Friday, 7 June 2013

Events: Islington Comic Forum 2013/07


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):  Quimby The Mouse / Marzi / Scalped / Logicomix / The Nao of Brown / Superior / Summer Blonde / Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book / Sláine: The Horned God / Goldfish / Cages / ABC Warriors: The Black Hole / The Fablous Furry Freak Brothers / Understanding Comics / Wilson / Batman: All Star Batman and Robin / The Dilbert Principle / Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms / Freeway / Superman: All Star Superman / Superman: Birthright / Superman: Red Son / Superman: Secret Identity / The One / American Splendor presents: Bob and Harv's Comics / The Manhattan Projects / Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03 / Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 05 / Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 06 / Jar of Fools / Doom Patrol / Prophet / The Playwright / Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson / The Hobbit / You Really Don't Look 50 Charlie Brown / Zomnibus / Stardust / Justice / Worlds Greatest Superheroes / The Living and the Dead / 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: Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Saga. 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 2nd of July / 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.

No comments: