Comic Book Club August Meetings: Transmetropolitan vols 1+2

For August we will begin our latest long read with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s sci-fi classic Transmetropolitan (For those keeping track we’ve now read most of the Vertigo classics; Saga of the Swamp Thing, HellblazerPreacher, The Invisibles, Sandman, and Y The Last Man), we’ll begin with volume 1 on August 5, volume 2 on August 26, and will read two volumes a month in the following months until we conclude in December.  For our main title in September we will be reading Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ sci-fi saga of Martha Washington, this meeting will also be our Comic Book Club’s fourth anniversary, so we’ll probably be doing something special that night as well.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of August’s titles:

Sunday, August 5: Transmetropolitan vol 1

Sunday, August 26: Transmetropolitan vol 2

Sunday, September 9: The Life & Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century

Sunday, September 23: Transmetropolitan vols 3 and 4

After years of self imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings.  In this first volume, Spider ventures into the dangerous Angels 8 district, home of the Transients – humans who have decided to become aliens through cosmetic surgery. But Spider’s interview with the Transients’ leader gets him a scoop he didn’t bargain for. And don’t miss Spider’s first confrontation with the President of the United States . . . in a men’s room.

Untidy Secrets Storytelling – Hello Rain

8 PM on Friday, July 27 at Ash Ave Comics

★★★UNTIDY SECRETS STORYTELLING★★★
Untidy Secrets Storytelling is a monthly storytelling and zine swap event. Each month a new theme is selected from song lyrics. Storytellers interpret the theme in interesting and unexpected ways.

The theme for this months storytelling is: “Hello Rain”.

Storytellers this month:
Estevan Piña
Michael Palladino
Stina Sieg
Trejon Dunkley
Melissa Fossum
Megan McCluskey
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This event is all ages and BYOB (though storytelling will have adult themes). Ash Avenue Comics & Books has some chairs available at first come first serve basis but feel free to bring your own chair or stand.
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Untidy Secrets Storytelling‘s goal is to encourage literature through unusual and interesting means (storytelling, small press, self publishing, zines, and more). If you’re a writer, bring your printed work to swap and connect with others. If you’re a storyteller come out and connect with other storytellers and writers.

Comic Book Club July Meeting: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Our July title is a big one, and one of the most critically acclaimed, lauded, and awarded comic works in recent memory. For our Sunday, July 8 Comic Book Club we will be discussing Emil Ferris’ My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and we will begin our next ongoing comic book club in August with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s sci-fi classic Transmetropolitan.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of July’s title:

Sunday, July 8:
My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Sunday, August 5: Transmetropolitan vol 1

Sunday, August 19: Transmetropolitan vol 2

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a murder mystery, a family drama, a sweeping historical epic, and a psychological thriller about monsters, real and imagined. Set against the political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically visual style, Emil Ferris’ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb. This is a revelatory work of striking originality and will undoubtedly be greeted as the debut graphic novel of the year.