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Mad Graphic Novel Group

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Graphic Novel

Title: Mad Graphic Novel Group
Location: MadLab
Description: discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Date: 02-10-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Mad Graphic Novel Group

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Graphic Novel

Title: Mad Graphic Novel Group
Location: MadLab
Description: discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Date: 03-07-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So for our July Graphic Novel Group, we’re discussing our first manga!!! Yes, we are discussing the book MW by the much discussed father of Manga Osamu Tezuka, creator of such famous series like Astro Boy and Metropolis to name a few.

MW is a thriller telling the story of two individuals whose lives is intertwined by their pasts. Father Garai is a Japanese priest who is tormented by Michio Yuki, a serial killer whom he kidnapped when he was a child. Both of their lives were altered by their contact with MW, a chemical weapon that either kills you or changed you into something insane. The story is interesting for many reasons, such as the explicit homosexual relationship between the two male characters.

The series was originally serialised in Big comics in Japan from 1976 till 78 but interestingly only got translated in 2007 to English. There has also been a Japanese film adaptation released in July 2009.

The group is back at its original location in the Madlab. The usual routine is on, please being a suggested donation of £2 as well as money for food if people are interested. Hope to see you guys there!

 

Mad Graphic Novel Group

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Graphic Novel

Title: Mad Graphic Novel Group
Location: MadLab
Description: discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-04-03
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For April’s Mad Graphic Novel Group, we will be discussing Habibi, a book by Craig Thompson, the creator of the book Blankets that we discussed previously in our group. Thompson began working on Habibi at the end of 2004 and chose to create this book as part of a desire to better understand and humanize Islam, and focus on the beauty of Arabic and Islamic cultures, in contrast to their vilification.

The 672-page book is set in a fictional Islamic fairytale landscape, and depicts the relationship between Dodola and Zam, two escaped child slaves, who are torn apart and undergo many transformations as they grow into new names and new bodies, which prove to be obstacles to their love when they later reunite.

The book since its recent release has had mixed reviews, many praising it and some relating Craig Thompson’s artwork to that of Will Eisner’s and Joe Sacco’s quality, while others commented on the book’s treatment of sexuality as something forbidden or shameful dimension, as well as the sexual violence endured by the characters as a negative aspect.

As usual, please bring money if you are interested in chipping in for takeout but also bring a donation (suggested £2) for the Madlab itself.  Hope to see you there guys.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Graphic Novel Group

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Graphic Novel

Title: Mad Graphic Novel Group
Location: MadLab
Description: discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-05-01
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the May graphic novel group, we are going to discuss the definitive boy adventure, the intrepid reporter from Le XXe Siècle (the 20th century, a Belgian newspaper); he has no second name, for we know him only as TINTIN!!!

Tintin was created by Georges Remi (or as he is better known hergé) and was introduced to the world in 1929. Tintin’s adventures have been translated into more 50 languages and has sold more than 200 million books to date.
We are discussing two of his books, making this a TINTIN DOUBLE BILL and the two books we are going to discuss in particular are his first two stories, namely “Tintin in the Land of the Soviets” and “Tintin in the Congo”. As the names indicate, the adventures occur in the Soviet Union and the Congo. The latter book is infamous for its visual racist interpretation of the Congolese, similar to the Negro impressions from old cartoons. The former book is the first ever Tintin story ever written, with the heroic Tintin travelling to the Soviet union via Berlin to report on the sinister going ons under Stalin’s regime.
We hope to have our usual bout of discussion on the many topics in these books. We have our usual take out if you are, so bring a fiver if interested, along with a suggested £2 donation for the Madlab. Hope to see you there:)

Mad Graphic Novel Group

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Graphic Novel

Title: Mad Graphic Novel Group
Location: MadLab
Description: discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Date: 07-08-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For August, The #Mad_Gng’s theme is detective and crime fiction. The two books up for discussion are Whiteout: Volume 1, written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Steve Lieber, and The Spirit: Femme Fatales by Will Eisner.

Greg Rucka is well known for not only his detective comic series but also his spy fiction with the much praised queen and country and Checkmate. His other praised detective series is Gotham Central, a series he has worked with Steve Lieber on as well. Whiteout in 1999 was nominated for the “Best Writer”, “Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team” and “Best Limited Series” Eisner Awards and in 2000 it was nominated for the “Best Graphic Album” Eisner Award.

The Story involves a U.S. Marshall by the name of Carrie Stetko, who has been exiled to Antarctica. A murder has occurred in her jurisdiction and it’s down to her to find the killer but Antarctica is a ruthless, isolated continent where many haven’t survived.

The second book is a collection of Spirit tales with the focus of stories involving the many “Dames” the Spirit has had the pleasure (if you would always call it that) of meeting, including Silk Satin and P’Gell. The spirit comics by Will Eisner are praised by many and are looked upon as great creative pieces of art and storytelling. The Spirit himself is the epiphany of the pulp detective fiction hero.

As you all know, we have our usual protocol, please bring money for food and a recommended donation of £2 for the madlab.

I hope you can make it.