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Comic Book Club at Packrat-Marysville

Posted by Jamie Colegrove on

Well, folks, this is the inaugural blog for the comic book club held at the Packrat Comics store in Marysville. My name is Jonathan and my partner is Chet. This week was our third week in existence. We are super excited to share our passion for nerd entertainment and we hope you share our excitement as well.

Every Wednesday from five to six p.m., we meet at the comic store and discuss superheroes, Star Wars, Harry Potter, recent comic book events, upcoming sci-fi or MCU gossip, or pretty much anything comic book related. We would be thrilled if you would join us. Wednesday, we were interviewed by the Tribune, and they decided to write a story about us, and that inspired me to write this blog.

This club is open to people of all ages, sizes and descriptions, but we prefer that minors are accompanied by an adult. Well, that’s all I have for this week. I hope to see you there! Ta ta!



Week 2

Alright, folks, this is blog number two for the comic book club held at the Packrat Comics store in Marysville. We had someone new at our meeting on Wednesday. That was exciting! He was a very animated fella! He was also very informed about his favorite nerd topics. I hope he comes back.

This week, we talked about several topics. Gosh, I’ll do well to remember everything. We briefly reviewed the latest Dark Nights Metal comic book, as well as the ever-classic Action Comics #1. We looked at many of the latest new releases from the September catalogue (we at first thought it was the one from October, lol.) I briefly explained the skeleton of my novels to the new guy, but he didn’t seem interested.

That’s all that I have for today. I do want to point out, however that while this blog is great and all, but Chet and I—I think—are desperate for more people. Friends, I’d be happy to hear that my blog is being read, but I would be thrilled to see more people attend our weekly meetings. Please, tell your friends and family about us. Smell ya later.

Week 3

Hey, guys! Jonathan here, from Marysville! We had yet another curios soul join us this week, and I think that he had a good time! This week, we heavily discussed some topics in latest comic book news that I’m not even sure I understood all of, but we enjoyed it.

This question came up: In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Movie, Ivan Ooze destroyed Zordon’s time warp, and the Power Rangers were too late to save his life. (Although, they did use the Great Power to bring him back, but that’s beside the point.)  The point is, the forces of evil were not destroyed when that happened, like they were when in Power Rangers in Space, when he told Andros to do it and of course, Zordon still died. “Why was that?” I wondered. “I can answer that for you,” someone offered. “That movie was not canonized,” he said. I just thought that was neat to know, that’s all.

We briefly reviewed Thor: Ragnarok, The Justice League, and NYCC. Then, we talked about the possibility of taking a group trip to go see Thor: Ragnorok, but of course, me and Chet can’t buy everyone’s tickets, and food, and I don’t think we can provide transportation. The movie is on November 3, so think about it. Also, please join us, same time. Same station. Bye-bye. 


Week 4

Hi, I'm Chet and I'll be filling in for Jonathan on this week's blog, as he was not able to attend the meeting this week.
This week we discussed, as usual, comics news and new titles. We had one new member attend this week and they were very knowledgeable about comics, and had some good recommendations for our club to read. 😀

We discussed the upcoming star wars movie about Han Solo and its terrible, very simple, easily thought up title, "Solo: A Star Wars Story": we brainstormed what we would have titled the film if we were directing.

Other topics discussed were anthology-style comic book series, and that turned to discussion of Heavy Metal, (both the film and comic magazine) - we talked about current comic book series on the shelves, and the joys and tribulations of comic book crossovers... about how there's a comic series for nearly anything that can be licensed.

We chatted about recent news topics in the comics art world, such as the mass theft of original comic book art from one of Marvel Comics' top honchos.  As we didn't have much on the agenda, we selected stories from the ICV2 ("Internal Correspondence") comics culture news website to discuss. Later on we flipped through the new issue of PREVIEWS magazine/catalog ("The comic shop catalog") to see upcoming releases.

That's all for now. We hope to see ya at future meetings, readers!

Week 5

Well, my distracted butt has officially lost track of how many blogs I’ve posted, but I’m having fun! I am happy to announce that I did not sleep through the comic book meeting this week.

I know that it’s not until May, but there is a certain level of excitement in waiting for movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story. I do want to point out, however, that is a rather bland title. But then, it’s so hard to expect too much out of a company that is geared towards a younger audience. On a more positive note, I am anxious to tell how I came to accept Ron Howard as the director. Picture this. It’s 1960. Opie Taylor is sitting in the front row of an exciting cowboy picture. Fifty-seven years later, Ronnie Howard, all grown up, announces the title of a movie that he is directing, featuring a space cowboy that Harrison Ford has always despised, but the rest of us all know and love: Han Solo. Need I say more? Godspeed, Mr. Howard!

Also, I have decided to reconsider who my hero is. Lately, I have strongly admired Stan Lee. As it turns out, Jack Kirby deserves the credit for Marvel comics. While Stan Lee founded the company, and thus received the spotlight, ‘twas Jack Kirby that came up with all the creative ideas. It was he who, when Stan Lee ordered him to make the Fantastic Four fight God, came up with Galctus: The Devourer of Worlds. It was he, who, when he showed Stan the Silver Surfer, Stan asked, “Who’s this guy?” Dead for twenty-three years, Jack Kirby’s legacy continues. Rest in peace, Mr. Kirby. To Stan Lee I say, “Be creative for a change.”

Finally, as a 90s baby, I wish to acknowledge a great decade. Throughout the course of this week’s meeting, we continuously referred back to it.  I did not realize what an impact something as simple as a decade could have on our culture. I don’t just mean nerd culture, either. Consider the following titles: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Rugrats, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friends, …Baby One More Time. How about these: The Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Britney Spears. The list goes on for days. It is our duty as Americans to preserve the 90s and insist that they are passed on through not the generations, but through the ages.

(That last paragraph was free)

Well, that’s all I have for this week. To quote Walter Jones, “It’s been real, but I gotta go.” (Power Rangers ’93, in case you were wondering). Bye.

Week 6

Well, true believers, neither Chet nor myself wrote a blog last week, and I will not apologize for that. I don’t see the need to. After all, there was nothing to report about last week’s meeting. We got on so many non-comic book related rabbit trails about Kevin Spacey, gay frogs, and Lord knows what else.

At any rate, this week’s meeting was so much more exciting. We discussed, first of all, that there is going to be made a new card game combining Marvel’s Champions with Marvel’s Legacy. I’ve not much to report on that announcement.

Secondly, in 2018, DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers Animation will release Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. This film is inspired from the oneshot comic by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola in 1989. The movie tells the story of a Victorian era Batman doing battle with the infamous Jack the Ripper. Everyone’s favorite vigilante will be voiced by a man named Bruce Greenwood, and will partner with Selina Kyle, played by Jennifer Carpenter.

I was especially fond of the few wardrobe changes that our hero will make. First, the trailer showed that Batman will wear no eye shadow under his cowl, which I thought was peculiar. And, ever so appropriately, he will be wearing a collar, which I thought was epic.

In other nerd news, and as we discussed in our weekly meeting, DC has recentlyfired one of their editors: Eddie Berganza due to sexual harassment allegations against him. DC had this to say on the subject: “Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza. We are committed to eradicating harassment and ensuring that all employees, as well as our freelance community, are aware of our policies, are comfortable reporting any concerns, and feel supported by our Company.”

I want to try something new in this week’s blog, and, hopefully, in blogs to come. I would like to quote Wolverine. You see, I have this app on my phone called Wolverine Quotes. Honestly, I see no better use for the app. So, without further ado,the Wolverine quote of the week is the following: “The day I quit fightin’ is the day I die.”




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