A Big Dog with some tricks up its sleeve
Thursday, 4th October
We sat down with Stuart at Big Dog Books to find out more about his unique shop. Big Dog Books has been around since 1st July 2016 and in that time it’s seen some changes.
Stuart had originally expected his shop to function as a niche comic book store. However, comic books and superheroes have seen a dramatic increase in public awareness in recent years. This mass awareness of comics and graphic novels has been a pleasant surprise.
The Big Dog sinks its teeth in
Stuart hasn’t lost that niche, knowledgeable, component of his store though. On the last Tuesday of every month, Big Dog Books runs a graphic novel book club. (They call it ‘Bark Club’). It's a chance for Stuart and other attendees to really get their teeth into the deeper side of graphic novels.
Big Dog Books’ ‘Bark Club’ is attended by a diverse cross-section of Perth’s population. From a chaplain who likes to discuss the moral and philosophical implications of the books, to the artist who offers a professional take on what makes for quality artwork in a graphic novel.
If you aren’t familiar with the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel it might surprise you to find out that these larger tomes offer insight into some really thought-provoking themes, allowing a unique take on current events, ethical positions, and other deep ideas.
Where appropriate ‘Bark Club’ is themed, using books that match current events (e.g Gay history month in February, or a dark, gothic tale for Halloween, etc.). It lets them look at the deeper meaning behind these larger volumes. 'Bark Club' offers attendees the chance of a more comprehensive appreciation of the artform. 'Bark Club' celebrates a form of storytelling which often gets overlooked. It’s something Stuart is clearly passionate about and it sounds like a really unique way to spend a Tuesday evening.
From athletic people in spandex costumes to deep philosophical discussions, Big Dog books have a lot going on.
Go See for yourself
Big Dog Books are open from 12pm -8pm every day, but they sometimes open later for specific events like game nights and pre-releases (yep, they offer a huge range of unique board games and card games too).
If you are interested in attending their next Book Club, they’ll be focussing on ‘Locke & Key vol. 1’; a book which uses an eerie graphic style to complement a tale about ghosts, spirits and supernatural powers. They will meet on Tuesday 30th October from 6pm till 8pm.
You can find an up-to-date list of ‘Bark Club’ meetings by clicking this link. (You can also leave a message there if you’d like more information)
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