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.
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: Lincoln Peirce is a prolific cartoonist and storyteller. He’s written stories for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. He’s written and drawn eight volumes of Big Nate, a legendary comic strip that spawned eight graphic novels. After the release of Big Nate: Blasts Off, however, Peirce felt it was time for a change.
Watch as Brian Hibbs talks to Peirce about the latter’s latest graphic novel: Max and the Midknights! The comic follows Max, a young boy who wants to be a knight but isn’t given a chance to prove himself until his uncle, Budrick, is kidnapped by the evil King Gastley!