The Graphic Novel Discussion Group takes on Chris Ware


The Library’s Graphic Novel Discussion Group will be back at it on Saturday, April 12, starting at 1 p.m. This month’s book is Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Those of you who buy into the cliche that all comic books are incredibly depressing but fascinating novel-length ruminations on life, death, fatherhood, identity, purpose, etc. will find nothing surprising here.

Chris Ware is an interesting guy. Perhaps you’ve seen his New Yorker covers. Or maybe you noticed the cover he drew for the recent Penguin Classics edition of Candide. Ragtime enthusiasts will surely recognize him as the publisher of The Ragtime Ephemeralist.

Anyway, like yr. correspondent, the Graphic Novels discussion group is small but scrappy, so the discussion is bound to be great. Everyone is welcome… nay, encouraged to attend. There is no charge, and we sometimes even provide snacks.

Say, is the Mercantile the only library in the world with a graphic novel discussion group? I can’t be positive, but a cursory Google search seems to suggest that this may be the case.

-Norm De Plume

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 1:11 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I just found out about this group and I am out of town next week, unfortunately. Does it meet regularly on Saturdays? If someone could email me, that would be great. Thanks!

  2. I’d love to hear more about this group! I’m a very casual graphic novel reader and not sure if I’d be able to talk about it with the big boys.

    Keep us posted on this group please :)

  3. Amy, if you live anywhere near Cincinnati you are required to come to the next session. That’s right- as a registered Librarian, I am actually requiring you to attend. And don’t worry about being intimidated. These are some of the friendliest, least pretentious people you will ever meet at a book discussion.

    The next session is May 10th at 1 p.m., and the group will discuss “Pride of Baghdad” by Brian K. Vaughan and Nico Henrichon.

  4. Hey all,

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    It seems like not everyone is thrilled about the iPad. They say the iPad has been hyped too much by Apple and it’s not nearly as revolutionary as they make us believe it to be.
    On the other hand there people can’t wait to get their hands on it.

    What do you think about the iPad and it’s features? I will collect some of the input and write a nice article about it!

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