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In April, we'll begin Dan Slott and Mike Allred's multi-year run on Silver Surfer. Their work on the series has been collected in a single hardcover omnibus, which is the easiest way to get the entire storyline. (I'd recommend instocktrades.com for the lowest price at $43.50.) In our first of three meetups for this series, we'll be reading chapters one through nine of the omnibus. (Stop once you reach chapter ten, "Small Sacrifice.") Print: • https://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Marvel/SILVER-SURFER-BY-SLOTT-AND-ALLRED-OMNIBUS-HC/MAY180954 • https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Surfer-Slott-Allred-Omnibus/dp/130291359X Digital: This series is also available digitally in its entirety through Marvel Unlimited ($9.99 per month, $69 annual). If you're a subscriber or plan to subscribe, here's what we'll be reading for this first meetup: Silver Surfer [masked]) #1-#5 All New Marvel Now! Point One (2014), only pages 4-13 Silver Surfer [masked]) #6-#9 If you're having trouble figuring out what to read or how to get your hands on the books, get in touch! We'll try to help! About the series: Anywhere and everywhere - hang on! Dan Slott and Mike Allred take the Sentinel of the Spaceways on his wildest ride yet - with a very special companion! Meet Dawn Greenwood, the Earth girl who's enabled the Silver Surfer to see the universe with all-new eyes - and push its boundaries like never before! But that way leads to incredible dangers - like the Never Queen, Shuma-Gorath and Jumbonox the Giganormous! From perfect planets to wrathful warriors, from the end of reality to an all-new beginning, they'll travel the length and breadth of space and time - and beyond! But what could ever make Norrin Radd willing to once again serve Galactus? Slott and Allred weave a cosmic-powered story of triumph, tragedy and boundless imagination!
Join us in April for our discussion of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too: a book by Jomny Sun. Note that we'll be experimenting with meeting on the third Wednesday of the month instead of our traditional Thursday meetup. A location will be announced well in advance. (It'll be a bar in Brooklyn.) Where to get it: https://borrow.bklynlibrary.org/r1s/iii/encore/record/C__Rb12056068 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062569023 everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, only to meet all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, all while learning to feel a little better about being an alien—based on the enormously popular Twitter account, @jonnysun. Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too. Jomny finds friendship in a bear tired of other creatures running away in fear, an egg struggling to decide what to hatch into, an owl working its way to being wise, a tree feeling stuck in one place, a tadpole coming to terms with turning into a frog, a dying ghost, a workaholic beaver, a puppy unable to express itself, and many more. Through this story of a lost, lonely and confused alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the creatures of Earth, we will all learn how to be a little more human. And for all us earth-bound creatures here on this planet, we can all be reminded that sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us see ourselves for who we truly are. “Jomny Sun’s incredible writing knocks you to the floor, breathless, then scoops you up and gives you a kiss where it hurts before it occurs to you to cry. Read this book only if you want to feel more alive.” -- Lin-Manuel Miranda “Jomny Sun has created a frightened, hopeful view of Life As We Know It from the perspective of a weirdly relatable alien intelligence. Fantastic.” -- Patton Oswalt “This book is funny and sad, simple and complex, badly spelled and beautifully written. Jonmy Sun gets more out of a panel than most do out of a page, revealing obvious yet hidden truths as only someone one step out of step could.” -- Joss Whedon
In May we'll discuss the latest film from Marvel Studios. Avengers: Endgame will be released on Friday April 26th, so you'll have five days to catch the film on your own (or you know, with a friend) – and then join us to chat about the movie on Wednesday the 1st. A location will be announced well in advance. (It'll be a bar in Brooklyn.) After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
Join us in May for our discussion of Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir By Liana Finck. Note that we'll be experimenting with meeting on the third Wednesday of the month instead of our traditional Thursday meetup. A location will be announced well in advance. (It'll be a bar in Brooklyn.) Where to get it: https://borrow.bklynlibrary.org/r1s/iii/encore/record/C__Rb12146842 https://www.amazon.com/Passing-Human-Graphic-Liana-Finck/dp/0525508929 A visually arresting graphic memoir about a young artist struggling against what’s expected of her as a woman, and learning to accept her true self, from an acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist. In this achingly beautiful graphic memoir, Liana Finck goes in search of that thing she has lost—her shadow, she calls it, but one might also think of it as the “otherness” or “strangeness” that has defined her since birth, that part of her that has always made her feel as though she is living in exile from the world. In Passing for Human, Finck is on a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance, and along the way she seeks to answer some eternal questions: What makes us whole? What parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away—because they’re embarrassing, or inconvenient, or just plain weird—and at what cost? Passing for Human is what Finck calls “a neurological coming-of-age story”—one in which, through her childhood, human connection proved elusive and her most enduring relationships were with plants and rocks and imaginary friends; in which her mother was an artist whose creative life had been stifled by an unhappy first marriage and a deeply sexist society that seemed expressly designed to snuff out creativity in women; in which her father was a doctor who struggled in secret with the guilt of having passed his own form of otherness on to his daughter; and in which, as an adult, Finck finally finds her shadow again—and, with it, her true self. Melancholy and funny, personal and surreal, Passing for Human is a profound exploration of identity by one of the most talented young comic artists working today. Part magical odyssey, part feminist creation myth, this memoir is, most of all, an extraordinary, moving meditation on what it means to be an artist and a woman grappling with the desire to pass for human. “In its ambition, framing, and multiple layers, [Passing for Human] raises the bar for graphic narrative. Even fans of [Liana Finck’s] work in the New Yorker will be blindsided by this outstanding book.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “A sure hit for readers of graphic memoirs, this explores feeling different while recognizing sameness in others and making art while embracing being a work-in progress oneself.”—Annie Bostrom, Booklist “This story is as tender as it is wry. . . . Becoming human is a lifelong task—but Finck illustrates it with humor and panache.”—Publishers Weekly