NEW GLASGOW – Local comic book collector Brian Fitzpatrick is holding another comic book meeting at the New Glasgow Library Sunday. Fitzpatrick started this club, which has already had two meetings, to create a forum for locals looking to share their interest in comic books with others.
“It’s pretty relaxed,” Fitzpatrick said. “We just kind of talk about things you like in comics, where they can go, and reminisce and we talk about interesting things about them.”
Fitzpatrick said the comic book club is also an opportunity for those who have always wanted to make a comic book to get ideas rolling and perhaps network to find a creative partner in making it.
“I’m also going to be doing a comic jam, almost a writers circle. You don’t need any skills in writing or drawing,” he said. “Basically we’ll start with a piece of paper and we’ll draw a first panel and pass it to the next person and we’ll have different themes so it’s a different experience every time.”
Fitzpatrick said discussions about comics will take place as the drawings are passed around and it’s not mandatory to contribute to the communal comic to show up to the meeting.
“I know I’ve always wanted to do a comic book and some people just need a kick to do it and it’s like ‘here, you sort of made it’ and one day you might do one all by yourself in the club,” he said “And if you want to do one on the side but you can’t find an artist or you can’t find a writer, this is somewhere to maybe meet somebody to make that connection.”
Fitzpatrick said anyone is welcome to join the club, which currently ranges from 20-year-olds to 70-year-olds. He said even if you’ve never read a comic or if you’re an avid collector, any interest level is welcome.
The next meeting will take place Sunday at the New Glasgow Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Topics for this meeting will be coming up with a name for the club; also, the option to create a short comic during the discussions is available and discussions will be about anything pertaining to comics. Meetings are scheduled to take place every third Sunday of the month.