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message 1: by NYKen (last edited Aug 26, 2011 06:37PM) (new)

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Please suggest what you would like to be our first Group Read. The Moderator will then create a poll so we can vote on it. The cutoff for suggestions will be Friday evening, August 26. The poll will be created by Saturday, August 27 so all the members can start voting. The winning poll will the 1st ever Graphic Novels Reading Group Discussion.

There is a poll out right now, and so far it's like 100 percent approval for the 2nd placer in the Group Reads vote to be an optional 2nd Group Read Discussion as an option.

Here's the updated list to choose from as of the evening of August 26:

1] Blankets by Craig Thompson

2] Watchmen by Alan Moore

3] The Walking Dead (Volume 1)  Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman

4] Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) by Neil Gaiman

5] Batman  The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

6] Green Lantern  Secret Origin New Edition by Geoff Johns

7] Black Hole by Charles Burns

8] Swamp Thing Vol. 1 Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

9] Incognito, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker

10] Daytripper by Gabriel Bá

11] Queen & Country, Vol. 1  Operation Broken Ground by Greg Rucka

12] Scalped Vol. 1  Indian Country by Jason Aaron

13] American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

14] Fables  Legends in Exile (Fables, #1) by Bill Willingham

15] 100 Bullets Vol. 01  First Shot, Last Call by Brian Azzarello

16] Superman  Red Son by Mark Millar

17] All-Star Superman (Volume 1) by Grant Morrison

Jana (Jazziegirl2010) | 9 comments I have checked out Blanket from the library twice and not opened it. It might be too popular (read by everyone already?), but it came to mind.

Curtis Hempler (cshempler) | 13 comments I read Blankets a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I think it would be a good subject for a group read.

I think Watchmen would also be a good one to start with, since most people can easily find a copy, or already have one on the shelf.

Curtis Hempler (cshempler) | 13 comments Here's one more suggestion... The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead (Volume 1): Days Gone Bye

This is a zombie story, so it's not for everybody, but the story is really about the survivors, and their struggle to survive and create some kind of functioning social structure after society has collapsed.

This is my favorite currently ongoing series, and Robert Kirkman keeps the quality high as it goes on. he has also said he plans for the series to run a LONG time, which is grwat news in my opinion.

Actually, I would recommend this hardcover edition which collects the first 2paperbacks at a good price. The Walking Dead

but the first paperback might be better for a group discussion.

message 5: by NYKen (last edited Aug 23, 2011 12:14AM) (new)

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Thanks for the suggestion Jana and Chris.

Let's have each member suggest two graphic novels they want as a Group Read Discussion, so we can have many options by the end of the month/early next month.

And then at the end of this week or beginning of next week, I can create the poll so we can start voting.

So far here are the suggestions for our very own 1st Group Read Discussion:

Please see updated list above in the first post. Thanks.

Jana you have suggested Blankets, please suggest another one also, so we can update the suggestion list above. Thanks for your two suggestions Curtis. I recommended the last two (Sandman volume 1 & Dark Knight Returns) as easy access in bookstores and libraries for our members.

Looking forward to more suggestions from our members. Please post them, and I will update the list by tomorrow. Take good care everyone, and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jana (Jazziegirl2010) | 9 comments In my To Read queue I have Green Lantern:Secret Origins by Geoff Johns. The Watchmen is there as well.

message 7: by NYKen (last edited Aug 23, 2011 12:16AM) (new)

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Thanks Jana.

Here's the updated list that will be chosen for the 1st Group Read, so far:

So far here are the suggestions for our very own 1st Group Read Discussion:

Please see the updated list above in the first post. Thanks.

Keep the suggestions coming everyone.

Melina Martin (tuesdayparade) | 6 comments I definitely am for "Sandman", and would like to add "The Swamp Thing" too!

message 9: by Sérgio (last edited Aug 21, 2011 12:55PM) (new)

Sérgio | 453 comments My suggestion is Black Hole by Charles Burns.

Here's the link:

Sérgio | 453 comments Melina wrote: "I definitely am for "Sandman", and would like to add "The Swamp Thing" too!"

Hello Melina, I think you should pick one volume of each series. An entire series would be too heavy for a single discussion I think. :)

Melina Martin (tuesdayparade) | 6 comments I'd be for "Black Hole" as well-
for "Sandman" and "The Swamp Thing", I meant the first volume of course :)

message 12: by NYKen (last edited Aug 23, 2011 12:16AM) (new)

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Thanks for the additional suggestions Sergio and Melina. Melina by Swamp Thing, am I correct to assume it's the critically acclaimed first volume by Alan Moore correct?

So far here is the update list of suggestions for our very own 1st Group Read Discussion:

Please see the updated list above in the first post. Thanks.

Keep the suggestions coming everyone. I will post the poll by the beginning of the next weekend so we can vote. Thanks.

Sérgio | 453 comments Melina wrote: "I'd be for "Black Hole" as well-
for "Sandman" and "The Swamp Thing", I meant the first volume of course :)"

Oh. I made that remark because I thought that, in those series, you could read any of the volumes independently, that they are not ongoing stories. Of course I could be wrong since I didn't actually read them. :)

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I don't know about The Swamp Thing, but I've read the first three volumes of The Sandman and I think it's best definately to follow the order, if only to understand how characters are introduced. I haven't finished (yet) the series, so I can't tell if stories will be developed as one or independent episodes.

Jay Bullman I would suggest Scalped by Jason Aaron, Queen and Country by Greg Rucka, Local by Brian Wood, and I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

message 16: by alana (eHawk) (last edited Aug 22, 2011 09:23AM) (new)

alana (eHawk) rivera (eHawk) Let's see... i have a couple books languishing on my shelf seeking attention:

Incognito, Vol. 1


message 17: by NYKen (last edited Aug 23, 2011 12:29AM) (new)

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Hi Jay. Sorry about that, I should have placed it in my first post. But it is indicated on the 5th post that two suggestions per member. Which two of the four suggestions you made do you want me to include in the list? Those four are really great suggestions, I'll read any of those anytime, especially Q & C! Let me know, and I'll update later tomorrow on what two you decided. Thanks Jay.

Hi Alana. Thanks for your suggestion. I am adding your two suggestions on the updated list above. Wow! An Ed Brubaker noir book that I don't know about. I am a big fan of his Criminal series and Sleeper styles of work. Thanks for suggesting that, I didn't even know of Incognito.

Thanks for the time everyone. Please feel free to continue to post your two suggestions by this Friday at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time. That will be the cutoff time for suggestions, then I will create a poll so we can start voting as of this Saturday morning. Thanks.

Jay Bullman Sorry. Listening is a skill I'm still working on. I wojuld probably say Queen and Country and Scalped would be the two.

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
No problem Jay. There are several volumes on each one already. Did you mean a particular volume or is volume one of each okay as the choice? Is that okay?

So far here is the update list of suggestions for our very own 1st Group Read Discussion:

Please see the updated list above in the first post. Thanks.

Jay Bullman Yes. Always good to start at the beginning.

Curtis Hempler (cshempler) | 13 comments I second Daytripper, Alana!

It's been sitting on my shelf for a while. It looks very good, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Mooch | 7 comments I'm still up for Watchmen. The other book I would be interested in discussing is American Born Chinese

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Thanks Jay. I guessed you would want the beginning of the series. And it's such a great series, especially if one is into suspense and mystery. That is one phenomenal edge of your seat type of read. Curtiss I didn't even know that was by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. It's in the list of selections to be voted on. I'm going to personally check it myself though. Those two Brazilian creative team is just a great tandem. Hi Mooch. Good to see you here. Watchmen is in the selection to be voted on. I am adding American Born Chinese to be added later tonight as I update the list later tonight.

Have a good evening everyone, and by all means if there are any more suggestions, please keep them coming. Thanks.

*** The final day of suggestions will be tomorrow, Friday. Then the poll will be created on Saturday for voting to start ***

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Thanks for the suggestion Abbi. I have just updated the list above.

Just an FYI to everyone. Tomorrow, Friday, will be the last day for suggestions. If there is anyone that would like to post any more suggestions, please post it here in this thread by tomorrow.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions and time.

Sérgio | 453 comments Hey there Ken.

There was one rule that Mooch specified in the other forum that made sense to me. That is, that one shouldn't vote for the books that he/she has suggested; I think that way there isn't the risk that every book ends up tied with one vote.

But it's up to you, just making a suggestion.

One other thing, if there's a tie for the top-voted book, what should happen? Should the book that reached his votes the fastest be chosen?

Sorry to nag you but discussing the rules is actually a source of entertainment for me. lol

Melina Martin (tuesdayparade) | 6 comments Hmmmmm... well, since we have almost as many options as members, maybe each person could get two or three votes? Ranking or something?

I'm not sure how the polls can be set up on this website, but that could be a solution to the problem Sérgio pointed out.

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Hi Sergio. Thanks for bringing that up. We will take that into heavy consideration on the 2nd official group read. After this first Group Read, I will put up a poll to have the members decide if they want to put that rule in effect.

Seeing that this is the final day of suggestions, and the poll for choosing the first Group Read goes up tomorrow, there is not enough time to take your suggestion into consideration. For this first Group Read, members will be allowed to vote on their suggestion. I have a very good feeling there will be no 1-vote tie in this first Group Read voting.

Hi Melina. Unfortunately, the polls on this website of Good Reads does not have a lot of options regarding the voting. There is only an option of one vote. Unlike in some other websites I've seen, that there are multiple options.

But just to let everyone know, just in case there is a tie, then there will be a quick three day voting to to create the tiebreaker.

Thanks for your suggestions though. We will talk more about your suggestion Sergio, and your suggestion Melinda, so that by the 2nd Group Read, we will have the members vote on what rules they want to include in voting for a Group Read.

See you all on the weekend.

message 29: by Brian (last edited Aug 26, 2011 06:53PM) (new)

Brian Dickerson (bcdickerson) | 5 comments My suggestion is something outside of my normal reading. I suggest Superman: Red Son or Allstar Superman Vol. 1

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Thanks for the suggestions Brian. I included them. Nice choices for superhero graphic novel.

Just an FYI to everyone, I will create the polls to vote on in a few hours, because I might not have any electricity this weekend when the hurricane hits the eastern seaboard.

Have a good weekend everybody.

message 31: by Jana (last edited Aug 29, 2011 03:34PM) (new)

Jana (Jazziegirl2010) | 9 comments Take care, Ken! And all others who are affected by Irene. May she wimp out...

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Ed Nemo (Ed_Nemo) | 3 comments My suggestion is: Midnight Nation by JMS.

message 33: by NYKen (last edited Aug 29, 2011 03:29PM) (new)

NYKen | 621 comments Mod
Just a reminder. The poll has been created and voting has taken place. Feel free to cast your vote. Just click on the poll option on the right of the page, and it will take you to the poll to vote. Thanks.

Ed wrote: "My suggestion is: Midnight Nation by JMS."

Hi Ed. Sorry to inform you that the cutoff for the suggestions for the first group read was on Friday-August 26th. The poll has been created for voting to take place.

You can suggest that for our second official group read for the following month. Thanks.

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Ed Nemo (Ed_Nemo) | 3 comments No Problemo.

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