05th Dec 2009

Recommended webcomic: Goodbye Chains

I’ve noticed over the last few days I’ve been getting significant traffic from The Big List of Historical Webcomics. The list is an adjunct to a webcomic called Goodbye Chains, written by Alice Hunt and drawn by Tracy Williams, so I popped over and gave it a read. It’s very good, and you should give it a go.

It’s a western, starring a mismatched pair of outlaws – Colin Lord, middle-class revolutionary communist and good-natured psycho, and Banquo White, bitter and misanthropic but rational villain. Banquo hates the world but somehow can’t bring himself to hate Colin, although he does try. Colin, for his part, is as gay as a big gay thing and in love with Banquo. They’re both complete dicks, but somehow you root for them anyway.

Artistically, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The first artist, Aisha Nasir, drew in a manga-esque style but apparently couldn’t keep up with the three-pages-a-week schedule, and a lot of her pages are in half-finished pencil. Then there’s a brief dialogue-based sequence where the characters are drawn, apparently by the writer, as cartoon dogs, before Tracy Williams took over. She took it back to the manga-influenced style, and is a rather more accomplished artist. Here she is drawing Colin, in the cause of stopping the expansion of capitalism into the west, blowing up a railway bridge:

Goodbye Chains

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