October 2008 meeting

2 10 2008

Apologies for the gap in posting on here but due to distressing personal circumstances I’ve not been maintaining any of my normal personal sites for some time and am just returning to them and this one now. The book choice for the October meeting of the Book Group is the seminal graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the only graphic novel to appear on Time Magazine’s list of 100 best novels of the last 80 years. The meeting will be on Tuesday 28th of October from 6 to 7pm in the usual venue of Henderson’s on Hanover Street.

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July meeting

3 07 2007

This month sees Thomas pulled away from his musical muse to pick a book and he has gone for Blighty’s own Neil Gaiman (our second time with one of Neils works) with Neverwhere, an urban fantasy, a tale of an ordinary man who finds himself in a shadow version of London, a place where Earl’s Court has a real earl holding court as he follows a young woman called Door.

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Mike Carey, one of the hardest working writers in comics (and with two very fine supernatural thriller novels under his belt too, and a third on the way) wrote a comics adaptation (with Neil’s blessing) for DC, which has now been collected as a graphic novel. Both prose and graphic novel are vastly superior to the lacklustre BBC TV adaptation. The meeting will be in the usual venue of Henderson’s on Tuesday 31st at 6pm

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Author event coming up

30 05 2007

Author and artist Bryan Talbot, one of the UK’s top comics creators, will be signing his new work Alice in Sunderland on Sunday 3rd of June at the Edinburgh branch of Forbidden Planet International from 5 to 6pm. Several years in the making, the book is a terrific mixed-media graphic novel exploring Lewis Carroll and the Alice in Wonderland books and the influence of the people and history of the area to his writing; you can read a bit more about it in an interview I had with Bryan last year





March meeting

17 03 2007


The March 2007 meeting will take place on Tuesday 27th from 6 to 7pm in the usual venue of Henderson’s on Hanover Street. This month we will be looking at Charles Burns’ acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole, a tale of teenage problems, school and coming-of-age set against a bizarre sexual disease which attacks only teens, creating odd mutations.





Coffee and Comics February

28 01 2007

The first meeting of the book group’s graphic novel offshoot, Coffee & Comics, went pretty well and so we’re going ahead with a second meeting on Tuesday 13th of February where we will be discussing the Pulitzer Prize-winning interpretation of the Holocaust by Art Spiegelman, Maus.





Coffee and comics reminder

14 01 2007

Just a reminder that the first meeting of the graphic novels offshoot of the Book Group, Coffee and Comics, will be this Tuesday (16th) from 6 to 7pm in Biblos on the corner of Chambers Street and Southbridge to discuss Pride of Baghdad.