The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s new comic book discussion show with hosts Amy Dallen, Taliesin Jaffe, and Matt Key. Each week at noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, tune in to Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel to hear from the hosts about current comic storylines and events, insight into the comic book industry, and delightful tangents from personal anecdotes to random comic book facts.
This week the group invited Erika Ishii to join them as they discussed the history of Image Comics.
For a detailed look at the origin of Image Comics as a company, Taliesin Jaffe recommends watching the documentary The Image Revolution, currently streaming for Amazon Prime members. The film explores the journey of seven comic book artists who, dissatisfied with the lack of creators’ rights at the large comic book companies, quit their jobs to form a new company that allowed creators both freedom and the rights to their own work.
While the group discussed several Image titles, from the early books like Youngblood to current titles like Paper Girls, each host picked one book as a favorite to recommend.
Saga was the first book that got Matt Key into Image, and it’s also his favorite. “[It’s like] Star Wars fell into David Bowie’s Labyrinth,” he said. “It’s a fantasy in space.”
Erika Ishii agreed. “If you’re into sci-fi, you will really love it. But if you’re into intimate relationship-based stories, you will also love it… It’s really just about a family at its heart.”
(Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Image Comics)
Erika Ishii also counts Rat Queens as one of her favorite Image books. “It’s so delightful because I grew up loving fantasy and Dungeons & Dragons, and I felt like there wasn’t enough inclusion in fantasy for my liking,” she said. “[Rat Queens] does fantasy in a way that I want to see.”
(Kurtis Wiebe, Tess Fowler, Stjepan Sejic, and Roc Upchurch, Image Comics)
Both Taliesin Jaffe and Amy Dallen can’t say enough good things about The Wicked + The Divine, a book about twelve gods who come to Earth as humans. “The world was so accessible to me… and the mythology and the characters are so incredible,” said Amy Dallen.
(Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, Image Comics)
Described by Image as a “women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff,” Bitch Planet is another of Amy Dallen’s picks for one of the company’s top titles. “It’s this wonderfully imaginative sci-fi,” she said. “It’s dark and funny and you fall deeply in love in these characters.”
(Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, Image Comics)
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What’s your favorite book from Image Comics? Tell us in the comments.
Images: Geek & Sundry and Image Comics