Romantically Apocalyptic Webcomic

Romantically Apocalyptic Webcomic

by Vitaly S Alexius

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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Vitaly S Alexius

Vitaly S Alexius

Archbishop of Captania and sovereign territories

Royal Writathon October 2022 winner
Word Count (16)
50 Reviews
2nd Anniversary
750 Review Upvotes
Royal Writathon April 2021 winner
Top List #3
Table of Contents
209 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
1: In which Charles gives up ago
2. In which Charles makes a friend whom he fails to define properly ago
3: In which Charles enjoys a relaxing song ago
4. In which Charles asks the wrong sort of questions ago
5. In which Charles finds a lovely, compact home ago
6. In which Charles makes a bad first impression ago
7. In which Charles narrates things into his tooth ago
8. In which Charles learns to appreciate beauty ago
9. In which Charles is oggled ago
10. In which Charles is rated ago
11. In which Charles is accused of theft ago
12. In which Charles is issued a new weapon ago
13. In which Charles is offered citizenship ago
14. In which Charles defends himself ago
15. In which Charles finds himself wanting ago
16. In which Charles outsmarts everyone ago
17. In which Charles meets something he can't ignore ago
18. Rememberances [ I ] ago
19. Rememberances [ II ] ago
20. In which Charles has a bad dream ago
21. In which Charles is put on hold ago
22. Tunnel letter ago
23. In which Charles gets another job ago
24. In which Charles invests in mobility ago
25. In which Charles discovers the Pilot's game ago
26. In which Charles fights against bells ago
27. In which Charles fails to appreciate carols ago
28. In which Charles doesn't understand the purpose of gift-giving ago
29. In which Charles awakens at the bottom of the sea ago
30. In which Charles almost loses his sock ago
31. In which Charles is innatentive ago
32. In which Charles raids shipping containers ago
33. In which Charles finds something that he wasn't looking for ago
34. In which Charles goes on a date to the Cinema ago
35. In which Charles is denied a drink ago
36. In which Charles contemplates public transit ago
37. Left Behind [ I ] ago
38. Left Behind [ II ] ago
39. Children of the Station [ I ] ago
40. Children of the Station [ II ] ago
41. Children of the Station [ III ] ago
42. Children of the Station [ IV ] ago
43. Children of the Station [ V ] ago
44. Catching up [ I ] ago
45. Catching up [ II ] ago
46. In which I am ambushed ago
47. In which I am bothered ago
48. Of Bench and Men ago
49. In which I enjoy lunch but not all of the present company ago
50. Rubix Cube ago
51. In which I try to explain things but Charles refuses to listen ago
52. Traffic lights ago
53. Pineapples ago
54. In which Charles doesn't get to go to Candy Mountain ago
55. In which Charles celebrates the Day of Rememberances ago
56. Fairies [ I ] ago
57. Fairies [ II ] ago
58. Death World ago
59. In which Charles and his things are evaluated ago
60. In which Charles declares independence ago
61. In which I compose a precognitive poem for Snippy ago
62. Diabolus Ex Machina ago
63. Dissection ago
64. The candle ago
65. Deep thoughts ago
66. In which princess Charles is rescued but he's not grateful ago
67. Of bombs ago
68. In which I stress about reductions and discover the culprit behind them ago
69. In which Charles doesn't want to sell his shoe ago
70. In which I treat myself at the mall ago
71. In which Charles picks up the phone ago
72. Eyes of the city [ I ] ago
73. Eyes of the city [ II ] ago
74. Eyes of the city [ III ] ago
75. The scooter ago
76. In which Charles dreams about showers ago
77. The Order of Dillon ago
78. In which Charles is made a tantalizing offer ago
79. Relaxing ago
80. In which Charles hangs on ago
81. Mirrors ago
82. In which I gracefully ponder things ago
83. In which Charles has a heated discussion ago
84. Rejection ago
85. Thoughts of the flesh ago
86. Cool guys don't look at... ago
87. In which Charles congratulates himself ago
88. Running man ago
89. In which my plotting comes to fruition ago
90. In which Charles fails to appreciate his new best friend ago
91. In which I am charged ago
92. Unbunkered ago
93. Spooderyness ago
94. Flying machine ago
95. In which I have to let go of Charles ago
96. In which Charles thinks about food ago
97. In which Charles wakes up... ago
98. another place in time ago
99. Sushification ago
100. The Infomatic parable ago
101. Questings ago
102. A note ago
103. Apologies ago
104. In which Charles enjoys the sky ago
105. In which Charles enjoys the deep sea ago
106. In which Charles discovers food ago
107. The Seed of Life ago
108. In which Charles attacks a sandwich ago
109. Life and Death ago
110. Tag ago
111. Reintegration ago
112. In which Charles orders a coffee ago
113. Fireworks ago
114. Temporal Disruption ago
115. Catted ago
116. Apotheosis of Technogenesis ago
117. Fashion ago
118. Resume ago
119. Shoes! ago
120. Signs of life ago
121. Carriers ago
122. Boxes ago
123. Fridge collector ago
124. Fridays ago
125. In which I hunt butterflies ago
126. Snow ago
127. Duplication ago
128. Plumbery ago
129. Stalkery ago
130. In which Snippy visually examines the mug ago
131. Cleaning my room ago
132. Do not the mug ago
133. In which Charles finds a ladybug ago
134. In which Charles is offered a job ago
135. In which Charles scares Pilot ago
136. In which Charles overhears things ago
137. In which Charles is followed ago
138. Helpfullness ago
139. In which Charles is acting most rudely ago
140. In which Charles threatens my bestie ago
141. In which Charles is accused of being me ago
142. In which Charles is concentrated ago
143. In which Charles sees everything ago
144. In which Charles is goes on vacation ago
145. In which Charles discovers a chilling mystery ago
146. Primogenitor ago
147. Amber of Snippy ago
148. The Mod ago
149. The Word ago
150. Chalice knights ago
151. In which Charles appeals to the Holy Grail ago
152. Black hole princess ago
153. Rude awakening ago
154. Falling ago
155. Grounded ago
156. Alexander and the ghost ago
157. The tower ago
158. The bucketed ago
159. Purpose ago
160. Winter wrap up ago
161. Filing complaints ago
162. Acceptance ago
163. Bothered ago
164. Red panda ago
165. Yesterday ago
166. Made of meat ago
167. Enticing offers ago
168. Passionate solution ago
169. The searcher ago
170. The Hunt ago
171. In which Charles denies his termination ago
172. A Refreshing Morning ago
173. The fall ago
174. A smashing time ago
175. The detective and his bird ago
176. Liquid intake ago
177. Sleeping on the job ago
178. Case Resolution ago
179. Denial ago
180. Delayed ago
181. Moist ago
182. The Inception Committee ago
183. Preserved ago
184. Breakfast ago
185. Guesses ago
186. Doctor ago
187. Hugs ago
188. Accolades ago
189. Sunshine ago
190. Evolution Ponderings ago
191. Supercenter ago
192. Chains ago
193. Shutdown ago
194. Lifey & Stalky I ago
195. Lifey & Stalky II ago
196. TreEvolution ago
197. In which Charles attempts to make a Utopia ago
198. Dreams of the firstborn ago
199. Flying Boat ago
200. Skybound ago
201. Cash Cab ago
202. Socklandia ago
203. Restarted ago
204. In which Charles discovers that he's naked ago
205. Appleseed ago
206. Paris ago
207. The Blue Room ago
208. Searching for my maker ago
209. Crashing ago

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Reviewed at: 1: In which Charles gives up

I first heard about Romantically Apocalyptic from a dear friend, way after 2010, long after the graphic novel had started publication. This friend had recommended it to me multiple times, but I always found a reason to avoid reading it, to put it off for an indeterminate "later" that I thought was never to come. But, one day, finding nothing better to do, and not wanting to disappoint my friend any longer, I finally decided to start what I thought would be slogging through literally years of published material, if for no other reason than to be able to say that I had done what I said I would do. Imagine my shock upon starting to read it, only to find that I did not want to stop reading it!

I considered Romantically Apocalyptic to be a truly unique work of art in the past, and if anything, I have only grown more entrenched in that opinion.

Does this saga have Style? Here is a published work that uses music, that uses colors, that uses pictures static and kinetic, that uses everything (except your tastebuds) to tell a story, a saga about a ragtag group of survivors traversing what we first believe is just an irradiated wasteland, but soon discover is more dangerous and more beautiful than that. The amount of passionate effort that went into using greenscreen effects, matte paintings, actors, photography, costume design, location scouting, and character creation is all amazing, and it all comes together to birth something greater than the sum of its parts, a sometimes-serious, sometimes-funny, sometimes-heart-wrenching story that Vitaly S. Alexius clearly enjoys telling.

Does the story score soundly? Without giving away too much, the story is a fun one. It feels episodic, at first, somewhat like a bizarre slice-of-life comedy taking place under an atomic sky, but it does not stay that way for long. The story slowly escalates in both scope and intensity, and tropes are played with in ways that The Sexy Audience can appreciate. Some pieces are said outright, and others are left to be inferred by the reader, because the comic treats the reader with respect, and assumes you have been either paying close attention or have been taking notes. Things that might seem irrelevant might have major importance, while plot points that seem out of left field at first glance make a lot more sense upon re-reading events and re-examining behviors exhibited before, and the story is richer for it.

How good is the grammar? Not much to say about this part. The grammar is good, and it feels like the author has as great a grasp upon the English language as any native speaker. The words used do not feel awkward, and sentences flow freely.

How would you qualify the characters? I think the characters of Romantically Apocalyptic are rich, vibrant and feel alive. Each character has their own distinct personality, style, and voice. Captain feels like that crazy uncle that everyone likes to hang out with, except cooler and with an abundance of charisma. Snippy comes off like a jaded retail worker who has survived the worst that working with the public has to offer, refuses to quit, yet always seems to keep getting pulled into his coworker's zany schemes. Pilot, with all of the madness, tragedy, and laughs that his character entails. There are other characters, of course, but to delve too deep would be to risk spoiling the fun in getting to know them, and it would also spoil the fun in learning that you probably do not know them as well as you think.

That friend of mine has gone, moved on, as people tend to do in life. However, years after the fact, I am still talking about the digital graphic novel they introduced me to, this body of work that influenced me far more than I would have originally guessed. I was hooked when I first read it on the original website, and I find myself hooked still, now that it is on Royal Road. I was surprised to have been notified that not only was the comic moving to this website, but that it would be updated with new art and more information! I am very happy and excited to hear that others will have the opportunity to read and be amazed with the work that Vitaly S. Alexius and his team have done, and hope that others will be as smitten with the work as I am.

If you have made it this far into my review, thank you, I hope it has helped to at least convince you to give the comic a shot. As for me, even though years have passed since I originally read this comic, I plan on finding the right opportunity to re-read this from the beginning, like catching up with an old friend again.


Updated and more sophisticated than before

Reviewed at: 1: In which Charles gives up

If there was one common thread in reviews of the original webcomic edition of this story, it's that, while the earlier episodes were self-contained comical sketches, the later episodes were a bit off the rails. While the art style improved, the storytelling became confusing and disjointed.

Coming from the original at to this, I can report that the timeline now makes much more sense, and the image quality is higher too, emphasising the great strides made in Alexiuss's skills. I look forward to reading more.

Loses a star for weird text layout and odd grammatical style. Gains half a star back for absurdist comical language.


I've been a fan of Romantically Apocalyptic for 6 or 7 years now, ever since a coworker of mine introduced me to the comic via the force of nature that is Zee Captain. The first few pages and I was hooked.

Overall it's a delightful ride driven by the visual storytelling of small little surreal sequences that weave together into a larger story that ties it all back together.

Style wise the story is told from multiple perspectives in a journal form which does well to put you in the world of the characters, and the art is nothing short of cinematic in execution. Vitaly uses a combination of photographs and matte painting to compose the scenes and colalborates with other artists to create truly wonderful imagery that carries the apocalyptic themes and executes them in a literally romantic style.

The story seems straightforward at first but as the chapters progress the story behind the setting starts to make itself known, and like the nature of much of the imagery, it's fractal, more and more details and nuance can be seen the deeper you look into things. It takes a while but soon you realize who really has the grip on reality and who doesn't.

The characters are memorable and likeable, from Charles Snippy, the sniper and tour guide who the perspectives revolve around, to the childlike pilot who definately is one of a kind in any setting, to the enigmatic Engie who's quiet meek disposion hides his actual influence in the world itself. You meet many relatable minor characters as well, from the lovestruck streetlamp to the dutiful elevator button, its obvious each has been given love an attention from the author.

Nothing much needs to be said about Zee Captain I think, zee is.. Zee!

I'm super excited about the new additions, having seen bits and peices in various roleplay settings rolled into the main deal is quite a treat! Take a read and enjoy!

Spoi Spoi

This has no right to be on royal road.

Reviewed at: 178. Case Resolution

This is the most stunning novel I ever saw.
I dont know why its free.