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For the past five years, I have gotten most of my entertainment from the Internet. I stopped watching cable a long time ago and I’ve not looked back. The reason being that I’ve found a plethora of amazing content on streaming sites. The upside to streaming content is that it’s often live, off the cuff, and free of creative control from a network. The downside is that the shows are often short-lived despite cultivating a large, dedicated fanbase.
This week, one of my favorite shows has said goodbye as they celebrated their second anniversary on the air. That show is The Wednesday Club. It is produced and broadcast by Geek & Sundry via their Twitch channel and Legendary Entertainment via their content hub, Project Alpha. Hosted by Amy Dallen, Matt Key, and Taliesin Jaffe, the show covered everything about comics, from new releases and classic titles to comics industry history and the effects of comic books on society and other entertainment media.
I’ve watched The Wednesday Club from its first episode and it became a watching staple. I never missed an episode. Each week, I was educated by the hosts’ combined comics knowledge and I quite often took their advice on reading suggestions. But this show was more than just talking about comics. Fans of the show, dubbed “Wednesdaisies,” conglomerated in chat and on Discord to share their love of comics and their enthusiasm for the medium. They created art dedicated to the show and its amazing hosts. They banded together to help those in the group that needed assistance. They raised thousands of dollars for charities involved in mental health, suicide prevention, food banks, art education, and many more. All of this was done via the shared love of comics, the show, and its hosts.
Oh, the hosts! I cannot express how awesome and informative these three people are. I’ve been a fan of Amy’s since she had a blue pixie haircut and stood in front of her bookcase at home talking about comics for Geek & Sundry’s Vlogs YouTube channel ages ago. Having worked in a comics store for quite a while, Amy gave a unique look into how the industry works from the seller’s perspective. On top of that, her encyclopedic knowledge of comics history, infectious smile, and never-ending enthusiasm made her the guiding light of the show.
Taliesin brought the perspective of a life-long fan of comics, manga, and often very obscure titles to the show. His depth of knowledge seems to know no bounds and he is often the host who opened my eyes to several different perspectives I would’ve never thought of otherwise. His long tangents about obscure comics, the occult, and his experiences growing up in L.A. were often a wonderful break from the topic at hand. Being a fan of his because of his involvement with Critical Role only made me love his contribution to the show more.
When I first started watching the show, I found myself not very familiar with Matt Key. But with each episode, it was very clear that Matt was the heart of the show. Not only did he have a vast depth of comics knowledge, but his perspective on comics from a person who once attended seminary and aspired to be a part of the clergy put a new spin on the stories comics told. His anecdotes about his journey with his faith and religion were always entertaining and insightful. However, it was his openness and often emotional stories about his struggles with depression that made me a huge fan of his. Anyone who chooses to be that vulnerable on camera while remaining honest and true to himself is someone I can certainly get behind.
I’m going to miss the Wednesday Club. It gave me knowledge about a type of storytelling I had only dipped my toe into when I was a kid and re-ignited that passion in my adulthood. Matt, Amy, and Taliesin have never steered me wrong, are a constant well of inspiration, and remain wonderful, thoughtful, and caring humans.
Thank you, Tal, Matt, Amy, and all the Wednesdaisies around the globe. I can only think of one way to properly sign off this post, and that is with a quote from the one and only Stan Lee:
“My theory about why people like superheroes is that when we were kids, we all loved to read fairy tales. Fairy tales are all about things bigger than life: Giants, witches, trolls, dinosaurs and dragons and all sorts of imaginative things. Then you get a little bit older and you stop reading fairy tales, but you don’t ever outgrow your love of them.”
Thank you for not outgrowing comics, y’all.