On the surface, Everfair by Nisi Shawl is an alternative history novel about an imagined country named Everfair that was co-founded by black American Christian missionaries fleeing the oppression of post-Reconstruction era United States, indigenous Africans of several different tribes, and the British Fabian Society. Many black Americans did settle in Africa during the 19th century (see the country of Liberia for one example). African countries now are comprised of several different tribes. And the Fabian Society exists in our world even today.
Amelia Stodge cursed under her breath and set to untangling the keys and fixing the ribbon on her typewriter, trying desperately to hold onto the genius sentence in her head. It took a certain amount of talent to bring sparkle and flash to something as tiresome as the Periwinkle Society’s annual Spring Rooftop Garden Exposition. But Amelia had endeavored to inject some of her youthful enthusiasm into, essentially, a gathering of old women showing off their prized petunias and grandchildren while collecting dusty bits of gossip over weak tea. Some of the flowers had been truly extraordinary, especially Mrs. Honeyweather’s exotic orchids. Amelia wished she had talent for horticulture, but that particular trait seemed to leapfrog generations in her family. Her mother had had a plant lover’s soul that delighted in all things green. Her little window planter always overflowed with blooms and leaves and shoots, her pots of herbs always thrived.
Amazon is shifting its programming strategy into focusing on more significant budgeted projects and event-style series. This is a move to try and fill the gap that HBO’s Game of Thrones has left. The new plan makes a lot of sense as many fans are looking for the next big fantasy series to obsess over. And while most expected Prime’s Lord of the Rings series to accomplish this when it inevitably arrives, Carnival Row may fill that void come this Labor Day Weekend. The show has already been renewed for a second season well before the first episode has aired. So it would seem that this dark fairy tale has a shot of standing out amongst the wave of series that will try to take back the Iron Throne from HBO. And from the looks of the first season’s full trailer, this visually stunning, romantic, grisly murder mystery could quickly become a solid contender.
I have learned from talking with fellow fans of the steampunk genre that the first title to spring to most minds when steampunk comics are brought up is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co-created by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. There are undeniable steampunk elements in this series as well as several references to Victorian literature, which I find personally entertaining. It is, however, far from the only comic in the steampunk arena. If you are a fan of steampunk and graphic novels, check out these titles. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but I think of it as a good place to start, and these are some of my faves.
One is often told not to judge a book by its cover. Yet when it comes to The Precinct, however, that was precisely what caught my attention. Perhaps that it isn't surprising given it is a graphic novel and that it was the combination of its artwork of a late nineteenth-century policeman with a mechanical arm with a woman wearing a vaguely Victorian yet mystic outfit along with the book being given the subtitle “A Steampunk Adventure.” Intrigued and one library checking out later, the results were definitely fun, to say the least.
I want to start this off by saying I am passionate about supporting indie comics and publications, so after reading this I urge you all to try and get hold of a copy of Metal Made Flesh. The art is truly phenomenal and the story possesses some very interesting concepts and a ground shaking plot twist in the middle that I did not at allsee coming.
An often divisive superhero television series, Gotham is a show to be binged on. It is a fantastic voyage into the setting of the stage for what would be one of the most iconic superheroes ever, from comic book to TV to movies. Batman is a legendary hero. A hall of famer. And so is the city that created him. Gotham the series is less superhero TV than it is cops chasing bad guys. But the bad guys are not your common criminals. The bad guys are the stars of the show, and they are ruthless sociopaths who bask in the violent drama of gang warfare. Gotham is the story of a few good men just beginning a battle that will take many lives and last many years until a boy becomes a man and a city can take no more bloodshed.
Bringing Larry Blamire's tale to life through the amazing medium of comic books was an important experience for me. I had a chance to work with Larry directly and get to know a universe only creatives like Larry can imagine in their minds. Involving Tyler Kirkham in the mix gave me an opportunity to work with someone whose skills have been honed at one of the great iconic comic book empires, DC Comics.
In his second outing in the Steam Wars universe, Larry Blamire delves deeper into the mechanical world of the warriors inside the giant steam rigs. Blamire's other books include Tales of the Callamo Mountains, a collection of his western horror short stories, and I Didn't Know You Came With Raisins, a collection of his surreal cartoons. The art direction and collaboration with Green Lantern's Tyler Kirkham of DC fame, on the Steam Wars comic books series added an extra edge to the alternate universe of Blamire's steam punk imagination.
Larry Blamire's Steam Wars comic series is a tor de force of the steam punk genre. Larry's visuals are stunning, characters have depth and the steam punk story line is action filled. Decades ago Blamire dabbled for a time in underground comics like Predator, a vigilante anti-hero, Blazing Violence, and Ace of Spades.
How do you know if steampunk comic books are for you? Ask yourself if the following images would excite you: a man with a glowing furnace for a chest; a Victorian Batman in aviator goggles; pterodactyls; psychic powers; death by guillotine; an Emperor Zombie. Oh, and a kickass lady detective whose limbs have been replaced with machinery by a psychotic serial killer. If you said "yes" to any of the above, kindly read on for a list of the very best steampunk comic books.