Any interest in a comic book club?
March 23, 2017 1:29 PM - Subscribe

We've had a couple of discussions about comics already, is there any interest in having a fanfare comic book club?

This has been on my mind since comics started trickling into fanfare, and also I just finished Pretty Deadly volume 2 and want to talk about it. Anyone else game?

Questions:
How often should posts go up?
What comic volumes/series would people be interested in?


My proposed comics are Saga, Pretty Deadly, and Paper Girls, though I am definitely open to other suggestions.
posted by dinty_moore (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Valiant!
posted by KMH at 2:41 PM on March 23


Sure - I'm not really familiar with the inprint, though (other than knowing it exists). Do you have any suggestions as where to start?
posted by dinty_moore at 7:41 AM on March 24


I subscribe to Saga but I'm stalled on it at the moment - I could do with some encouragement.
I also have a good print collection of French BD - rather old but includes Valerian and some other weird stuff.

So would we follow the episodic nature of FanFare or a general commentar/review style?
posted by arzakh at 3:55 AM on March 25


Where to start with Valiant? The standard answer would XO Man O'War or Harbinger I guess. I'm currently almost caught up on Archer and Armstrong (see my posts on Fanfare!) and maybe going to finish up Quantum and Woody. Totally "wrong" places to jump on unless you're happy with tangential stories (A&A are tangential to about every other Valiant character)
posted by KMH at 3:10 PM on March 25


I also like the idea of getting my kids into Paper Girls - is it suitable for preschool age though?
posted by KMH at 3:11 PM on March 25


I also have a good print collection of French BD - rather old but includes Valerian and some other weird stuff.

If it's still in print or available in the US, I'd consider adding it - I don't want to add items that aren't in print, just because it's probably not going to generate very much discussion.

So would we follow the episodic nature of FanFare or a general commentar/review style?

I figure it'd be more like the regular book posts combined with a tv episode posts? One TP volume (with individual issue number included) every two weeks or every month, or however long - I'd probably try to avoid future spoilers, but then people can post however they like. If it's something that never came out in floppy format, we can just treat the original form as the typical unit of measure.


Where to start with Valiant? The standard answer would XO Man O'War or Harbinger I guess. I'm currently almost caught up on Archer and Armstrong (see my posts on Fanfare!) and maybe going to finish up Quantum and Woody. Totally "wrong" places to jump on unless you're happy with tangential stories (A&A are tangential to about every other Valiant character)


If it's written to be stand-alone that people who are completely unfamiliar with the inprint aren't lost, I'd think it'd be okay - it's more that I'm really unfamiliar with them so I'd need input as to be what would be fun to discuss with an audience.

I also like the idea of getting my kids into Paper Girls - is it suitable for preschool age though

Ah, no. Paper Girls is a lot like Stranger Things in tone (maybe darker), and I wouldn't consider it an all-ages comic. I'd probably try Lumberjanes or Gotham Academy.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:58 AM on March 26 [1 favorite]


Okay, I've created the club for it (club page found here) - with the idea that we're on schedule for one TBP every two weeks.

We'll start off with Saga - with seven volumes out, I figure that takes us into July, so we can figure out what Valiant series we'd like to read next by then. I'll also post issue numbers and summaries of what happens in the posts so people who either purchased floppies or larger omnibuses can keep track of where we are.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:38 AM on March 27


Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? Not exactly deep, but always makes me laugh out loud. Also this is the perfect kids title. Totally all ages, but very appealing to adults (at least adults who like Ryan North, and if you don't, I don't want to hear about it).
posted by rikschell at 6:43 AM on March 30


I absolutely love Squirrel Girl and would totally be willing to talk about it forever with people, so yes I will add it to the list. We can figure out what to do with the wonky numbering and confusion when we get there.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:05 AM on March 30


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