Christian Witch (2010)
Discussed in: Episode 58
Source: My friend found an amazing advertisement on the free table at APE, a badly smudged xerox promoting what was apparently a comic called “Christian Witch.” The flier contained no email address, website or table number; nothing but the author’s actual physical address and multiple copyright notices. I only found out later, by pure luck, that the author had a booth at the show, so I stopped by to chat with him. Darren Linzie’s earnestness was frankly charming, so I had to buy the first two issues of “Christian Witch” as well as another comic called “Taskforce” and something called “The Afrimericans,” which actually seems to be a series of ads for other comics that Linzie hasn’t made yet. I think you’ll agree that this is a brilliant example of outsider art. We are only posting the very first issue of Christian Witch in hopes that it encourages more people to seek out Linzie and patronize his art. Seriously, please support this man’s comic efforts; we are all richer for his work. If you ever have the chance to buy his comics, DO IT. You will not regret it.
Plot: The story of “Christian Witch” is a little hard to follow, so I’ll explain briefly. It mostly seems to be about aliens attacking an “art and soul” festival in Oakland. A superhero based on the author fights and defeats them, with the help of two women (neither of whom appears to be the Christian Witch). Meanwhile, the real Christian Witch is in church because her dad won’t let her go to the festival, but then a half-demon elf named Mister Sir Jonah appears to warn her that her friends are in danger. The issue ends with her friends being menaced by someone called Taskub, whom in Issue 2 is revealed to be a “devil tribesman(?)”.
After the main story, we see a series of single page comics, reminiscient of the short strips you sometimes see in the back of Archie comics. My favorite is the Gloriou$, the richest girl in Oakland. Linzie mentions Dan DeCarlo as an inluence somewhere, so I assume that he was inspired by Veronica Lodge.