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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Hot Topics
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Hot Topics

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Amy Dallen, Matt Key, and Taliesin Jaffe chatted about books that played an unforgettable role in teen Taliesin’s life.

Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) may be a small publisher, but its macabre books like the violent Johnny the Homicidal Maniac made a big impact on goth kids in the 1990s. “[It’s] a very unique, very specifically strange little chunk of the comic book universe,” said Taliesin. “They’re a long-storied, strange little publisher.”

In a rarity in the comic book industry, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac skipped the traditional distribution method by going directly into Hot Topic stores in the mid-1990s. “If you were a goth kid in the 90s, you owned this,” said Taliesin.

“It can’t be overstated how weird and cool that is,” Amy said.

Alongside Johnny the Homicidal Maniac were spin-off books like Squee! and I Feel Sick, and the publisher continues to print and support unique books today. Although some of them are difficult to find digitally, if these weird and wonderful titles appeal to your personal aesthetic, they’re worth tracking down.

Take a look at the gallery below for specific recommendations from this episode of The Wednesday Club.

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All Comic Images: Slave Labor Graphics

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