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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Prose and Panels With Patrick Rothfuss
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Prose and Panels With Patrick Rothfuss

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Taliesin Jaffe, Matt Key, and Amy Dallen were joined by The Kingkiller Chronicle author and past Critical Role guest Patrick Rothfuss to discuss comics and prose, writing, and life in general.

In memory of Steve Ditko, 1927-2018

This week on the show, the hosts chatted with Pat about his upcoming comic book, Rick and Morty Vs. Dungeons & Dragons, along with writing advice for the aspiring and current authors. Yes, he did briefly talk about writing Book Three, and no, no timeline for when you’ll be staying up all night to read it.

Pat is also one of the notable creators who has penned an introduction for the first volume of the upcoming 30th anniversary collections of Sandman from DC/Vertigo. “[Neil Gaiman] changed the way I thought about stories,” he said, professing himself as a fan of the series.


“I read [Sandman] and I’m like, hold on, Odin’s here?” Pat recalls from his first experience reading the story. “And there’s an angel? And Lucifer? And Shakespeare’s putting on Midsummer Night’s Dream as a play for Oberon and Titania? You can do this? […] This is more complex, this draws on more mythology, more history. It’s wild and wondrous and beautiful and strange.”

The Name of the Wind author also talked about his unique revision process—one weekend he went through the entire first book looking at every instance of the word “that”—and how he is a “compulsive reviser” who will edit his work literally hundreds of times before considering a novel finished.


Pat specifically recommended the Hugo-award winning Digger as a comic book series he’s currently enjoying. He originally picked it up to screen it for his young son, but was pleasantly surprised by the story. He suggests ages 10 and up for the story, which can be a little violent for younger readers.


“It’s about an adventurous wombat,” described Amy. “He’s the best.”

“Go out and buy that big brick of a book,” said Pat. “It’s beautiful.”

(Sofawolf Press, Ursula Vernon)

Pat also mentioned Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics having an influence on both his comics and prose writing.


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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Featured Image: IDW

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