Thursday, March 31, 2011

Introducing The Atomic Books Neutron Wireless E-Reader

Introducing Atomic Books Neutron: Digitized Finds for Mutated Minds!

Features:
- Atomic's Neutron comes pre-loaded with hundreds of zines and mini & underground comix
- Directly connects to Atomic Book's new e-bookstore for instant access to tens of thousands of titles
- High-Contrast E-Ink Screen with Smoothing for images/artwork
- Multiple Font Selections (excluding Comic Sans - sorry, that font is an abomination)
- 6-inch size reading area
- Includes Chapter Shuffle Option
- Weight: 8 ounces
- Battery lasts up to one month fully charged (with wireless off)
- Includes battery charger and solar charging option
- Can hold up to 4,500 books
- Free 3G Wireless: download books anytime, anywhere
- Built-In Wi-Fi and Blu-Tooth
- Includes .pdf reader
- Includes web browser
- Includes limited edition collectible artists pogs set

Monday, March 28, 2011

Vinylmore 4 - Sneak Peek!


Fugu, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Jim Lasher and Ayumi Yasuda were featured in this past Sunday's Baltimore Sun's article on Vinylmore 4, which opens this Friday.

"The husband-and-wife team of Lasher and Yasuda, who received last year's best-in-show award, have two young daughters. They have day jobs as graphic artists and create their own artwork in their spare time. Nonetheless, they are willing to set aside three weeks each year to make two new pieces for Vinylmore.

Yasuda is the primary sculptor, while Lasher paints the pieces, and he says they are exhilarated by the technical challenges posed by each year's project."


Check out the piece in person, as well as the rest of the show.

Curbside Cafe will be out front serving their awesome burritos during the reception.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Think You Can Pass The Indie Cred Test?

A couple days ago, a friend of mine posted an insipid video of a saccharine song on her Facebook wall. She said something like, "This makes me hate indie rock."

It doesn't matter that the band wasn't actually an indie band (most of its catalog was released on a major label), it doesn't matter that the song could better be described as neo-hippie post-folk twee noodling instead of rock.

We all knew what she meant. And we all agreed. Even if we disagreed. Why? Because to disagree, even if we agreed, would mean we have no indie cred.

Now's the time to put your money were your attitude is. Chunklet's new book, The Indie Cred Test offers you just that opportunity.

Think you can pass it? I'm betting you can't. How would I know? Because I'm a contributing editor. G'wan. Take the test. I double-dog dare ya.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Revenge Of Print Q1 Round-up


So this year we got together with a group of friends (Quimby's, Xerography Debt, Razorcake, Maximum Rocknroll, Zine World, Microcosm and too many more zine libraries and distros to name) to declare 2011 the Revenge of Print.

It's a challenge to everyone who has ever made a zine/mini-comic/comix, is making zines/mini-comics/comix or would like to make a zine/mini-comic/comix - to make at least 1 more issue this year.

So here we are, almost 1/4 of the way through the 2011, so how are we doing?
Out of the several hundred participants, we here at Atomic have seen these zines:
Brainscan #26
Caboose #7
Cinema Sewer #24
Chunklet: The Indie Cred Test
Maximum Rocknroll
Negative Capability #5
Operations Manual
Razorcake
Shards of Glass In Your Eye
Smile, Hon, You're In Baltimore
Tales of Blood And Roses #1
Xerography Debt #28
If you're a zine/mini comic maker participating in the 2011: Revenge of Print challenge and want Atomic Books to carry your zine, fill out this consignment form and send it to us along with copies of your zine!

Visit the Facebook group for more info and a list Revenge of Print participants.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Baseball Fever!

We at Atomic Books have caught baseball fever this year.

Granted, given the track record of our hometeam, the Orioles, over the last several years, you'd think it would be hard to do, but some great baseball books have come out that have made it impossible for us to not get excited. So excited, in fact, that we've managed to convince ourselves that maybe, just maybe, the O's have a chance this year.

And even if they don't, we can always just read these (while rooting against the Yankees, of course):

The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime by by Jason Turbow / Michael Duca
Here old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game’s most hallowed—and least known—traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining.


The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches
by Zack Hample

The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. Hample's book is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.



Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias J. Moskowitz / L. Jon Werthem
University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost


Also coming soon is the graphic novel biography, 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago.

And finally, I've also signed on to the awesome baseball blog Bugs & Cranks as the art director. We're redesigning the site and I'm bringing in a lot of cartoonist friends to illustrate the blog posts. The redesign will launch on opening day.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Vinylmore 4 - Opening April 1st

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Vinylmore 4
April 1st, 7pm! Join us for our annual art toy exhibit featuring 29 artists.

And you can vote for your favorite piece for the whole month of April.

Click here for a larger view of the poster.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

First Friday - March 4th

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This First Friday, from 7pm-9pm, we're having a 30% off sale on ALL art books and graphic novels. You don't have to sign up for anything. You don't have to tell anyone to make it happen. Easy. Simple. And we'll have some refreshing adult beverages on hand, as is our want.


We're also giving away a pair of tickets to Cirque du Soleil's new show coming to town in April - Totem. If you can't make it to the store, here's a link for a special discount from us for the show!