The Auteur

For the second meetup of The Comic Book Club we took on something with a bit of edge. It was my choice this time round and after the insanity of Transformers vs GI Joe I wanted to choose a book with gravitas, a book with a serious message, a highbrow work of comic literature.

Then I thought “F**k it!” and chose The Auteur instead.

The Auteur had been receiving rave reviews across the board, with reviewers claiming it was the craziest, most insane comic book experience around. I thought it might be a divisive choice…


“It’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas meets Naked Lunch. I really like it”



“The court room scene was genius”

“Found the gore a bit much at times”



“It’s a love story - I got Scott Pilgrim vibes. That’s a good thing!”

“Love all the cinematic references”



“Punky, skate-y & a bit like a strip from Thrasher magazine”

“Uber-violence made me bit queasy. Then again, I am a total wuss”


I think we can safely say that we rated The Auteur.

The guys really enjoyed an art style that jerks spasmodically between high detail and broad caricature. The colouring makes me sweat and want to take a long bath. The writing delivers some real belly laughs before crushing that with some drawn-out graphic nastiness.

Oh, and it had Edward Penishands in it :-)

Transformers vs GI Joe Volume 1

The first meetup of The Comic Book Club was hosted by me and we got together to discuss Transformers vs GI Joe.

I came across the book in this Top Comics of 2014 listing by AV Club (HT @itspaulmcgroovy) and had it on my wishlist for a while. Being featured by AV Club has got to mean it’s good right? Well…

Here are the reviews by The Comic Book Club members with quotes selected by me.


“In summary, I hated this”.

@dandineen - font geek.


“Bad: Text didn’t look right. Good: Kinda childish but in a good way”.

Hon Dineen - making Dan proud by complaining about the typography.


“I guess I enjoyed it”.

@tomwe - loves Transformers so much that he brought some of his TF collection along to the pub to show us.


“It’s too aware of it’s own coolness. They didn’t pull it off”.

@tygertale - a far better blogger than me.


“I felt really conflicted over this. But I know I’ll never read it again”.

@chao_xian - glad to have an excuse to buy graphic novels and talk about it with other geeks.