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Evil Geek Book Report: Special Edition – Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads : The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

As autumn rolls its way through the Upstate region (even though it’s actually 95 degrees out as I write this — curse you global warming!) and the end of September draws nigh, the spooky season is now upon us! There’s nothing I love more than curling up with some chilling tales and a cup of tea during this time of year, so I decided to write up some of my favorites in what I like to call Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O Reads!   So grab some cider donuts, light a candle, and gather ’round.

The first edition of Hall-O-Reads comes straight to you from the Archie Comics’ universe. Just this week, news broke that there was a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series in development from the team that is currently bringing us the sexy goodness that is Riverdale. (For my review of Riverdale, click here — I highly suggest catching up on Netflix before the new season airs in early October.)

The series is said to be based on the ongoing comic title, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch , which I’ve heard great things about, and also a great many complaints, due to the fact that the people at Archie Comics have been publishing these books at a near glacial pace. But don’t get too mad at them, folks! They’re busy bringing us more Riverdale, so naturally, all is forgiven there. Well, at least from me.

Naturally, with all this Sabrina news, I decided to give the comic a try. I was a huge fan of the TGIF series growing up, and I’ve always loved the Archie Comics universe. I will, however, state first that this is not your TGIF Sabrina by a long shot. Much darker and with a slightly Satanic edge, this comic really pushes the edge on what you know to be the Archie Comics universe. You see familiar faces, such as Hilda, Zelda and Salem, but they’re definitely not the goofy characters you remember. I won’t spoil anything for you, but let’s just say Salem REALLY liked the ladies and Harvey isn’t the guy you remember.

The barebones plot of the comics is that Sabrina tries to navigate being a powerful half witch with her teenage lifestyle. On her sixteenth birthday, she must either accept her responsibility to become a witch, or be a mortal forever. Her father, Edward’s ex flame — aka Madam Satan, returns and is determined to wreak havoc and chaos on the Spellman family, by targeting the object of Sabrina’s affections — her beloved Harvey.

I’ve yet to read Afterlife with Archie, but I noticed that it definitely ties into that story as well, so I may give that a chance too, but I will say that the Riverdale gang plays a significant role in Sabrina’s story as well. Basically, if you ever wanted to see Betty and Veronica summon a demon, this is definitely the comic for you!

Additionally, the art is absolutely gorgeous, and some of the variant covers are super cool. My personal favorite cover is one that mirrors the movie poster for Carrie. I love the classic look of the characters and the simplistic style used throughout the comics, that pays homage to the 1950’s-1960’s era that the comic takes place in.

                  Courtesy of Archie Comics

Issues 1-8 are currently available, with the series itself beginning in 2014. I was able to pick up all of the issues at once (shout out to the amazing crew at Earthworld Comics in Albany — who I swore by even before they decided to pay me regularly, for the record…) and will anxiously be waiting for the next installment, which is set to hit comic shops in December of this year!

I will say that this story is super accessible to someone who hasn’t read Archie in a number of years, aside from the Riverdale tie in comics — and is a great spooky read to get you in the mood for this season.

That’s all for this edition of Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads, stay tuned for some more spooky reading suggestions from your favorite spooky, scary, Evil Geek!

Be sure to tweet me @undiesofwondy , or leave a comment here for your Hall-O-Reads suggestions and to let me know what you all think of mine.

Huuuurryyyy baaaaaackkkkk…

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Ep 180 – Comic Catastrophe!!

 


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Hey there, Evil Geeks, we’ve got a spectacular show for you today! You know that whenever we assemble in the hallowed halls of Earthworld Comics, things are about to get real. C-Mart and Undies of Wondy sat down with C. Anthony Burdette from The Comics Multiverse, JC Glindmyer, owner of Earthworld Comics, and Professor Next our resident purveyor of knowledge and wisdom, to talk about the hypothetical end of the mainstreaming of geek culture. We’re at the point where we have our choice of multiple superhero tv and movie franchises to follow. What happens to all that once they fall out of favor with the public? Will all those things we love disappear? What happens to the comics industry when that happens? Will these characters we’ve come to love disappear? Could a major comic publisher go out of business? Well… that’s what we started talking about anyway. We end up getting away from that but still manage to delve deep into comic discussion. Hope you enjoy this latest episode of Transmissions From the Evil Lair!

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Ep 172 – Attack of the 24 Hour Fandom

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It’s deep discussion time, Evil Geeks! This week we come to you from our home away from the Evil Lair, Earthworld Comics, to talk about the effects of having a fandom that’s connected to the material it loves, 24 hours a day. Does living the “Disney Lifestyle” rot your  brain? Does being a die-hard Marvel Zombie turn you into a cultural zombie? What effects does this connectivity have on fans or artists? How has technology changed fandom in general?!?! This and many deep questions are answered (for the most part) by our all-star panel featuring, C-Mart, JC, the SUPER MYSTERIOUS Miss Demeanor, Professor Next and Undies of Wondy!

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Ep 161 – The Great Digital Comics Debate

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We’ve got an AMAZING show for you today, Evil Geeks! In recent years, many comic readers have faced a tough choice: continue reading comics the old school way – by heading to your local brick and mortar comic shop, or leap into the future by picking up your comics digitally and reading them on your favorite handheld device. We’ve assembled an incredible panel to get to the bottom of this very dilemma! C-Mart is joined by JC Glindmyer, owner of Earthworld Comics in Albany, NY, C. Anthony Burdette, writer of the blog The Comics Multiverse which appears in the Times Union newspaper, and returning to the podcast to complete this brain trust is Professor Next!

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Ep 159 – Fangirls Night Out with Melody Often

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Greetings, Evil Geeks! This week Undies of Wondy is live on the scene at Earthworld Comics’ Fangirls Night Out. She talks with some of the fangirls in the crowd and also talks with artist/comic creator Melody Often.

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Free Comic Book Day 2015 Reviews – Part Five (And This Time It’s Personal)

Free Comic Book Day has arrived, boys and girls, and if you’re still not sure which books you want enveloped in your greedy little mitts, keep on reading…

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