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I Am The King

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I Am The King, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Smile Hon, You're Going To Disney

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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.  7-9pm! Adult beverages will be served.

Happy New Year!

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

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

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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."

Bmore Football

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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!

Chuck Forsman's Top 5 Mini-Comics of 2011

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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 yea…

Ryan Standfest's Top 10 Comics of 2011

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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 g…

Sean Ford's Top 5 Comics Of 2011

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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 th…

Brian Ralph's Top Reprint Comics Of 2011

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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…

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Zines/Magazines

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Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Art Toys

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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

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

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Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Comics Series

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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

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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 n…

Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Non-Fiction

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Atomic's 2011 Best Sellers: Fiction

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Zach Hazard Vaupen's Top 5 Comics Of 2011

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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 M…

Keenan Marshall Keller's Top 10 Comics Of 2011

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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…

Follow 2012

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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

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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

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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 stran…

Noah Van Sciver's Top 5 Favorite Comics Of 2011

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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.
First up is Blammo Comics' Noah Van Sciver.  1. Suspect Device #1 by Josh Bayer 2. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost In The Andes by Carl Barks
3. Big Questions by Anders Nilsen
4. Black Eye Nr. 1 by Ryan Standfest
5. Paying For It by Chester Brown

Visit Noah's blog.