Friday, April 23, 2010

Free Comic Book Day - May 1!

Saturday, May 1 is Free Comic Book Day.

So what that means is that comic shops all over the country will be giving away specially made free comics. And so will we (even though we're not really a traditional comic book store).

In fact, we've created the second issue of our free annual comic, Mutant! #1. This issue will actually be a pack of mini-comics, featuring work by:
- Ben Claassen III
- Chris Day
- Eamon Espey
- Noel Freibert
- Everett Gee
- Jordan Jeffries
- Dina Kelberman
- Hawk Krall
- Ryan Onorato
- Jon Powell
- Benn Ray
- Noah van Sciver
- Ben Stiegler

We'll also have an awesome free comic you most likely won't be able to find anywhere else in the area: Dope Flounder (featuring Jesse Reklaw, Sean Christensen, Tom Lechner, David Wien, Nicole Georges, and Ian Sundahl).

We'll also be giving away free copies of:
Tick #1
Weathercraft (Fantagraphics)
Yow! The John Stanley Library (Drawn & Quarterly)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Iron Man/Super Nova
Iron Man/Thor
Owly & Friends
Bongo Comics Free For All (The Simpsons)
Green Hornet
Mouse Guard
... and dozens and dozens more titles (while supplies last).

We'll also have a selection of great special reprint comics for $1. Our regular $1 sale box will be marked down to 25 cents and we'll have a ton of trade paperbacks on sale for $5 and hardcovers for $10. We'll have lots of other sale stuff too. So come on by, why doncha?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Celebrated Summer Joins The Atomic Books Family

For those not in the know, this Saturday is a special day for music fans. It's Record Store Day!

Modifying the Free Comic Book Day celebration concept (which is coming up on Saturday May 1 - and aside from several dozen different free titles we'll be giving out, we'll also be publishing the second issue of Mutant!, plus tons of sale stuff and special comics, etc.), Record Store Day is:
...a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
So what this means for us is this year we'll get up early and trek over to our favorite record shop, Celebrated Summer (masterfully run by our friend Tony Pence) and try to score at the very least a Dum Dum Girls and a Beach House single.

But next year, we won't have to go very far to get some great stuff on Record Store Day, because Celebrated Summer is teaming up with Atomic Books and opening in the back of our store where we've had an abundance of space just waiting for us to do something with.

Atomic Books and music has a history of going hand-in-hand. Years ago we shared space with our pals at Modern Music. And now, in July, we'll be expanding our music selection dramatically as Celebrated Summer joins our team and helps us in our celebration of antiquated but fetishized forms of content delivery (or as Rachel calls it, "old man media").

Happy Record Store Day!

And stay tuned!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bars, Bars, Everywhere!

The Nutty Pub, on Chestnut Ave, has finally sold and will reopen as this in June.

Zissimo's, 1023 West 36th Street, has a brand new entertainment permit and will be hosting Hampden's Happiest Hour tomorrow evening from 5pm-9pm, which benefits the Hampden Community Council.

And McCabe's, 3845 Falls Road, under new ownership, is to re-open at the end of April! Yay!

Summertime is going to be full of new drinking adventures.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Benn In The Wild

Benn will be on WYPR's (88.1FM) The Signal today at noon to talk about some Spring reading suggestions. Listen live or check out the mp3.


And then next Saturday, Team Atomic, the charity bike team we support, is hosting a Chili Cookoff to benefit Moveable Feast. Our riders will be competing against other bike teams and their supporters for prizes and, most importantly, bragging rights! Benn is one of the celebrity judges, along with Gutter Magazine's food writer Heather Halsey and Moveable Feast Executive Chef, Damon Hersh. (All judges are open to bribery; all bribes donated back to Moveable Feast!) Ten bucks gets you samples of up to 10 different chilis, an assortment of other foods and drinks, and the knowledge that you’re helping a really cool charity. For more information, contact Rebecca at aberrebe AT gmail.com.

4/17: Team Atomic Chili Invitational
4-8 pm, Moveable Feast HQ, 901 N Milton Ave.
$10/ticket; kids under 12 free.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Festival Check 2010

Baltimore is Festival City! From now through the Fall there'll be a festival (or multiple festivals) almost every weekend. Almost every neighborhood in the city has their own festival, as well as these major ones:

April Transmodern Festival
April City Lit Festival

May The Sheep & Wool Festival
May The Maryland Film Festival & Videopolis
May SoWeBo Festival
May Maryland Deathfest

June Honfest

July Artscape
July Otakon

August Baltimore Comic Con

September Hampdenfest
September Small Press Expo
September High Zero Festival
September Baltimore Book Festival


And if you're coming to town, we have a handy list on our links page for places to check out and things to do.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Big Spender Lottery


BigSpenderLottery, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

John Waters helped us pick out this season's Big Spender Lottery Winners. Who are:

Scott Wallace Brown
Hanne Blank
Ben Griswold
Steve Morris
Ernest Barretta
Lincoln
Rachel Chapman
Trey Hudson
Donny Van Zandt
Antonia Randolph

Stop by and get your prize!

Also, don't forget, this June, we'll be having a book signing with him for his great new book, Role Models.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - April Reading Club Pick

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami is our March Reading Club title.

As always, it's 15% off for the club and discussion is the last Wednesday of the month, 7pm!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Easter Sunday

Hey! Easter Hours for this April 4th, will be from 11am - 4pm!