Image courtesy of Chris Natale

The members of the King’s College Comic Book Club are as colorful, energetic, and diverse as the comics the group is based around.

It is one of the newer groups on campus having been established a year ago, yet it has already managed to acquire many active participants.

“It exists in order to provide an opportunity for individuals to come together and express their interest in comics, the characters, and the surrounding culture,” states Chris Natale, president and founder of the club.

Since the Golden Age of comic books in the 1930’s through the 1950’s, these illustrative stories have gathered a large following that remains prevalent in pop culture to this day.

New comics are always being released, and websites like YouTube are teeming with content based around them.

Not only that, but films based on comics are being put into production and different types of video games with their beloved characters are being developed, all of which are open for discussion at the meetings.

These meetings also include fun contests, such as quizzes with a free comic as the prize, and opportunities to make a keepsake to remember the club by – this semester it’s a self-designed lightsaber.

“Students, regardless of their major, should join because they can come to a common place to discuss their interests without being judged,” Natale explains. “They can meet more people without feeling alienated.”

There’s no need to worry about pesky rivalries such as the Marvel versus DC debate, or the debate between traditional and indie comics.

All people with any interest or any level of knowledge about the world of comics are welcome.

“If you’re interested in comic books, anything at all, you’re more than welcome to come here,” Natale urges. “If you’re interested, come here. If you don’t really know much but want to know more about it, come here. We’re open to everyone and would never turn anyone away.”

Samantha Bucher, a first-year and one of the club’s newer members, agrees that it’s an open environment.

“I feel very comfortable here,” Bucher states. “I get along with a lot of people in the club and I’ve made some great friends here. I can nerd out!”

Bucher also states that there’s a strong female presence at the meetings, despite only having four active female members, and assures that they have no problems sharing their opinions and standing their ground.

“If anything is said that’s even borderline sexist,” she explains with an emphasis that it very rarely has happened, “We don’t let it slide.”

The club isn’t all fun and games, however, and they do their part to help save the world through their various volunteer events. Their most recent project was partnering up with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization and reading comic books to children.

For anyone interested in joining, they may contact Chris Natale via his email christophernatale@kings.edu.