable than you'd expect. How does something so simple and tiny give so much joy?

Long Ago And Oh So Faraway

Ok, not so long ago, we started getting excited about the fact that we could finally get in some of the super cool little toys from Asia, made by comic artists and other visionary creators. Even before we opened the store in Hampden (2001) we would see the craziest, cutest toys...but only online or on ebay. Importing was difficult and expensive.

But not anymore! Not only is it easier for us to get the cool toys but some of the companies are finally marketing and distributing to America themselves.

Re-ment's Puchi Petites, the American version, has just launched, and we're the only East Coast store to carry them right now. Unfortunately, we're not allowed to sell them online, but soon!


What are they?


They're a collectible art form: scaled down fake foods and accessories, individually handpainted! Great accoutrements for your Blythes and Pullips, or simply just for admiring. Because who doesn't love fake food?