Beneath The Clouds-Medieval Japanese webcomic

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Beneath The Clouds-Medieval Japanese webcomic

Postby Caroline Parkinson » July 30th, 2017, 2:48 pm

Hi, intro post here. I've been lurking for a bit :)

I've started a webcomic set in medieval Japan called Beneath The Clouds which you can find here:
It's absolutely guaranteed to be the best comic about Japanese exorcists that you'll read all week. It's also got a bibliography. Everyone loves a good bibliography, right?

I'm interested in sharing links/guest art ect with other creators, especially anything featuring travel/road trips.

About the setting

Heian Japan ran from roughly 780 to 1160 and is seen as a golden age of Japanese culture. It produced arguably the first novel, Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Genji, and one of the most famous ancient diaries, Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book. The authors worked as ladies-in-waiting to rival empresses. There’s a snide reference in Murasaki’s diary criticizing Sei’s writing as “presumptuous” and “full of imperfections”, and a small but active modern Sei/Murasaki slash fiction fan base.

The Heian period is also known for the art of writing poetry, the founding of the modern city of Kyoto (Heian Kyo) and the beautiful costumes worn by court ladies.

The Comic

I was introduced to Heian culture as a teenager by Liza Dalby’s novel The Tale of Murasaki, and read as many books written and based in the period as I could get my hands on. Several years later, on the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, I wondered what it would be like to make the same journey a thousand years before. Eventually that thought became this comic book.

The colouring is inspired by the Hokusai Manga, and the simple page layout and low panel count by the awesome comic Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I would struggle to keep up with regular updates on a super-fancy full colour comic.

Hope you enjoy. I've attached some samples below
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