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GRAPHIC NOVEL READING CLUB


Graphic Novel Reading Club Join us on the second Thursday of every month for Portland's first Graphic Novel Reading Club! We meet at Bridge City Comics at 7pm (directions). Bring a chair and something to drink, if you'd like!

The very first Graphic Novel Reading Club (GNRC) was held on October 27, 2005 and we've been doing it every month since. It's a great opportunity to talk in-depth about comics and graphic novels. Every session, we discuss a book that we've previously chosen. We tend to pick new books two months out in order to give people time to buy, borrow or get them from the library so that they may be thoroughly read and digested for that book's session.

We have a wide range of people join us every month for the GNRC; Male, female, young (well, 21+), old, those who have read comics for years and those folks brand new to it! We also read books from every genre so there's always something new and interesting to discuss. It's not just the latest super-hero exploits! The books we've read include mysteries, science fiction, autobiographical, fiction, historical and much more.
SELECTION FOR May 13, 2021

KINGDOM COMEKINGDOM COME
Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Ross, this is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies - against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes.
SELECTION FOR June 10, 2021

BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH MONSTERS HCBARRY WINDSOR-SMITH MONSTERS HC
Created over a period of 35 years, Barry Windsor-Smith' Monsters is a tour de force of visual storytelling. Part family drama, part espionage thriller, part metaphysical journey, it is an intimate portrait of individuals struggling to reclaim their lives and an epic political odyssey across two generations of American history. Monsters is rendered in Windsor-Smith's impeccable technique, the visual storytelling being the most sophisticated of the artist's career. There are passages of heartbreaking tenderness, of excruciating pain, and devastating violence. It is surely one of the most intense graphic novels ever drawn.
SELECTION FOR July 8, 2021

WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH HCWONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH HC
It's Wonder Woman as you've never seen her before-fighting monsters in a postapocalyptic Earth, as brought to life in a daring sci-fi epic by visionary writer and artist Daniel Warren Johnson! Princess Diana of Themyscira left paradise to save Man's World from itself. When Wonder Woman awakens from a centuries-long sleep to discover the Earth reduced to a nuclear wasteland, she knows she failed. Trapped alone in a grim future, Diana must protect the last human city from titanic monsters while uncovering the secret of this dead Earth-and how she may be responsible for it. Collects Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1-4.
SELECTION FOR August 12

SHANG-CHI BY GENE LUEN YANG TP VOL 01 BROTHERS AND SISTERSSHANG-CHI BY GENE LUEN YANG TP VOL 01 BROTHERS AND SISTERS
The Marvel Universe's greatest fighter returns to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind! An ancient and evil secret society has remained in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zu. But now a successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world: Zheng Zu's son, Shang-Chi! In a fractious family reunion, Shang-Chi gets to know the siblings he never knew he had, including the deadly Sister Hammer! But who among them can he trust - and who is trying to kill him? Shang-Chi will find out the hard way as his life ends up on the line - and the only one who can save him is...his father? But isn't he dead?! Collecting SHANG-CHI #1-5.
PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED BOOKS:

April - LUMBERJANES TP VOL 01
March - OCTAVIA BUTLER KINDRED
February - ESSENTIAL JUDGE DREDD AMERICA TP
January - GREEN LANTERN GREEN ARROW HARD TRAVELING HEROES TPC

2020:
December - BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH HC
November - SECOND COMING TP VOL 01
October - THE WORLD BELOW GN
September - OLD GUARD TP BOOK 01 OPENING FIRE
August - GIRLS TP VOL 01 CONCEPTION
July - BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS
June - CONCRETE VOLUME 4: KILLER SMILE TPB
May - THEY CALLED US ENEMY TP
April - CANCELLED
March - DOOM PATROL TP BOOK 01
February - STUMPTOWN TP VOL 01
January - MOONSHADOW HC

2019:
December - SHANGHAI RED TP
November - FABLES TP VOL 01 & VOL 2
October - NAILBITER TP VOL 01 & VOL 2
September - TERRIFICS TP VOL 01 MEET THE TERRIFICS
August - VISION HC
July - LAZARUS TP VOL 01 & 02
June - TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP BOOK 01
May - PLANETARY TP BOOK 01
April - ASTERIOS POLYP GN
March - MISTER MIRACLE TP
February - DESOLATION JONES TP
January - I HATE FAIRYLAND TP VOL 01 MADLY EVER AFTER

2018:
December - SABRINA CHILLING ADVENTURES TP VOL 01
November - STRANGERS IN PARADISE PKT TP VOL 01
October - WORMWOOD GENTLEMAN CORPSE OMNIBUS TP
September - FEAR AGENT FINAL ED TP VOL 01
August - QUEEN & COUNTRY DEFINITIVE ED TP VOL 01
July - DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH
June - SMELL OF STARVING BOYS GN
May - HENCHGIRL TP
April - INFINITE LOOP TP 01
March - CANCELLED due to family emergency
February - MAGE THE HERO DISCOVERED VOL.1 & 2 TP
January - MIND MGMT HC VOL 01 MANAGER

2017:
December - PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 1 & 2
November - JASON SHIGA DEMON SC GN VOL 1 & 2
October - GRAVEYARD BOOK
September - WE3
August - TOIL & TROUBLE
July - CRIMINAL VOL. 1 TP
July - LAZARUS TP VOL 01
June - ANGEL CATBIRD HC VOL 01
May - BEASTS OF BURDEN HC
April - KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 01
March - SAM NOIR
February - COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY TP
January - Cancelled due to weather

2016:
December - Cancelled due to weather
November - TREES TP
October - MARCH V.3
September - ATOMIC ROBO TP EVERYTHING EXPLODES COLLECTION
August - WRENCHIES GN
July - BITCH PLANET VOL. 1 TP
June - LAZARUS TP VOL 01
May - PREZ TP VOL 01 CORNDOG IN CHIEF
April - COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS TP
March - MS. MARVEL VOL. 1
February - HABIBI
January - RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01

2015:
December - JOE THE BARBARIAN TP
November - TREES TP
October - ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 1 TP
September - IMMORTAL IRON FIST COMPLETE COLLECTION TP
August - NO MEETING
July - WAKE TP
June - MARKET DAY HC
May - MARCH GN BOOK 02
April - SCALPED TP VOL 01 INDIAN COUNTRY
March - Daredevil Born Again
February - METEOR MEN GN VOL 01
January - SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01

2014:
December - MANIFEST DESTINY TP VOL 01
November - CANCELLED
October - Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1 TP
September - SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TP
August - SECRET TP VOL 01 NEVER GET CAUGHT
July - NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE TP
June - BATTLING BOY VOL. 1
May - MARCH GN
April - WORLD'S FINEST TP
March - A GOD SOMEWHERE
February - PETROGRAD HC
January - RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE HUNTER

2013:
December - East of West Vol. 1 TP
November - Prophet Vol. 1
October - Bookhunter GN
September - Saga Vol. 1 TP
August - Peter Panzerfaust Vol. 1 TP
July - Hulk Visionaries Peter David Vol. 2 TP
June - Hawkeye Vol. 1 My Life As A A Weapon
May - Three Fingers
April - Wolverine: Enemy of the State
March - The Originals
February - CANCELLED
January - A Tale of Sand HC

2012:
December - Underwater Welder
November - Sailor Twain
October - Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters
September - Green Lantern: The Greatest Green Lantern Stories Ever Told
August - Hicksville
July - Terry Moore's Echo Vol. 1 Moon Lake
June - Kingdom Come
May - The One
April - PYONGYANG A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA TP
March - Last Day in Viet Nam
February - 20th Century Boys Vol. 1 TP
January - The Sixth Gun Vol. 1 TP

2011:
December - Oil & Water HC
November - Freakangels Vol. 1 & 2 TP
October - The Tooth HC
September - WildCATS V. 3.0 TP
August - Blacksad HC
July - The End League Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
June - Green Lantern: Secret Origin TP
May - Family Man
April -
March - Mysterius The Unfathomable TP
February - Swamp Thing Vol. 1
January - The Arrival

2010:
December - Louis Riel
November - Secret Warriors Vol. 1
October - Torso TP
September - Chew Vol. 1 TP
August - Hedge Knight: Sworn Sword Tp
July - Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 TP
June - Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne Vol. 1
May - UNWRITTEN VOL. 1
April - 45 GN
March - Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
February - The Chill
January - The Devil's Footprints

2009:
December - Superman: For All Seasons TP
November - Surrogates Vol. 1 TP
October - The Atheist
September - Sleeper Season 1
August - Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter
July - Human Target: Final Cut
June - Two-Fisted Science
May - Death Note Vol. 1 GN
April - Transhuman
March - Castle Waiting
February - Watchmen
January - Criminal Vol. 1

2008:
December - The Mystery Play
November - It's a Bird
October - Midnight Nation
September - Glacial Period
August - Demo
July - BPRD Vol. 3
June - Fell
May - Top Ten Vol. 1
April - Sturm's America
March - Heartbreak Soup

Earlier:
The Plot (by Eisner)
Fun Home
Bone Vol. 1
Box Office Poison
Age of Bronze Vol. 1
Authority Vol. 1 TP
Global Frequency Vol. 1 TP
Lone Wolf and Cub Vol. 1 TP
Y the last Man Vol. 1 TP
Fortune and Glory
Finder Vol. 1 TP
Sam Noir TP
American Born Chinese


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