Well, we made it! 50 discussion Groups with hardly any injuries and downright few fatalities. With the December holiday season looming over our heads like the Savage Sword of Damocles, we thought it would be nice to give our Discussioneers a break. (That’s what we call you behind your backs). Originally we were going to select an expensive comic strip collection, but darn it all to heck, this is the holidays and we’ve all designated a portion of our hard earned comic money to spend on those pesky loved ones. So we thought we’d all save our money for a few months (hint!) and do something a little special for ourselves.
Our store manager, all around great guy, and capable cartoonist (if we say so ourselves) Justin Crouse recommended we do the following: invite everyone to bring their favorite comic (single issue or trade paperback) and provide participants with a 10 minute platform to explain to the group why this is a particularly important story to them. Then we’d spend a few minutes discussing their choice before moving on to the next person. This way, we can enjoy all the camaraderie and comic discussion without rupturing our wallets in this leather-stretching time of the year. Think of this as your opportunity to have 10 uninterrupted minutes to talk about one of your all-time favorite, desert island comics – the one you turn to every year or so for rereading.
An example: I think of my five favorite books—the ones I will without fail re-read every few years–the ones by which I measure any new books I read. For the sake of example, I might select the Post War Spirit Comics from 1947 to 1952. I’d bring along one (or two) of the volumes in the Will Eisner Archive Series and try to explain succinctly why I find the work indispensable. I would cite Eisner’s growth as a story teller, the development of the modern splash page, the way Eisner used his superhero hook to tell a variety of stories crossing into a variety of genres. Any questions? And now it’s your turn.
SAVE THIS DATE: Saturday December 14th at 1:00pm. We will meet at the store and then head over to the bakery (they serve good food and cocktails too– God bless ‘em!). All we ask is that you bring along a copy of the book you want to discuss. We suggest you have an alternative on the ready in case someone else already mentions your choice. And if you want to join us for this discussion but are uncomfortable talking aloud — there is no pressure to participate. Just come for the food and the fun.
The idea is to offer an hour or two of vacation–an escape from all the stressful Holiday social obligations. This is ‘ME’ time; this is comic book time!!! So join us and let’s have some fun! See you on Saturday December 14th at 1:00pm.