Comix Experience Expands Monthly Graphic Novel Club
by James Ferguson
San Francisco-based comics retailer Comix Experience has added a third offering to its National Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs with the Comics Masterpieces Graphic Novel Club. This joins the New Release Graphic Novel Club and the Kids Graphic Novel Club. Like the others, members of the club receive a graphic novel shipped right to their door, anywhere in the United States. The book includes an exclusive bookplate signed by the creators and a live-streamed interview and question-and-answer session conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs.
For more than a half-decade, we’ve been bringing the best new releases every month to our membership: great books by great creators to great readers, but the structure of the current clubs is focused on graphic novels that were solely released in the last month. This allows us to focus on an exciting swath of amazing books, but it also keeps us from presenting superb work from the multi-decade storied history of comics – many of which readers only know by reputation, not because they have them on their bookshelves. By opening up the entire history of comics, we aim to make our membership the widest-read comics readers as possible!
The Comics Masterpieces Graphic Novel Club will start shipping out selections monthly on June 1st, 2020. The first book will be Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Ennis will join Hibbs for a livestreamed interview in mid-June. Other confirmed creators for the first year of the club include Kurt Busiek (Marvels), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), and Neil Gaiman (Sandman). This is a pretty impressive list to start with and a great way for folks to dig into some of the classics of the industry.
Selections from all three clubs can be exchanged from an extensive list of additional choices and “runner up” selections so members have some flexibility if they already have a book. Plans are available on a month-to-month basis or a full year at a time. Sign up on the Graphic Novel Club website.