Charles Snippy finds himself lost and alone at the end of the world. He makes a wish for a friend and meets Zee Captain, an eccentric lunatic luminary, who drags him on an adventure through the eldritch, deadly, questionable and limitless post-apocalyptic world of tomorrow, a place where Goodness makes the rules and everything has purpose and passion.
~A post-apocalyptic, dark comedy webcomic that I've been working on since 2005 by myself at first and then with friends from all around the world.
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It was in the late 00's when I first stumbled upon the original version of RA. This was back in the hey day of DeviantArt (and Gaia Online) and all those classic sites where edgy anime nerds congregated and showed off their 9000 year old kitsune vampire original characters. It was a wild time back then. And nobody was really that trope savvy.
Then RA plowed through the scene with a level of passion I've never seen before. You can tell the team that worked with Vitaly on this humongous craft wanted to do something you'd never seen before. And that doesn't usually work out well. But Vitaly and his team proved that you can be innovative and still appeal to a lot of readers.
For me, the images pop with such vibrancy and creativity, it's surprising that they were done as photos using green screen. And I appreciate the length they went to take pictures around the world.
The story is good. Just read it for yourself and you'll be held for a long time.
Ze Captain and Snippy make for a wonderful duo. And the Grammar and style are smooth, snappy, and easy to read.
As someone whose read this before. It's treat to see this again with a modern update.
i had read the old rom.ac and had a blast, but after a long time witouth updates i forgot about it. coming back to this new and improved version, lets me see that even in the first, very chaotic, very random chapters many of the larger ideas, plot twists and time related shenanigans where there all along, some setups taking over 80 chapters to click in. very good story, probably some of the best art i have seen (it is my wallpaper) would recomend but i dont think its for everyone
This is something I would usually call chaotic. With all the art being shoved in the readers faces, I will instead call it an chaotic masterpiece. Honestly, there isn't much negative I can really say about this one. It's all interesting.
And again, the art is something that needs to mentioned. Its so high in quality that you wouldn't believe it. Would have given a full rating on that alone.
5/5. Loved it thoroughly. Nothing to point out as bad.
This deserves five stars just for the gag of this weird fellow chanting Alouette, gentille alouette. Also, as a french native myself, I have to admit we often say 'Ze' instead of 'The' lmao.
Joke aside, I literally loved the art and colorful style of these beautiful images. They are the perfect mix between detailed photos, and artistic representations of this not-so-dark world. This original style is refreshing, even today in 2022.
If this collaborative work was an actual webcomic with boxes and dialogue bubbles, this would be a massive hit. I'm sad I found this hidden gem just today, more than fifteen years after its creation.
I'll most likely finish reading it tomorrow, but I couldn't go to sleep without leaving this treasure 5 stars.
I've read this story once before, when it was originally posted to this site, and even back then it was already an amazing wild ride of a story helped by all its beautiful art illustrating it all, and it became better than it already was which is impressive.
For any readers already familiar with the previous version of the story, stop wasting time and go read this story now if you already arent. And for other readers i would also recommend to just start reading this weird tale, its just worth the read, if you need more convincing, go ahead and read the reviews for more information.
So as said up there, this story is a rewrite, the original was already amazing, and this is even more so, with all the extra content added filling out the story even more, and lots of added art.
The story features a rather varied cast, of humans as the main characters featured, and many other things outside of that, with each one of them having their own distinct quirky personality! With the likes of Snippy having the thankless job of being the grumbly ‘voice of reason’ in this wild band while having barely an idea whatever the hell is happening, basically being the normal person in this wild bunch, as far as one can be normal in all this weirdness, then there is Pilot, one of the hardest workers there are, with quite the jealousy towards a certain person… and a complete loyalty to the greatest of all, Zee Captain, who I cannot even start to describe. Lets just say Zee is MUCH more than what Zee initially seems to be.
Expect just damn about anything happening in this story, it basically goes no holds barred in how crazy and weird it will go! It is just completely a wild trip with lots of twists! It goes from simple post Apocalyptic survival, with a weird comedic tint which makes the story even better, to full on eldritch insanity later on. And the backstory is also freaking massive and confusing as there is hardly anything being explained, though there are hints from the very start, even in the art itself if you take a good look at it. As the story goes on, the backstory starts to make some sense as we get tidbits about the world and its past, but even with that it is very hard to get an accurate timeline of events, it is just so confusing yet makes sense at the same time!
Grammar is pretty much flawless, even in this rewritten version, and any present oddities with grammar are pretty much on purpose.
The story as a whole is pretty readable, even with how chaotic and messy it can get! Expect a gratuitous use of caps button, to the extent of entire chapters being capitalized. The style, well yeah, lots of different povs, though the swaps are well defined in general, and smooth also. Actually the entire story is more or less a smooth read, even with how helluva weird it can get, though do expect to get confused as a reader multiple times throughout the story. Though for the rest it is wonderfully told, And on the describing side… the author honestly does a good job at it, even if they aren’t required to since of the use of art in this story, to an extent I have rarely seen before, mostly in actual webcomics such as Erfworld, notably chapters are shorter than the standard for this site, with descriptions being mostly left to the art plus there being relatively few amounts of dialogue
The art bears mentioning, as it just adds greatly to the story as a whole, it all adds just so much to the overall reading experience, making this story truly a wondrous & bizarre read as it gives the reader an even better idea at how the world portrayed in the story is like. The author is absolutely very skilled at his art, having refined his skill to as perfect as he could make it, and yet also constantly improving on it all while having multiple kinds of art styles which do get used in this webcomic/webnovel mix, to maximum effect.
Plus with the rewrite the author has gone above and beyond with the art, adding a hell lot more art, making good use of AI art which is by its very nature of being weird already a good fit.
It may seem that this story is having rather quick releases, but thats mainly because there is such a huge backlog to pull from, once that is exhausted, releases likely will slow down massively, as it is hard to expect from a serial with art like this to have a webnovel type of release pace, that would be just unattainable! And having such quality, even if there is a slow release pace, is something im perfectly fine with myself!
One thing to note though is that this story did have the tendency to go on extended periods of hiatus between releases in its original version, but no telling if it will be the same now with the rewritten version.
So this rewrite is even better than the original was, certainly i am expecting to enjoy it even more thusly.
For any reader looking for an unique read, wait no more and just start reading this, it will be absolutely worth the time spent reading through it all.
I will fully admit to being slightly hesitant to read this story, at first. A re-upload of a graphic novel, posting new chapters at an obscene rate. I've barely read anything like it in the first place, much less on Royal Road, so I put off reading it.
DO NOT DO THIS. DO NOT MAKE THIS TERRIBLE ERROR.
I finally opened the story, once it piqued my curiosity by showing up on Rising Stars. I was immediately struck by the post-apocalyptic imagery, and the chaotic feeling that pervades this work, a breathless anticpation of what is to come. The adventures of Charles Snippy and Zee Captain are bizzare, with occasional glimpses of deeper lore. The setting is grand and mystifying, tattered and beautiful. It took great effort to tear myself away to write this review, and as soon as I post it, I'm picking up right where I left off.
Enjoy the read!
I remembered reading this graphic novel a few years ago, and Its been fun reading this.
The Art :
First of all, oh boi the arts are great on this one... The amounts of various artworks are basically perfect for my laptop and phone wallpaper (lol)
The Story :
Welp, me loves post-apocalyptic setting. So it's a win for me
The Character :
The characters on this story are fun and goofy, me like every humours on this...
So yeah, that's all from me... Keep up the great work Owo)
I've been reading this comic on the original website for so long I literally do not remember a time that I did not read it. The story has been executed brilliantly and yet kept enough mistery to keep me hanging on. The characters are funny and excentric and the world seems like a place that could be a literal future. Can't wait to see where the characters and story end up going.
This story is contantly being polished with each new platform it reaches. I've been watching this story grow since at least 2010 if not longer, and every time I come back to it, more lore, imagery, or interactivity with the fanbase makes this one of the most unique and beloved webcomics I've ever been fortunate enough to behold. Even now, I am so incredibly delighted to dive back in from the beginning, just to see what has been brought to the table since the last platform. And so far it has been absolutely fantastic.
From the start, there is a fantastic character dynamic. All four of the main characters have some way of grating against each other, and none of them are positive, making for great side stories as the main one unfolds gradually. There's also a way to explore each of them as individuals, even the enigmatic Captain can have a deep backstory. The introduction of the inhuman support characters only adds to the flavor of the human (though the definiteion of "human" can get a little dicey).
The grammar has gotten a lot more meticulous since it first came out, with each iteration making sure it caught the mistakes of the old versions. The writing style changes with every single character who is talking in the journals, and even without the color coding, it is very clear who is speaking, even with all the zany/crazy bag of goofballs that slowly fill the cast. At this point, any spelling or grammar errors are carefully placed in the story to match situations and quirks belonging to the "writers" of the entries to include AI, people with brain damage, or a combination of sorts.
At the same time that the story is silly and fun, the primary story is still a very serious one, and you have a lot of small strings to braid together in order to see it. It drops bread crumbs in plenty of places, and sometimes the character arcs open up a bigger portion of the aftermath of the universe's unraveling.
I haven't found a story quite as engaging or enjoyable as this one, either before or since. It truly is a unique tale, and I look forward to continued entries. This has been my number one recommendation for webcomics, and it certainly won't drop anytime soon. Keep it up, you guys.
I cannot recommend this read enough. If you hate pineapple, but love whacky adventures, gorgeous post apocalyptic settings, giant monsters, space, time, doors and the treat of unraveling a mystery from many borderline insane different mysteries(like some sort of massive mystery yarn ball) then this is the book for you! Zee captain is probably my favorite character just for zeer pure unadulterated wonderfulness(snippy is a close second for his pure unadulterated sass) If you're still unsure, there are also many gorgeous pictures and funny mini comics for people to endulge in so strap your reading boots on and go for a dip.
I've read this comic since I was a wee lad. Back in the day when they started their old character contest I remember creating a little childish gremlin to wander the wasteland. With my tiny inexperienced hands I got to work making many tiny comics that were all absolutely terrible, illustrating her adventures running into the characters-as children do. This both spawned my love for making mini comics at the time as well as what is now my mascot who I draw absolutely everywhere I go on everything I really shouldn't draw on.
Romantically Apocalyptic will always hold a special spot in my heart as the first webcomic I ever read, and will continue to be on my reread list every year for as long as i am able to.
My thanks to Vit for keeping this comic going. The past two years had me worried for the comic and it's longevity. Covid hit everyone hard and seeing RA rise from the ashes to rub the sleep from its eyes with new content and reading has brought hope back to me.