Rec: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]

Title: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]
Author:
Croik (illus: Del)

Format:
Web serial

Published/Free:
Free

Length:
80+ chapters

Status:
Ongoing

Rating:
Mature

Warnings:
Graphic violence/death,

Link:
https://m.tapas.io/series/BangBangBOOMNewYork

Summary:
In the alleyways of 1920s New York, young immigrant and small time gangster Jakub Danowicz meets Cheshire Bloom, an eccentric teen in possession of explosive magical powers. You might not call it love at first sight, but something like it.


Review:
I stumbled across this web novel and consumed the whole thing + the (also ongoing) webcomic in three days. It’s really freaking good. The creators pair strong characterizations with a multi-faceted plot that more than makes up for the excruciating slow burn this romance kicks off with (and boy, is it ever a slow burn). Check it out, and be prepared to lose your weekend.

Sesame But Different

Title: Sesame But Different
Author: Chia
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Currently on episode 11, ongoing with new episodes every Sunday.
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Linkhttps://sesamebutdifferent.tumblr.com/
Summary: Slice of life lesbian webcomic featuring Chia and Poppy – two girls named after seeds who also happen to be dating each other. They are same-same (or sesame), but different. 

Review: This is my own comic, so I’d rather not provide my own (generally self-deprecating) feelings about my work, but would love to hear feedback on how I can improve.

Rec: Circuits and Veins

Title: Circuits & Veins
Author: Jem Yoshioka (on Tapas)
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: currently around 300+ pages i believe 
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Link: https://tapas.io/series/Circuits-Veins
Summary: What do you do when the cutie who moves in next door to you is an android? In a world of automation, artificial intelligence and reliable public transport, two awkward dorks try to work out how to date each other.

Review: This comic is really, really good. It’s a refreshing lesbian romance story about a mixed girl living with chronic illness, recently out of a toxic relationship, and an Android who is learning to love herself and the world around her.

Rec: Euclidean Signature

Title: Euclidean Signature
Author: mobiusghost/mobiusreach
Format: webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: currently 38 pages, will be pretty long
Status: wip
Rating: currently Teen, will go up to Mature eventually 
Warnings: blood, mild gore VERY later on, sexual themes, implied abuse/csa later on
Link: https://tapas.io/series/Euclidean-Signature
Summary: An angel and an alchemist travel across the lands on the run from thrill seekers and bounty hunters.

Review: "it’s good, read it.“ – me, the author

Rec: RORY

Title: RORY
Author: VAMPBYTE
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Ongoing (currently 14 pg.)
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Teen
Warnings: blood, violence, implied sexual activity, drugging/drugs, death (implied and shown), stalking
Link: http://tapas.io/series/rorycomic
Summary: A cynical male model named Rory just wants to get famous, look good, and make money. He gets the opportunity to do just that when he comes into contact with the elusive and renowned photographer, Roger Van Dijk, who is interested in making Rory the subject of his magnum opus. This dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare, however, as Roger’s artistic vision turns into something much, much stranger. Starring a gay protagonist, RORY is a thriller with mild horror and comedy.

Review: I’m the creator of the series so I can’t really give an unbiased review, but RORY has a mixture of genres that can appeal to almost anyone. If you like dark humor, cynicism, cute art and suspense then you might enjoy this! (Note: The story focuses on a gay protagonist who gets himself intimately involved with another man, but this story is not a romance! At least not for long.)  

Rec: Strings of Fate

Title: Strings of Fate
Author: rez-zie
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: ~50 pages currently up, will be several hundred by the time it’s finished
Status: WIP
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: Depressed character, illness mention
Link: Tapastic: tapas.io/series/StringsofFatecomic 
Tumblr: stringsoffatecomic.tumblr.com
Summary: STRINGS OF FATE is an angsty story about a naive boy who tries to find his place in the world. His fated path is a long one, where he experiences the joys of first love and adventure, but some aren’t so keen on where it’s taking him.

Stay with him as he unravels the bittersweet truths of the world.

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This story focuses on a POLY ship! But there will be many twists and turns, seeing as life can throw you in unusual directions.

Review: Very upbeat and gay, so there’s no shortage of fun, but there are hints of disabilities and issues that will greatly impact the series later ! I wanted to give a face to depression and abandonment issues to give the reader something to relate to, but also happy themes like security and friendship. Strings of Fate is an LGBT+ coming of age story that i’ve dedicated well over a year to and i hope that people find comfort it !

Title: The King in the Sun
Author: Raven & Blue Jay
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 9 chapters
Status: Ongoing
Rating: 16+
Warnings: Suicide/Depression/Occasional Strong Language
Link: https://tapas.io/series/The-King-in-the-Sun
Summary:

“Eliot,
It was sunny today,
Like I used to love.”

Oliver dies under mysterious circumstances and his beloved friend Eliot is the only one who can find the truth.

But who is that stranger?

A mystery BL webcomic about a murder, sunflower fields, and lost chances.

Rec: Blue Pariahs

Title: Blue Pariahs
Author: JamieBB
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Unsure yet (1 published for now)
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Violence, blood, (minor) mentions of past abuse, casual uses of illicit drugs
Link: https://tapas.io/series/Blue-Pariahs
Summary: A story of two boys, one of who is a dragon leaving his safe but lonely home for college. Follow his journey through self-discovery, true friendship and precarious feelings, but also discrimination and the weight that comes with being (very) different.

The other is a young man about to learn that the world is much bigger than he thought it was, and that he quite likes that.

Review: Writing a review for my own work is quite awkward, but the friends and beta readers helping me out like to point out the black and white aesthetic and how fast they got attached to the characters, there will be lots of feelings, some heart warming, some depressing, but it’s still a feel good story.

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: Skyvein Comic

Title: Skyvein
Author: s. holiday
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: One chapter
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Link: www.skyveincomic.com
Summary: Skyvein is a fantasy/sci-fi webcomic following the perilous adventures of our heroes (reluctant and otherwise) in a world where magick is regulated and everyone lives on islands in a sea of toxic clouds. Updates Wednesdays and Sundays!