Rec: Fallen Hero: Rebirth

Title: Fallen Hero: Rebirth
Author: Malin Rydén
Format: Online text-based Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game
Published/Free: Published
Length: 380,000
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Possible mentions of past abuse, suicide, alcoholism
Link: https://www.choiceofgames.com/user-contributed/fallen-hero-rebirth/
Summary: Become the greatest telepathic villain Los Diablos has ever known! Once you were famous; soon you will be infamous. That is, unless your old friends in the Rangers stop you first. Juggle different identities and preserve your secrets as you build new alliances and try to forget the friendships you’ve left behind.

Review: In terms of interactive fiction, Fallen Hero: Rebirth may be the best one out there. The intricate and seamless writing introduces a world where superheroes are more than simple ‘do-gooders’ and where everything may not be as it seems. The characters you can romance are fully fleshed out and are truly living and breathing in the city that you may very well destroy…

Rec:  A Dissident Symphony

Title: A Dissident Symphony
Author: Evercee (Hannah Pasedag)
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Up for free on Tapas!
Length: Right now there are two chapters with the chapters being uploaded in small 600 word bits.
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen (some light violence, mentions to sexual themes, and crass language).
Warnings: Mentions of abuse, violence, mentions of self harm, mentions of suicide.
Link: https://tapas.io/series/A-Dissident-Symphony
Summary: This story is about Nisha Kakkar, a young woman who suddenly finds herself thrown into a job she’s never wanted and forced to live on the fringes of a society she would have never willingly joined. It’s also about found family, really cool superpowers, complex social issues, and the journey to self love.

Come join Nisha and her new life as she learns: what makes something worth fighting for, and more importantly, what makes it worth living for?

Review: I feel a little biased writing a review for this story since it’s my own! But what I can say is these characters/world are something I’ve had for years and years and they’re very dear to me. I’ve put a lot of thought into the world building and creating a meaningful story and I would more than appreciate anyone that takes the time to read it!

Rec: Minu ga Hana

Title: Minu ga Hana
Author: Rana Dorada (me!)
Format: Web Serial
Published/Free: Free
Length: 600 to 1000 words per post
Status: Ongoing
Rating: T
Warnings: Swearing, mentions of drug use, eating disorders, sexual assault, and/or bigotry.
Link: https://minu-ga-hana-story.tumblr.com/
Summary:A web serial following the paranormal investigator Manami Hayase as she struggles to get her career off the ground. The scores of new people she meets along the way make it clear the world around her isn’t quite what she expected. In fact, it may be even better.

Review: It just started, so there’s not much to talk about yet without spoilers. I would know- I’m the author! Also, the plot is primarily about paranormal investigation, and my aim is to normalize the LGBT+ characters therein. Expect lighthearted fluff with plenty of twists and turns through horror and suspense.

Rec: Artistic Process

Title: Artistic Process
Author: Red-Vaporeon
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: So far 17 pages
Status: Wip
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Smoking of cigarettes and weed
Link: red-vaporeon-draws.tumblr.com
Summary: It’s a story about teens in highschool that lead with things like hyper-masculinity, being disabled, being lgbt, and racism. We follow the characters as they individually deal with their struggles and start expressing themselves in new ways, and slowly accepting themselves.

Rec: Spidersilk

Title: Spidersilk
Author: Pamela Kotila (Alakotila)
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free. Two volumes available for purchase on Kickstarter
Length: 20 chapters and counting
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Torture in flashbacks, combative violence, and sexual references
Link: https://tapastic.com/series/Spidersilk
Summary: Prentice, a former soldier struggling with events a year before the story’s start, is introduced to a city’s criminal system by new friends. Attacks during his training reveal threads to a large trap for their system.

Review: Spidersilk is Social Fantasy. While the primary relationship is a sweet romance between a warrior-mage and a golden-hearted thief, the story follows other relationships, most notably friendships and chosen family. Because of the interwoven story lines, I feel as if the comic’s title is as descriptive of the story’s structure as the network of criminals accepted by the city.

The large cast can be hard to follow, especially when background characters are referred to by name. Original character designs makes remembering the big players easier. It’s obvious their creator cares about showing their unique identities.

One aspect I really appreciate about the cast is the mix of masculinity and femininity in the characters. After jumping in from a reading break, remembering the gender of the secondary characters can be a challenge but it ultimately doesn’t matter. They treat each other differently based on skill, affiliation, and attraction rather than on gender.

The characters are beautiful. All of them. I suspect every reader develops a crush on at least one character. It’s not only their pretty faces, lean bodies, lush hair, and intricately-drawn clothing; many of the characters have lovely personalities. Excepting the occasional racist guard and mysterious strangers attacking the city’s system, the characters are accepting, supportive, and interesting.

I wouldn’t mind living in their world.

There’s both beauty and humor. The physical humor is actually what first hooked me. This summoned creature called Ambassador is a big contributor. He seems to change size to loom threateningly or to offer up hugs. He has to share the funny moments with a guard llama (my favorite), an owl, and even clothing as an impromptu weapon.

That this comic is culturally rich is quickly apparent. While Prentice (and the reader) is introduced to the city of Kalviva. The clash and blend of cultures from outside the city adds to the rich tapestry of the world.

Speaking of, I wish for a faster-moving plot. That’s because I’m more action-oriented and more interested in the main couple than any of their friends and allies. More patient readers might delight in the time spent exploring the side relationships.

What many of us fans have in common is that we wait like spiders, ready to pounce on each new page.

Rec: Comet, a space adventure~

Title: Comet
Author: Magmethius
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: The first chapter just finished, at 28 pages.
Status: WIP
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: Mental illnesses (ex. anxiety and depression) are a major theme.
Link: Comet
Summary: Comet is about several anxious nerds who flee their homeworlds in search of greener pastures but end up in heaps of trouble instead. It’s about saving the universe, healthy ways of dealing with illnesses, and friendship. Most of the cast is LGBT+. They’re aliens.

Review: i-it’s mine so i don’t think i should review it but it’s pretty decent i think/feel/hope.

Rec: Radio Silence

Title: Radio Silence
Author: Vanessa Stefaniuk @radiosilencecomic 
Format: Webcomic 
Published/Free: Free
Length: 92 pages so far
Status: WIP updated twice weekly
Rating: Teen
Warnings: This comic explores mature themes, such as domestic abuse, self harm, sexism, sexuality, neglect, and life threatening medical conditions. It will also contain swearing and the occasional sexual themes, albeit avoiding being explicit.
Link: http://radiosilencecomic.com or tapastic mirror: http://tapastic.com/series/radiosilence
Summary: Hitting the road on a journey of self discovery and acceptance, this coming-of-age tale gives a backstage look at friendships and the plights of fame as experienced by a modern British rock band.

On the fast track toward fame, the five members of the fictional British rock band, Radio Silence, enter into an exciting new life on the road with their best friends. As they tour across the United Kingdom, they excitedly embrace this new lifestyle and all the resulting challenges, including living in close quarters with each other with little privacy, and the overwhelming reaction of the public to their new-found success.

Review: I’m hard pressed to be unbiased since I’m the creator of the comic, but if you’d like unbiased reviews, here are a few! Onetwothree!

Otherworldly

Title: Otherworldly
Author: Becky Hopkins
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 156 pages as of this submission
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Alcohol use, mild sexual references, mild swearing, gambling
Link: http://otherworldly-comics.cfw.me/https://tapastic.com/series/Otherworldly
Summary: Otherworldly is the story of five twenty-somethings who’ve recently discovered they’re not human; they’re actually changelings, magical babies swapped for human ones, and at first they don’t even know what kind of Fair Folk (used as the general term for magical being here) they might be. While they’re helped along the way by two friendly fairy private detectives, they also start to run afoul of some shady characters in both the human world and the magical Otherworld, as they attempt to balance their lives in both and figure out who they are, not just what.

Review: As the creator of this comic, I don’t think I can offer a completely unbiased review, but I really do think this comic offers a reading experience that can appeal to all kinds of fantasy fans. LGBT+ identities aren’t the main focus at the moment, but several characters’ identities and queer relationships will be important as the story goes on. I’m trying to do something unique with all the mythological and fantastic elements I have at my disposal through an approach of equal parts comedy, action, and some quieter drama.

Happy reading!

Rec: Kalipso – a new webcomic about space

Title: Kalipso
Author: SainaTsukino
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Only 16 pages so far, but will be much longer
Status: WIP
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: Violence probably
Link: http://kalipso-webcomic.tumblr.com/
Summary: Kalipso is a webcomic about Space!

More specifically, it tells the story of several people who get abducted from their planets by a gang of space slavers, and their adventures afterwards. Kalipso is a story about Freedom! and Discovery! and Adventures!, but mostly it’s a character-driven story.

Review: A new comic about found families in space, Kalipso is pretty damn entertaining. Of course I wrote it so, you know.

Rec: Acethexis

Title: Acethexis
Author: Florence Summers
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 24 pages
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: alcohol, depression, violence, non-human
Link: tapastic.com/series/acethexis
Summary: A classic girl meets girl romance… if one of those girls were at possibly murderous robot which inevitably leads them to rebel against the government. I guess it isn’t so classic after all.