Sometimes the easiest place to find inspiration for a story is to look into history. With so many different time periods to choose from, history can provide an endless font of tales and adventures. Today, we look at five web comics who chose to elaborate on different epochs in their own way.
If you’re new to this, here’s the scoop: Each Wednesday we showcase five indie web comics. Each will be categorized and will be judged by ART, STORY and APPEAL. This will give you an opportunity to support indie artists and the amazing work they do.
This weeks comics will explore HISTORY. Without further ado, let’s GO!:
Comic: Next Town Over
Story & Art: Erin Mehlos
About: Next Town Over is a weekly paean to the western, with some steampunk and fantasy elements splashed in, updating at the stroke of midnight on Saturdays. From Eisner-nominated cartoonist Erin Mehlos, creator of Hell’s Corners, Next Town Over features some twists lurking a little deeper in the story, but it’s a bit early in the story to reveal too many of those just yet.
Comic: Tales From The Middle Kingdom
Story & Art: KOAD
About: The name for China translates to “Middle Kingdom” in English. The term originated from the rather immodest ancient Chinese believe that China was the center of the civilized universe.
The current story is adapted from the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which describes the military and political turmoil in China at the end of the Han Dynasty (169-290 AD), when the country was divided into three states.
Story & Art: Don MacDonald
About: Niccolò Machiavelli, a mid-level diplomat in the fifteenth-century city of Florence, was, ironically, not adept at the office politics of city government. On the contrary, he served his city with distinction and it was only after a regime change forced him out of office, that he retired to his farm and wrote the political treatises for which he is widely known, The Prince and The Discourses. Machiavelli, a graphic novel based on the life of Niccolò Machiavelli, focuses on the disparity between the widely held perception of Machiavelli as an evil opportunist and the actual story of his life.
Story & Art: David McGuire
About: Gastrophobia is the real-life adventures of an exiled Amazon warrior and her son living in Ancient Greece, roughly 3408 years ago. While our historical and archaeological records of the ancient era are dodgy at best and laughable at worst, Gastrophobia is no less historically accurate than other serious illustrated documentaries like Asterix or Groo.
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