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Free Comic Book Day on Saturday 6 May 2017

Pop in to your local Westminster library on Saturday 6 May for Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is an international celebration of all things comics – taking place on the first Saturday in May, it is a day where new titles are released, and comic shops giveaway free issues – we are also taking part, courtesy of the grand folks at Forbidden Planet who are providing the comics.

Free Comic Book Day is perfect for both hard-core collector fans and those whose interest has been piqued for the first time.

Enthusiasts of the comic book / graphic novel form will tell of the inventive artwork to stun and amaze – the array of characters, from superhero to regular Joe. The different universes on offer and running plot lines that will be hard to forget.

Explore all this and more at one of our libraries, please ask staff for your free comic book. We have three titles to give out, while stocks last – head on in before missing out.

Discover characters including Wonder Woman, DC superhero girls plus look out for the Forbidden Planet exclusive variant of the Doctor Who title too, featuring the Doctor with new assistant, Bill.

Why not check out the graphic novel selection or the DVDs available while you are there and see what else your local Westminster library has to offer?



Calling all comic fans!

Free Comic Book Day 2016Save the date –
Saturday 7 May is
Free Comic Book Day

Across North America and around the world, comic shops will be giving away free comics. And Westminster Libraries are taking part, courtesy of the lovely folks at Forbidden Planet who are providing the comics.

You can collect yours from your local library (see list of participating libraries below). One title per customer, while stocks last – which won’t be long!

There is a Doctor Who title, a Superhero Girls title and selected libraries will also have Suicide Squad (suitable for teens and over only).

Doctor Who for Free Comic Book day 2016 DC Superhero Girls for Free Comic Book day 2016 Suicide Squad for Free Comic Book day 2016

“Free Comic Book Day is the perfect occasion for newcomers to comics as well as those who have been reading them for years to celebrate comics and discover new titles that debut on the first Saturday in May”
– Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Dan Manser

Why not check out the graphic novel collection while you are there and see what else your library has to offer?


Participating libraries in Westminster:

Free Comic Book Day in Westminster Libraries!

Free Comic Book Day 2015Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comics on Free Comic Book Day!
Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialist shops around the world give away comic books – and this year, for this first time, we are very pleased to have some free comics from Forbidden Planet to give away.

Participating libraries will have a poster advertising they are taking part. It’s first come, first served, so if you are an avid comic fan, visit one of the participating libraries – Charing Cross, Church Street, Maida Vale, Marylebone, Mayfair, Paddington, Pimlico, Queen’s Park, St John’s Wood or Victoria – on Saturday 2 May to pick up your special free copy.

Free Comic Book Day 2015 - DC Comics: DivergenceWhat are we giving away?
DC Comics: Divergence

A first look at upcoming storylines, featuring three 8-page previews for the June releases of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s launch of the “Darkseid War” within Justice League featuring the biggest villains in the DCU – Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, and Gene Luen Yang’s DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr on Superman.
Rating: Teen

Why not join the library and check out the graphic novel collection at the same time? All of Westminster’s lending libraries have a comics section which is constantly being renewed and added to, so visit your local library and see what’s in stock.  Marylebone Library, being the home of the Graphic Novel Club [read more], joins Pimlico and Victoria libraries in having the largest selection of titles.

If there’s something in particular you’re looking for, check the catalogue in advance to find out where it’s in stock. We have lots of Marvel comics, the DC 52 reboot titles, Robert Kirkman’s ‘Invincible’ and reprints of classics such as Ex Machina and manga titles Naruto and Dragonball…  to name but a few!

[Rachel and Nick]

Comic club update

Our Last Forum: Gotham – Comicbook to TV.
With four TV shows produced by DC now running on prime time television, the Marylebone Library Graphic Novel Club took the opportunity to review Gotham in December.

Gotham Logo (Photo Credit: Fox Television)

When a young Bruce Wayne (Batman) witnesses the murder of his parents, the new detective in town James Gordon navigates a system of corrupt cops and powerful criminals to bring justice to the city. Featuring the origins of famous Batman villains, this series is a visceral crime drama with a twist for comic book aficionados and non-readers alike.

If you enjoy this then you should also check out:

  • Arrow now in its third season follows the young billionaire Oliver Queen as he risks life, love and wealth to protect his city.
  • The Flash the now successful series featuring an unlikely hero who made his first debut on the Arrow TV show. now launches into its own show with the same production team behind it.
  • Constantine featuring DC Comics’ resident bad boy who likes to dabble in the supernatural could become a cult classic in the next few years.

At the next meeting on 7 January we will discuss The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman [NB: There will be spoilers!]. Whether you’re new to the series or and veteran of the Walking Dead, we’ll be discussing the successes and failures of both the Comic book and TV series in a bid to discover what’s the big deal with Zombies anyway? And what miracles and tragedies are likely to make or break the Walking Dead franchise.


From FanFilm to Nobrow – Comic Club update

We’ve not posted a comic club update for a while, but that doesn’t mean the Marylebone Library Graphic Novel Group has been inactive. Far from it! Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been doing in the last few months:

July: Breaking Into Comics: The Art of Self Publishing

Breaking into comics: the art of self-publishing This was a fantastic event, perfect for anyone with an interest in the creative and marketing processes behind comic books, sequential art, and creative literature. Our panel of writers, artists and sellers discussed challenges and solutions for creating, self-publishing and marketing based on their experiences and knowledge as specialists in the field.

MangaAugust: What’s the Manga with You?

Our group has a history now of focussing our attention on western titles and western topics, yet illustrated narratives have a long history across the globe. In the hope of expanding our reading palates, we considered why Manga comics are so widely accepted across East-Asia when compared to graphic novels in the west.

Crying FreemanSeptember: Comics Of My Youth

We took a looked at comics that influenced us and our reading when we were young. Whether it was Archie, Crying Freeman, Superman or Book of Magic, we welcomed all contributions.

October: The FanFilm Edition

October’s meeting was a fantastic social with film views reminiscent of an Everyman Cinema. Our group watched three “fanfilms” inspired by comic books.

November: Nobrow and other Indie titles

Last month we took a look at some independent titles with Nobrow acting as a catalyst for our discussions. Nobrow Magazine is a biannual textless publication released in May and November of each year. The artists and illustrators in each issue are carefully selected and invited to contribute work based on a theme.

Further to our discussion, the group considered the qualities and features that attracted them to a specific comic book title as well as how our selection processes may have narrowed our scope of reading pleasure or blown it wide open to a world of bad art and poor writing.

This topic was a refreshing revival of some more independent titles from our youth that can still be found across the library service, and although it was a challenge to get our hands on the independent series, Nobrow will be arriving on our library shelves in the next few weeks.

The Walking Dead by Robert KirkmanThe Graphic Novel Group meets monthly at Marylebone Library. The next meeting is tonight, 3 December, discussing ‘Comicbook to TV’. On 7 January 2015 we’ll be talking about ‘The Walking Dead’ by Robert Kirkman (there will be spoilers!) and then on 4 February it’s ‘Breaking Into Comics: Volume 2’. See you there.


Reboots – Comic Club update

The last meeting of the Marylebone Library Graphic Novel Club was on Superhero reboots, with an emphasis on DC’s New 52 series and Marvel Comics’ The Ultimates. We considered the reasons for restarting an entire comic book series from scratch and considered some of the best and worse titles to result from these and why.

Marvel UltimatesWe all agreed that Marvel had not quite achieved a full reboot of their collection since they had not restarted all their stories from scratch, but rather created alternate scenarios and plotlines alongside their existing collection. DC risked it all by ending their main series and started again with new origin stories and modifications to the characters to make them more accessible to a new audience.
It’s also worth noting that the New 52 series was also discussed in a previous meeting on women in comics.

The group will be meeting again this evening (!) – Wednesday 8 January – and today we’ll be talking about ‘Seriously Funny! From newspaper panels to graphic novel’. Please, bring along any titles of interest and hopefully we can exchange some good reads.

The following meeting will be on Wednesday 5 February and will debate ‘The Graphic vs the Novel’: I’ll be asking each member to bring one title that is a testament to good writing or good art to argue their case. See you there?


Comic Club update

Maus, by Art SpiegelmanThe last meeting of the Marylebone Library Graphic Novel Club discussed Anthropomorphic Animals in Comics, with a focus on Blacksad and Elephant Men. Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to something that is not human. The other side of the coin is a process of dehumanising, as is the case in Maus – where humans are represented as having animal characteristics, perhaps to allow us to process the horrific experiences of the characters more easily.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 4 December, and our topic of discussion this time will be ‘Back to the Future: A brief history of Superhero Reboots’. There will be an emphasis on Marvel’s Ultimates series and DC’s New 52.

During the same week the group will be visiting the Gosh! Comic Bookshop visit to help choose new items for Westminster Libraries stock. And then on 8 January we’ll be discussing ‘Seriously funny? From newspaper panels to graphic novel – newspaper comic strips and their graphic novel counterparts’. We look forward to seeing you there!