Holy moley! I've just uploaded a bunch of photos of our first ever Heroes Discussion Group, which was pretty great. I'll leave most of the description to our Flickr photo report, but here are a few highlights, for those of you on a time budget:
1) Andy Mansell is the perfect guy to run this kind of thing. He's even more knowledgeable than he is friendly, and that's saying a lot. The depth with which he explored League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (our discussion topic) was all anyone could talk about afterward. Super educational.
2) It is hard to talk about one Alan Moore book and not continually bring up all the other ones. Which is okay, but we kept sliding into discussion of From Hell, which not everyone had read.
3) POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT: Could the Captain Nemo we see in the book actually be Sherlock Holmes in disguise? This idea, posed by Andy at the very end of things, prompted a lot of passing back and forth of copies of the book, accompanied by "Look, he's right!" or "I don't see it."
The meeting ended with everyone nominating two books they'd like to discuss next. The top vote-getters were From Hell, Sandman Vol 4., and All-Star Superman. All-Star Superman barely won, so our next discussion group will focus on the first collection of the series, reprinting issues 1-6! And what's more, we've decided to offer 10% off whatever book is our next topic of discussion all month long! That means that until next month's meeting, tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 28th, just mention the Heroes Discussion Group to get 10% off of All-Star Superman, Vol 1! This discount will not apply to single issues--just the hardcover.
If you were at the discussion group last night, we'd love to hear your thoughts or ideas on how it went. Feel free to comment below--and if you couldn't make it last night, but still want to talk League of Gents, we can keep the discussion going! Thanks again to Andy Mansell!