Comic Book Club May Meeting: Beasts of Burden Animal Rites

Our Ash Ave Comic Book Club is next meeting on Sunday, May 5th to discuss Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s beloved supernatural animal series Beasts of Burden, a winner of eight (!!!) Eisner awards over its various mini-series and one shots. After that we’ll be exploring a character that readers may be most familiar with from the mid 90s film adaptation starring Jim Carrey, The Mask by Doug Mahnke and John Arcudi has recently been reprinted in an omnibus format by Dark Horse Comics. We’ll be discussing The Mask Omnibus on Sunday, June 2nd.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or brisket).  Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to pick up the Beasts of Burden collection or to preorder a copy of The Mask Omnibus volume 1 for our June meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the May selection:

Sunday, May 5: Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

Sunday, June 2: The Mask Omnibus volume 1

Black magic, demonic frogs, and zombie road kill are just a few of the problems plaguing this seemingly sleepy little town. Beneath the quiet streets a rat cabal plots vengeance, while in the local cemetery the dead leave their graves. With the human residents unaware of the supernatural danger, it’s up to a determined crew of dogs (and one cat) to keep their community safe. Lives will be lost, and bonds forged as the beasts of Burden Hill battle against an unknown evil rooted within their town. Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) come together to share the lives of some unlikely heroes. This volume reprints the comic-book series Beasts of Burden issues #1-4, the short stories from the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, the Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and the Dark Horse Book of Monsters,  “Stray,” “Unfamiliar,” “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” and “A Dog and His Boy,” published by Dark Horse Comics.