Warning: A Broken Winter contains strong language and visual representations of violence, nudity, and sexuality. As such, it may be considered inappropriate for younger audiences.
A Broken Winter is a speculative fiction webcomic with a manga-influenced art style. It includes elements of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. It is written/created by Kale Night and illustrated by Archie the Redcat (Luv, White Feathers).
A Broken Winter is set on the fictional extrasolar planet Thalassinus. Once lush and green, Thalassinus has grown progressively colder and inhospitable, a phenomenon credited to the dying of their primary sun. This explanation fails to satisfy everyone, notably military scientist Reisen Kaneko. Reisen's otherworldly roots extend his understanding of stellar evolution far beyond anything the people of Thalassinus are taught. He knows things he shouldn't and isn't afraid to vocalize his dissent.
This knowledge inevitably gets Reisen into trouble. He disappears, possessing information exposing centuries of lies and deceit, leaving the government struggling to apprehend him. A series of violent crimes is blamed on the AWOL scientist, branding him as a terrorist. After years of searching an anonymous tip leads investigators to an unlikely source of information, Reisen's son.
Seven-year-old Kokkan Kaneko idolizes his father and finds the things Reisen is accused of doing impossible to believe. He proves uncooperative to the eager interrogators and is sentenced to be executed at a government-run slaughterhouse - Irihi. He's selected for inclusion in the special division by General Kuroda Tadayoshi, who sees in Kokkan a reflection of the son he lost. As part of the special division Kokkan's life is prolonged in favor of performing various duties around the slaughterhouse. On Kuroda's orders, Kokkan is spared during a routine expunging of his unit. Kuroda takes Kokkan into his own care, eventually gaining his trust with intimate knowledge of the boy's father; a knowledge much more intimate than Kuroda is willing to disclose.
A Broken Winter deals with themes which include government corruption, the abuse of authority, the use of the media as a tool of mass manipulation, and human rights (including freedom from torture, freedom from arbitrary arrest, and gay rights). It may appeal to fans of dark LGBTQ fiction as well as those who enjoy yaoi or slash fiction with content that will undoubtedly be classified as disturbing by some.
Contact information: Kale Night (writer/website maintainer)- firstname.lastname@example.org
Archie the Redcat (illustrator)- email@example.com
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