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