Lady of the Shard is an LGBTQIA+ fantasy webcomic told with pixel art and a limited palette of colors that is striking, to say the least. Its ‘pages’ are long and require vertical scrolling to read instead of being displayed as blocky, book-sized ‘pages’ that fit on a single screen without scrolling, as many webcomics do to be formatted like traditional comics. I found it formatted more closely to webtoons than most webcomics. Due to its long, vertical nature, my best reading experience was on a tablet with a large(r) screen, so I could read the text easily and use a more natural-feeling swipe to read the long ‘pages’ instead of scrolling with a mouse.
This comic is what finally pulled me out of my months-long reading slump (and subsequent lack of blog posts) that I experienced earlier this year. I read this back in early July and I still think about it often. The romance is very well done (albeit a bit silly at times, due to the nature of the characters) and as someone who generally shies from romance in fiction, that takes a lot for me to say. The artwork flows in a natural way, with the palette shifting to evoke certain emotions and it does it so well.
It’s cute and beautiful and has ladies who love ladies and I’m just so happy it exists. Even with the simple pixel art that is often only outlines and the limited palette Lady of the Shard has a world and characters that feel real and whole. They breathe on the screen.
My recommendation is to read this now. Lady of the Shard is a heartwarming, spectacular work of art. It’s free to read online (gigidigi.itch.io/lady), with the option to donate to the person who created it (which I encourage). Just take note of the content warning on the first page.
What is your favorite webcomic? Please do share in the comments, I’m always interested in finding more gems like this!