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Clubbing

3.02 of 5 stars 3.02  ·  rating details  ·  593 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A spoiled, rebellious London girl takes on the stuffy English countryside in Clubbing. The crime: getting caught with a fake I.D. at a posh London nightclub. The punishment: spending the summer at her Grandparent's stuffy country club. But Charlotte "Lottie" Brook, best known for her mile-high platforms, a bottomless itunes account and an unbridled passion for classic lit,...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 11th 2007 by Minx (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jennifer de Guzman
Oh, I dearly wanted to love this. The writer, Andi Watson, is a friend (and let me just say, the person who says he "should be shot" in her review is lucky she's not saying that around me--god, I hate the kind of unthinking hyperbole the Internet has created) and I'm eic at a publisher that has published many of his comics. And I have to say, I really did enjoy the writing in the beginning of the book. I thought it was going to be the story of a goth girl from London getting into some trouble an...more
David
Feb 03, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: goth girls in $300 platform boots, sinister cultists who bake pies
I picked this up on a whim at the library - maybe I missed having a thing for goth chicks when I was a teenager. Anyway, Clubbing was one of DC Comics' ill-fated Minx imprint, a line of alternative graphic novels targeted at girls, which got cancelled after a couple of years because their marketing sucked and the market for graphic novels in general (particularly girl-friendly ones) just wasn't that good.

The "clubbing" is a pun, as Charlotte "Lottie" Brook is a spoiled, privileged London teenage...more
Greg
Jul 22, 2007 Greg rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
With DC Comics’s new Minx line, the closest the imprint seems to get to a trade dress is having covers be a mixture of photographs and drawn art. Looking closely at Clubbing, the book mixes the London club scene with the pastoral hills of England’s Lake District. It’s a bit of a mish-mash of a cover, the two pictures and the piece of Josh Howard art not working very well together, looking like it’s trying for several different feels and not succeeding at any of them. And, unfortunately, that’s a...more
Tony
Lottie is a rich, bratty, brand-obsessed London teenager who dresses (and is drawn) like a goth porn star. When she is arrested for trying to get into a club with a fake ID (has anyone, in the history of ever, actually been arrested for this?), her parents pack her off to the grandparents in the Lake District. Naturally, she has utter contempt for the locals and their town, and recoils in horror at the prospect of being a salesclerk at a small golf store.

When a local lady turns up dead in a golf...more
Ami
I haven't finished a book in a while, or read a graphic novel in a while, so I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone. Dave brought it home for me, so it wasn't one I would have necessarily chosen myself...a whiny, privileged piece of goth eye candy spends the summer at her grandparents' country club and ends up solving a murder mystery involving a celestial dragon (wha??). Eh. By the end I was mostly interested in the way the shading was drawn on the characters' faces.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
After reading Plain Janes, this is one of some graphic novels mentioned and it sounded good.

So while reading this, I kind of liked it, loved the art style and of course some of the outfits. Plus the art reminded me of that show Danny Phantom.

Then it got a little weird, near the end, sort of but still it was a fun read.
Kristen
Interesting graphic novel involving some murder, some mystery, a touch of romance and a lot of golf. The illustrations were cute and I really liked the way the goth chick was drawn - nearly like Gloomcookie. :)

Nicole Bunge
It's not a bad story, and the ending is a surprise, but I really didn't like the protagonist. I suppose it doesn't help that there is so much British slang in here they had to include a dictionary-to-American (which is annoyingly places before several pages of preview stories for the Minx line, so you have to bookmark 10 pages from the end, and HOPE when you get stuck that they explain it- because they don't explain everything.) I should also point out that I read plenty of British authors and w...more
Snorkle
Okay, who published this novel? Did they even read this book or did they just take a quick glance at the first couple pages and go, "this looks interesting," and print it off right away? There is no excuse for this kind of book being published. The main character was so stereotypical goth/girly-girl I wanted to gag. I could not stand the way she acted and I wanted to slap her for being so annoying and whiney. I think a lot of girls would find this book offensive because of the way the main chara...more
Nick
Overall Rating: B
Synopsis: CLUBBING is an original graphic novel written by Andi Watson (Geisha, Paris, Skeleton Key) and illustrated by Josh Howard (Dead @ 17) and done in the manga format (size, style, etc.). The story follows Charlotte "Lottie" Brook, a rich kid who lives in London, is into goth music, and platform shoes who lives a life of luxury. Then she gets caught with a fake i.d. and is "exiled" to her grandparents country club in the middle of the English countryside, which is to say,...more
Brittany
Lottie got in some trouble with the coppers and her parents shipped her off to her grandparents for the summer. There she has to adjust from being in the city, to the great open country. It's not as boring as she thought though. When a mysterious murder happens, Lottie knows that she can solve it. She may lose some sleep, but with some help she might be able to uncover the strange happenings at the golf course.

This was certainly an interesting read. Not what I was expecting at all. The ending wa...more
Sunil
Jan 15, 2012 Sunil rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2010
Clubbing is on the now-defunct Minx imprint, which published black-and-white young adult comics. Pretty much everything Minx looks like it's worth checking out, honestly, and the books are pretty cheap. So Clubbing—and the title is deliciously punny, as it works on several levels—concerns Charlotte "Lottie" Brook, a seventeen-year-old London Goth chick who likes to go, well, clubbing. But she gets caught with a fake ID, and as punishment, her parents banish her to stay with her grandparents for...more
Amal El-Mohtar
I picked this up second hand and am glad I did. It was fun! I enjoyed how bratty the heroine is, and felt the book was a loving send-up of a certain precocious overprivileged set that I'm oddly pleased to see cast as protagonist instead of 2-dimensional antagonist. I'm not sure how to write that in a way that makes sense. But basically I liked Lottie's flash-goth hyper-femininity and how that's part of her personality and that's okay. I liked seeing her baking for the Women's Institute. I liked...more
Abby Johnson
Things are not going well for Lottie. She's been shipped off to the country to spend the summer with her grandparents due to her wild, teenager ways. They don't have cable, they only have dial-up internet, and she can't even get a signal for her mobile. Don't even ask about the tiny village (with NO cool shops) and how "right down the road" translates into miles of hiking in high-heeled boots. And worst of all, gran wants to set her up with this geeky golfer boy named Howard. Things start to loo...more
Speedtribes
The art was ok. The writing was ok. I could barely stand the main character who I felt was far too flippant and too privileged to get any sort of sympathy from me. Oh, BOO HOO. She's RICH and she has to SUFFER by getting shipped off the the private golf club home of her RICH family. Oh. BOO HOO, she actually has to WORK.

She's also judgmental and obnoxious and clearly looks down on the locals. She doesn't care how much she inconveniences them or wrecks the things they enjoy/love. The only importa...more
Deb
Aug 07, 2007 Deb rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage girls who read graphic novels
Minx, the new graphic novel line for girls, is really not trying at all. The first one, The Plain Janes, wasn't well written but had a decent plot & art style. This second release? The writer should be shot. There was no plot set-up and scenes were unpredictable at best or out-of-the-blue at worst, and the main character was so completely stereotypical that she had no depth whatsoever. The art is decent, but very similiar to Kim Possible.

C'mon, DC Comics. Do better than this, please. Otherw...more
Anna
Lots of British slang in the dialogue, but that’s part of the colorful fun (even though the graphics are black and white) and charm of this graphic novel. Lottie is a Goth Londoner teen sentence to live in the country with limited Internet access, little television, lots of books and downtime because she forged an i.d. to get into nightclub for which she was underage. Clubbing in the country now means golfing for Lotte, but there also the mystery of who murdered a member of her grandmother’s Wom...more
Brad
Aug 15, 2007 Brad rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of mediocrity
Shelves: comics, dc, teenagers
Greg has a very, very comprehensive review of this book already on GoodReads.
Overall, I was quite disappointed in these creators' work. Andi Watson has written some great comics, in both English and American settings. Josh Howard's Dead@17 was entertaining enough. But their powers don't combine to form a giant robot, planet-saving force, or good comic book. It would be quite well suited for the Disney Channel.
Clubbing follows a goth-ish girl exiled from London to the rainy British countryside t...more
Stephen Theaker
Minx is a new line of graphic novels from DC, but until reading this one, I'd got the wrong end of the stick and thought they were American manga. In fact they are more DC-does-Oni. This is a slight but entertaining story of dark deeds in the country, as investigated by a cute goth girl drawn in a nice funky style. I was about to say that the title is a bit misleading, but typing that made me realise why it wasn't (the story takes place around a golf club - duh). I can't imagine this changing an...more
Eva
i want to say, first off, that Vertigo's new MINX imprint is the most wonderful thing to happen for me with comics in years - it's just really good young adult fiction with outcast heroines, but done as tiny affordable manga-sized graphic novels with accessible, cool artwork. these things are fantastic, and addictive.

but, 'clubbing' was kind of a dud within the minx universe. it was not 'plain janes' or 're-gifters'. was it still fun? yes. absolutely. who doesn't want to watch a sassy goth briti...more
Sarah
I've never hid the fact that I'm not a fan of graphic novels, even though a few have stirred me into rethinking the genre. But then I read something like this and I'm discouraged again. Ugh, I wasted my time. Lottie is sent to her grandparents' country club when she is busted by the London police with a fake ID. While there, she stands out in her skimpy goth outfits and is bored out of her mind. A local woman dies and she is determined to solve the murder with the help of a hot young golfer. She...more
Eve
Nov 14, 2012 Eve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Shelves: graphic
Andi Watson has the ability to write about everyday drudgery, classics and supernatural twists...sometimes in the same book. This one appeared to be another journey into the first two—a goth chick is banished to her grandparents' golf course for a summer of hard labor after getting caught with a fake ID one night doing another kind of clubbing—but then the twist comes about, thoroughly unexpectedly. The result seemed kind of cobbled together, but it's hard not to like Watson's work, however it u...more
Kirsten
Interesting. Hard to tell what it was going to be about from the cover, or even the beginning of the story. Good twist. Nice to see a "normal" goth character portrayed -not all the way on the dark side. May catch both boys and girls -girls because of content, boys because of hot goth chick on front of graphic novel. Clearly not reaching audience, though, or Minx imprint would have continued.
Thought that the Britishisms were more pronounced than even in Georgia Nicholson books; lexicon in back wi...more
Hyzenthlay
The first 2/3 were what I expected. Then it got stupid.
April
I love this series of comics for "girls". (They are geared towards teen girls but they can appeal to a broader range of readers.) They are smart, funny and fun. "Clubbing" is no exception though I do find the random photo on the top of the cover out of synch with the story. Oh and my copy for the library fell apart page by page as I was reading it (we haven't even added it to the collection yet). Ingram is very graciously sending me a replacement but it is DC Comics that needs to get their act t...more
Jarlos
Aug 07, 2011 Jarlos added it
great concept, fish out of water spoiled city goth stuck in the countryside. great plot, she uncovers a murder mystery. and despite the lead character being a spoiled bitch who never learns anything, it's still a fun, humorous and breezy read with a prety engaging mystery....until the last 15 pages blow it by going sci-fi/fantasy out of NOWHERE and wrap up the plot waaaaay too easily. in fact, it negates the mystery that you've spent the entire book enjoying. still, it was mostly fun and Josh Ho...more
Janette Cerritos
Clubbing is about how this girl that talks back to her pernates, snecking out off her house and then one time she got send back to her granda i think then she likes her but then she starts to whant. Why did she get in trouble because she got cought with a fake I.D. So gets send with grandparents.
I tought that this book could have been a little more interesting in some parrts i was getting bored and and it was not that good for me. But i would rathere not read a nother book like thise one.

Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Charlotte "Lottie" Brooks is sent to her grandparents in the English countryside where they own/run a golf course. Lottie's crime which sends her to her grandparents? Making, using & getting caught with a fake ID in London. While Lottie tries to figure out how to work in the pro shop and learns the ins and outs of the community around her, she stumbles upon a murder mystery in the countryside which sends her on an adventure she wasn't expecting in the dreary old countryside on England.
Gloria Bernal
this book was about a girl that is so mad she talks back to her pernates,snecking out off her house and then one day she comes out then her mom and dads find her and so she runnas away and she gos with her grandma and she gose with her but she dosent tell her that she runnen away form home. so she its with her and then she gets better and them she gose back home and she findes that her mom and dad missed her alot.
i leard never to runn away form home poeple will miss you.
Grace
Clubbing is the sort of book I pick up, thinking that it looks fun and has some potential, read in an hour or so, and forget about. It was alright, really, and I enjoyed the plot twist at the end, but the quality of both the story and the art wasn't great, and the main character, Charlotte, who wasn't particularly likable or interesting at the beginning of the story, didn't undergo much character development. It was a fun little read, but rather bland.


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Andrew "Andi" Watson (born 1969) is a British cartoonist and illustrator best known for the graphic novels Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day and his series Love Fights, published by Oni Press and Slave Labor Graphics.

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