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A review a day: Ed Contradictory #1-2

Here’s another comic book sent to me in the mail. Ah, mail. Is there anything it can’t do?

Ed Contradictory #1-2 are two issues collecting the webcomic by Ed Conley. They each cost $3.50.

That tag line cracks me up! I dare you not to love pandas!

The comic follows the adventures of Ed Contradictory, a fictionalized version of the creator. We meet him when he’s pitching Shark Train to SciFi Network (before their name change, obviously) and go from there. Eventually SciFi picks Dinoghost (the tag line is “Who says all ghosts were once human?”) over Shark Train, and Ed moves on with the comic. We get many characters – Victorian scientists, pandas, Magical Booze Fish, the mercenary dude from Shark Train, Gus the drunken Santa Claus, Ed’s negativity monster – and lots and lots of gags. I laughed a lot at these strips. There’s not really much of a plot or narrative to discuss (although Ed does have a few threads running through them – they aren’t one-off strips), so I just thought I’d post a random sampling of the strips and let you decide whether you like them or not:

Night Ranger!

Victorian scientists rule!

Yeah, that's a fine power!

Who doesn't love schematics?

You all want to be Marcus!

Not ... cakepie!

I know that these are on-line for free and that might put you off buying these, but I dislike reading stuff on-line and it’s always fun to have all the storylines collected so you don’t have to remember week-by-week (Conley posts these weekly) what’s going on. But each strip has a ton of fun stuff in it even if you’re not following the main storyline. Ed’s sense of humor is very dry and doesn’t rely on bodily functions or fluids or other crude stuff, which I often don’t find funny. He just gives us a lot of wry observations and odd situations, and it’s hilarious. I’ll give you an example (in addition to the ones above): in the first strip, Ed worries that the folk at SciFi might think he’s a fraud. The receptionist says, “You do understand that you’re pitching a low-budget movie to the SciFi Network, right?” Ed says, “Oh, I know,” and she responds, “These are the people that made the horror film about the refrigerator that are people.” Ed answers, “Don’t think I don’t know because believe me, I know.” Just from that, I knew I’d like the strip. If that made you laugh, you’ll probably like the rest.

You can follow the strip on-line or go to the site, e-mail Ed, and get your own copy. It’s funny! I HAVE SPOKEN!


Tom Fitzpatrick

December 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm

“Ah, mail. Is there anything it can’t do?”

Well, it can’t MAKE me rich!!!!!
I wanna BE rich!!!!!!!!
I wanna BE rich!!!!!!!!
I wanna BE rich!!!!!!!!

I suppose you don’t follow Ellis’ web-comic Freak Angels? That’s usually a “weekly” edition, full of Ellis’ stuff.

Tom: You’re weird. And I’ve bought the three volumes of Freak Angels, because I can’t be reading stuff on no Internets!

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm

And think of all the money I saved from NOT buying Freak Angels tpbs, and actually using the money to buy comics NOT posted on the internet!

SO there!!!

NOW, I’m broke!

Well Greg, if you’re reading FreakAngels in trades the last one will give you one hell of a cliffhanger!
Ellis planned in that way! :P
He loves us who support him online! :D

This comic is pretty funny. Nice work Ed C.

It can’t hold you at night and tell you everything’s going to be alright.

Love the review and love the comic. Thanks, Greg!

Ed Contradictory is clever and tons of fun! I heart Pinder – like a lot, dude!

Ed Contradictory is a lot of fun. He hangs around on the boards at CBR from time to time–I always take the chance to recommend his comic!

For those that might miss it, a link to the comic is included in the second sentence of Greg’s post.

Thanks for the kind words Greg (and everyone else)! Pinder says thanks, too.

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