Friday, July 20, 2012

The Battle of Dovecote Crest

First things first, my apologies for the long wait on this post. Life has a tendency to get a little cray cray! But now onto to the comics!!!

One of my earliest finds back when I first started reading webcomics was The Battle of Dovecote Crest, written by Hailey Bachrach and illustrated by Bridget Underwood. After quite a hiatus, this historical and comedic webcomic has finally come back, updating twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The gang's all here!

Considering my previously suggested webcomics, it should come as no surprise that I love my webcomics with plenty of quirk, and Dovecote Crest delivers that and so much more! It is the story of a group of Civil War reenactors working at a museum for the battle of Dovecote Crest that took place in Arkansas, which was a relatively minor battle during the Civil War. Mind you, this is not a real battle, but for the purposes of this comic, it is the perfect setting.

The story's main focus is on a group of friends: Charlie (Charlotte), Jeremy, Tess, and Ben. For Charlie, the reenacting gig is just temporary, while she waits to get a job as a “real historian.” But the longer she works at Dovecote Crest, and gets to know Jeremy, the director of the museum, she begins to see history in a new light.

 Starting from the left: Charlie, Jeremy, Tess, and Ben.

The comic is told in several story arcs, all connected and focusing on the same characters, but with different concerns within the various plots. As of this writing, the creators are presenting “Short Histories,” a collection of flashbacks that show the back stories (and how they came to work at Dovecote Crest) of the various characters that you will grow to love over the course of the story.

In addition to the story itself are the informational comics about various aspects of the Civil War, like methods of execution and how they used to load their rifles, which flow in seamlessly.

What I love about the story is that it is sweet and ardent and funny, so that at any point you will find yourself smiling for various reasons. The characters are rich and amusing and will pretty much make you wish they were your friends. Seeing all of their interactions is lots of fun!

 All in a day's work.

The comic presents a side to history that you may have never known existed, a side that is just as lively now as it was when it happened.

The art style of the comic suits it perfectly, and as always, I love it when you can see a clear progression in the quality of the art work. Though it began as rather simplistic (though even in the very beginning the expressions and body language was always spot on), as the story progressed the visuals became more and more complicated and colorful. The cartoon-y style of the art compliments the bright tone of the story.

The Battle of Dovecote Crest is a story of many things. War. Friends. Family. And love, in all its various forms. And history, of course.

I can not recommend this comic highly enough!

All images copyright of Hailey Bachrach and Bridget Underwood.

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