Movie Events for the DCBC

So at the last meeting (which was fun and a great discussion of Daytripper), we thought it would be a good time to get together outside the normal schedule and try seeing this summer’s next two big comic book-related films as a group: The Amazing Spiderman and The Dark Knight Rises.

Our plan is to see them at the AMC Northpark theater on a weekday afternoon (in glorious–and preferred–two-dimensions), then hit a restaurant or convenient meeting place afterward to talk and have a good time.  The proposed dates and showtimes are as follows:

  • Amazing Spiderman: July 10, 5:50 PM
  • Dark Knight Rises: July 31, sometime between 4:30-5:30 (showtimes are not posted yet for this date on AMC’s site)

Does this work for everyone?  Let’s try and purchase tickets early (I believe they can be bought through AMC’s website: http://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-northpark-15, then click the calendar to choose July 10, then click on the showtime and it will take you to a Fandango page to purchase tickets) and I will follow up when the showtimes are posted for July 31.

Announcing New Manga Book Club!

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

Next Comic Book on 9/9: Solanin by Inio Asano

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.

Next Comic Book Club on 8/12

Good News, Everyone!

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?).

$10 Discount to Dallas Theater Center’s production of “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!”

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:

“COME AND EXPERIENCE It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman AT DALLAS THEATER CENTER!

GET $10 OFF YOUR TICKET!
USE PROMO CODE: COMICBOOK
CALL: 214.880.0202
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!”

Remaining 2010 Book Selections & Dates

Here are the book selections and meetings dates for March through December 2010:

[UPDATE: A few of the book selections for specific dates were adjusted slightly after this post originally went live.  The correct selections are listed below. ]
* 3/11 – Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? by Brian Fies
* 4/8 – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
* 5/13 – The High School Chronicles: Archie Freshman Year – Book 1 by Batton Lash and Bill Galvan
* 6/10 – Dr. Fate: Countdown to Mystery by Steve Gerber and Justiniano
* 7/8 – We3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly
* 8/12 – The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis by Matt Groening, et all.
* 9/9 – Solanin by Asano Inio
* 10/14 – Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
* 11/11 – The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre, and Frederic Lemercier
* 12/9 – Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko

Book suggestions from 1/14/10 Meetup

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Appears to be out of print.

Futurama –The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis (release date 4/1/10)

Archie – I just pulled a book that showed up at the top of the Amazon list and was a recent publication.
The High School Chronicles: Archie Freshman Year – Book 1 (High School Chronicles (Archie))
The Punisher Meets Archie – Vol. 1, No. 1 (August 1994) (August 1994) (for fun)

I Kill Giants

Dr. Fate: Countdown to Mystery

Solanin

I know I recommended a lot but I’ll narrow it down with Josh.

Here’s some ones I do recommend if you haven’t read.

Twelve Reasons Why I Love Her

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Super Hero Books

We3 – Appears to be out of print.

Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Crime Books –

Next Comic Book Club – 5/14 – and List of Books Through 2009

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

See you all on Thursday!
[Posted by Josh Rose]

Next Comic Book Club – 4/9 at Half-Price Books on Northwest Hwy

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:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=5803+E.+N…

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!