Saturday, August 25, 2007

Graphic Novel Reading Group - 25/08/07

'Sup G's, (as Michael would say)

Today's GN reading group subjects are the Marvel superhero teams and the every-so-slightly off-topic (but incredibly cool) Heroes tv show.

I must confess to being more than a little jaded by Marvel and the like of late, since I think that the almost constant character re-imagining that goes on these days (especially in the Marvel Multiverse) is pretty tiresome. I can sympathise with the need to update a character's backstory, especially where a superhero is a teenager in the 60s (like Spidey, for instance) and you want to maintain the teen storyline in the 21st century. I can almost accept the way that a lot of these narrative re-engineerings are done in order to correct perceived flaws in the original storylines; but a lot of the storylines merely utilise the iconography of a particular set of superheroes and mangle the characters beyong all recognition. Vast tracts of the GN universe have become little more glorified fanfiction and it's about time authors and artists came up with something different and fanboys and girls were less conservative in their tastes and accepted innovation a little more.

Rant over (although a blog's not a blog without a little rant now and again)!

Heroes on the other hand, is pure fried gold. I know it's a little Unbreakable meets The X-Men but it's upped the ante in terms of tv sci-fi and is almost (almost, mind) as good as the magisterial Battlestar Galactica. Michael's a Hiro fan: I quite like the idea of indestructible cheerleaders and she-Hulk internet artistes... but in a completely non-sleazy way, I hasten to add.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Arbitrary reboot

I've just finished writing something for the Talis Library Platform Newsletter about... oh, you'll have to wait and see. Anyhoo, I wrote about this here blog and I thought I should attempt to restart it again. I like it when we were using it to discuss things.

I've given it *another* coat of paint (i.e. a new template), so we're good to go. Who, if anybody, is still reading this feed?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

On graphic novels

It's bad form to quote an entire post, but here it is anyway:

Every library has at least one librarian who is a graphic novel enthusiast. This person will argue vehemently for a new graphic novel collection for your library. Give him a paltry budget to spend each year just to shut him up. It will be money well spent.

From the always-useful A librarian's guide to etiquette. We must have at least half a dozen graphic novel enthusiasts between us. Does that mean we should ask for six times the budget?

Friday, April 13, 2007

New look!

Since Signpost's days are numbered, and it's Friday afternoon, I thought I'd change the scheme of the blog to something that doesn't use those purple/lilac shades.

It's one of the standard Blogger templates, but I might see if I can tweak it a bit over the weekend. A change is as good as a rest, as they say.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Yes, they do let us out now and again...

Last Wednesday saw a first for Bolton Libraries' Graphic Novel Group: we had a trip out to the cinema to see the film adaptation of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel 300. I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the film, which is visually stunning throughout. The post film discussion was as diverse and insightful as one might expect from a group of comic book nerds dynamic afficianados of popular culture... I for one was glad of the opportunity to reminisce about the unsung classic tv series that was Starfleet .

With the approaching glut of Summer blockbusters based on comics and cartoons (Spider-man 3, Fantastic 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer and Transformers) this may well be something we'll be doing again.

Thanks to Lonewytch and Michael for their sterling efforts (and to all who turned up)!