What I'm looking for now is Visual Evidence of this thing's existence. Everything I've got together so far is below, and in the comments.

It was about a Puritan, Victorian-era society trapped in a whale-like creature. I remember it being called "Gutsworld", but upon looking it up, all I could find was a Wrestling Organization by the same name.

Looking up Civilization inside whale and related search terms came up with nothing.

It was a Graphic Novel, available to order on the internet, I think. Earlier than 2017 but after 2013, at least that's when I came across it; might have been made earlier.

Here is the only living mention of it on any site I can find. The link on the webpage takes me to a dead IP address. I put this into the Wayback Machine and it came up with this (I'm not very experienced using this, so if anyone can get more info out of it that would be a huge help).

Apparently the reason it's a dead IP is because Newsarama, the site that hosted these forums, was bought and has shut down the forum service. They deleted the entire archives of the forums when they did so.

So, it would appear there is more to this tale than meets the eye.

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    I've edited in the [illustrated-story] tag as that seems to be closest to what you are describing, if that isn't appropriate you can remove it yourself, however. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 23 '18 at 8:18
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    This 2008 article: wetasphalt.com/content/round-6 mentions it: Speaking of comics, the inestimably strange and wonderful Gutsworld number 1 is available in its entirety online. It's about a civilization that has developed inside the body of an enormous leviathan, after said monster swallowed whole a ship 150 years ago. but I can't find anything else about it. – Ayshe Jul 23 '18 at 10:14
  • @Ayshe I remember seeing it, and I remember images of it, and this lets me know it exists, but it appears that all trace of this comic has been scrubbed from the internet – Sydney Sleeper Jul 23 '18 at 11:24
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    A check at a prominent vendor (Mile High Comics) website, and at comics.org shows no entries for a comic named Gutsworld. It's possible that it was either only available online, or that it was originally released in some language other than English, and its translated name was different. – RDFozz Jul 23 '18 at 18:44
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    I'm guessing it may have been a webcomic with plans to release in print... – FuzzyBoots Jul 24 '18 at 2:35

This is Gutsville

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According to the Wikipedia description:

In 1846 an English ship called the Daphne heads out to reach Australia. The ship never makes it, as it, and all of its passengers (including slaves, zealous missionaries, and English settlers) are swallowed up by some gargantuan, oceanic beast. Skip forward to the present day and the descendants of the original passengers are living in Gutsville, a shanty town within the belly of this mysterious creature.

I found it by putting the URL in this website, which showed that the Newsrama forum URL had been linked from the above Wikipedia page.

It appears that the website Wetasphalt had misremembered it the same way as the OP: as Gutsworld.

It's not terribly obscure, having been published by Image Comics, but it was first written in 2007, so it was early enough.

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    Thank you! I have been looking for this everywhere! I was so worried I'd never find this again. – Sydney Sleeper Jul 25 '18 at 4:53
  • Nice. I even asked the guy from Wetasphalt if he could remember it but he came up a blank – Valorum Jul 25 '18 at 7:04
  • Sorry about only awarding the bounty now, it's my first time using one and I assumed it automatically awarded it once a green tick was given. – Sydney Sleeper Jul 28 '18 at 13:07

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