To quote some immortal words, the course of true love never did run smooth. In this modern world, romance is something that evades many and complicates the lives of people the world over. Of course, countless people have found someone they can share their time with, but the value of relationships has shifted with the digital tides. In many ways modern life is making people lonely and there is a constant desire that numerous people experience to connect with someone, or something, and find a modern romance.

This four page comic created by Kingston based illustrator Adam Williams deals with modern detachment in a humorous and surreal manner. It takes a blunt look at self medicated introversion while acknowledging that sometimes people can feel most lonely in a room full of people. Most of all, it tackles the throw away culture that modern life has brought us. For those who cannot find conventional romance they may have to suffer at the hands of meaningless interactions that often bring more bad than good into the lives of those involved.

Illustrated with a green hue Adam’s work uses the comic platform to convey a simple short story which builds upon the tradition of fairytales, culminating in a modern romance that is imbued with the emptiness contemporary society pushes upon people. Much of Adam’s other work builds upon the breaking of convention and the fusion of modern society with classic constructs, such as his cigarette butt and pint laden Hawaiian shirt and his greasy spoon inspired napkin.

Five Kingdoms

Five Kingdoms

Five Kingdoms

Five Kingdoms

Adam Williams

You can find more of Adam’s work on his website and his Tumblr page. Be sure to take a look at his animation work and his impressive Photo Every Day project that has been going since 2010. You can also contact Adam via his website about commissioned work or to find out more about upcoming projects he is working on.