5 things concerning AHOY's Tom Peyer and the first-ever Dragonflyman Day

by Jarrod Jones. No matter what Earth we find ourselves standing on, wherever there is injustice—wherever there is danger!—that’s where flits… The Dragonfly! And also Dragonflyman!

Be you a denizen of Earth-Omega or an upstanding member of Earth-Alpha, if there’s crime to smash, you know which hero to call. (… Maybe give Dragonfly some space to work.) You thrilled to the exploits of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman in The Wrong Earth. Comics shops reaped the benefits of being awesome with the June 3 release of its sequel series, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman. Now, as we have fully entered June 16, 2020, there is truly cause to don a pair of antennae and a sporty set of goggles, for today comes grand news! Grand news, indeed!

June 16 marks the bookstore release of the Dragonfly & Dragonflyman trade paperback, a two-fisted tome packed with pow! and seasoned with salty greatness. And to mark this occasion, AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief (and series author) Tom Peyer has an unprecedented announcement for us citizens of Earth-Normal: Our first-ever Dragonflyman Day!

“The idea of dedicating an annual day to a fictional masked crimefighter is so unprecedented, so unheard-of, that it takes all of AHOY Comics’ courage to even suggest it,” Peyer said in an official press release. “Yet suggest it we must, for it’s about time we honored something as important as a comic book hero, maybe with a flyover, or people going out to their balconies to applaud.” 

Peyer spoke to me from his bunker somewhere in Syracuse, NY. “I was stunned—stunned!—to realize that June 16, 2020 will mark 91 weeks since the world first thrilled to Dragonflyman’s adventures in THE WRONG EARTH #1,” he said, the madness glinting softly from his eyes. “Tradition demands that we observe this landmark date.”

You wouldn’t want to besmirch tradition… would you?

On this most venerated of holidays, DoomRocket spoke with Tom Peyer about the first annual #DragonflymanDay!

5 things concerning AHOY's Tom Peyer and the first-ever Dragonflyman Day
Image: AHOY Comics

1. What cosmic alignment could possibly trigger the epiphany that has led to this, AHOY’s Dragonflyman Day? 

Tom Peyer: By week nine of lockdown, I had written on every inch of every surface in the apartment, so I immediately moved into a thrilling new hobby: counting weeks on the calendar! I was stunned—stunned!—to realize that June 16, 2020 will mark 91 weeks since the world first thrilled to Dragonflyman’s adventures in THE WRONG EARTH #1. Tradition demands that we observe this landmark date. 

2. A proper Official Day ought to come with a swag bag, or at least one (1) swag, for the people to enjoy. What does AHOY have in store for Dragonflyman Day?

The best gifts are the ones you give yourselves. On this special day, be generous. Oh, and the DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN collected edition will become available at booksellers’ stores and sites on that day, which is a wild coincidence. (It’s already out in the comics market.) D&D is not swag, since you have to pay; but it’s a lot better, because we get money. 

3. Will there be future Dragonflyman Days to come, or is AHOY already facing some push-back from all the schools and banks that don’t want to close?

June, 2021 will see the 143rd week since Dragonflyman’s dynamic debut, and if you think we’ll let that go by without a celebration, you don’t know AHOY Comics! The bankers and teachers are just going to have to take the loss and move on. 

5 things concerning AHOY's Tom Peyer and the first-ever Dragonflyman Day
Image: AHOY Comics

4. What would—er, will—a “Dragonflyman Day” barbecue consist of? 

Mostly mosquitos. Maybe some cold moths on the side. Yes, that’s what dragonflies eat, and yes, I just now googled it. 

5. Um, dunno if anyone told you this, Tom, but June 16 is the day before National Mascot Day. Critics may say you’re horning in on some of that fuzzy action. What are you gonna do if Gritty, the Phillie Phanatic, Otto the Orange, and the San Diego Chicken decide they’re gonna lawyer up against AHOY?

The mascots are the ones who should worry. When their disgusting little day finally slithers into view, people are going to be too tingly in the afterglow of Dragonflyman Day to care one little bit.

June 16 is Dragonflyman Day now. Henceforth you must mark your calendars, as is your legal obligation.

‘Dragonfly & Dragonflyman’ Volume 1 TPB is available in comic shops and bookstores now.

Happy #DragonflymanDay! Enjoy this 5-page preview of ‘Dragonfly & Dragonflyman’ Volume 1 TBP, courtesy of AHOY Comics!

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