Where Romance and Comics Meet

Circadia Cover
Title: Circadia
Creators: Format: EBook
Color: Color
Romanceiness: Definitely a Romance
Heat: PG13
Tags: queer nonbinary character assassins paranormal fantasy
Where to Buy or Read:

You'll be able to catch up when the Kickstarter for Issue #2 goes live, details here: https://jldugan.com/circadia/

Synopsis from the Creator:

Circadia is a five issue limited comic series written by Jennifer Dugan. Stranger Things meets Black Swan, it tells the story of a bi ballerina and her non-binary love interest as they struggle to untangle dreams from reality… while battling a demon on both fronts.

While it tells a single cohesive story, it’s presented anthology style, with a different team of queer women and non-binary artists bringing their unique talents to each issue.

Issue #1 launched successfully in Fall of 2017, and fully funded with all stretch goals unlocked. Check it out here

Issue #2 is slated to hit Kickstarter in June of 2018 and will include a catch up tier for those who missed out the first time around.

Review: Circadia, Issue #1

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 6, 2018 1:25:00 PM / by Suzanne Krohn

I'm completely in love with this comic, but also kind of annoyed that I didn't realize how long it would be between issues and there's a CLIFFHANGER. So, here's my jumble of thoughts, laid out for your consideration.

First, the cover is by Jen Bartel, but the interior art of Issue 1 is by Keezy Young. Both of these artists do fabulous work, and I've adored Young's TAPROOT and YELLOW HEARTS (now called NEVER HEROES). Subsequent issues will have different art teams, as writer Jennifer Dugan put together a different team of queer creators for each of the five issues.

Here's what the interior of this issue looks like:

circadia-interior

The story begins with Zara, a ballerina, performing onstage as her lover, the assassin Aderes, watches from the audience. I had a moment of wondering how this would follow a romantic arc, but the comic quickly answers that question.

It's all a dream. Zara's roommate wakes her up in our world.

Or is it? The next time that Zara sleeps, she returns to Aderes, who tells her that they worry about her when she's gone. It's shortly after this that Issue #1 drops off, so I don't want to tell you more at risk of spoiling things.

That said, this was a beautiful comic with a paranormal mystery, and I'm eager to read the rest of the story. Will Aderes and Zara find a way to stay together for good? Which world is the real world? How is any of this possible? Who is the Big Bad Smoake and what impact will he have on the story?

This issue was 24 pages and doesn't appear to be up for purchase anywhere until the next Kickstarter campaign. I'll update here if I'm wrong!