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message 1: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Something I completely forgot - the book club needs a thread for members to introduce themselves!

I guess it makes sense for me to start.

I'm originally from Michigan, but I've lived in North Alabama for 15 years now.

I started this club because I love the art form of comic books and I love a well-told superhero story. There's always been something that I've been drawn to - I don't know if it's the larger than life characters, the wish-fulfillment of superpowers, or the idea of someone having the ability to right the wrongs of the world. Probably a bit of all three.

I thought it would be fun to meet other people who feel the same way, and read some books together. While I've always been a huge Batman fan, and tend toward DC, I love every aspect of the genre, and am really looking forward to hearing different perspectives, and reading different kinds of books.


message 2: by Eddie (new)

Eddie | 70 comments Eddie
from Sumter SC and stayed here most of my life. I started comics when I was ten years of age and I have never stopped.I enjoyed most books but I seem to always want to go back to the DC world. I look forward to the group.


message 3: by Justin (new)

Justin Flint | 4 comments Justin

From bright and sunny Florida.
Comics were big in my life because of my family, but really got into them a few years ago when i developed a form of income, I read mostly DC, but have started reading some others, but refuse Marvel due to a few reasons that are my own. I really am looking forward to another group that is active on here (most are not as some may have noticed).


message 4: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Eddie wrote: "Eddie
from Sumter SC and stayed here most of my life. I started comics when I was ten years of age and I have never stopped.I enjoyed most books but I seem to always want to go back to the DC world..."


Welcome, Eddie! I probably started about that age, too. Mostly with old JLA comics that I found at garage sales - though I did have an Incredible Hulk subscription for a year when I was a kid.

Glad you joined!


message 5: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Justin wrote: "Justin

From bright and sunny Florida.
Comics were big in my life because of my family, but really got into them a few years ago when i developed a form of income, I read mostly DC, but have start..."


Hi, Justin - I started with mostly DC, but read a little of everything now when I get a chance...but Batman is still my favorite.

We're small now, but I just opened this book club up - I'm hoping we keep this starting momentum going and stay active.


message 6: by Redlanternhulk (new)

Redlanternhulk | 6 comments im all the way from capetown south africa...grew up with comics and manga.


message 7: by Redlanternhulk (new)

Redlanternhulk | 6 comments my name is garnett.i actualy work in a bank.so jaaa..
hulk xmen superman fan.
man..i love em..


message 8: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (last edited Jan 11, 2013 07:17AM) (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Redlanternhulk wrote: "my name is garnett.i actualy work in a bank.so jaaa..
hulk xmen superman fan.
man..i love em.."


I love 'em, too!

Welcome, Redlanternhulk!

You might be our first international member! Very cool!


message 9: by Redlanternhulk (new)

Redlanternhulk | 6 comments ps.

i am a marvel and dc fan. i know green lantern is dc and hulk is marvel. it would jus b intetesting if a red lantern ring found hulk.(somehow :-) )

im curious. are there any marvel character that uses magical rings lik green lantern?

i love the art ...deep story line...inspirational heroes that defy all odds...

yet...i hate what movies hav done to som comic titles.

so any of u folk cn help a south african i wil not forget it. the book sounds awsome.

live well and prosper

RLH


message 10: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Redlanternhulk wrote: "so any of u folk cn help a south african i wil not forget it. the book sounds awesome.

What did you decide with regard to the books? Are you going to get a Kindle app for your phone or figure out how to read Kindle books on your PC?


message 11: by Zach (new)

Zach | 4 comments Hey IM Zach from Colorado. Started comics when I was 5. Mom taught me to read with old batman comics. So of course batman is my favorite. I like DC vertigo and the DC universe the most but like all comics.


message 12: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Welcome, Zach!

I grew up on Batman, too - so he's by far my favorite.

But I like to dabble in a little of everything, too!

Hope you join in the discussions.


message 13: by Mike (last edited Feb 28, 2013 02:01PM) (new)

Mike Hi! I'm Mike from South Bend, IN, but I'm originally from Milwaukee. I grew up reading my dad's comics from the 50s and 60s, and only fairly recently (last 5 years) started reading them again off and on. I joined here to get some new ideas for reading material. Like just about anything, but my favorites have to be Batman and Spiderman. Throw in graphic novels like Y: The Last Man, Watchmen, Marvel 1602, Fables, and Sandman.


message 14: by Ahmad (new)

Ahmad (ahmadspikes) | 2 comments hey guys!
My name is AHMAD, im from Pakistan!
Huge huge Batman fan!
Looking forward to know you all!


message 15: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Mike wrote: "Hi! I'm Mike from South Bend, IN, but I'm originally from Milwaukee..."

Hi, Mike! I'm originally from Michigan (Detroit area) so not that far!

My favorite has always been Batman, but like you, I've gotten into a number of other things over the last several years.

I've always wanted to try Fables...it looked like an interesting take on fairy tales. I just read Marvel 1602 a few months ago, and I think I'm going to find some of the other ones soon (though since the first was written by Neil Gaiman, the others might not be as good).


message 16: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Ahmad wrote: "hey guys!
My name is AHMAD, im from Pakistan!
Huge huge Batman fan!
Looking forward to know you all!"


Welcome, Ahmad! I'm excited that this club is international!

I'm a Batman, fan, too - but I love getting into other kinds of sequential art, and am looking forward to having discussions on different types of novels and non-fiction related to comics and superheroes.


message 17: by Ahmad (new)

Ahmad (ahmadspikes) | 2 comments Jim wrote: "Ahmad wrote: "hey guys!
My name is AHMAD, im from Pakistan!
Huge huge Batman fan!
Looking forward to know you all!"

Welcome, Ahmad! I'm excited that this club is international!

I'm a Batman, f..."


Hey, Jim! I need your advice!


message 18: by Steven (new)

Steven Morton | 181 comments My name is Steven, hail from Phoenix Arizona (been here for 11 years), love comic books (been reading them since I was 5 years old). I mostly collect superhero titles (occassionaly dip my toe in other comic book genres). Have over 15,000 comics in my collection (and counting). Have a wonderful wife who appreciates my love of comics and we have a three year son who I am slowly exposing comic books too. Not sure if it will take though.


message 19: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Glad to have you with us, Steven! I have a 6-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter who I've been sharing my love of comics and superheroes with since they've been small :) They both enjoy them in their own way. It's fun to show it to a new generation.


message 20: by Derek (last edited Mar 20, 2013 09:52AM) (new)

Derek (raistlinsghost) Hey there. I just came across this club and was happy to find myself amongst like minded people. My name is Derek, I'm pushing 40, and have been a superhero fan for most of my life. I cut my teeth on Flash, Green Lantern and Spider-Man, and am still a fan of those.

These days I regularly keep up with Invincible, Superman, All-New X-Men, Superior Spider-Man, and am open to new superhero related titles.

I think 'Soon I Will Be Invincible' should be considered classic literature.


message 21: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Welcome to the group, Derek!
I've heard good things about Invincible, but have never actually read it.


message 22: by Nithin (new)

Nithin Joshua | 17 comments Hey everybody! This seems to be a decent group. I'm Nithin and I live in India (South).
I love comics and like the admin,the art in them too.Am a HUGE Batman fan,love the character very much.I think we should start a discussion why Batman has appealed to the different fans in this group.Looking forward to having healthy discussions and debates!


message 23: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Welcome Don!
Great idea - anything tangentially related to comics and superheroes would be appropriate. I'll start a discussion.


message 24: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Hi, I'm Amanda and I'm a grad student at Penn State in American Studies. I'm writing my MA thesis about Lex Luthor--specifically, how "The Black Ring" is a Classical Greek tragedy in graphic novel form. (Yes, my undergrad degree is in English literature.) I'm currently scheduled to graduate in August.

I also presented a paper on Superman's origin stories at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Philadelphia.


message 25: by Eddie (new)

Eddie | 70 comments Hi new people...
Amanda-many moons ago my last psych paper was on Bruce Wayne and how he stayed a 10 yoa mind set to keep other kids from losing their parents. Wrote 3 pages and scored a "B"


message 26: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Eddie--one of the courses I was forced to take during undergrad was Medieval Brit Lit, and my final paper compared Beowulf and Grendel with Superman and Doomsday. :)


message 27: by Nithin (new)

Nithin Joshua | 17 comments There's a character called Doomsday?


message 28: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Yeah, he's the monster that killed Superman back in the early '90s. I think "The Death of Superman" trade is still commercially available.


message 29: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Welcome to the group, Amanda! Very cool to have a comics scholar with us! :)

I'll have to check out The Black Ring.


message 30: by Nithin (new)

Nithin Joshua | 17 comments There's even an animated movie called Superman: Doomsday


message 31: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Thanks, Jim! I'm not sure I've ever been called a "comics scholar" before (and I'm certainly not in same league as Michael Chabon or Gerard Jones), but it has a nice ring to it. At school I'm known as more of a general pop-culture specialist--I write as much about television (specifically my favorite show, "Supernatural"--which, incidentally, has some pretty decent tie-in comics) as I do about comics. In fact, after admitting that I came to Superman comics because of the "Lois & Clark" series, which premiered when I was ten, and my heavy involvement in early "Smallville" fandom, the audience of the comics panel I was on nearly ran me out of the room. (Being the only girl in the room probably didn't help either, sadly...although I had an interesting discussion later with the man who presented a paper on the Jane Austen zombie novels to a room full of women.)


message 32: by David (new)

David | 17 comments Hi guys, I'm David. I'm a college sophomore from Michigan and have recently (in the last year or so) gotten into reading comic books. I'm a big fan of Batman and Captain America. I am currently reading Batman, Deadpool, Uncanny Avengers, Star Wars, and Daredevil monthly.


message 33: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments David, you wouldn't happen to be at Ann Arbor, would you?


message 34: by David (new)

David | 17 comments No, I go to Oakland University. Why?


message 35: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Ann Arbor has the largest comic collection in the continental US. :)


message 36: by David (new)

David | 17 comments Wow! I didn't know that.


message 37: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Where in Ann Arbor? I grew up about 45 minutes from there! Is it at U of M?


message 38: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Yup, it's in U of M's library.


message 39: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Wow. Maybe I need to pay them a visit next time I go up there!


message 40: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Welcome, David! I'm from Michigan, too, and that's about the same time I got into comics. (Though I was a freshman at a school in Tennessee.) Someone gave me a copy of Arkham Asylum, and it went from there!


message 41: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Jim, since we've talked about details of a couple different comic book movies in this thread already, would you be opposed to creating a thread specifically for comic book film adaptations?


message 42: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Done!

Here it is:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

I created it in an "Other Media" folder, so we can create additional topics about movies, but also talk TV shows, video games, etc.


message 43: by Lu (new)

Lu | 6 comments Hi! I'm new here :)
My name is Lu and I'm getting back into comics again. Starting with the New 52 ones.


message 44: by Jim, The Ulti-Moderator (new)

Jim (jkmfilms) | 787 comments Mod
Glad to have you with us, Lu!

And you bring up a good point! Since I dedicated this group to reading novels based on comics, and books about comics (and superheroes), I didn't think about including an area to discuss actual comics!

I've fixed that! You can see a new folder for Comic Book Discussions on the front page. Add your discussion for comic books and graphic novels here.

I've started a topic under it called "What Comics Are You Reading?"
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 45: by Lu (new)

Lu | 6 comments Will check it out :) Thanks!


message 46: by Mark (new)

Mark Wilson (markwilsonbooks) | 9 comments Hey, I'm Mark Wilosn. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. I've been reading comics/GN and other superhero books since I could read. Favourites include, GL, Batman, Flash, Superman, Wolverine. Favourite writers/artists include; Ennis, Miller, Millar, Johns, Aparo, Romano Jr, Brubaker, Ellis, Lapham. I could go on all day. I recently wrote my own Superhero novel.


message 47: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments Oh wow, a whole novel? That's awesome! Are you publishing it?


message 48: by Mark (new)

Mark Wilson (markwilsonbooks) | 9 comments The book's been out since February, Amanda. It's titled Naebody's Hero.

What comics/GN are you into?


message 49: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lynn (sinnerforhire) | 69 comments I'm a huge Superman/DCU fan and I'm writing my Master's thesis on Lex Luthor's character arc in Superman: The Black Ring. My favorite writers are Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Alan Moore, John Byrne, Jeph Loeb, JMS, Mark Waid, and Geoff Johns (except for his take on Superboy-Prime--don't even get me started), and my favorite books are Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Superman: Secret Identity, Superman For All Seasons, Superman: Earth One, and Lex Luthor: Man of Steel.


message 50: by Mark (new)

Mark Wilson (markwilsonbooks) | 9 comments Great choice for your thesis. Superman:Secret Identity is perhaps my favourite Superman book. Truly lovely and a huge inspiration for writing.
Forgot JMS. Midnight nation is an excellent read. Glad to meet you. You have great taste
M


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