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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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.
Guys THIS STORY IS SO GOOD!!! THE STORYLINE, THE ART, THE LORE, THE CHARACTERS!! I LOVE IT I LOVE RA!!! guys i just cant get over how hot the characters are i just cant okay, if you read this entire story you will understand okay, this is by far the BEST WEBCOMIC you will ever goddamn read, if you say otherwise your lying, you are lying and you know it 🤬!!111!! READ RA!!!
Overall Score: 10/10
This story follows the adventures of Charles Snippy, Dead Zone Tour Guide and the self proclaimed "Last Sane Human on Earth", and his attempts to survive in the barren wasteland covered in technological monstrosities that resulted from the near-extinction of the human race.
At least, that's how he sees it.
Luckily he's not the only survivor, although maybe it would be better for his sanity if he was. He joins up with Zee Captain, who seems undisturbed by the collapse of civilization and keeps going on about fairies, magic, and the like.
Style Score: 10/10
The art is one of the best parts of the story, almost every single panel makes for excellent computer wallpaper, they have a nice mix of realism and blurriness that I really like.
Story Score: 10/10
It reminds me of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, regularly dealing out laughs and nonsensical situations in ways that seem like they make perfect sense with the way they are explained
Grammar Score: 10/10
It has no unintentional spelling or grammar errors I can remember.
Character Score: 10/10
Each character is very unique and interesting in their own way, their personalities contrast with each other and interact in interesting ways.
Great comedy, Interesting Characters, Exellent art
For the best viewing experience, read on the authors website. RR suffices if you just want the dialogue, but the text is more than 1/half of less than 1/3rd of the story.
There's a reason googling "apocalyptic webcomic" shows multiple pictures of this series in the top 5 image results. Just saying.
The story is an indescribable blend of Alice in Wonderland, Dr Strangelove, The Twighlight Zone, Calvin and Hobbes, etc. Abandon hope all ye that seek plot. Nothing but ambience awaits. Although, perhaps, ambience and plot just might be one and the same.
If you're concerned about political stuff, dont be. This comic started long before the hyperpolarization of many issues. It is intended as a timeless psychedelic experience, not a cultural fad. It is not safe to view this series through a serious lens.
This webcomic has my favourite worldbuilding in all media i know. Found this years ago, and it persists as the top spot, even if i found some other amazing works in the meantime. Not to mention that Vitaly constantly updates and tweaks what is already there. For example, it used to have some pacing issues, which were neatly ironed out!
TL;DR: R E A D T H I S
A great story I read a few years ago. Then there was a long break. Now, having accidentally met a mention on the Internet, I decided to reread it. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the author improves old images.
An interesting original story and atmosphere makes Romantically Apocalyptic an exciting adventure. The images visualize the environment of this world and its characters well. The characters are amazing and unusual, it's interesting to follow them.
The comic I can recommend is 5/5
Quite literally love at first sight. I was introduced to this by a relative of mine (Whom I am eternally grateful for) in a birthday party.
Ever since that day, I've been hooked on it. I was particularly fond of Charles Snippy, who remains to be my favorite character in this, and I quickly came to like everything this story offered. Fast forward and we have an electronic device and internet access. Eventually, I found out the name of this webcomic and experienced a rush of nostalgia.
There he was! Charles Snippy in all his glory!
As mentioned before, Charles is really what drew me into this work but I stayed for the rest of the crew, the story, and the art.
I personally found that the story does get a bit confusing at times, but that might just be a me thing since English isn't my first language. Usually what I can't figure out on my own will be cleared up by someone else on the internet, which I am grateful for.
The character dialogues and the written bits are honestly so much fun to read. From my perspective, everything is written well and there are usually little to no grammatical errors from what I can tell. There will be occasional ones but it’s clear that these “errors” aren’t errors, but rather devices used to further a character’s speech pattern and dialogue and their overall understanding of the world around them (like with Pilot).
The characters really are what drives this story home for me. Getting diverse characters with seemingly ranging sanity levels and different perspectives really helps me grasp what is going on in this world. These different points of view fit perfectly into one puzzle and it also serves to help further the story. And the way these characters interact with each other is often comical yet consistent with what we know of a certain character. I absolutely love the characters, and their designs are unique yet fitting to them. Let me tell you, Charles is great. He's as confused as the reader is and slowly begins to somewhat adjust just as the reader does as well. I think it's a clever way to introduce the reader to the story and the world of ROMAC.
I found myself entranced with the grand backgrounds and artwork that truly help the reader feel a certain way and understand the atmosphere and setting of the story. Gosh, the art in this is just great. The backgrounds play a very important role in this story. They do a great job at showing the reader what the world is like instead of simply telling them.
One of the major reasons why I'm still sticking to this piece is because of the emotional impact it has left on me. If I ever felt very down, I would have this as a way to comfort and ground me. This is so ingrained into me that I'll just gravitate towards it whenever I feel negative.
I'm glad I was introduced to this piece, and I'm glad that it's still prevalent in my life.
Back in 2012, a friend of mine recommended the original comic and I set a course to read it all. About 2014 I fell of the path, and after a few years I suddenly thought "hmm, I wonder where the story went after I stopped reading".
To my surprise, after several years and a site change, the 'new and improved' RA just seemed to get better and better the more I read. There's more story and dialogue than there was in the original, and the characters seem to be more fleshed out that what I remembered.
I'm always blown away by the art, the story telling, and I'm enjoying the addition of characters, as well as how each chapter is told from different points of view.
Glad to be back on track with reading this majestic comic! Excited to see what shenanigans our beloved Captain and the rest of the group get up to down the road.
I have been in love with this since day one.
It's my happy place 🤩
...which, in retrospect, might perhaps should be concerning to me, but I refuse to be concerned about such things.
So, read and get lost in this gorgeous, confusing, funny, post-apocalypse place with me. We can be besties. Hands off my coffee mug.
(Review Addition: (09/01/2022))
I have initially read a majority of the comic on the original website.
As a small addition to this review, take deep care into the note that this is filled with comedy and satire, what you see and get twists and turns. Cohesiveness of the narrative is solely based on how much you want to read into it. I'd say the best approach for this piece is to enjoy the experience rather than expect a handed out narrative. It's a community project that pulls at various parts and it's artistry alone is a beautiful level of merit. If you don't take everything super seriously it's an enjoyable time.
(This review section was initially created 10/14/2020)
I got introduced to this comic through a haphazard chance of the various videos on the internet. The imagery of a strange creature amidst the fogs of barren wasteland was enough to inquire, what is this? Is there more? And to my delight there was. The style of Romantically Apocalyptic is rich and astonishing in visual care and detail. The amount of work to create each page is delicate and down to every corner of its creation, mixing in methods of real like photography, composition editing, and digital 3D additions. As a 3D Artist myself it is an inspiration to hold with care, as I have not seen many other artists use these methods for a comic before.
As for the narrative, it is a delightfully chaotic comedy with much reason! It is themed off of the remains of a world that have lost a sense of form and encapture that beautifully. The worldbuilding is sprinkled throughout the various humored scenes of character dilemma and interaction. The more you accept it's illogical scenarios, the more joy you have as you venture further down when it begins to elaborate on those same issues. Who says a comedy can't be intricate? This is exactly that.
The Grammar and structure of the readings are paced nicely, attributing creatively colored text for emphasis on character and their dictations. This becomes an important note as the point of view will change depending on the subject in focus. As long as you are paying attention, there's very few moments of being lost (at least as long as it was not intentionally lost to begin with).
My absolute favorite aspect is the characters of this narrative, of which I enjoyed everyone in detail. They are always intriguing and unique in their reactions to each other, contrasting perspectives, and goals in life. Navigating this world wouldn't have the same feeling without them, and it provides the comedic moments that make me smile on every page. They have a very nice character development arc as we continue further into the story, so I highly suggest giving it a decent read in to enjoy these developments fully.
In simplicity, if you are one to embrace chaos with open arms in a world that's falling apart around you with no sense of reason, this is definitely a great read for you.