''Simply Weird: The (fake) History of Weird Comics Incorporated, A (fake) Comic Book Company'' is author William Robert Webb IIIís love letter to comics. Itís about the varied history of WCI or Weird Comics Incorporated, a comic book company that Webb made up. It chronicles the lives of the Winecrest family who run the company from its inception during the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age of Comics]] until the end of the company in 2007. The book covers several pivotal events in comic book history and has shown how those events affect the company (and the lives of those who work there). Overall itís a humorous look at comics through its various ages. Compare it to Steve Aylettís book ''Lint'', a satirical mock biography of a fictional Science Fiction writer. Webb has cited Lint as an influence on Simply Weird along with ''[[Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay]]'' and several nonfiction books detailing various aspects of the history of comics.

Simply Weird is currently available [[http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000457186/Simply-Weird.aspx here]] and as an ebook [[https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Rx-Ltd8dQsMC&rdid=book-Rx-Ltd8dQsMC&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb here]]. It is also available at Barnes and Noble in [[http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/simply-weird-william-robert-webb-iii/1113027471?ean=9781463429423 Paperback]] and [[http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/simply-weird-william-robert-webb-iii/1113027471?ean=9781463429416 Hardcover]]. Also available on Amazon.com in [[http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Weird-History-Incorporated-Company/dp/1463429428/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1349466324&sr=8-2 Paperback]] and [[http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Weird-History-Incorporated-Company/dp/146342941X/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1349466324&sr=8-2 Hardcover]].
!! [[Literature/SimplyWeird Simply Weird: The (fake) History of Weird Comics Incorporated, A (fake) Comic Book Company]] contains examples of:

* AscendedFanboy: Jim Von Bakerson and Barry Thurston are artists who both grew up reading comics published by WCI. They of course both end up working as artists on their favorite characters Jason Jonze and the Crimson Protector respectively.
* TheCameo: Fredrick Wertham is mentioned several times in the book and even is mentioned to have been [[spoiler: punched in the face]] by Dicky Winecrest at a Comic Book Convention in the 70ís.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Dicky and Sally knew each other since they were kids. They marry each other when they grow up. Though Dicky is hesitant at first.
* ColonCancer: Just look at the title.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: WCI publishes a book called The Double Duo.
* EpistolaryNovel: Not the entire book but there are several chapters that are nothing but correspondence between Webb and a fictional literary critic.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Itís a book about a fake comic book company called Weird Comics Incorporated.
* {{Expy}}: Some of the characters published by WCI are Expies of other comic book characters. This includes Dr. Mapleleaf (aka Byrnes Johnson) who is an expy of both Doctor Doom and comic book artist [[Creator/JohnByrne John Byrne]]. Tommy Tedson is an expy of [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. The Grey Apparition is an expy for Will Eisnerís ComicBook/TheSpirit and his later stories printed by WCI is intended as Webbís parody of Creator/FrankMillerís [[Film/TheSpirit movie version]] of the character.
** There are several other examples but there are too many to cite.
* FootnoteFever: There are 47 in total. There is even one in one of the correspondence chapters.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Fredrick Wertham among others.
* ImprobableAge: Dicky Winecrest takes over as head Writer and Editor of WCI at the age of twelve.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Several chapter titles.
* LongTitle: The full name is a mouthful.
* {{Mockumentary}}: Well it is about the history of a comic book company that never existed.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Most of the people detailed in the book are writers or writer/artists. Only a few mentioned in the book are solely artists.
* OneParagraphChapter: There are several of these including one that is a single word.
* ShoutOut: The cover is a tribute to Issue number 21 of Justice League of America. It was the first issue in which the Justice League teamed up with the Justice Society.
* ShownTheirWork: Some of the information present about Fredrick Wertham would count. Facts such as Wetham not being a fan of the comic book code (he wanted a ratings system for comics instead) and that Wertham testified in defense of Albert Fish along with mention of Wertham's early support of the Civil Rights Movement are mentioned in the book. The inclusion of these facts in the book would indicate some research into Wertham was done. While these are not exactly obscure facts they are still not widely known by everyone either. It shows that some serious research was done despite the fact the book doesnít take itself too seriously.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The book is mostly humorous and then you hear about some of the deaths (including one by [[spoiler: lung cancer]]) of creators and car accidents. On top of that some of the comics described can range from humorous to extremely dark and twisted.
* StylisticSuck: Some of the rough designs shown in the book that were drawn by the writers of the various comics published by WCI fit this. It is especially true of the drawings of Alvina the Robot and Captain Saltire. Really the only exception is the cover done by Ian Campbell which is of professional quality even when not compared to the interior illustrations.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: There is a disclaimer to this effect at the beginning of the book. Its basically meant to be a joke as the title already says the history present in the book is fake.
* WellDoneSonGuy: The book makes it pretty obvious that Richard Winecrest dosenít like his son Waldo. The animosity dates back to the eccentricities Waldo exhibited as a child among other things. In the book Waldo tries everything to get his Fatherís approval. It seems he would have gotten it if Richard hadnít [[spoiler: died in a car accident right before he was going to make Waldo head of Industrial Pulps on account of how well Waldo ran WCI.]]