Movie producers are re-opening the imaginations of past and present comic readers by bringing the superheroes they admire to life on the big screen.
“Ironman”, “Batman”, “The Avengers” and The “X-Men” movies have all been smash hits at the box office.
Like a lot of feature films, these epic tales of fantasy and science fiction originated from pen and paper, in this case they were derived from comic books.
Students at Boise State explore their imagination and plenty of illustrated action in the Boise State Comic Book Club (CBC).
“I was introduced to comic book characters through television and movies, and now there are endless movies featuring superheroes,” CBC member Emma Faulkner said. “I like how Marvel’s movies are crafted to be blockbusters, with the right blend of humor, action and explosions.”
The CBC discusses what each member is currently reading as well as a variety of different comics, such as graphic novels, science fiction and contemporary superheroes.
They also share their opinions on artwork, plot and how the group members feel about the main character in individual publications.
“I think the art and the characters make or break a comic,” CBC president Eileen McNulty said. “Plot is also important, but I know some people won’t even touch some comics if the art is terrible or the main character(s) are insufferable.”
Michelle Estrada heard about the club from a fellow classmate and attended a meeting for a class assignment.
“I really enjoy comic books and during a discussion with a classmate I found out BSU had a club,” Estrada said. “I went to check things out, as an excuse, I used an assignment for sociology to introduce myself. I never left.”
Reading and discussing comic books is a major point of the CBC, however, the club does more than the monthly meeting at Space Bar downtown or attending premieres of the latest movies that relate to their readings.
Last fall, CBC members went bowling dressed in their favorite character’s fatigues, and in the spring they held an event at a Women’s Center to explore healthy relationships in the context of comic book characters.
This fall there’s been talk of constructing Transformer costumes.
This is the fifth year of the club’s existence. All one needs to join is show up to meetings and participate in the discussions. There are no membership fees.
“Just bring your immortal soul,” Estrada said.
The CBC meets weekly every Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Student Union Building in room 403.
As comic book culture continues to grow there’s anticipation the CBC will as well. Already this year they’ve doubled in participants from five to 10.
“It’s a fun club for anyone who has an interest in geek culture and just wants to hang out with other people that share that interest,” McNulty said.