[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have webcomic artist and community manager at Tapas Cain guest post on the site today. Take it away, Cain!]
Heroines overcoming the struggles of their times plus forbidden romance with unlikely suitors equals perfect evening read. If you’re the type to love getting stuck in the past, these gorgeous historical romance webcomics might be your cup of tea!
Course Hands by Denise Wetternek aka Askeryna
Runa, a strong, hard-working woman, has always felt like an outcast in her village and grew to loathe the gossiping whispers of her fellow villagers. So much so that she preferred living in her father’s house on the outskirts of town over moving into the bustling village that gossiped about her. Out on the edge of the forests, she spends her days working tirelessly— tending to her crazy adorable goats and doing her daily chores— in order to avoid the loneliness that comes with isolation. But how can she keep up her regular routines when she invites a strange magician to live with her, to protect him from malicious whispers spreading about him too? Course Hands is filled with beautiful art and its story is surely one you do not want to miss!
Helena Wiktoria by Panna N.
Helena Wiktoria follows the lives of three main young characters failing to follow the social norms of a late 1800s world. Artur Wilk, a young man, socially inept and studying to be a doctor, hears that his childhood friend is returning home. After 10 years of living abroad. He sees her again in her coming home event, not expecting her to have aged into a gorgeous young woman. For Helena, everything changed when she turned 18. After leaving the country following her uncle’s passing, a slew of unwanted marriage proposals threatened to fill her life shortly after returning home. Annoyed by her family trying to marry her off to a young man they find agreeable, she becomes determined to do things her own way! Young Helena begins work to understand her late uncle’s company to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. But then, DRAMA ensues when Konstanty Scoly is introduced to Helena as a potential candidate for her family’s wealth, which the Scoly’s family has an eye on due to their house’s debt. Get lost in this elegant Tapas Exclusive romance that follows the lives of these 3 young women and men in the late 1800’s Silesia as they struggle to take control of their lives and find love in a rigid social system.
The Knight and the Nun by Kth.
This beautiful short story tells a love story as old as time. Enter the young lady, sentenced to a nunnery by the word of her father, has a hard time focusing on her religious studies and prayer when she would rather spend time enjoying the whims of life. Add in a young unknown knight, who visits her town for important business and stays longer than expected, and you’ve got the makings of a short but sweet tale. If you have just a few minutes to yourself, check out this whirlwind story of two lovers fallen in love at first sight, who must choose between duty or love! The ending will take your breath away!
The Flower and the Nose by Dedasaur
Every 30 years a flower blooms, bringing with it change and drama. 30 years ago, this very same flower altered Lani’s life forever, but with a curse. After the last bloom, Lani wakes to find that her nose has grown to the size of her very own head! Growing up with such a nose, she faces ridicule and bullying of multiple degrees. From being taunted by children in her childhood to being denied jobs, she finds that her nose has put her at arm’s length with the world. Even after feeling rejected by anyone she encounters, Lani manages to find a job in a perfume shop and takes over, building that small shop into a perfume empire of her very own. Yet even after all her major accomplishments, it feels as if something is fundamentally missing from her life. During a stressful deadline, she presses herself to the point of burn-out, trying to create and to release a new scent to take the world by storm. As she fights her subordinates’ constant requests for holidays, a familiar sweet smell re-enters her life—one that she hasn’t sniffed in such a long time, she finds it hard to remember where it came from. Then once again, she is reminded that the flower will soon bloom again.
Follow Lani’s journey in this 6-years-in-the-making love story. The twist finale of this series will stay with you long after you are done reading and is a great discussion piece for you and your friends!
Madhouse: A Love Story by Arden Powell
After the death of her Father, Annilia is taken in by her uncle and raised alongside his son Horatio, her cousin. Within the many years, the two become the closest of friends and see one another as cherished siblings. So when the idea of their familial love was suggested to be more than that by Horatio’s father, it’s easy to say they were both quite shocked if not appalled (can’t a guy and a gal just be friends?!). Sickened with greed, Annilia Uncle is determined to use any means necessary to take her family’s wealth. Recently returned to their country Colonel Marathon meets Annilia at a party and is immediately lovestruck by the sight of her. Madhouse is a romantic story of the secret passing of notes between the young Annilia and the handsome Colonel Marathon—notes that will soon be discovered by her sinister uncle! This colorfully vivid series will make it well worth brushing up on reading cursive!
About the Author:
Cain is a webcomic artist with a not-so-guilty pleasure for slow-burn romance, space mysteries and Twilight Zone-esk television series. In addition to creating webcomics, Cain also works at Tapas Media as a community manager. He also has a cat and pet gecko.