The Beat is a proud sponsor of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs, which bring comics fans a curated mix of the best of new release graphic novels and conversations with the creators who make them. Each month, the staff of Comix Experience votes on two sets of upcoming books they are most excited—one gets presented to adults and another to middle readers. Each club provides schwag like original signed custom bookplates for adults or buttons and magnets for the kids (in this case, the latter, to support the featured book Cheshire Crossing!).
Most excitingly, the Graphic Novel Clubs bring in the creators of selected books to talk exclusively to GNC members in interviews conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs, who brings thirty years of experience in comics to the table. These talks are livestreamed to members all over the country and are a fun and informative mix of conversation on craft and form, as well as on the business of making comics. The Graphic Novel Clubs make a point of being inclusive, inviting creators from a wide variety of age, race, sex, and cultural perspectives to speak to members.
Membership is what propels these conversations, so if you like what you see, please support these discussions of comics, and the creators who make them, by joining the club.
This week: Today, Brian Hibbs sits down with writer and illustrator of Cheshire Crossing, an all-ages graphic novel from Ten Speed Press. The superstar collaborators behind this book include Andy Weir, author of The Martian, and Sarah Andersen of Sarah’s Scribbles fame. Stemming from the imaginative fan comics Weir drew years ago, CHESHIRE CROSSING follows Peter Pan’s Wendy, Through the Looking Glass‘ Alice, and the Wizard of Oz‘s Dorothy in a new adventure that sees them unite for the first time at Cheshire Crossing, a boarding school dedicated to helping wayward individuals cope with the strange and supernatural experiences they’ve had in life.