A heads up to all you Goth Steampunk fanatics out there, I’ll be at the PEERS Le Bal des Vampires on Saturday, November 3rd. I hope to see you there!
Still in the process of unpacking… just a few boxes left.
Last night, while sorting through my comics, I found a “Free Comic Book Day” offering from Aspen Comics called Lady Mechanika written and illustrated by Joe Benitez. It’s a Steampunk detective story whose central character has forgotten her past and is trying to piece together how she came to be part mechanical.
The story is immediately captivating and the art… oh good lord the art. It’s like being in a confectionery – too much to take in all at once. I want to savour each panel and drink it down slowly. I’ve already read through the series twice.
Lady Mechanika has the high quality that I dream of my own graphic novel possessing. But that doesn’t come on one’s first attempt. It takes a lot of work to get to that point.
Sadly, Mr. Benitez seems to be suffering from distribution problems. I am not sure the exact problem, but he’s been having a bit of trouble getting issue four to market. However, when it finally arrives there’s a small and growing number of fans who will be quite happy. The comic has already picked up a decent following – it reminds me of the enthusiasm from the fan base for Firefly.
You can friend Lady Mechanika on Facebook.
Here’s a sample of the art.
I am neither the creator nor the owner of this image. All right reside with its proper copyright holder.
The boys over at Penny Arcade are ‘selling out’; they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their site / projects. Their first goal of $250,000 to remove their leaderboard on their homepage has already been reached. But what has me excited is this: The $325,000 goal is less than $10k away from being funded. That goal brings a new six-page Automata story! I am so bloody excited about this.
I wish the Gabe and Tycho the best of luck with their Kickstarter campaign and all things Automata related.
Update: Yesterday (or early this morning), Penny Arcade hit the $325,000 mark, thus reaching the Automata goal!
Today I stumbled across a recently launched site called Zen Pencils.
On his site, Gavin Aung Than illustrates inspirational quotes from famous people (he illustrated the “Make Good Art” comic I recently posted). I spent an hour today looking at his amazingly well done pieces of sequential art.
Here are five of my favourites:
- SHAOLIN MONK: Always be prepared
- GEORGE PATTON: A man must know his destiny
- CARL SAGAN: Make the most of this life
- EDGAR MITCHELL: A global consciousness
- BRUCE LEE: Be water, my friend
Come payday, I’ll be purchasing a few of his prints.
Speaking of prints, I’ve moved the Steampunk / Dieselpunk We Can Do It posters to a new store. I’ve also moved the F-bomb cancer shirts there as well. I think that store is a bit sharper looking than the Cafepress site we had running.
For all you Bay Area Steampunk and Dieselpunk fanatics and anyone going to Fanime, – I’ll be at Clockwork Alchemy on Sunday, May 27th – likely all day. I’m especially looking forward to The Emperor Norton Ball.
If you’ll be there, look for me. I’ll be in the gear-work masque.
Note: I’ll have just gotten back from Istanbul, so I may be still be jet-lagged.
At the recommendation of my writing mentor, Jim Bricker, I picked up a copy of Rust: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp. Mr. Bricker rarely steers me wrong – and Rust continues his long running winning streak of excellent recommendations.
Reading this graphic novel requires a detail-oriented eye.
I approached Rust carefully. It’s a beautifully bound hardcover and its pages are thick and weighty. But its strongest impression comes from it heavy reliance on illustration and its sparse use of words. As a writer (and I hesitate to call myself that these days) I rely on the written word to convey my story, but Mr. Lepp tells most of his story through illustration. Thus I had to do something I don’t normally do when I read comics – I had to pay very close attention to the art. Ironic? Heretical? Yes and yes.
Despite my best efforts, I somehow managed to miss a key plot point regarding a young child, Oz. But, at the end, when I realized what I’d missed, I had to go back to the start and reread it again as it gave the story another level of complexity.
Rust: Visitor in the Field deals with the existence and use of mechanical warriors and workers in society, which is something I explore in my Dieselverse take on San Francisco. How these mechanations (and I am not sure I am using the right word / spelling here) are viewed and used by humans is interesting. There’s a play between a sense of convenience and fear among the human characters coupled with undertones of slavery and abuse.
Visitor in the Field is the first in a multi-part story by Mr. Lepp – who was kind enough to give a preview the next part of the Rust story at the end of the graphic novel.
Rust: Visitor in the Field is a fantastic read and I highly recommend picking up a copy.
The past two or three years I’ve wanted to go to a Dia de los Muertos celebration – but life being what it is, I haven’t had the chance. I think next year will fair better as Nov. 2nd will be a Friday.
I was thinking of doing a Dia de los Muertos meets Steampunk costume. In doing some research on it, I found this (which I believe comes from msbehavoyeur):
I think I should just have A Case of Do or Die redirect to 50/50.