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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: The Wrath of Con
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: The Wrath of Con

This week on The Wednesday Club, Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show about all things comics, hosts Taliesin Jaffe, Amy Dallen, and Matt Key compared notes and their hauls from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Each host took $100 (in stacks of $2 bills, no less) around the show floor to pick up whatever caught their eye. As a result, Taliesin, Amy, and Matt met an incredibly diverse group of creators and were introduced to their work, many of which are self-published.

Shadow Pirates

This oversized, family-friendly zine is a collection of short comic stories with titles like “Bastion’s 7” and “Gumshoes 4 Hire.” There are even activities for learning how to draw larger-than-life original characters.

“It’s amazing short stories and a ton of different styles,” said Amy. “All kinds of beautiful short stories.”

(TableTaffy Comic’Zine, Sean Galloway, Doug Wagner, and Leonel Castellani)

Zojaqan

This gorgeous sci-fi/fantasy book follows the story of Shanon Kind, who finds herself on a planet with no warning and no idea why she’s there. The creator-owned book is co-written by Jackson Lanzing, Game Master for Geek & Sundry’s VAST.

“It’s just unreasonably beautiful,” Amy said. “The artist Nathan Gooden is destined immediately for stardom.”

(Vault Comics, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, and Nathan Gooden)

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

This web comic is a beautifully drawn story about a girl on an epic quest. With some parts of the tale completely wordless, it’s the incredible art that tells a lot of the story, and it caught Amy’s eye on the SDCC show floor.

“It is a mix of wordless and non-wordless storytelling,” described Amy, “about a little girl who finds a book.”

“It’s got a very Miyazaki, stained glass vibe,” admired Taliesin.

(Self-published, Melissa Pagluica)

Society of Unordinary Young Ladies

The Society of Unordinary Young Ladies

Although the title is a play on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there’s nothing quite like this web comic Taliesin discovered at SDCC. “This is a mashup sci-fi fiction of 80s television teen girls,” he said with a smile. Punky Brewster, Wednesday Addams, and Kimberly Drummond are just a few members of the amazing team.

“It’s layers of cool,” said Talisin. “The art style is really fun… I love a good black and white sketchy design. There’s so much movement and so much action in this. This was so my jam.”

(Sturdy Comics, Wahab Algarmi and Joel Sigua, D.Y., and Jayce G. Wah)

An Entity Observes All Things

Amy was already a fan of Box Brown’s work on a graphic novel about the history of Tetris, so she was excited to pick up his newest book, a collection of sci-fi stories. “He did such incredible storytelling in that [Tetris] book,” she said, “and I wanted to buy everything at his table.”

(Retro Fit Comics, Box Brown)

Future Proof

What if time travel was possible, but you could only go to the past? Matt Key loves a good time travel story, and Future Proof fits that category.

It’s a chase through time as one team tries to undo some of history’s most horrific events, like the assassination of JFK, and another team races to stop them. But as they can only travel to the past and unable to return to their present, none of them will know if their efforts are successful in the future.

“It’s super fun, the artwork is great,” said Matt.

(Bliss On Tap Publishing, Brian Phillpson and Alex Cormack)

Other creator-owned titles the hosts mentioned included Arsenic Lullaby, Digger, Tiny Adventure Journal, and Silver.

Taliesin, Matt, and Amy also picked up special back issues of Astonishing Tales Featuring Guardians of the Galaxy, House of Mystery, Forever People, and First Defenses from Vertigo, and got a special look at a Rick and Morty hardcover collection that delighted The Wednesday Club hosts and crew alike.

Hang out on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel every Wednesday night to catch the next amazing episode of The Wednesday Club.

Featured Image: Geek & Sundry

Other Images: Melissa Pagluica and Sturdy Comics

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