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Queen of Wands was a webcomic by Aeire that ran from 2002 to 2005. It centered around the life of Kestrel, an excitable twenty-something living in Denver, and her married roommates, Felix and Shannon. The comic itself is loosely based on the life of the artist. After the comic completed its initial run, Aeire "reran" all of the strips with commentary added at the bottom.

Kestrel has since gone on to become a recurring character in Something*Positive, while the character Angela has her own spinoff, Punch an' Pie.

Queen of Wands provides examples of:

  • All Your Powers Combined: Here, where a group of five fuse together Evolution, Survival, Selection, Science, and H-AIIGH! to form Charles Darwin.
  • Amicable Exes: Kestrel and Felix, although a lengthy flashback arc shows that it took them a long time to reach that point.
  • The Annotated Edition: It did rapid-fire annotated reruns after the comic was completed.
  • Ascended Extra: Angela, an intended one-shot character who became the most important character outside of Kestrel's home.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In one stand-alone strip, Kestrel brings home a fiber optic Christmas tree and, when Shannon questions it, points out that "it keeps Felix entertained for hours!" Sure enough, Felix stands in front of the tree saying "Shinyyyyy," prompting his wife to acknowledge that this could be useful.
  • Babies Ever After: The comic's final arc is about Shannon's pregnancy.
  • Big Bad: The comic didn't remotely have one, but Kestrel invoked this trope by name complaining about the way Bane was portrayed in Batman & Robin.
  • Book Ends: The first and last strips both feature Kestrel making pancakes.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Of which How We Got Here below is the first instance.
  • Continuity Cameo: Both Felix and Shannon make a brief appearance in Punch an' Pie with their daughter.
  • Conversation Hog: Kestrel comes home to find the pregnant Shannon ranting about the multiple things which have her stressed out; but before Kestrel is able to say a word, Shannon diverts herself with a completely different train of thought and then thanks Kestrel for cheering her up before leaving the room. Kestrel is left wondering what on earth just happened.
  • Crossover: with Something*Positive.
  • Cute Little Fangs: The default art style. On Angela they are extra cute though.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Flashback scenes.
  • Fiery Redhead:
    • Kestrel, natch.
    • And Aeire herself.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wannabe Wiccan Girl.
  • Good Parents: Kestrel, in one of the flashbacks to before the strip, insists that Shannon is this when she gives up custody of her son Joshua. She knows that her ex-husband can give the little boy a much better life than she can afford to do as a single mother, so even though it completely destroys her, she signs away her parental rights.
  • Happily Married: Shannon and Felix.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Subverted (somewhat) with Kestrel, played straight with Shannon.
  • How We Got Here: Kestrel's Flashback to how she, Shannon, and Felix got where they are — which included a Flashback-within-a-Flashback.
  • Important Haircut: Felix (and hair de-dying.)
  • Incompatible Orientation: Angela (bi) is attracted to Kestrel (straight).
  • Innocent Innuendo: One of the last comics used shadows to give Aeire's readers' chains just one more little yank.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Kestrel accidentally runs afoul of one of these while working at the toy store, as he misinterprets her comment about his little brother as criticism. When he finds out that she's actually his brother's favorite coworker and meant no harm by the remark, he takes her to dinner as an apology.
  • Leet Lingo: The use of which is vilified.
  • Look Both Ways: Kestrel's first appearance in Something*Positive as a Boston cast member.
  • Misery Poker: Against Davan from Something*Positive, during a crossover.
  • Only Six Faces: Possibly why the art on Punch An' Pie is done by another artist- most of the female characters had identical faces with different hair. Their boss Dawna looked like all the other females, until Punch An' Pie revealed her to be older and much heavier.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Kestrel and Shannon go shopping for these in an early arc.
  • Real Dreams are Weirder: Felix has some weird dreams. One was about some weasels jumping in 'barley butter', which for some reason was a menace to some biscuits. In another one, he didn't want his brain to be pickled because he needed it for a ball.
  • Spin-Off: Angela goes on to Punch an' Pie.
  • Spork: In universe, there's an infomercial for The Grammar Spork(tm) — just ten pounds of pressure and you'll no longer be troubled by bad grammar and atrocious spelling!
  • To the Batpole!: Kestrel has an... interesting theory on this.
  • Transplant: Kestrel, to Something*Positive.
  • Vagina Dentata: Mentioned. Not nearly as gruesome, but just as disturbing, is singing its praises to the tune of Hakuna Matata, quoted above (Warning: Not Mind Safe), from here:
"Vagina Dentata... What a wonderful phrase!
Vagina Dentata... ain't no passin' craze!
It means no wiener for the rest of your days!
It's a penis-free girl cavity! Vagina Dentata!"