Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Review - It Better Not Rain

Benn read Filter Magazine:

While I generally try to thumb through and keep up with all the music magazines that come through Atomic, there aren't many I read on a regular basis or read cover to cover. I mostly only thumb through to see who they're covering (it's easy to spot patterns and trends when looking at music magazine covers and who they mention on their covers), to see who they're reviewing, and to see what other things, like books, DVDs, video games, movies, etc., they mention.

By and large, real rock criticism is dead. And I tend to not be interested in reading interviews with artists whose art I like. I subscribe to the theory that goes: the last person in the world to fully understand the importance of a piece of work is the artist who created it. And older artists, having done so many interviews, tend to have their answers down pat, and younger artists... well, I'm not sure a 22 year old with a synthesizer is going to reveal much to me I didn't already know about the state of the human condition.

However, this issue of Filter, not only did I find myself enjoying a general thumbing through (while being in color, their use of white space still gives the magazine a nice indie feel), but I got sucked in to interviews that I would ordinarily skip over: David Byrne brings up an interesting point of Punk's failed goal of entering the mainstream and destroying it, Roger Daltrey sounds positively pissed at people who give too much credit to those who die before they get old, and Husker Du... well...they just sound bitter.

All this plus there are still interviews I want to get to with Wu-Tang, PJ Harvey and Sons & Daughters. A very readable music mag.

Eamon read Comic Strip Masterpieces Special:

Reprints 12 newspaper artists in 12 pages. Each includes a bio of the artist and information about the book from which the strip came. It's a nice sampling of classic titles such as Dick Tracy, Popeye and Little Orphan Annie.

After reading it you know which books would be more personally appealing. Do you like half naked aliens, surreal dream adventures or Charlie Brown?

Lauren likes Ninjatown by Shawnimals:

I've always been a fan of Shawnimals plush. I mean there are ninjas, moustaches,
pot stickers, and many more made out of felt.

His new project, Ninjatown, brings a blind box element to a plush toy, the first I've seen. Once again there are ninjas but many kinds. There's a business ninja as well as an old master and zombie. There are 12 different ones to collect and trade.

Perfect for a belt loop, as a zipperpull, and just anywhere you want to hang a sweet new friend. Or you can do what we are doing at the store and make them Xmas ornaments. Perfection.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Lone Wolf & Cub

Tonight is the discussion group for Lone Wolf & Cub at POP. Starts at 7pm!

The next and last book of the year for the Shank Reading Group is American Elf. It'll be for sale at 15% off for the month of December.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Brian Ralph

ihatemondaysprint, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Unfortunately we just sold out of this silkscreen print by Brian Ralph...

Wow, this Monday really does suck!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Magical Lights of Hampden

2005balldrop, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

The lights officially turn on tonight at 34th Street, Hampden, Baltimore, USA, Planet Earth!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Coolsville, MD

Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman and Alan Moore on The Simpsons, as superheroes.

I haven't really kept up with the Simpsons in a while, but this episode killed.

And Jack Black's Korean wasn't bad.

Monday, November 19, 2007

30 Days of Xmas Shopping

I know, I know, you're just getting ready for Thanksgiving this week, but there are only 30 more days of online shopping you can do from us to get your orders in time for Xmas!! The cut off date is December 18th.

Also, many many items will be sold out way before then since a lot of what we carry are made in limited editions and also, it's freakin' Xmas, people! You know shit sells out.

Here's a distraction for your freak out. Well, it made me laugh.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday Review - Hungry Now

Rachel read Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio:

Finally out in paperback, Hungry Planet was a favorite coffee table book around this time a couple of years ago. As a collection of photos of what families eat in one week all over the world (imagine family portraits only with everything they consume arranged all around them), it's a beautiful and fascinating peek into how we all live.

But in softcover I actually read it from cover to cover. All the short essays, write ups for each visited family and statistics for each country (a lot of other places aren't that far behind on obesity to the US) were just as captivating as the photos.

Benn read Closed Caption Comics #666 by the Closed Caption Comics Collective:

There's a quiet comics revolution going on here in Baltimore. By "quiet", I mean it doesn't get the same press/ink/comics media attention that Fort Thunder received, or that the current Brooklyn scene is getting or even the kids from The Center for Cartoon Studies. However, what the Closed Caption Comics collective is doing, with exquisitely crafted minis (which frequently involve incredibly complex silkscreening, construction and line work) is turning the mini comic itself into a work of art. Talents like Mollie Goldstrom, Erin Womack, Ryan Cecil Smith, Molly Colleen O'Connell (to name but a few contributors) are deserving of more scrutiny and attention than they currently get in the comics world. They are supreme talents with unique styles, visions and fascinating narrative experimentation. And I put the final story in this anthology, "After My Prayers" on par, with anything from the heyday of Weirdo or Raw. Closed Caption Comics is where art meets comics. CCC #666 is a meaty collection of art comics, a visual feast that works on the mind.

Lauren read Clutter 11:

Clutter is a great magazine and this issue does not disappoint. Ashley Wood gets the cover, and in his interview details his start with Popbot, his foray into traditional comics with Tank Girl and toys based on his art.

There's a piece on the highlights of the San Diego Comic Con. Lots of fun pics and a preview of toys still to come.

My favorite interview is with Luke Chueh who created, in my opinion, one of the best toys - Possessed. There are pictures of his amazing paintings that are not to be missed.

Of course there's much more to the issue that is worth checking out. My favorite thing this week.

Eamon read The Princes of Time by Jon Vermilyea:

The Princes of Time is the story of three professors who travel through time/dimensions to beat up monsters. In one landing they crush a wizard, Dorothy-coming-to-Oz Method. Even the black and white stockings protrude in the same way, except here the body lies in a giant pool of blood. This is key because the art in Princes of Time excels the more guts and innards are exposed. There is tremendous care in rendering the grotesque and the absurd. In a pleasant, funny way.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


We'll be closed on Thanksgiving (next Thursday - yeah! already!).

ETA: We will be closing early on Wednesday the 21st, at 6pm!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday Review - Giving Thanks

Rachel watched This Filthy World, by John Waters, directed by Jeff Garlin:

John Waters is an enlightened human being. He knows what really matters in life - friends, being productive, being yourself, and books. He's accomplished quite a bit with his life and his "lecture" is full of interesting anecdotes and great tips and advice for everything from filmmaking to child rearing, as well as just plain simple common sense rules like: "If you go home with somebody and they don't have books - don't fuck 'em."

Eamon read King-Cat #68 by John Porcellino:

I only started reading John Porcellino's King-Cat Comics this last year. I had been aware of it for awhile, but the drawings never caught my attention. When I actually gave it a chance I found out how much the drawings complement the stories. They're quiet, humble and often pretty funny. In issue 68 John examines an anthill, recounts life antidotes of philosopher Diogenes and pays homage to his recently deceased cat, Maise. Memories are shared and an ordinary moment takes on a larger significance. It's John's view of the world that makes his comics so enjoyable. Despite any odds he may face there is always a feeling of hope and a gratefulness for being alive.

No. 68 won't disappoint longtime readers and it's as good a place as any to start reading King-Cat.

Lauren got Kidrobot Super Mini Keychain Series 3:

I've been a fan of the kidrobot keychains, so I wasn't surprised that I liked the new series. But this one is better for 2 reasons:

1. The keychains are far more interesting. They have shrunk down many of their larger kidrobot figures (The Good, The Bad, their pirate, etc). Tilt has designed one with a spray can. There is a detective. Also many more.

2. These are made much better. The heads actually stay on well, so you can use them as keychains.

My favorite toy release this week. Collect them all!

Church of the Subgenius

Rev. Ivan Stang will be at atomic POP tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 10th, from 2-4pm! Books will be signed, rants will be ranted!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Shocked & Amazed

Shocked & Amazed Volume 9 is out! We'll get our copies in next week!

Tomorrow night, at the Lo-Fi, James Taylor and friends will be putting on a show!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Perry Bible Fellowship Book Release Party

perrybiblefellowship, première mise en ligne par sugarfreak.

The first collection of the Perry Bible Fellowship is here, and Nicholas Gurewitch will be at POP to sign copies on the 29th!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Knit Night

Starting next week, Knit Night will be back on at the Golden West Long Bar, which is right across the street from Atomic Books.

Tuesdays, 7-9pm!

Friday, November 02, 2007

TV Vacation

OMG, what will we do about the looming screenwriters strike??

Hmmm, you could spend more time on Guitar Hero III or playing a real banjo...or, oh yeah, catch up on your reading.

Thursday, November 01, 2007