Hey fellow comic readers!
This is a monthly reading club for comics and graphic novels. All are welcome, from total newcomers who are interested in delving into the world of comics, to seasoned veterans who know their Secret Wars from their Civil War. This is a safe place where you can share your opinions and partake in discussions, all in a respectful and mature environment.
Each month, there will be two books assigned for us to read before the meeting. However, don't worry if you don't get the chance to finish reading them! You can come in and give us your thoughts based on however far you got! Just be aware that everyone is free to talk about spoilers for the particular volume we read.
We place emphasis on books that are accessible, and will typically assign either graphic novels or collected volumes that contain around six issues (although this is not a hard and fast rule). If there is demand for it, we may explore other formats, such as web comics, etc.
You'll also get the chance to suggest and vote for next month's books! We have a 'pass the torch' system in place. More details will be given during the meeting.
A lot of our books will be available digitally, as well as from libraries. We aim to accommodate you in whatever way you prefer to read your comics.
This week's recommenders are:
The books for this meeting are:
Written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Darick Robertson
2013, 113 pages, rated 17+
Meet NICK SAX - a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas. By a tiny blue horse called Happy...
Comixology Link: https://www.comixology.com/Happy/comics-series/8551?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy
Hoopla Link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12004547
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Happy-Deluxe-Grant-Morrison/dp/1534306307/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=happy%21&qid=1614373333&sr=8-5
Written by Tim Seeley, illustrated by Stephen Molnar
2017, 144 pages, rated 17+
“Polly Peachpit.” Those were the words 10-year-old Brinke Calle said when she was found covered in her own blood by the woods in rural Cannon Falls. Her best friend, Melba, had just attempted to murder her because a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to. Since that day, Melba has spent seven years in a mental health facility. Tomorrow is her 18th birthday. Tomorrow she’ll be transferred to a federal prison. Tomorrow her real sentence will begin.
That is, until she receives a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett. Crockett explains that there is another world beyond ours, where hungry, spectral aliens stalk the minds of the impressionable and weak. These things, called IMPs (Interdimensional Mental Parasites) feed on compliance. They convince hosts to do things for them, and the more they feed, the stronger they become. More IMPs stream into the world each day, invisible to everyone but his or her hosts.
Hoopla Link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12393498
Comixology Link: https://www.comixology.com/Imaginary-Fiends-2017-2018/digital-comic/783153?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Imaginary-Fiends-Tim-Seeley/dp/1401292844/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=imaginary+fiends&qid=1614373370&sr=8-1