With your input and suggestions, we have finalized the reading list for next year! Here they arranged chronologically:
JAN. 12: Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
FEB. 9: Planetary, Volume 1: All Over the World & Other Stories by Warren Ellis, John Cassaday
MAR. 8: Moving Pictures by Stuart Immonen and Kathryn Immonen
APR. 12: American Flagg! by Howard Chaykin
MAY 10: Ultimates, Volume 1 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch
JUN. 14: Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
JUL. 12: Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
AUG. 9: Delilah Dirk & The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff [available online at http://www.delilahdirk.com/]
SEP. 13: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
OCT. 11: Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson
NOV. 8: King of the Flies, Volume 1: Hallorave by Mezzo and Pirus
DEC. 13: Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution by Grant Morrison & Various Artists
In addition to these selections, we were thinking of organizing two separate, stand-alone events. The dates are still to be determined, but we thought having a movie outing to see The Amazing Spiderman film this summer with a discussion afterward would be fun. Also, since November will be election season, we thought doing a virtual, online meeting using Google mangout would be fun to talk about Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, which has an election theme running through it. We’ll confirm these dates early next year; it’ll be fun trying some new meeting types!
I wanted to mention that the day before our next meeting, Wednesday, September 8, will be the very first gathering of the new Manga Comic Book Club I was asked to organize for the Crow Collection of Asian Art. You all are invited, and this group will meet less regularly than our own group. Running in “series,” the Manga Comic Book Club will meet in four-month intervals as a season. The first is this fall, meeting the second Wednesday of each month, and we will be spending the entire season reading all eight volumes of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha (the first volume of which we read way back when in the Dallas Comic Book Club when it was still at the DMA). If you have been pining to read the whole series, you might want to come out. We’re reading two books for each month, so the first meeting next week covers Volume 1: Kapilavastu and Volume 2: The Four Encounters. More details can be found at the Crow site: http://www.crowcollection.org/event_view.aspx?eventID=4914&returnUrl=calendar.aspx%3Fdate%3D9%2F1%2F2010
I hope your summer’s have wrapped up nicely. We had a great time last month discussing the Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis and I am greatly looking forward to this month’s discussion of Solanin by Asano Inio. I’m really excited to talk about this book! We will next meet on Thursday, September 9 at 7:30 pm at the Half-Price Books on Northwest Hwy (5803 E. NW Hwy., Dallas). As is our norm now, please proceed directly to the Community Room at the back of the store for the discussion.
Take a break from these dog-days of summer and join us for the next
Comic Book Club on Thursday, August 12, beginning at 7:30 pm at the
Half-Price Books on Northwest Highway (5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas,
TX). This month we will be discussing The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover
Crisis, and I look forward to our discussion of this hilarious
pastiche on comic continuity and crossover extravaganzas in light of
the recent return of Futurama to the TV airwaves (do they even travel
by airwaves anymore?).
Dallas Theater Center is graciously offering Dallas Comic Book Club participants and fans a $10 discount for tickets to their current production of the Superman-themed musical “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!” Here is the information:
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GET $10 OFF YOUR TICKET!
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ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT: www.DallasTheaterCenter.org
Visit the DTC Superman Page for more info on the show: http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/index.php/superman
A Lost Treasure, a Musical Marvel, Soars Again – Look! Up in the Sky! America’s greatest superhero was also the star of one of Broadway’s lost musical treasures! Now this mid-’60s miracle, with great songs by the legendary Charles Strouse (Annie) and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie) is part of the Wyly Theatre’s historic first season. In this production the comic book-based musical has a hip updated script by the ingenious young playwright and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. There will be nothing mild-mannered about this high-voltage revival, when Superman flies in to help Clark Kent and Lois Lane face off against a team of super villains. With singing, dancing, colorful sets and costumes, and a tuneful Broadway score, Superman will be an uplifting end to DTC’s 51st season. The Man of Steel promises to sweep Lois Lane – and our audiences – off their feet!”
A little late on my notice this month – sorry, all. The next Comic Book Club is this Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. We will be meeting again at the large Half Price Books on Northwest Hwy (here is a link to the store information on the HFP site: http://www.halfpricebooks.com/001.html), and let’s plan to congregate at the benches just inside the entrance (the main entrance, not the one going directly into the coffee shop). It was a great place to meet last month, and there are a plethora of places for us to sit and gab in case the back room is being used.
This month we will be discussing the Tintin story Cigars of the Pharoah, a rollicking good adventure of everyone’s favorite Belgian boy reporter. It is by Hergé and available either as a thin stand-alone volume (in larger album format) or within the first volume of the hardback 3-in-1 editions (sandwiched between Tintin in America and The Blue Lotus).
We had a great time last month with a bunch of good suggestions for future titles to read. I have put together a few for the rest of the year. Let me know what you think!
June 11: Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales
July 9: Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
August 13: Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Book 1) by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III
September 10: Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
October 8: Mystery Play by Grant Morrison and Jon J. Muth
November 12: Madman: Volume 1 by Mike Allred
December 10: Castle Waiting (Book 1) by Linda Medley
Well, I’ve had the darndest time getting confirmation from my contact
at Half-Price Books regarding using the space. Regardless, let’s go
ahead and just meet there if no one minds congregating in the coffee
shop on site if the community room is being used. The Half-Price
Books we will meet at is the large one on Northwest Highway, located
just east of I-75 at 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75231. Just
in case you need to reach me, my cell number is 972-762-1810.
Here is a map to the store on Google Maps:
We will meet at 7:30 p.m. by the information desk just inside the main
entrance of the store (I figure this is more visible than meeting back
in the community room, in case some of you have not been there before).
This month’s book is Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa. I look forward
to seeing everyone at our first non-museum Comic Book Club!