All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different webcomic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you webcomic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we look at The People That Melt in the Rain, written and colored by Carolyn Watson Dubisch and drawn by Mike Dubisch. It is the evocative and compelling tale of a small cursed town, with rain that literally melts you. A young girl has shown up in the town with the mother and she soon discovers not only is this town seriously bizarre, but that she can never leave!
Laura’s mother has received an offer to be a nurse in a small town called Deluge. The offer is three times the money she was making back in Seattle, so she moves herself and her daughter to Deluge. As soon as they arrive, though, strange stuff occurs…
Later on in the story, Laura discovers first hand what they mean when they say that the rain in Deluge can melt you…
Soon, Laura learns that not only are she and her mother stuck in this town with the melting rain, but they cannot even contact the outside world!
She commiserates with her new friend, a boy in her class…
Kevin’s father has a major role in Deluge, as does Kevin’s aunt. You see, the strange non-melting rain is courtesy of Kevin’s father, who does his best to find other strange rains to take the place of the melting rain through a fantabulous contraption he developed. Real steampunk type stuff.
So that is why the town has all these bizarre creatures roaming around, including little tiny elephants or sharks…
The cat is named Baxter and he is a major figure. You see, while humans cannot leave Deluge, cats can. So when Baxter runs away from its owners and they go looking for Baxter, they can’t see the people of the town.
Kevin’s aunt was scarred by the rain when she was a little girl and she has devoted her life to finding a way out of this curse…
She likely is responsible for Laura and her mother showing up. Laura has special abilities that might make it possible for Deluge to finally be free of the curse…or not. I suppose we all have to keep reading to find out, huh?
As you can see, the Dubischs have created quite an interesting little world here. Watson-Dubisch gives all of the main characters a goodly amount of depth and intriguing characteristics, while Dubisch’s artwork is excellent.
You can begin reading the story here. It has over 100 pages of story so far, split into seven chapters (or issues). They’re in the midst of Chapter/Issue #7 right now.
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