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Further Reading

If You Like GOTH WESTERN

Hotblood!

A comic about centaurs in the American Old West!

HOTBLOOD! follows the story of centaur James Rook, a washed out Civil War vet and secretary to the irreverent, criminally-inclined steel tycoon Asa Langley. The year is 1871.

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The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek

One of my favorite books of all time, and a big source of inspiration for GOTH WESTERN. If you like queer fantasy westerns with morally conflicted gunslingers and strange gods (as you probably do, if you like this comic), definitely check this one out.

Available on Amazon or for free on the author’s website.


Nonfiction

Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century by Graham Robb

Though it focuses mostly on Europe, a lot of my ambient knowledge of what it was like to be queer in the time period on which GOTH WESTERN is based (early-mid 1870s) comes from this book. It’s a fascinating read, and quite fun if you can keep a sort of morbid sense of humor in mind while reading it. One of the highlights for me is a list of personal ads from the early 1900s. My favorite one: “Actress with modern views desires to know rich lady with similar views, for friendly relations, etc.” Do pick up a copy.


Other Comics to Check Out

Castoff

After getting kidnapped and dragged halfway across the world, scaredy-cat Vector finds himself a long, long way from home. Now, with the help of a short-tempered bounty hunter, a happy-go-lucky cartographer, and many more unlikely friends, he has to try to make it home in one piece.

Castoff is written by my dear friend Star and was a big inspiration for me to start my own webcomic!

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Monster Pulse

A comic about kids whose body parts are monsters! Really charming, emotive art and an engaging story.

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Sakana

Courting the girl of your dreams can be difficult when you work at the busiest fish market in the world. It’s even more difficult if you’re scared of girls, and near-impossible if your brother’s kind of shady, your best friend is drunk 50% of the time, and your supervisor hates your guts. Unfortunately, Jiro Sakana has all of these problems, and more.

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Stand Still. Stay Silent

“Stand Still. Stay Silent” is a post apocalyptic webcomic with elements from Nordic mythology, set 90 years in the future. It’s mostly a story about friendship and exploring a forgotten world, with some horror, monsters and magic on the side.

Every page of this comic inspires me to become a better artist and storyteller. Absolutely stunning work.

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Starfighter*

In the middle of a war against a mysterious alien menace, the pilot and gunner of a starfighter ship enter into a messy, complicated relationship.

*very Not Safe For Work

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Strong Female Protagonist

SFP follows the adventures of a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility and a crippling sense of social injustice.

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The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal*

The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way – but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.

This is one of my very favorite comics, and E.K. Weaver is a huge inspiration to me in terms of storytelling and characterization. Please give this one a read. You won’t regret it!

*occasionally Not Safe For Work

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Witchy

In the witch kingdom Hyalin, the strength of your magic is determined by the length of your hair. Those that are strong enough are conscripted by the Witch Guard, who enforce the law in peacetime and protect the land during war. However, those with hair judged too long are pronounced enemies of the kingdom, and annihilated. This is called a witch burning.

Witchy is the story of a young witch named Nyneve. Terrified of the Guard, and of being enlisted, she hides her long hair from everyone but her mother.

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