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Wednesday’s Webcomic – The Tragedy Series

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Wednesday's Webcomic

The Tragedy Series by Benjamin Dewey is a series of poignant and amusing one panel comics illustrating unlikely tragedies. I’ve described it at times as a Victorian The Far Side and in the same vein as the comics of Charles Addams. Painterly sepia-toned vignettes illustrate old fashioned characters in absurd situations. Part of the charm of the series is that you can imagine finding them in the corner of some Victorian magazine or newspaper, or faded clippings tucked into your Great-Grandmother’s recipe box in the attic. The author keeps in character as a verbose Victorian gentleman giving these friendly “It can happen to you!” warnings in his comments, and he uses the tumblr format to keep the presentation of the website simple. He also uses the tumblr tags to great effect, sneaking in a little extra description of the situation into the tags section.  The author kindly includes “Sadness Reprieves” should the tragedy begin to weigh on you and these are sweet, happy, and always heart-warming.

Show And Tell

The Author and his Other Works

Benjamin Dewey is a professional freelance comic artist, illustrator and musician out of Portland, Oregon and Periscope Studio. He’s worked on projects for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse, as well as an excellent but sadly departed  fantasy webcomic called Tales of the White Pony. Some of its remains can be seen with even see more samples of his work at his online portfolio here. Many of the tragedies are available as prints in Dewey’s web store on Etsy.

Note from Jeanette: I’ll be taking a brief break from Wednesday’s webcomic next week, for a vacation and to read more archives. I want to be sure I read an entire library before I recommend a comic and I need to add more comics to my line up. If you have a recommendation, please send it to jeanette.diaz@gonnageek.com! You can expect the next installment on July the Third. Please enjoy this Sadness Reprieve to console you in my absence:

A Sadness Reprieve


Wednesday’s Webcomic – Erstwhile

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If you’ve read original Grimm Fairy Tales you know that many of the endings are anything but happy, the justice tends to be biblical, and the logic tends to belong in Bedlam. Erstwhile is the beautifully drawn, true-to-the-source adaptation of the lesser-known Grimm fairy tales. The artists also don’t cut out any of the tragic bits, the bloody bits, or any of the downright weird bits. It’s a collaboration between three artists, who take advantage of the short story collection format to change up the art each time with different styles, color palettes  and techniques.

Death of the Little Hen

My favorite part about the comic (Other than Grimm in all its grisly glory) is the art styles which always suit the story being told. Since all three artists have other series, I imagine drawing the same style every day can get a little weary, and they want to flex their muscles a little . The colors change to suit the tone, from the sad cool blues of The Little Shroud to the deceptively cheerful warm earth tones in The Bird, the Mouse, and the Sausage.  The first volume has been printed with the aid of a kickstarter and has the first eight tales, as well as being printed in truly luscious full color.

A Tale with a Riddle

About the Authors

Gina Biggs is the ringleader of our merry band of storytellers, and is the author of the long running romance web comic Red String. Louisa Roy is the author of the fantasy comic Velharthis, which is currently undergoing a ground-up rebuild. Elle Skinner is the author of Missing Monday.