One of the best things about being a comic book fan is being able to talk about the comics you love (or hate) with other like minded people. That’s part of what drives Women Write About Comics—we love to write about the comics/books we read. But we also want to talk with you, too, to really discuss certain titles in depth. So from July onwards, the first Monday of every month will be home to the brand new Women Write About Comics Twitter Comic Book Club—which is a bit of a mouthful, so we’ll be using the hashtag #WWACComicClub.
You may be wondering what kind of comics we’re planning on reading and the easy answer is: anything and everything. We want to both broaden our comic reading horizons and offer something for everyone. You don’t have to join in every month (though we hope you do!)—you only have to read what sounds interesting to you.
So what’s up first?
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Groundwood Books (Canada) / First Second (US/UK)
This One Summer was released earlier this year to great acclaim. It is the story of two young girls, Rose and Windy, and one particular summer at Awago Beach where their families both rent cottages. They’ve been going there for years, but this summer is different. Rose’s parents are constantly on edge, the girl’s are growing up, and there is some local drama that they can’t ignore. It’s a story about summer, about growing up, about family, about grief, and about heartache. And it’s accompanied by Jillian Tamaki’s stunning artwork. The Canadian duo have collaborated before on the graphic novel, Skim, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, an Eisner, and a won Best Book at the Doug Wright Awards (2009). We chose This One Summer for our first Twitter Comic Club not only because we think it’s a fabulous story but also because it’s the perfect summer read and is accessible to all kinds of readers.
Our first chat will take place July 7 at 8:30 EST/5:30 PST and anyone is welcome take part. So find a copy of the book at your local bookstore, comic shop, or library and join us. The more the merrier!
Anything is fair game to discuss during the Twitter chat, but here are some discussion questions to get you thinking while you wait.
1) Did you find you could relate to Rose and Windy’s experience? Why or why not?
2) This One Summer is a story about summer, but it is also a story about growing up. Why do you think these two themes intersect so naturally?
3) The colour palate is limited to blue and white. How do you think this impacts your reading?
4) If you could read this story from another character’s perspective, whose would you choose?