Hello to all you wondrous Grand Geeks and Gatherers of the realm! I hope all of you are well and that you are keeping up with all of your favorite fandoms. For me, I enjoyed a weekend seeing the new Joker movie and am currently expecting some nice D&D playthings come the morrow! The weather continues to fluctuate between cool and warm, leaving me unable to pick between that pumpkin spice latte or an iced tea. One way or another, I do plan on reading more indie books this week per usual. So let’s see what I’ll recommend to you, hmm?!
Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter of Terror: Season 2 #1
Writer(s): Dean R. Motter, Hunt Emerson
Artist(s): Dean R. Motter, Alex Ogle, Hunt Emerson
Cover Artist(s): Richard Williams
Publisher: Ahoy Comics
Synopsis: “AHOY Comics’ snarky anthology/desecration of Edgar Allan Poe returns for a new season-beginning with the ultimate Poe mashup! In Dean Motter’s “The Tell-Tale Black Cask of Usher,” the drink-addled writer falls prey to his own horrific imagination. Hunt Emerson offers another slapstick “Poe and the Black Cat.” A selection of horrific prose and pictures rounds out the issue. Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD).”
Sometimes with indie comics, what you see is often what you get and oft times more. Such is the case with the new season of this very cleverly concocted parody of Edgar Allen Poe’s genius. And that homage cover is just super!
Ginseng Roots #1
Writer(s): Craig Thompson
Artist(s): Craig Thompson
Cover Artist(s): Craig Thompson
Publisher: Uncivilized Comics
Synopsis: “From ages 10 to 20, Craig Thompson (the author of Blankets) and his little brother Phil, toiled in Wisconsin farms. Weeding and harvesting ginseng-a medicinal herb that fetched huge profits in China-funded Craig’s youthful obsession with comic books. Now, for the first time in his career, Thompson is working in serial form, in a bimonthly comic book series. Part memoir, part travelogue, part essay, all comic book, Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood labor, and the bond between two brothers.”
Just when you really think you’ve seen all there is to see in the indie comics realm, and then you come across a heartwarming tale such as this which is as informative and educational as it is charming and inspiring! Read on, friends!
And there we have it for the week, Grand Geeks and Gatherers! Tales of ginseng farming and weeding combined with the absurd parodied shenanigans of a classic American Gothic writer! These gems and so many others are available to you at the mere click of a button on your keyboard or at the touch of a screen on your phone or tablet. But I know you’ll show that extra measure of devotion to local business by heading to your comic stores this Wednesday to pick up the hard copy editions themselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, remember…GGG!