Coomic, an online comic reading platform where readers can conveniently learn about the references and “backstories,” and also discuss the plots. (Take the comic book, Blades of the Guardians, for example)
Historical events, social and cultural phenomena, personal experiences, or anything that happens in the real world often inspire the creation of fictional literature, including comic books. Comic book stories reference a lot of real events but often omit their explanations or connections in order to make the plot more concise and clear. In fact, comic books are designed to be short and sweet in nature: they are visual stories for young children and they should be easy to understand and follow (McCloud,1993), and traditional comic books usually have limited page length requirements. A historical comic book usually shortens the introduction of history because publishers have standard-length limitations, the story needs to quickly get to the main plot and focuses on elaborating on the development of the characters. In Blades of the Guardians, the author introduces readers to ancient Chinese history, including historical events, figures, and famous ancient weapons. However, they are only kept to a minimal length. Although Blades of The Guardians is full of hidden historical Easter Eggs, readers might not fully notice all of them due to the limitation of publishing.
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The goal of my comic reading website is to organize and integrate story-related references including historical facts, artists’ personal experiences, and even the drawing process of artists with the comic reading experience, offering readers the freedom to pick whatever type of information or “backstories” they would like to explore based on their different interests.
Reference & Backstory Area and Comment Section