03 May 2008

So I turn up early, and sit at a table (in an empty pub) sipping my lemon-lime-bitters waiting for others to arrive. Last night I picked up Dan Clowes' 'Ghost World' at Borders for 25% off, so i layed it on the table and read until someone showed up. Now, I liked the 'execution' of this book (very dense and you get a lot of comicbook for the price), but geez it's monotonous and a little dull. While waiting I read the first half of the book, and page-after-page is simply 2 girls complaining about almost everything around them ( ok, a little believable, i'll admit) but a bit tiring after 50-80 pages of the same thing. There is really very little story in the first half, as it's momentum is just the banal chatter of 2 girls. Anyway, the second half of the book gets better, and the last chapter/s are pretty good because you can actually see a story. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely think Clowes is one of the best creators going today, and even though this book 'looks' like one of his best - it does 'read' a little dull in the first half. Still, it's a must-have for Clowes fans. Especially for the art and visual construction. Amazing.

Jason Franks was the first to arrive at the meet. Funnily enough, he's not the biggest Clowes fan, and we discussed the book a little and came up with some of the points i just mentioned. Paul Bedford & Greg Gates were next to arrive. Greg actually mentioned that he liked 'Ghost World' compared to 'A Velvet Glove cast in Iron' (which i liked). Oh well... different tastes.

Anyway, here are some pics:

Jason, Paul & Greg were the first to join me.

Paul brought in a hefty 'secret' script for Greg to look at that he's been toiling away on. I took a quick look at it, and it looks great. (won't say too much, as it's Paul's 'thing'.)

Philip Bentley & James Andre arrived shortly later.

James Andre's zine/story & Paul Bedford's book.

Greg Gates bought along the entertainment guide in which a few local creators are featured. A nice (though Paul & I thought a little ordinary) review of Bruce Mutard's 'The Sacrifice' was in there. A positive review.

Bruce Mutard's book review in the entertainment guide.

As well, there was a very short piece on 'doodling' in which Mandy Ord was included. Her picture took up most of the spread, while she only had a few sentences. Ah well, still a nice read of a few aussie artists (including Shaun Tan).

Mandy Ord's small piece.

This month's meet wasn't a big turnout (6 of us, compared to last meet's 20!), though I know quite a few regulars had colds and were under the weather, etc - so I'm assuming next month's get-together will be better.

Well - til next time...



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