I LOVE Historical Romance Web Comics

Dear Reader,

If you haven’t realized that I am a huge geek, I am outing myself right now. I have been a fan of web comics for the last… oh… seven years or so. Three of my favorites happen to be historical romances. Be prepared, as this post is a huge love rant for all of them.

The Phoenix Requiem

Sarah Ellerton is a genius. Hands down. Ellerton is the writer and artist behind The Phoenix Requiem, a “Victorian-inspired supernatural fantasy story about faith, love, death, and the things we believe in.” Heavy, right? Not really, it’s a joy to read.  The reason why I love The Phoenix Requiem is because of Ellerton’s detail to clothing and culture; her hero is charming and adorable, her heroine is serious and lovely. From the website…

On a cold December night, a gentleman stumbles into the town of Esk, gunshot wounds leaving a trail of blood in the snow behind him. Despite making a full recovery at the hands of an inexperienced nurse – and deciding to make a new life for himself in the town – he is unable to escape the supernatural beings, both good and bad, that seem to follow him like shadows.

As they try to discover why, the nurse must question her beliefs and risk her own life in order to protect her family, her friends, and those that she loves.

The comic is now complete, and you can read the whole thing from the start. I plan on buying all the volumes once Ellerton puts them in print. That is three (or longer) years of work that she released for free, and as a fellow independent author, I want to support her fantastic work.

Dreamless

Dreamless is another of Sarah Ellerton’s comics, this one written by Bobby Crosby. Set during World War II, this is a tale of star-crossed lovers who share their dreams. Literally. Eleanor and Takashi don’t sleep the way the rest of us do.

When Eleanor sleeps, she is in Japan, seeing what Takashi sees. When Takashi sleeps, he is in the United States, seeing what Eleanor sees. They can’t speak to one another, exactly, but they can hear what the other, and the people around them, are saying. Read the complete web comic to find out what happens to this young couple in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor.

And finally, we have…

The Dreamer

The Dreamer is a web comic by Lora Innes, an artist who lives in the same city as me and seems to know some of the same people I do, going off her blog. I have never met her but it would be pretty sweet if I could! One of these days I will make it to the Columbus Comicon. One of these days. From the website…

Beatrice “Bea” Whaley seems to have it all; the seventeen year old high school senior is beautiful, wealthy and the star performer of the drama club. She begins having vivid dreams about a brave and handsome soldier named Alan Warren–a member of an elite group known as Knowlton’s Rangers that served during the Revolutionary War.

Bea begins to research Colonial America only to discover that her dreams recount actual historical events that she knew nothing about! She grows increasingly detached from her friends and family as she tries desperately to figure out what is happening to her…

This comic is in the middle of its story, so unlike Dreamless and The Phoenix Requiem, you can’t pick this one up like a book and blast through all the pages until reaching the satisfying conclusion. The interesting thing about reading web comics is that it’s a lot like reading a series while the author is still writing them. Remember how antsy you felt when waiting for the next Harry Potter? Same thing. Except it’s on a weekly basis.

So there you have it! Those are the historical romance stories I keep up with weekly in my RSS reader. Are you reading these comics or others that I should know about? Let me know in the comments!

All the best,

Belinda

5 thoughts on “I LOVE Historical Romance Web Comics

  1. What? You, a geek? LOL

    I've never really gotten into comics, but I didn't realize there were actually "romance comics". I thought they were all superheroes. :0)

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    1. Haha! I know… but just in case anyone was new to my blog, I thought I should give them fair warning. That said, comics are totally not all about superheroes, as you can see. Many of the Japanese comics (manga) are full-on straight romances! I think that's why I got into those more than the traditional American type romance where it was some brooding guy with a cape out to save the world in order to satisfy his own ego.

      Wait, what? I blacked out. What did I just say? Comics are awesome. You should read these.

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  2. Thanks so much for these recommendations! I fell in love with webcomics after I started reading Kate Beaton's work. Megan Rose Gedris is another favorite of mine — her "Yu+Me Dream" is gorgeous, and actually made me cry because the ending is so powerful.

    The idea of historical romance webcomics, though, kinda blows my mind with all the awesome. I'll definitely check these out!

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    1. Glad to help! I also love Kate Beaton's work… I can't believe I forgot to include her on this post! I'll have to check out Yu+Me Dream. I feel like someone told me to check it out before… so this is numero dos… so I guess I should!

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  3. I knew Yu+Me Dream sounded familiar! I have read that comic and thought it was fantastic. I loved the way the art style changed randomly, yet I never felt lost or confused. I'll definitely have to check out Freakangels and Virtuoso. Thanks for the suggestions!

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