This wonderful graphic novel came out earlier this year and has made most of the Year's Best lists published so far (including #2 on our own Dustin Harbin's list).
The plot: The Loony family get together at their vacation house and an earth-shattering announcement is made. It is a work of serious fiction that is screaming to be discussed and dissected. It is a book that can be looked at differently by different members of different generations.In other words, I found myself relating more to the parents; but I anticipate most of the readers will respond more to the Loony children.
Issues to discuss will include:
--The title: what does it mean?
--Does this fictional family chronicle have the same tone as contemporary biographical comics?
--Does the cartoony presentation of our protagonist add to or detract from the reading experience?
--How do the shifts in panel and page layout affect the storytelling?
--And believe me--lots more!!!!
Don't be put off by its length; it is a deceptively fast read.
And don't be put off by the price-- $29.99 (27.00 if you mention the Heroes Discussion Group 10% discount!!) It is a book you will re-read and grow old with!!
NOTE: The author recommends that you read this three part book in three separate sessions taking a break between each chapter; we at Heroes concur! There's a lot of under-the-surface material that will percolate nicely in your brain during these breaks.
So come one, come all, lets start the New Year with a bang!!
You won't be disappointed!