Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in our new Graphic Novel Book Clubs, which will debut the first week of February at two local San Diego Public Library branches. Tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 24) is the deadline to preregister for consideration to join one of these two groups. You can download the Interest Form here by clicking here. Please fill it out (it’s a modifiable PDF, so you can type right on it), and send it back to us at the email address on the form. You must have a Comic-Con Member ID to apply; please click here to get your own Member ID (it’s free!).
Early next week, we will be contacting those people (via email) who have been accepted into each of the clubs. Our first meeting at each location will be an orientation meeting, where we will meet each other, pick future books, and discuss how the club will work.
We have complied a list of “Books to Get You Started.” This list of 60 books may or may not be “official selections” of our clubs, but they’re certainly a great place to start the discussion of what exactly we’re going to read. The lists are identical; however, our plan for the Mission Valley club is to lean more towards alternative comics and genres beyond superheroes.
Our lists also include some local resources, such as comic book shops and used bookstores, where you may be able to find some of these books. (Each list will be available as a hand-out at the meetings; we offer it here as a preview for prospective members.)
We’re very excited about these new reading groups. It’s our hope that as interest grows, we can perhaps add some additional, more specialized groups (such as young adults and manga) at libraries around San Diego County. In the meantime, we urge everyone reading this—whether you’re in our clubs or not!—to start reading more graphic novels and comic book collections. Celebrate this amazing art form and experience some of the greatest storytelling ever!