When people ask me "what is Chain?" I usually just laugh and say "nice question".
But really, It isn't a comic and not even a novel... it's exactly what it looks like: a bunch of portraits collected in a timeline that aims to tell a story all through the written documents these pictures come with, such as letters or diary pages.
The events take place on the East Coast right after the end of WW2, focusing on the O'Clarys, a middle-class family living the American Dream on Long island, New York. All the family pictures and documents are collected for a school project by T. P. O'Clary, the "latest link of the Chain", who is moved by the strong love he feels for his family; affection that grew stronger after an extremely shocking event that completely changed his life when he was but a child.
From the end of a war to the beginning of another, "Chain" is the peace in between, for those who always wanted to go beyond a story's "ending" to see what the happy-ever-after is about.
In the second generation, Elizabeth Gabrys and Thomas O'Clary are living their own fairytale between Brooklyn and Manhattan, during the most splendid and shining decade in the history of the United States: the 50s. Their first meeting at his mother's diner, the first date at the Victoria Hotel and the first kiss in Central Park, Chain 55 is all about how these lucky ones got to live their incredibly normal and Disney-like lives, right before entering the 60s to witness the new generation of O'Clarys.
But since this is also a "behind-the-scenes" kind of post, here are two step-by-step GIFs to show the creative process behind the finished portraits. Their expressions, as portrayed, are particularly important as they are both represented in the exact moment they see each other for the first time, back at the "Katie's Diner".
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Chain's purpose is to be purely entertaining, it's not a commercial project but a personal and inspired one. It's my true appreciation for peaceful times and admiration for that bygone era, channeled into what I'm able to express through my drawings. So enjoy it as it is and feel free to share your feelings, those are what it's all about.
"And now I'm dancin' to his voice
He turns to music every noise
He grabs my waist and makes me spin
Long live the king of the Drive-In "
From the album "Unchained", by Julia Adeler.