Comics are brilliant. They are also an overlooked and under-appreciated part of the literary establishment, so we're looking to redress the balance a little.

The group works pretty much like a traditional book club - we pick a new graphic novel or collection every month, read it and meet up for a discussion with a beer or two. I bring some questions that may or may not get answered - it doesn't really matter.

We try to find the literary corners of the graphic storytelling medium, so we're interested in things like how art style informs character perception; how panel layouts inform pacing; we examine the moments when superheroes do some genuine soul-searching; we look at unsettling indie comics and ask what they're saying. We don't shy away from the mainstream - there's plenty of us who love a bit of Batman (we also love him remade as a communist icon) but we will at all costs avoid bland, knuckle-dragging characters with nothing to say, in favor of deep, cleverly-drawn characters and great narrative. (Or really good explosions.)

The Comic Book Club is open to all comic readers, creators, writers and illustrators, as well as to anyone who has never even read a graphic novel before but has perhaps secretly stolen a glance at that colorful forbidden shelf in the library erroneously labeled 'teen fiction'. We're a friendly bunch, and, for good or ill, we generally favor outspoken opinion over actual knowledge. Welcome!

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  • September 28 · 7:00 PM

    From Hell by Alan Moore

    8 Comic Literati

    Next time we're reading From Hell, by Alan Moore! Note Well: We're meeting on a Monday this time; I have a conflict Tuesday (and Wednesday), and the following week is... Learn more
  • September 26 · 3:00 PM

    Weekend Apple Picking

    2 Comic Literati

    Hello all, I thought it might be fun to do some other activities with the group outside of comics. I'm going to Berlin Orchards on Saturday the 26th. Would anyone else... Learn more
  • September 8 · 7:00 PM

    Saga of the Swamp Thing (Books 1 & 2) by Alan Moore

    12 Comic Literati

    Next up is Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, Books 1 & 2! I'm looking forward to it! There's a gap of 4 weeks again, not 3, since 3 weeks from now is the city's annual U-HAUL... Learn more
  • August 20 · 7:00 PM

    The Avengers (Outdoor Movie)

    7 Comic Literati

    Revere Recreation is hosting Theatre Thursday's throughout the summer on Revere Beach (across from the station), and the August 20th showing is the Avengers. Let's grab... Learn more
  • August 11 · 7:00 PM

    Snowpiercer, volumes 1 & 2

    10 Comic Literati

    Next up is Snowpiercer, volumes 1 & 2. I have no idea what to expect. See you there! The Bumf: From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a... Learn more
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