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Romance found deep inside Sinfest


A short analytical case study of writing romance in webcomics.

Sinfest is one of those staples that have been around since the dawn of time with a consistant update schedule with a gargantuan archive to prove it. Tatsuya Ishida keeps an extremely low profile which may be a big part of the comic’s charm. When most people think of top-tier webcomics, they think of bold creators crashing through glass ceilings of mediocrity with their humble comics. Tatsuya Ishida is a humble creator with a very bold comic.

Deeply seeded in the newer strips, somewhere between those of Obama rocking America, Monique finding herself, and Slick dreaming of relationships that are crushed by his weaknesses for his unspeakable lusts - is the essence of romance. The evolved state of chivalry.

Fuschia & Criminy.

Keep in mind the gestalt of romance has very little to do with loving someone, and even less to do with acts of tenderness. It’s not a love story, nor an overcomplicated soap opera of whom-got-with-whom.

A good romance is defined by a passionate desire. A want of something so near, but unattainable. It’s longing of the future or of the past and the possibilities that could never be. It’s the futility and foolishness of making oneself vulnerable, no matter what disasters may occur.

A good romance rarely ends happily, and if it grips you it has the power to melt and break your heart in the same breath.

It’s committing suicide in order to remember what it was like to live.

For your convenience, we put together a quick clickable archive to each of the storyline’s related strips for ease of reading. Take note of the emotional elements of body language, expression, and other visible cues.

Quick Archive:
001 | 002 | 003 | 004 | 005

006 | 007 | 008 | 009 | 010

011 | 012 | 013 | 014 | 015

016 | 017 | 018 | 019 | 020

021 | 022 | 023 | 024 | 025

026 | 027 | 028 | 029 | 030

031 | 032 | 033 | 034 | 035

036 | 037 | 038 | 039 | 040

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