As always, the discussions were interesting and insightful. Rob Anderson used a power point to perform an in depth analysis of issue 3, which involved the introduction of a saboscribe (a person who can write about food so well that the reader can taste it) and potential love interest for Chu. Others commented on the use of narrative, white space and lettering to convey the story. My tongue-in-cheek presentation on whether cibopaths are real follows below.
As an added bonus, we were joined by both Layman and Guillory, who talked about the book and their careers. As a starving independent comic creator, I found some of the discussions about the business side of the industry to be insightful and fascinating. We talked about everything from working with Image to marketing to dealing with Hollywood (the book is being looked at being adapted into a television show). As usual, Andy Schmidt was able to add to the discussions with unique perspectives gained from his time at Marvel, IDW and through his own, creator owned book, 5 Days to Die. In short, the story surrounding the green-lighting of Chew and the perseverance of the self-professed jaded Layman and Guillory to get their cannibal bird flu book picked up is one that gives hope to this creator.
Both Five Days to Die and Chew are must reads. The links to these books are below, if you are thinking about buying them, please use the link.
The next book is Captain America, Winter Soldier. Information about the Comics Experience Book Club can be found here. If you are interested in working on comics, they also have a lot of great courses from writing, to drawing to lettering to coloring to production. The list of newly announced courses can be found at comicsexperience.com.
I should also mention that John Layman is presenting a class on "The Secret to Pitching Comics" this Saturday for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. (I'm actually driving down for the day from Northern Virginia.) He is an engaging speaker with a lot of to offer. Information can be found here.
Here is my slide show on "Cibopath: real or fake." (I should note that the word "cibopath" is pronounced as both chee-bo-path and see-bo-path, depending on Layman's mood.