Content Graphic Novel Club: Black Hole

"Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways -- from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) -- but once you've got it, that's it. There's no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters -- some kids who have it, some who don't, some who are about to get it -- what unfolds isn't the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it, or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself -- the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn't exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin..."

Hosted by comics über-geek David Wolff, this group is fun and accessible for adventurous readers who are curious about the medium, and interesting for even the most die-hard fans. Since aphic novels are quick and engrossing, this could be a great book club for you if your reading time is limited, or are looking to expand your horizons. We read a diversity of titles that show the range of the art form while giving us plenty to talk about. Selections are generally for mature readers, and are available at our usual 10% book club discount. No need to sign up, just show up!

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
314 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Black Hole (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780375714726
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon Books - January 8th, 2008