About Us

This is the official blog for the comic book club held in the book lounge of Waterstone's Liverpool One.

The group meet at 6pm on the third Monday of the month to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the comics selected.

It's a fun and friendly atmosphere and all are welcome: from those who have never read comic books, manga, or graphic novels before (call them what you like), to those who never read anything else.

The group, and this blog, are administered by Glyn Morgan, the Bookseller responsible for the Graphic Novels and Manga sections of the store and a big comic book fan who is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Liverpool.

If you would like to comment on any of the comics we've read, this month or in the distant past, please feel free to contribute to the comments section of the relevant posts.

Visit this club's big sister: The Science Fiction/ Fantasy Book Club

A Note on the Blog

Although this blog may appear slow paced and close to death in fact the group is very much alive and now entering its second year. Most of the group discussion (not done in person in Waterstone's of Wagamama's) takes place in the Facebook group - feel free to join. In the meantime I will try to keep a copy of the reading list here for general consumption. - G

Monday, 17 January 2011

Tank Girl by Jamie Hewlett/Alan Martin and The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way/Gabriel Ba

Tank Girl

From the depths of the outback comes a wildly anarchic, in-your-face heroine for a new age of madness...Tank Girl! Join everybody's favourite beer-swilling, chain-smoking, kangaroo-worrying lunatic as she blasts her way through a dazzling array of bizarre adventures, including bounty hunting, delivering colostomy bags to the Australian president, appearing on Dame Edna, a short-lived career in the bloody and vicious world of kangaroo boxing...and many more outrageous and mind-warping thrills!


The Umbrella Academy, volume 1

Gerard Way, of "My Chemical Romance", makes his comics writing debut in this outrageous superhero epic that Grant Morrison called "An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas. The superheroes of the 21st century are here at last..." In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

What did we think?
Discussion coming soon [really, really ;-)   ]


  1. Hey guys, hope you enjoyed sushi - sorry I couldn't join you but its pay day on the 20th and until then I'm poorer than Jonathan Ross's comic writing skills. Next time though, for sure!

    Also: that guy who kept telling me comics were for kids. Turns out he'd been talking my girlfriend's ear off for an hour and she was just too polite to get up and move on (unlike me).

    I really will put notes from the discussions up sometime, but until then you can continue your discussions to our hearts content here.

    Also: anyone notice that Gerard Way's brother (to whom one of the volumes is dedicated) is called Mikey. One letter from being an awesome name...

  2. You should have said you were broke! Unless you did? I'm sure we could have spotted the £2 per person. :D (Wagamama in the end - it might be becoming a tradition...)

  3. Ahhh I love Wagamama! Free green tea! Next month it's post-payday so I'll be there for sure!

  4. Hi everyone, another good night on Monday, it’s good to get a book we’re unanimously in praise of!

    As promised, here are links to a number of amusing things:

    Capt. Berlin vs. Hitler trailer:

    The Watchmen Saturday morning cartoon:

    Batman: The Musical:

    I’d also highly recommend Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog, available on iTunes for the whole 45 min performance. Great stuff.

  5. I also said I’d post links to some recommended webcomics. I think they’re a great free resource that allows you to try a lot of different genres, as there are a lot of them out there! It’s fascinating to see the artwork develop over time in a lot of these. I also offer fair warning that once you’ve exhausted a given webcomic’s archive of back-issues, withdrawal can start to set in when you have to live with single-page updates! So here goes:

    Gaming/Dungeons & Dragons comics:

    Order of the Stick, still the best of the bunch, the most emotive D&D stick figures ever: http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html

    Erfworld, set in a fantasy RPG where you learn the rules as the comic progresses:

    Looking For Group, more of a World of Warcraft vibe. Not quite as clever as it thinks it is, but still funny: http://lfgcomic.com/page/1

  6. Just trying to find out why my other links are posting, possibly the entry is too long...

  7. Dr. McNinja: as sensible as it sounds. Gorilla receptionists, dinosaur-riding banditos, and a general practitioner who is also a ninja. Warning to Joe: contains occasional gratuitous Irish stereotyping, for which I cannot be held responsible! http://drmcninja.com/issues/

    Dresden Codak: sci-fi and misc, very cerebral in places, a lot of name-dropping of philosophers. Slooooow on the updates though: http://dresdencodak.com/archives/

    Scary Go Round! Dare you delve into the immense archive? Very funny, covering fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Michael Jackson, in the town of Tackleford. A lot of it though. http://www.scarygoround.com/sgr/

    Phew, that’s it! Apologies if you lose a lot of free time to these, but it’ll be worth it! See you next month.

  8. Arg! Only one out of every two comments seems to be posting. Hopefully this is the final couple, and two of my favourite webcomics:

    Girl Genius, steampunk fantasy which has now reached eleven volumes in print, and showing no signs of running out of…steam. As the tagline puts it: Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE! http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104

    Gunnerkrigg Court, surprisingly creepy goings-on in the titular school. The artwork progression here is remarkable: http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1

  9. Terrific linkage!

    c.urvy.org is the fantastical, crossgender and ever so slightly porny comic I mentioned.

    Hyperbole and a Half isn't really a comic, but how could you not love http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html ?