Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Smile Hon, You're Going To Disney

This Friday!

Atomic Books is hosting Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore!, a locally renowned small press publication, and The Dark Side of Disney, a bestselling travel guide.
Local authors will be reading from the latest issue of Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore! (#15): William Patrick Tandy, Geoffrey Welchman, Lisa Wiseman and Davida Gypsy Breier.

There will also be a reading and presentation by the author of The Dark Side of Disney, Leonard Kinsey, and his cover model, Draven Star. 
Adult beverages will be served.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy New Year!

Ledbetter Dragon, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.
Happy Year of the Dragon! It's going to be an interesting year!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two Of America's Best Beer Bars Are Located In Baltimore

In this month's Draft magazine, they rank America's 100 Best Beer Bars.

Congratulations to our friends at The Brewer's Art and Max's Taphouse - the two Baltimore establishments who made the list.

The Brewer's Art - "From the award-winning house beers brewed on-premises to the phenomenal guest beer list, everything you've heard about The Brewer's Art is true - but you have to go there to really fall in love with it.  ..."

Max's Taphouse - "... Max's sits on the convergence of all bar cultures: good beer, sports, games, music and yes, shots, making it the perfect place for craft-minded people to let loose without sacrificing selection."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bmore Football

footballtime, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

If you're not in Baltimore and you order today, you should get your shirt in time to wear for the game on Sunday when we go for New England.

Go Ravens!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chuck Forsman's Top 5 Mini-Comics of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were.

Chuck Forsman is the cartoonist series like Snake Oil and The End Of The Fucking World.

I am only naming mini-comics in my list. No particular order.

Nepotism Alert: Some of these people are friends of mine. This tends to happen in a small world.

1. The Dudes by Alex Schubert
For me, this one came out of nowhere. Well, St. Louis actually. This mini-comic made me laugh out loud.  I love Beavis and Butthead. And I am a big fan of swearing while speaking. I love The Dudes. You could love them too.

2. The Gag-Rag by Jeff Lok
Another book packed to the gills with laughs. A frightening and endless desert island gag, comics about God, and the creation of the cat are highlights for me. People need to read more Jeff Lok. Fucking pound on his door in VT and demand a copy.

3. Moose 1-4 by Max de Radigués
Moose inspired me to do a new mini-comic series this year. The simplicity of format and the frequency of release were great, but Max’s impeccable cartooning chops show through. The guy can cartoon! And I mean cartoon like boiling things down to line and design. He plows through and doesn’t look back. Oh and the story is about a teenage kid who gets picks on but keeps seeing this moose pop up in weird places. Get on board of this one. Issue 5 just came out.

4. Kid Mafia by Michael Deforge
I like this comic pretty much for the same reasons I liked The Dudes. There is an attitude that I like that seethes from this comic. Oh and it’s a frickin’ mafia story. More enjoyable than The Sopranos.

5. After the Future by Casey Bohn
Casey Bohn’s favorite cartoonist is Jack Kirby. He draws all of his comics on printer paper with Pitt pens. He is drawing comics for no one. For a comic book about a robot there is a lot of frustration and emotion coded into the pages. I wish there were comics like this.

Visit Chuck Forsman online.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ryan Standfest's Top 10 Comics of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were.

Ryan Standfest is the editor of BLACK EYE and the publisher of Rotland Press.

The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen
A remarkable mélange of humor, silent interludes, beautiful pacing, coloration and composition. This is one to re-read.

Tank Tankuro: Prewar Works 1934 – 1935 by Gajo Sakamoto
Absurdity that tastes like sugar going down but ends up in the gut like steak tartar.

What the Hell Are You Doing? : The Essential David Shrigley by David Shrigley
Absurdity from a contemporary master. I’m so happy this man is on the loose.

Wilson by Daniel Clowes
Seemed slight at first, but upon numerous re-reads, reveals itself to be one helluva character study chock-full-o laugh-out-loud punchlines. This is a Clowes keeper. Looking forward to the film adaptation by Alexander Payne.

The Wolf by Tom Neely
Romanticism + Expressionism, all beautifully guided by the sure hand of Mr. Neely. The late 19th/early 20th century Viennese crowd would have loved this.

The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens
Evens elevates the medium through a true painterly approach, with a masterful use of the transparent property of watercolor and breathtaking compositions that flesh out the narrative.

The Cabbie: Volume 1 by Marti
A reprint that reminds everyone of the neo-noir adventures of “The Cabbie,” delivered with a great, black, deadpan sense of humor.

Nuts by Gahan Wilson
You want a great book that places you directly inside the psyche of a small boy confronting an insane adult world? This is it.

Pure Pajamas by Marc Bell
Such a great collection of work from one of today’s best and most inventive cartoonists. Bell knows how to handle a pen.

Forgotten Fantasy: Sunday Comics 1900-1915 edited by Peter Maresca
What to say about a book that lovingly presents McCay, Feininger, McManus and more in all their full page glory? Find this book.

Visit Ryan Standfest and Rotland Press.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sean Ford's Top 5 Comics Of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were.

Sean Ford is the cartoonist behind the series Only Skin.

Here's my Best of 2011 comix list. I included a few honorable mentions of my favorite comix that didn't actually come out in 2011. Happy New Year! -Sean

5. Freddy Stories by Melissa Mendes
A funny, thoughtful book about the child in all of us. Really great. 

4. Thickness #2 by various
A beautifully produced anthology printed on Ryan Sands' risograph, featuring some of my favorite cartoonists being naughty.

3. I Will Bite You by Joe Lambert
A visual knockout of a collection that shows Joe's growth into a stronger and stronger storyteller.

2. Lose #3 by Michael DeForge
One of the funniest and most devastating books I read this year. Dog 2070!

1. Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by Los Bros Hernandez
I'll add to the chorus praising this book. I think Jaime has shown one of the absolute strengths of comics can be a long narrative that builds, changes and grows. I don't think many other mediums can claim a 30-year story like the one of Maggie, Hopey and Ray. Being along for the ride for the last 12 years or so of that ride has been awesome.

Honorable mention #1: King City by Brandon Graham
I wasn't able to track down copies of this book until TCAF in May 2011, but it became one of my favorite books of the year and possibly ever. I love its mix of inventive cartooning and humor within the gorgeous, intricate world Brandon made. The collection is out in February and it's, like, a must-buy.

Honorable mention #2: Gogo Monster by Taiyu Matsumoto
Another book I was late to which actually came out in 2010 or so. But it's a gorgeous and deeply creepy story of some kids at a high school, one of whom can see a "second world". Some of the visuals in this are really creative, some are down right scary.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Brian Ralph's Top Reprint Comics Of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting those lists.

Brian Ralph's sharp collection, Daybreak, came out this year from Drawn and Quarterly and changed forever what we expect from zombie comics.

I chose to focus strictly on some of the outstanding collections of older comics that came out in 2011.

Forgotten Fantasy: Sunday Comics 1900-1915
"This book took my breath away," says Art Spiegelman, and he’s a heavy smoker so that’s probably easy to do. So listen to me too ok?

Sunday Press publishes some of the most beautiful books being published anywhere. This gigantic book collects The Explorigator by Henry Grant Dart, Naughty Pete by Charles Forbell, comics by Lyonel Feininger, and Gustave Verbeek. If you were a comics nerd you would know what I was talking about and you’d be very excited.

Creepy Presents: Bernie Wrightson
Did you know Bernie Wrightson was born in Baltimore? I wonder what would have happen if the Baltimore Ravens were named the Baltimore Swamp Things? Anyway, I really admire Bernie Wrightson’s craftsmanship and inking, and this is a beautiful collection of his horror work. 

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Lost in the Andes" (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library)
Every comics fan patiently waited years to get their hands on Carl Bark’s Donald Duck comics. I know what you are thinking, “I don’t want to read Donald Duck comics…” But put aside how you might feel about Disney characters. Barks believed in those ducks, breathed life into them and took them on fantastic adventures in rich environments.

There’s also a depressing story about Bark’s life which you should read.   

Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus Vol. 1
Imagine Jack Kirby riffing and expanding on the idea of Planet of the Apes. I don’t know why they recolor these books, why don’t they just reprint them right out of the original comics? Well I do know actually, because they want them to look new and fresh. But I think part of the charm is that they are old and wacky. Next to the Eternals, this is my favorite Jack Kirby work.

THE DEATH-RAY by Daniel Clowes
This is the least crusty and ancient of the reprints I’ve listed. I’ve read stories about disenfranchised teens finding themselves with superpowers before, but man this is the most depressing, hopeless, and frightening of them all.

Honorable Mention:
Miss Fury: Tarpe Mills Sensational Sundays 1944-1949
Drawn by a female cartoonist at a time when there weren’t many in the business, I want to be classy and say that I like this comic for a reason other than Miss Fury’s sexy cat suit, but I cannot say that.

Visit Brian Ralph online.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Zines/Magazines

These are the 50 best selling zines/magazines at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Mojo
2. Bust
3. Juxtapoz
4. Lucky Peach
5. Cometbus #54
6. Maximum Rocknroll
7. Smile, Hon, You're In Baltimore!: Hon - Past, Present, Future
8. SnoBaltimore #1
9. Cinema Sewer #24

10. Answer Me #4
11. Rue Morgue
12. Smile, Hon, You're In Batimore! #14
13. Bizarre Magazine
14. Bitch Magazine
15. Hi Fructose #20
16. The Believer Magazine
17. Tattoo Revue
18. Record Collector
19. Horrorhound
20. Urban Velo
21. Fangoria
22. Craphound #5
23. Retro Lovely #4
24. Skunk
25. Wire
26. Fortean Times
27. Ugly Things
28. LivingEtc
29. Craphound #8

30. Weed World
31. Craphound #4
32. Imbibe
33. Vogue Italia
34. Retro Lovley #5
35. Cabinet
36. Wax Poetics
37. High Times
38. Cinema Sewer #23
39. Readymade
40. Famous Monsters of Filmland
41. Adbusters
42. Inked
43. Best of High Times
44. Retro Lovely #3
45. Under The Radar

46. Treating Yourself
47. Skeptic

48. Shock Cinema
49. Retro Lovely: Taboo #2

50. Filling The Void

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Art Toys

These are the 20 best selling art toy lines at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Dunny Figures (Kidrobot)
2. Marvel Frenzies (tokidoki)
3. Unicornos (tokidoki)
4. Yummy Breakfast Keychains (Kidrobot)
5. Frenzies (tokidoki)
6. Gloomy Bear Zipper Pulls (Play Imaginative & Kidrobot)
7. Yummy Dessert Keychains (Kidrobot)
8. Lunartik Figures (Matt Jones)
9. Family Guy Figures (Kidrobot)
10. Mongers: Filter Kings (Kidrobot)
11. Domo Qee Figures (Toy2R)
12. Futurama Mini Figures (Kidrobot)
13. Mini Munny DIY Figures (Kidrobot)
14. Tic Toc Apocalypse (Kidrobot)
15. Bearbrick Series 21 Figures (Medicom)
16. Simpsons 2 Figures (Kidrobot)
17. All-City Breakers (Kidrobot)
18. Toby's Secret Society Mini Figures (Kidrobot)
19. Jibibuts Figures (Noferin)
20. Mini Labbit Plush (Kidrobot)

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Graphic Novels

These are the 30 best selling graphic novels at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
2. Fart Party Vol. 1 by Julia Wertz
3. Twilight Of The Assholes by Tim Kreider
4. Scenes From An Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine
5. Baltimore Time Travel Anthology by Melody Often (editor)
6. Fart Party Vol. 2 by Julia Wertz
7. Paying For It by Chester Brown
8. I Keee You!! by Benn Ray (editor)
9. Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes
10. Life With Mr. Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier
11. Lulu Eightball Vol. 2 by Emily Flake
12. Walking Dead Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman / Tony Moore
13. Drinking At The Movies by Julia Wertz
14. Walking Dead Vol. 14 by Robert Kirkman / Charlie Adlard
15. The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes
16. 5 Very Good Reasons To Punch A Dolphin In The Mouth by The Oatmeal
17. Daybreak by Brian Ralph
18. Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
19. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
20. Love and Rockets New Stories #4 by Los Bros Hernandez
21. Habibi by Craig Thompson
22. How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less by Sarah Glidden
23. Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine
24. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Morson / Jory John
25. Black Hole by Charles Burns
26. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
27. Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley
28. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine
29. Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
30. New Character Parade by Johnny Ryan

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Single Issue/Mini Comics

These are the 25 best selling single issue/mini-comics at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Henry And Glenn Forever by Igloo Tornado
2. Sad Animals by Adam Meuse
3. Boys Club #4 by Matt Furie
4. Girls Don't Poop by Mario Van Buren
5. Diamond Comics #6 by various
6. Optic Nerve #12 by Adrian Tomine
7. Hate #9 by Peter Bagge
8. Lose #3 by Michael DeForge
9. Papercutter #15 by various
10. Monster by Paul Lyons (editor)
11. ACME Novelty Library #20: Lint by Chris Ware
12. League of Extraordinary Gentleman 1969 by Alan Moore / Kevin O'Neill
13. Boys Club #3 by Matt Furie
14. Papercutter #16 by various
15. I Want You #2 by Lisa Hanawalt
16. Oh My Comix #2 by Dexter Cockburn (editor)
17. So This Is What It's Come To... by various
18. Boys Club #1 by Matt Furie
19. Papercutter #14 by various
20. Alone Forever by Liz Prince
21. I Swallowed The Key To My Heart #2 by Liz Prince
22. The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures Of Maureen Dowd #1 by Benjamin Marra
23. Spotting Deer by Michael DeForge
24. Slurricane #1 by Will Laren
25. Ishi's Brain by Eamon Espey

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Comics Series

These are the 25 best selling ongoing/limited comics series at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse Comics)
2. The Walking Dead (Image Comics)
3. Batman (DC Comics)
4. Detective Comics (DC Comics)
5. Batman & Robin (DC Comics)
6. Fables (Vertigo)
7. Batman: The Dark Knight (DC Comics)
8. MAD Magazine (EC Publications)
9. Sweet Tooth (Vertigo)
10. Simpsons Comics (Bongo Comics)
11. Unwritten (Vertigo)
12. Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
13. Baltimore (Dark Horse Comics)
14. Sizzle (NBM/Eurotica)
15. American Vampire (Veritgo)
16. Chew (Image Comics)
17. iZombie (Vertigo)
18. Heavy Metal Magazine (Metal Mammoth)
19. Batgirl (DC Comics)
20. Justice League (DC Comics)
21. Batwoman (DC Comics)
22. Dollhouse (Dark Horse)
23. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)
24. Kick-Ass (Marvel)
25. Swamp Thing (DC Comics)

J.T. Dockery's Top 5 Comics Of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting those lists.

J.T. Dockery is the cartoonist who created the amazing In Tongues Illustrated.

The Wolf by Tom Neely
Probably the most inventive book of the year, experimental and also a lesson in master craftsmanship (Neely manages to combine mapping unexplored territory with a gift for classic mark-making). It's difficult to express how uniquely good, how profound, it is. A natural if not quite expected evolution from his previous major work, The Blot, but a progression that makes more sense if one factors in all of Tom's minis that fill the gap.  The Wolf will probably end up on my best of list for books of the decade, not just this past year.

Too Dark Too See by Julia Gfrorer
I became a big fan of Gfrorer's previous book, Flesh and Bone from Sparkplug Comics, after a few readings, and her new self-published mini is growing on me, or in me like some demonic presence, over the past few months. She makes seemingly simple, almost minimalist (but wonderfully rendered--she's a hell of an artist) comics, which are deceptively packed with lots of symbolic information. Rewarding work.

the comics of Max Clotfelter
I have a stack of mini comics by Max from the past year. I live in Vermont and I am writing this from my native Kentucky and don't have the luxury of referring back to the books. Suffice to say, everything that Max has published this year is toppermost of the poppermost. He uses a pen like some kind of blunt surgical instrument, and can make me laugh out loud and can make me cringe, sometimes, that is to say, all at once. He stands at the corner of Basil Wolverton Boulevard and Rory Hayes Way, and I desire more energy like that in comics. 

Reich #8 by Elijah Brubaker
Hands down the most interesting serialized non-fiction comic going, Brubaker rocks it hard. Hell, I was sold on this project at the outset just out of interest in Wilhelm Reich and Brubaker's work, but each new issue reminds me how good this comic really is, and not only that, but how good comics can be, in general.

Habitat #2 by Dunja Jankovic
From Gary Panter to Fort Thunder, there's this genre in comics, if it can be called that, of characters meandering in a landscape that's hard to pinpoint but one recognizes it when one sees it. Jankovic turns this genre up a notch... her visuals flow and mutate in a manner that's psychedelic, yes, but psychedelic/hallucinatory with narrative purpose; the metaphors have metaphors, and the eyeball kicks are balanced with the hum of interesting story-telling. This book is a continuance of Department of Art #1 (same story, different titles), and I discovered them both at the same time.  Reading the two issues was a powerful jolt of genuine art/comics (or "art comics") excitement.

Visit J.T. Dockery.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Non-Fiction

These are the 30 best selling non-fiction books at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Role Models by John Waters
2. Why Do We Kill by Kelvin Sewell / Stephen Janis
3. Answer Me!: The First Three by Jim Goad
4. The Indie Cred Test by Henry H. Owings / The Editors of Chunklet
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
6. I Totally Meant To Do That by Jane Borden
7. Just Kids by Patti Smith
8. Beijing Welcomes You by Tom Scocca
9. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
10. Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People by Amy Sedaris
11. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 by Dave Eggers
12. The New York Times, 36 Hours by Barbara Ireland
13. Amazing Everything by Scott Campbell
14. Crackpot by John Waters
15. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
16. Shock Value by John Waters
17. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
18. Shonen Knife Land by Yamano Naoko
19. Green Is The New Red by Will Potter
20. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
21. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
22. The Bust DIY Guide To Life by Debbie Stoller / Laurie Henzel
23. Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah by Jeremy Cowan
24. Life by Keith Richards
25. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Taschen
26. Touch And Go by Tesco Vee / Dave Stimson
27. Cinema Sewer Vol. 3 by Robin Bougie
28. Elf Girl by Reverend Jen
29. It Chooses You by Miranda July
30. Woolgathering by Patti Smith

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Fiction

These are the 20 best selling fiction titles (and some kid's books) at Atomic Books in 2011.

1. Go The Fuck To Sleep by Adam Mansbach / Ricardo Cortes
2. A Moment In The Sun by John Sayles
3. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
4. A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
5. Kiss Me, Stranger: An Illustrated Novel by Ron Tanner
6. The Color Of Night by Madison Smartt Bell
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8. Us by Michael Kimball
9. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
10. 123 Baltimore: A Cool Counting Book by Puck
11. A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin
12. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
13. Damned: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
14. The Marriage Plot: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
15. Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
16. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
17. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis
18. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
19. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
20. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Zach Hazard Vaupen's Top 5 Comics Of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting those lists.

Zach Hazard Vaupen is a cartoonist whose work includes Wigger Haircut and Hatred For A Human Host.

In no particular order.

1. 1-800-Mice by Matthew Thurber
Definitely the funniest comic I read this year. It gives the term "fuck nature" a whole new meaning.

2. Black Mass #6 by Patrick Kyle
The best (and maybe only) comic ever made about punk points and scene cred.  Action packed and Hazard backed.

3. Weird #1 by Noel Freibert, editor
I might be biased because I have a 4 page comic in this, but I really think it's the best alternative horror comics/writing collection to date.

4. Gangsta Rap Posse #2 by Benjamin Marra
Everything exploited, Nazis killed, need I say more?

5. Lychee Light Club by Usamaru Furuya
My favorite mangaka's homage to my other favorite mangaka (Suehiro Maruo). What more could I ask for?

Visit Zach Hazard Vaupen.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Keenan Marshall Keller's Top 10 Comics Of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting those lists.

Keenan Marshall Keller is Co-Director Drippy Bone Books and creator of the comic series Galactic Breakdown.

10. Blobby BoysAlex Shubert (self published)
Everyone buy this comic now. I want to see more comics from this guy. I love the humor, style and color palate of this guy. My favorite part is the aging hipster and the depictions of his music buttons. It is hysterical. There is something extremely satisfying about this comic. Visit Alex's blog.

9. Castle and Wood #1: Dark MatterDarin Shuler (self published)
This comic is so dense with graphic detail I was amazed when I found it. Every inch of the page is used and used well. I just love looking at this comic. The storyline involves a mouse boy and his dog and his roommates and a demon-monster and satanic monks, stolen groceries, and a FrogIcorn… Wait, what?

I am a new/big fan of Darin Shuler.  #2 just came out so go buy both these rad comix. Visit Darin's blog.

8. Prison Pit #3Johnny Ryan (Fantagraphics)
Okay. So Johnny Ryan is a Master, right? He kills. That's it. All day. Every day.

All I can say about issue #3 is go look at the ripping through/out of the penis sequence again…. It's like he really knows what that would look/feel like.

A story that intrigues me more and more each issue with an ever-growing library of disgustingly awesome nightmare creations, drawn with the controlled hand of someone whom knows what the fuck he is doing. Prison Pit rulez. Visit Johnny Ryan.

7. The WolfTom Neely (I Will Destroy You)
A slow burn that might fester and leak into your daydreams and nightmares…

I look at this book a lot. Coming back to it again and again, looking at different things each time, as if it has things to tell me… The ease at which the work takes you in is a direct compliment to how intune Tom Neely is with the mood and tone he has set out to create.  Love gained and lost. Passion burning feverish and dwindling slow...

A beautiful book.  I highly recommend you to buy one.

6. Gangsta Rap Posse  #2Benjamin Marra (Traditional Comics)
Dude, come on. Really? Do I have to tell you about this? Who the hell is not on board this epic train of bad-ass, rhyme spittin’, glock blastin, gangsta shit?! Fucking white women and killing klansmen ain’t never been sweeter! Something is perfect about this comic. A Classic.

I will show it to my kids one day and say, “This is a fucking comic book you assholes!” Visit Ben's blog.

5. Night Business #4Bejamin Marra (Traditional Comics)
Dude, come on. Really? Do I have to tell you about this? Who the hell is not on board this epic train of ass kicking, greasy giallo exploitative beauty? Think Abel Ferreara & Dario Argento taking turns shooting a script that John Carpenter wrote with a 16 year old version of himself… but drawn with a style that rips your eyes outta your head with love for its killer graphic perfection. Buy everything this guys does… It is all soooo good. Visit Ben's blog.

4. BowmanPat Aulisio (Retrofit Comics)
Man, Retrofit is putting out some amazing shit by rad artists and  Pat Aulisio is one of my favorite artists going. Bowman is a deep well of sex jokes, alien languages, bad basketball team memories, boner inducing bridges, and a never ending river of visually swirling patterns of movement and noise, Aulisio’s brush strokes create a dense, all encompassing radness.  Buy this now.
Visit Paul Aulisio.

3. Raw PowerJosh Bayer (Retrofit Comics)
Fuck me… Really? Is this as good as it seems? Is this the kind of comic you will carry around in your bag and steal secret looks at it, coveting it in some weird way no one else will understand... Yes. Yes it is.
Jimmy Carter, Cat Man, the systematic attack on punk rock by covert U.S. Ops headed by the infamous G. Gordon Liddy… This comic is tight while loose, structured in plot but told with the freedom of a musician's drug fueled solo… Josh Bayer is it, man.

Visit Josh Bayer.

2. Cosmic Bummer Funnies by Shalo P. (ZFA Works)
Shalo P is one of those artists I am supremely jealous of. He is an open conduit spilling madness unfiltered from his id. This comic is a collection of little gems of humor and poetry created through an inversion of comic devices/language and a love for anamorphic ducks, Bart Simpson, Batman - all effortlessly drawn in a “never picked my hand up” type of fluid inspiration. This book makes me laugh out loud as well and ponder the pure weirdness formed in its pages… Epic work. If you don’t know, now ya know…

1. 3D-C by various artists (Le Dernier Cri)
A collection of some of the worlds most savage and beautifully mad artists brought to you in graphic, large print 3-D!!! Possibly the best art book I have ever seen. Absolutely the best thing my work has ever been in. Some of the works in this are mind melting… Overflowing with great images that use 3D to its fullest potential. Track down a copy if you can, this bitch is sold out.

I fucking love Le Dernier Cri.  Best publisher in the world.

also great:
Rub the Blood by various artists (Yeah Dude Comics)
The Unforgiving Blade Of Conon by Pat Aulisio / Josh Bayer (Yeah Dude Comics / Retrofit Comics)
Lose #3 by Michael Deforge (Koyama Press)
The Land Unknown / The Wrong Box by Gary Panter (Picturebox Press)

Visit Drippy Bone Books.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Follow 2012

My Top Ten Twitterers List for 2011!

I've been on Twitter since almost the beginning and all I seem to do is keep whittling my list down as I realize what I like to get out of Twitter - which is information (about current events, publishing, comics, local events), laughs and some gabbing but not conversations or debates, and glimpses into people's lives, mostly local/regional ones.

You can check out the rest of my lists in the side menu, which include lists for publishers, comic book people, book people, etc. Any one of them is a solid follow.

Atomic's twitter is @atomicbooks
My twitter is @sugarfreak
Benn's twitter is @mobtownshank

The Road by Cormac McCarthy - January Book Pick

We start our Atomic Reading Club this year with The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Fun stuff!

As usual with all of our Club picks, the books are 15% for Reading Club members and the discussion for The Road will be the last Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30pm.

Join our Facebook group for the Club.

See you then!

Chris Pitzer's Top 5 Comics of 2011

This year, we asked a number of our friends who are also cartoonists and comics publishers and editors what their favorite comics of 2011 were. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting those lists.

Chris Pitzer is the publisher of AdHouse Books. 

Fave Book: Forming by Jesse Moynihan
Yes, it’s true I had a hand in helping to distribute this, but even if that wasn’t the case, I still consider this my favorite of 2011. I love the world building. I love the smart-ass dialogue. I love the art. I love the book design. The only drawback is that it’s the first of three. I want them all now. Visit Jesse Moynihan.

Fave Minneapolis Find: Deer Prince by britt c. h.
As usually happens at a show, someone walked by with an interesting thing in their hands. I asked them if I could check it out, and it ended up being Deer Prince by britt c.h. I found the artist a little later and picked up the mini and a sketchcard. Pretty fun stuff.

Fave Zine: Drop Target
I’m not a pinball nut, but for some strange reason I enjoy reading about them. Visit the Drop Target blog.

Fave Baltimore-Related Mini-Comic: SF by Ryan Cecil Smith
Ryan Cecil Smith used to go to MICA, and even produced a fantastic mini-comic about his adventures there. But he really bowled me over with his new SF comic series. I’m sad that the latest issue was stolen from my car in Brooklyn. Visit Ryan Cecil Smith.

Fave Comic I Still Haven’t Read Yet: ROM by Josh Bayer
Who knows if I’ll like it, but it is supposed to be a remake of an old ROM comic. I like old ROM comics. I picked this up from Josh at PACC.

Visit AdHouse Books.

Monday, January 02, 2012