Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Introducing The Atomic Books Drone Initiative

In the fourth quarter of 2013, online mega-retailer Amazon startled many Americans when it announced its intention to violate public airspace and use its own unmanned drones to deliver tchotchkes, gizmos and gadgets, quickly, cheaply and dangerously.

Atomic Books owner Benn Ray says, "Once we heard Amazon's plans, we immediately began working with our drone-enthusiast friends to launch a fleet of Atomic Books drones as quickly as possible. And we're very pleased to announce the first of these will take to the Baltimore skyline today, with dozens more scheduled to come online by the end of the third quarter of 2014."

Ray explains that Atomic's drones won't be delivering books, "It's not our intent to use these drones to deliver books to consumers. We love the post office and fully intend to keep using them. Plus, using unmanned drones to deliver items just seems ill-advised. The Atomic Books drones fleet exists to protect Baltimore from Amazon's drones by destroying them in air."

So starting today, in Baltimore, you can look up and know Atomic Books is out there, protecting our skies.

Monday, March 31, 2014

BaltoZine Roundup: Eat & Drink Edition

The Baltozine Roundup is a regular feature wherein we take a look at what national periodicals are saying about Baltimore-area arts, events, people, and places. Be sure to pick up the magazines and read the full articles.

There are two regional recipes in America's Test Kitchen: Hometown Favorites.

Baltimore Pit Beef:
"Pit beef, Baltimore's signature sandwich, starts as a massive spice-rubbed beef roast that's grilled over a hot fire until it's thoroughly charred on the outside and a juicy medium0rare on the inside. Locals top the beef with sliced onion and plenty of tiger sauce (a horseradish-spiked mayonnaise), but what really sets apart pit beef is the salty, spicy, nearly blackened crust. ..."
Authentic Fried Chicken And Gravy:
"... While other regions of the country rely on a thick buttermilk batter and a deep-fat fryer to deliver a crusty crunch, Maryland chicken is simply seasoned, floured, and shallow-fried. This cooking method results in crispy, deeply golden chicken that, with a gentle tug, sheets off of the bone with its deliciously brittle skin still intact. But what really sets Maryland friend chicken apart is the creamy, black pepper-spiked pan gravy that's equally fit for drumstick dunking or mopping up with a biscuit. ..."
The premiere issue of Craft Beer & Brewing has a profile of Baltimore brewer, Brian Strumke (Stillwater).
"Some brewers are chemists, some are engineers, some are microbiologists, and others mechanics. Brian "Stillwater" Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales is a musician - more specifically a DJ. To Brian, crafting a beer is like composing an electronic song, in which malt sweetness is the baseline and hop aroma hits a high treble note. If he is talking about the brewing process, it is likely a conversation riddled with allusions to electronica. Under the name Brian Stillwater, Brian traveled the globe for a decade producing and spinning progressive house music. He didn't discover his love for craft beer until he retired from his DJ career and moved back to Baltimore. ..."

Monday, March 03, 2014

Scott Wiener's Baltimore Pizza Crawl

Recently, pizza expert Scott Wiener, author of Viva La Pizza: The Art Of The Pizza Box was at Atomic Books to give a great discussion of the history and art of pizza boxes as well as the pies that come in them.

While he was in town, he took a quick tour of some of Baltimore's pizza joints.

Scott, on his Scott's Pizza Tours blog, explains:
"I recently spent 24 hours in Baltimore while in town for an awesome book event at Atomic Books. I hit 6 different pizzerias ranging from hometown classics to late-night fallbacks and a couple in-between. Here’s my road report… Baltimore, you truly are one strange pizza town. ..."
Be sure to read his full report

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Atomic Bestsellers 2013: Ongoing Comics Series/Mini-Series

These are the 30 best selling comics ongoing/mini-series at Atomic Books in 2013.
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22adventure+time+comics%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22walking+dead%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22batman+comics%22+%22scott+snyder%22
1. Adventure Time (Boom Entertainment)
2. Walking Dead (Image Comics)
3. Batman (DC Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22sandman%3A+Overture%22http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/index/?p=1&q=%22Saga%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22buffy+the+vampire+slayer+season+9%22

4. Sandman: Overture (Vertigo)
5. Saga (Image Comics)
6. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 (Dark Horse Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22bravest+warriors%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22chew%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22kick-ass%22
7. Bravest Warriors (Boom Entertainment)
8. Chew (Image Comics)
9. Kick-Ass (Marvel Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22mind+mgmt%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22haunted+horror%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22trillium%22
10. Mind Mgmt (Dark Horse Comics)
11. Haunted Horror (IDW Publishing)
12. Trillium (Vertigo)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22creepy+comics%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22Baltimore%3A+The+Infernal+train%22
13. Creepy Comics (Dark Horse Comics)
14. Baltimore (Dark Horse)
15. Detective Comics (DC Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22fables%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22hellboy+in+hell%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22wake+comics%22
16. Fables (Vertigo)
17. Hellboy (Dark Horse Comics)
18. The Wake (Vertigo)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22swamp+thing%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22animal+man%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22Mad+Magazine%22
19. Swamp Thing (DC Comics)
20. Animal Man (DC Comics)
21. MAD Magazine (EC Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22future+shock%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22prophet%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22afterlife+with+archie%22
22. Future Shock (self-published)
23. Prophet (Image Comics)
24. Afterlife With Archie (Archie Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22heavy+metal+magazine%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22shaolin+cowboy%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22eerie+comics%22
25. Heavy Metal Magazine (Metal Mammoth)
26. Shaolin Cowboy (Dark Horse Comics)
27. Eerie Comics (Dark Horse Comics)
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22archie+comics%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22simpsons+comics%22 http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=%22life+with+archie%22
28. Archie (Archie Comics)
29. Simpsons Comics (Bongo Comics)
30. Life With Archie: The Married Life (Archie Comics)

Atomic's 2013 Best Sellers: Single Issues/Mini Comics

These are the 30 best selling single issues/mini-comics at Atomic Books in 2013.
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/henry-glenn-forever-ever-2.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/sad-animals.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/those-fucking-unicorns.html
1. Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever #2 by various
2. Sad Animals by Adam Meuse
3. Those Fucking Unicorns by Sy Wagon
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/henry-glenn-forever-ever-1.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/henry-glenn-forever-ever-3.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/as-you-were-1.html
4. Henry and Glenn Forever And Ever #1 by various
5. Henry and Glenn Forever And Ever #3 by various
6. As You Were #1 by Mitch Clem / various

7. 3 New Stories by Dash Shaw
8. Lose #5 by Michael DeForge
9. Suspect Device #3 by Johh Bayer / various
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/dirtfarm-hideous-heart.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/new-jobs.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/optic-nerve-13.html
10. Dirtfarm: Hideous Heart by Ben Claasseen III
11. New Jobs by Dash Shaw
12. Optic Nerve #13 by Adrian Tomine
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/dungeon-family.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/boys-club-1.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/sleazy-slice-6.html
13. Dungeon Family by Matt Furie
14. Boys Club #1 by Matt Furie
15. Sleazy Slice #6 by Robin Bougie / various
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/blammo-8.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/lose-3-michael-deforge.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/adult-babysitting-volume-2.html
16. Blammo #8 by Noah Van Sciver
17. Lose #3 by Michael DeForge
18. Adult Babysitting Vol. 2 by MarYanna Hoggatt
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/lose-4-michael-deforge.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/adult-babysitting-volume-1.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/as-you-were-2.html
19. Lose #4 by Michael DeForge
20. Adult Babysitting Vol. 1 by MarYanna Hoggatt
21. As You Were Vol. 2 by Mitch Clem / various
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/lose-2-michael-deforge.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/smoke-signal-17.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/beach-girls.html
22. Lose #2 by Michael DeForge
23. Smoke Signal #17 by various
24. Beach Girls by Box Brown / James Kochalka
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/turtie-needs-work.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/sock-box-brown.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/suspect-device-2.html
25. Turtie Needs Work by Steve Wolfhard
26. Sock by Box Brown
27. Suspect Device #2 by Josh Bayer / various
http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/i-swallowed-key-my-heart-2.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/bittersweet-romance.html http://www.atomicbooks.com/index.php/mischief-katrin-hagen.html
28. I Swallowed The Key To My Heart #2 by Liz Prince
29. Bittersweet Romance by Bald Eagles / Victor Cayro
30. Mischief by Katrin Hagen