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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Dungeons & Dragons
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Dungeons & Dragons

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Matt Key, Taliesin Jaffe, and Amy Dallen were joined by B. Dave Walters and Tess Fowler to talk about Dungeons & Dragons comic books of the past—and the future.

Role-playing games have played a big part in the lives of both The Wednesday Club hosts and this week’s guests, and when the love of RPGs combines with comic books, magic almost always happens. Dungeons & Dragons has had a number of officially licensed comic books in years past, along with series currently running like Rick and Morty Vs. Dungeons & Dragons and Evil at Baldur’s Gate.

“The whole thing about these comics is that they’re connected,” Tess said. “They’re connected to the [Dungeons & Dragons] art at the time. There’s a faction of us that knew every artist on every cover, like Larry Elmore.”

B. Dave, Tess, and The Wednesday Club hosts talked about two classic Dungeons & Dragons comic books in particular: Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms.

Dragonlance

The Dragonlance comic books are adaptations of the fantasy novel series of the same name. The book series started with Dragons of Autumn Twilight in 1984, and is now considered a common introduction to the genre. (The books themselves were based on Dungeons & Dragons game modules.) In the story, a group of companions in the world of Krynn encounter a young woman who needs their help. Their journey will take them to places with dangers they’ve never even dreamt of on a quest that will change the world.

Tess, a veteran comic book artist, discussed the panel layout in the Dragonlance Classics book originally published by DC Comics.

“I just thought these layouts were amazing,” Amy said.

Taliesin had the Tasslehoff Burrfoot action figure, he revealed.

(IDW Publishing, Dan Mishkin, Mike Collins, and Ron Randall)

Forgotten Realms

Another classic Dungeons & Dragons series with a similar aesthetic to the classic Dragonlance books were the Forgotten Realms comic books also originally published by DC Comics.

Taliesin found himself liking the (slightly problematic) 90s vibe of the books more than he expected. “This is just warm toastiness,” he said with a smile.

Amy enjoyed the action and cute funniness of the book, she said. “I love this whole [gather your] party thing… I was into it.”

(IDW Publishing, Jeff Grubb and Rags Morales)

B. Dave, Tess, and the hosts also talked briefly about the out of print “D&D in space” comic series Spelljammer.

On this episode of The Wednesday Club, B. Dave and Tess had an exclusive reveal: They’re the new creative team on an upcoming official Dungeons & Dragons comic set in the Forgotten Realms! Stay tuned to Geek & Sundry for more news and info about the incredible new series.

THE DAILY WEDNESDAY

Did you know The Wednesday Club has their own letters column with questions and comments from viewers? Send in your thoughts, comic recommendations, questions, and more to Matt, Amy, and Taliesin at [email protected] and you might just see yourself on the next episode.

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Please mark your message “OK to read on air” so the hosts know what you’re comfortable with sharing.

MORE COMIC AWESOMENESS!

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

Featured Image: IDW Publishing

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