Next up: Don't Make Me Laugh!
Wednesday, A
ugust 8, 2018, 7p

Hawthorne Library
345 Lafayette Ave
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(973) 427-5745
Library calendar link to our event:

This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss all things related
to comic books, anime, and manga.  Whether its Golden Age, Silver Age, Manga, or
Anime, this group tackles the ins and outs of art, story, and the graphic media. Join our
moderators as they explore the comic book universe.

umor and parody in the comic book universe.  Even Superheroes have a sense of
Recaps, comments
Crime Spree
5/10/18 recap

The theme for May was Crime Spree.  Haywood knocked it out of the park with an awesome presentation
that spanned from Free Comic Book Day recap to Deadpool 2's hilarious video of Deadpool being put in his
place by Celine Dion.

Things started off with a brief recount of Free Comic Book Day and who got what free comic book and free
comic books were handed out. Haywood then opened with a brief explanation of the typical gangster vs.
the "supervillains" like Lex Luther and the Joker, who are actually way above street level thugs.  Haywood
provided a handout that listed, explained and differentiated the various crime familie
s in both Marvel and
DC universes. Here's the breakdown:

Gotham Underground - Unified Crime Family
  • Black Mask - these baddies tried to take on Batman and wound up with a stay in Arkham
  • White Shark - successor to Black Mask's empire

Crime Families
  • Cosa Nostra - under this family banner came Beretti, Bertinelli, Cassamento, Galante, Inzerillo,
  • Falcone - under this banner was also the sub-organization the Sullivans
  • Ibanescu
  • Maroni
  • Moxon's Empire
  • Odessa Mob
  • Riley
  • Sabatino
  • Yakuza

The Maggia is a fictional crime syndicate in the Marvel universe.  They like hiring mad scientists and
supervillains to do their dirty work.

Following the walk thru Crime Family alley, Haywood gave us May Trailer Madness!!  Lots of fun, the list of
trailers were:
  • Batman the Long Halloween - Batman attends a Godfather-like wedding
  • Venom trailer - looks great
  • Deadpool 2 - the Celine Dion slap-down is too funny
  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies - hilarious shots taken at Marvel movies
  • Ant Man and the Wasp
  • fan generated video mash-up of Infinity War
  • Castle of Count Nefaria
  • a look at the Iron Man video game

Fun and interesting evening that continued at a diner - cause the library had to close.
What Even Is This!?
7/11/18 recap

Chris H
Our theme of What Even is This!? was well represented with one word: Zardoz!  The film, described as
surrealist science fantasy film, starring Sean Connery is a doozy perfectly representing WHAT THE WHAT!?
Haywood went over some Marvel comics: What the?! He also had a nice tribute to Steve Ditko. Stephen J.
Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of
the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. His work was legendary in the genre.  
Also shown were parodies of how Infinity War should have ended. Comics starting fresh and new with #1
issues completed the interesting and informative evening.