Ok. So you know what? It's kinda hard to describe properly what a typical meeting of the Islington Comic Forum consists of (relax: - I'm not going to use that hoary old cliché about there's not really any such thing as a typical meeting of the Islington Comic Forum because - we're better than that - right?) - I mean: in the strict physical sense - it's a big table full of comic books (at a rough guesstimate I'd say there's usually around - what? - 150 books available for people to take home at each session) and a bunch of people (typically we get about a dozen or so people turn up) all from various walks of life and all with different backgrounds (yeah - I know you're thinking that's it probably all nerdy white guys - but seriously - we're as multicultural and diverse as a corporate video - with an age span from 6 to 90) all sitting around and discussing / arguing / sharing their thoughts and ideas about one of the most exciting and diverse mediums on the planet (nowadays if you're talking about something that's just "all about superheroes" my first guess is you're talking about films - but whatever). It's a little bit more chaotic than a book club but with the same sort of relaxed and open friendly atmosphere: all presided over by an excitable librarian (that would be me - hi!) who has pretty much read every comic book out there (even the terrible ones) and is willing to tell you where you're going wrong with whatever you're reading (and is most happy when people disagree with him). If you're curious as to what sort of books we discuss - then take a look around this blog - every book here has been included at one point or another. And if you want to know what sort of things we talk about: - well - it's never really that properly thought out but we touch upon everything from the best way to construct a story, to how far genre limits can go all the way to if Frank Miller was right about who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman.
Books available this month will include (unless - of course - they are reserved by other people): The Filth / The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For / Hard Boiled / Kibry: King of Comics / Batman: Batman and Robin / Cages / Prophet / Alice In Sunderland / Berlin / War Stories / Kick-Ass / Kick-Ass 2 / Love and Rockets: Heartbreak Soup / Marvel Boy / The Silence of Our Friends / Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City / Spawn / The Avengers (2011) / Are You My Mother? / The Death Ray / The New York Four / I Never Liked You / Swamp Thing / The Marvels Project / Aetheric Mechanics / Sweet Tooth / Alan Moore: Storyteller / Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby / The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / Kiki de Montparnasse / Xombi / Footnotes In Gaza / Waltz with Bashir / B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth / Button Man / Crossed / Thunderbolts:Faith in Monsters / Caged Angels / The Adventures of Luther Arkwright / Flex Mentallo / Doktor Sleepless / Orc Stain plus many, many, many (many!) more.
There's also a book of the month (so that at least we can all talk about something we've all read). This month it's: The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá . If you get a chance please read it. You can reserve yourself a copy here. (For those of you that don't get the chance - don't worry - you can still come and join in with the discussions).
The next one is: Tuesday the 5th of March / 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Upstairs Hall at North Library Manor Gardens N7 6JX. Here is a map. Come and join us. It's free. All welcome.
For more information (or if you have any questions and/or would like to be added to our email list: we send out a reminder a week before with a list of the books that are going to be available) you can email us here.
All comments welcome.