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August Feature #2: When fantasy overlaps reality

Kevin Featured Comics • Aug 10, 2021

 

Walt Disney had a simple but elegant quote to describe our fascination with fantastical worlds: "Fantasy and reality often overlap." It's true, too. In many ways, fantasy is often a reflection of our real world, painted in a more adventurous or mystical way. Take for example recently featured The Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast. It's the story of a cocktail bar owner in San Francisco that is also a sorceress.

There are a multitude of ways to create stories based in fantasy worlds, whether it's creating an entirely new universe outside of our own, or keeping it grounded on an alternate Earth. We've picked out five fantasy comics that we haven't featured before, and we think they're great examples of fantasy and reality overlapping.

Let us know what you think in the comments, and don't forget to use the in-reader comments and reactions to discuss the comics with other readers!

 


 

Skylin, 134 pages - Published by Source Point Press, (cc/ @TravisM)

The collected trade paperback of the four-Issue #mini-series chronicling Skylin's epic journey. Enter a world full of magic, monsters, and mystery, as Skylin goes from a handmaiden to an unlikely hero.

Story and Art by Adam Cozart, Allen AJ Young, Frederick Packard, Kyle Petchock

 


 

Neozoic, 281 pages - Published by Red 5 Comics, (cc/ @joshuastarnes)

In a gritty fantasy world where dinosaurs did not become extinct, human history has unfolded side-by-side with the giant reptiles. The greatest of the dinosaur slayers are known as the Predator Defense League. When an act of kindness causes thousands of the beasts to destroy the walls of Monanti City, it leaves culture vs. culture, mammal vs. reptile, friend vs. friend and father vs. daughter.

Story and Art by Korim and Paul Ens

 


 

Changeling: An Urban Fairy Tale, 61 pages - Published by Mythoverse Comics, (cc/ @MythoverseComics)

Maeve MacKenzie isn't an ordinary girl from Aberdeen, Washington. Living with social anxiety for most of her childhood, Maeve has struggled to find her place among her peers while her parents struggle to raise a child they at times don’t understand. Is there something different about Maeve?

Story and Art by Mythoverse Comics

 


 

Steampunk Tales, 108 pages - Published by Antarctic Press, (cc/ @JDunn)

Intriguing tales spun around steam! Featuring intrepid adventurers and their steam-powered gadgets and gizmos. Brassy women and brawny men and their flying machines saving the world with the power of steam and just a bit of style!

Story and Art by Ben Dunn, Brian Denham, Chris Allan

 


 

Tyrants, 98 pages - Published by Hollow Harbor, (cc/ @hharbor)

TYRANTS revolves around the relationship between a young man and his overbearing father as they manage special powers and political chaos on a hidden island chain. Atum, the son of a dethroned lord, struggles to balance that relationship with his quest for freedom, reluctantly becoming a pawn in his father’s war games.

Story and Art by Hollow Harbor