Comic club update

Marylebone’s Graphic Novel Club continues to thrive. Here’s what we’ve been up to recently:

Books by Neil Gaiman in Westminster LibrariesThe September meeting was a blast.
We had a tour of the new Marylebone Library, including the new layout for the Graphic novel and Manga collection. We discussed Westminster’s increased budget for comic books that will see many new titles hitting the shelves in the near future. Further to this we also discussed dates for our shop visit to Gosh! our friendly neighbourhood suppliers. We took a second look at Neil Gaiman following the release of his new book, his visit to Forbidden Planet, his interview in the Metro and a review of Stardust in a Korean literary journal.

[Have to insert a link here to his brilliant lecture at the Reading Agency last week. Just because I can. Ed]

October’s meeting was another fun and engaging gathering with a discussion on our favourite and/or most recent reads. Titles such as 100 Bullets, The Boys and Y the Last Man highlighted a common problem in maintaining an effective narrative over a series of years while titles such as The Walking Dead and Preacher showed us how it can be done well. It was clear that this was also a common problem in TV Series with popular titles Breaking Bad and The Wire igniting a heated discussion on whether these were examples of successful conclusions. Our meeting concluded with an interesting discussion on the need for violence, disorder and conflict in a successful series whether on paper or screen.

Blacksad by Juanjo Guarnido and Juan Diaz CanalesThe next meeting is on Wednesday 6 November  from 6.30 to 7.45pm. We’ll be discussing anthropomorphic animals in comics, including titles such as:

  • Blacksad by Juanjo Guarnido and Juan Diaz Canales
  • Elephantmen  by Richard Starkings, Monifa Aldridge, David Hine and Axel Medellin

Other titles to consider include:

  • Elephantmen by Richard StarkingsHip-Flask by Richard Starkings
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • W3 by Grant Morrison
  • Joe the Barbarian by Sean Murphy
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Our group has been going for some time now and I genuinely look forward to each meeting with excited anticipation. Discussions are funny, intelligent and heated with lots of new information and opinions every time.
If you like the sound of it, come along!

[Clint]

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One response to “Comic club update

  1. Oh what a shame I’m going to miss this! I had no idea about the comic club. Wish I was still in London for this. My favourite books featuring anthroporphic animals are Usagi Yojimbo from Stan Sakai and Beasts of Burden, both of which I found first on your shelves 🙂

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