Chemical Culture is a comic project involving personified chemical compounds. The characters are based on real-life chemical compounds, their histories, their uses and their properties.
The project was named meaningless "Arnua: Dagandi" in 2016. The name was dropped in early 2019 and the project remained nameless until 2020. The name "Chemical Culture" was given on 29 June 2020 as the name of the related webcomic (see history section below for more information).
The Chemical Culture project has its roots that can be traced back to 2013 when the compound diethyl ether was personified in a text. The first visual character designs were created around 2016-2017, the first drawn characters were Diethyl Ether, Chloroform, Hydrochloric Acid, Sulphuric Acid and possibly Ethanol. The project was restarted in December 2018 with radical character design changes on Chloroform and Diethyl Ether, the current design for Ethanol is based on the vague figure from 2016.
Beginning in 2019, some small comics were made. A webcomic with the characters Dimethyl Ether, Methanol, Formaldehyde, Formic Acid, MTBE and Dimethyl Carbonate was published on 29 June 2020 on Webtoon platform.
The project was paused in late 2021 due to a character information loss after the Chemical Culture Fandom wiki was deleted. The project was restarted in late 2022.
Another comic project started in January 2023. As of January 2024, it is still in drafts and no images were shared online.
See Category:Characters for the list of characters
See Chemicals for more information on characters
All characters are based on real-life chemical compounds; for example, a character named "Dimethyl Carbonate" is the personification of the compound with the same name, dimethyl carbonate. The characters may have occupations based on what compound they are the personification of; for example, the character Tetrachloroethylene is a dry-cleaner because she is based on the chemical that is primarily used in dry-cleaning, or Acetone, based on the chemical with the same name, owns a nail salon because the real compound is mostly known for being the main ingredient of common nail polish removers.
The chemical elements are not drawn but personified in context. Elements are considered as deities in Chemical Culture. Elements rarely take humanoid forms.