Central Library’s Comics and Graphic Novels Book Club

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 ComicsNext month sees the first anniversary of the Central Library’s Comics and Graphic Novels Book Club.

The club is the first of its kind in Dublin City Libraries and quickly established its popularity. On September 6, 2018, a day that will live in infamy, Burt Reynolds died. But more importantly, it was also the day of the first meeting for the Comics and Graphic Novels Book Club.

Black Hole
The first book on the agenda was Charles Burns’ Black Hole, an allegorical tale about infectious mutations, with bold and subversive black and white artwork. Our own Kevin Weldon did the poster for the first event with art reflecting Burn’s influential work.

Lazarus
Between November and May, five of the seven books we selected were from the American publishing house, Image Comics. This wasn’t intentional on our part but it shows the high quality of their independent, creator-owned output, and illustrates the personality of the club.

My Heroes
We’ve delved into science fiction with Greg Rucka’s Lazarus, Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga, and Jeff Lemire’s Descender as well as Ed Brubaker’s drying-out, crime drama, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies.

Saga

We’ve never explicitly said that we wouldn’t choose superhero material, and some of them have made our shortlists, but we’ve yet to choose one to read for the month. We’re more likely to delve into Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or Jade Sarsen’s For The Love Of God, Marie!.

Fun Home
We’ve had books from the massive French comic industry like Fabien Nury’s Death Of Stalin, Fanny Britt’s Louis Undercover, and we’ve Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Bouncer coming soon.

The Death of Stalin

I’ve an ulterior motive for writing this blog. As much as all the group that meets are quite the comic enthusiasts, we figure it’s a bit male-centric. Given the diversity of characters in the comic format, we would really welcome a more diverse spread of readers and fans of the comic genre. If you love comics or would like to discover the world of comics, then get in touch via centrallibrary@dublincity.ie  and come join us on the first Thursday of the month from 6.30pm. We would love to see you there.
 

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