To all those whose primary literature intake comes in the form of comics, this group welcomes you! Book Clubs are great, but Comic Book Clubs are so much better!
Each meeting we will be focusing on one or two graphic novels and facilitating a discussion around those volumes. After we have fully drooled over or gagged on what we’ve read, we will open the discussion up to other works done by that writer and artist that are associated with the book. For instance, if the monthly graphic novel is Bedlam Vol. 1, we could recommend (or give warning to) other works by Nick Spencer, like Morning Glories or Thief of Thieves, or we could talk about Riley Rossmo’s artwork on Proof and Cowboy Ninja Viking, etc.
Doesn’t this sound awesome?
If you don’t know much about comics or specific writers and artists, don’t let that scare you. This is a great place to start and a good place to expand your comic to-read list! If you are a wizard in the ways of the classic geek, someone who has standing plans every Wednesday, someone with a ton of issues (haha get it?)… then come share your knowledge! My goal is to get a group of people together who just want to revel in how awesome the comic world is and how many great works it has brought us! I want this to be a safe group where people are not subjected to criticism, or even worse, spoilers!
This group will read a little less of the traditional super hero genre and a little more of the everything-else genre, whether it be creatively odd and out there like Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire or more realistic and culturally educational like The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. We will read some popular, and some unpopular, some dark, and some cheery, so there will be something for everyone hopefully!
All I ask is that you come with an open mind and possibly some of the related or recommended graphic novels so that people can see other suggestions by the monthly object writers and artists.
I am very responsive via email, so hit me up if you have any questions or need more info on this wicked rad group!
Barbarian Pizza Bar (Two Doors Down from Fantastic Comics)
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye
Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition in 2016, she decided to use her popular webcomic, Up and Out, to process her journey and help others with similar struggles realize they weren’t alone.
Julia’s poignant, relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning—from struggling with self-acceptance and challenging societal expectations, to moments of self-love and joy. Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires, as Julia faces her difficulties head-on and commits to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be.
Next month: Sci-Fi!