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!
Sometimes the deepest thoughts need pictures. And explosions.
January 21 · 7:00 PM
A Celebratory Revelry in Honor & Appreciation of Spirits & Libations
Get yer damn drink on.
January 13 · 6:30 PM
Castle Waiting, Volume 1 by Linda Medly
Next up is Castle Waiting, Volume 1 by Linda Medly. Thanks to Jonathan for the recommendation, once upon a time.
There's a bit more of a gap beetween meetups this time... Learn more
December 17, 2014 · 7:00 PM
Uh... Cuz I feel Like It.
Couple of people were bitching about us not having any strictly social meets that didn't come with required reading. So here's one. Bring your friends. Bring your... Learn more
December 9, 2014 · 6:30 PM
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Next up is Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. This one has been sitting in the recommendations thread for quite a while, and I've heard good things.
We'll be reading the... Learn more
November 11, 2014 · 6:30 PM
The Middleman (Volumes 1-3) by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine
Next up is The Middleman, volumes one through three. Thanks to Joseph for the reccommendation. The series has long been out of print, but was very recently resurrected... Learn more