Today’s article is about a webcomic I am currently reading : Romantically Apocalyptic. Started in 2009, this comic rapidly grew a great community around a comic published exclusively on Internet (some books grouping the web issues were published in for North America). The universe takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe, where all humanity has succombed to what seems a nuclear winter. The only remaining survivors (to this day) are three brave souls and Zee Captain, the peculiar head of this troop.
Each issue follows the characters as they fight for survival, struggle with an alien consortium or simply try to resolve the mysteries of the Universe such as Zee Mug. Overall, the story is told with humor that could be compared to the kind Cyanide & Happiness (or Gone with the Blastwave) incongruous irony.
One author of this last webcomic has even participated in a RA issue. Talking about participating authors, another particularity of RA is also to allow unknown artists to help make the strips ; a nice way to reward the fans or feature talented artists.
The author, Vitaly S. Alexius, uses a melting pot of different techniques in order to produce the comic : Photographs are taken in various abandoned places, live actors pose, and green screens are there to help set the background later. Each photo is then digitally painted in order to match the perfect atmosphere : an abandoned cold world. As written on Romantically Apocalyptic website, the drawer uses “6 years worth of textures: 1 terabyte of stock footage”, a life’s work!
Now, Romantically Apocalyptic has many ideas to continue grow, and it has launched a campaign on indiegogo to collect money from the fans. The prizes for each of bets range from a signed book to the head costume of one of the character. So if you have money to spend, do not hesitate to donate even ten dollars, and contribute to something that is already amazing, to become something even better. This money will also be a good financial basis for the creators not to be bothered by any budget issue, and only concentrate on the webcomic. Finally, fulfill the dreams of the people behind R, and by that mean you will receive even more to read and dream about.
The project was already pledged up to the 10,000 dollars, and that in only 53 hours. The fund raised is continuously increasing, and there are still 37 days left to help the project with more money. The creators are now aiming for 30,000 dollars and have added more features to their upcoming webcomics strips and side projects if they can reach such incredible bet.