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November 3, 2010

Graphic Novels for Reading Groups: Do You Do It?

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Through the years, I've been a member of several reading groups. Unfortunately, they've rarely involved graphic novels (and when they did, it was at my suggestion). This is why I've always loved events like comics conventions: By and large, the vast majority of my friends and family do not read comics, so conventions were always a chance to meet with like-minded people. In my reading-group experience, I've managed to work in books like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, but primarily I steer clear of graphic-related content, simply because the rest of the group isn't really into it. So I was heartened to see this nice essay at our sister site ReadingGroupGuides.com about the Austin Public Library's discussion of Logicomix (that's a nice choice for a book club, by the way--it's a hearty read with tons of debatable topics presented in a nice, concise way. More book clubs should seriously consider picking it up). Check out the article, and then please let me know: Are you in a book club that discusses graphic novels, even if only occasionally? If so, I'd love to hear your experiences and perhaps invite you to share them with other GNR readers. Email me to let me know!