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« on: February 26, 2007, 04:37:02 pm »

As a massive comic book geek, I felt obligated to start this thread. So what are some great Steampunk comics?

I would go for

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Typical Alan Moore brilliance, there really isn't another comic book writer around that writes comics quiet the same as him. Full of some absolutly brilliant moments that I won't ruin for those that haven't read it.

Alot of works by Mike Mignolia have steampunk elements in em, Hellboy is his most famous that has some steampunk bits in it but thats more monsters and demons and crap. The Amazing Screw on Head is were its at for Steampunk. You can find the first eppisode of the cartoon based on it on youtube.

There was another one with Thomas Edison, Nichola Tesla and another inventor that went around doing stuff but I can't for the life of me remember what its called (And it wasn't Tales from the Bullypullpit although that was pretty rad, not really steampunk though)
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2007, 04:47:27 pm »

I believe Five Fists of Science is the one you're referring to - I think it was mentioned elsewhere in the board just recently.  I have it - it's rather good fun, but I found it quite short.

Was The Amazing Screw On Head originally a comic, or am I very confused?
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2007, 04:50:09 pm »

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/

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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2007, 04:55:59 pm »

Was The Amazing Screw On Head originally a comic, or am I very confused?

An Esiner award winning one at that Cheesy

Just a one shot though.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2007, 07:54:26 pm »

I've recently become a huge fan of Tom Strong.  Though most of his adventures take place in a post-Victorian setting, he does have a daughter named "Tesla", and, most interestingly, a steam-powered, tailcoat-wearing robotic servant named "Pneuman".  Even if you hate the rest of the story (though I can't imagine why), the latter makes it all well worth it.  He even speaks with hisses and clicks, due to his wax-cylinder-based vocal system!  Here's some artwork of said <a href="http://members.tripod.com/~sonofthelizardking/tomstrongsketchbook.gif">mechanical man.</a>
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2007, 08:00:10 pm »

From wikipedia:

Excuse my strikeouts.. those are ones that I just can't bear to see in this list...

    * The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and Heart of Empire, or The Legacy of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot
    * The Amazing Screw-On Head by Mike Mignola
    * Baker Street by Gary Reed and Guy Davis
    * Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (DC Comics Elseworlds) by Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey
    * Batman: Master of the Future (DC Comics Elseworlds) by Brian Augustyn and Eduardo Barreto
    * Battle Chasers by Joe Madureira
    * Les Cités Obscures by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten
    * Daisy Kutter by Kazu Kibuishi
    * The Five Fists of Science by Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders
    * Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
    * Harry Kipling by Simon Spurrier and Boo Cook
    * Ironwolf by Howard Chaykin and Mike Mignola
    * JLA: Age of Wonder (DC Comics Elseworlds) by Adisakdi Tantimedh and Galen Showman
    * Justice Riders (DC Comics Elseworlds) by Chuck Dixon and J.H. Williams III
    * The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1898 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
    * Leviathan by Ian Edginton and D'Israeli
    * Neotopia by Rod Espinosa
    * Le Régulateur T1 : Ambrosia by Corbeyran
    * The Remarkable Worlds of Professor Phineas B. Fuddle by Erez Yakin and Boaz Yakin
    * Ruse by Mark Waid and Scott Beatty
    * Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton and D'Israeli, a sequel to their adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
    * Sebastian O (DC Comics Vertigo) by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell
    * Steam Detectives manga by Kia Asamiya
    * Steampunk by Joe Kelly and Chris Bachalo
    * Stickleback by Ian Edginton and D'Israeli
    * The Transformers: Evolutions - Hearts of Steel IDW Publishing by Chuck Dixon and Guido Guidi
    * Texas Steampunk series by Lea Hernandez: Cathedral Child and Clockwork Angels
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2007, 08:03:08 pm »

The Obscure Cities by Schuiten & Peeters. It's more a graphic novel than a comic, but in the end it's a full grown world filled with steampunk.
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2007, 09:40:37 pm »

Going through the list given above:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_steampunk_works#Comics.2Fgraphic_novels

Luther Arkwright is a classic although to be fair I prefer Talbot's more recent artwork.

Master of the Future along with Gotham by Gaslight is (as mentioned elsewhere) combine in a single volume that should be on everyone's buy list.

5 Fists is OK and well worth a look.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen surely can't have fallen under anyone else's radar. Can't wait for volume 3 and The Black Dossier

Leviathan is great and the first trade is out. D'Israeli's high contrast B&W clear line style works really well and the story (the world's largest steam ship lost in some strange limbo) also works really well. Ian Edginton is doing a lot of great Steampunk work and it'd be worth checking out all of his work.

Ruse is one I enjoyed. Archard is a great hero - part Sherlock Holmes, part mad scientist. It does feel slightly odd as most of teh Crossgen material had to be in the same Universe so there are odd elements t it.

Scarlet Traces is the two-part sequel to Ian Edginton and D'Israeli's WotW adaptation whch you can read online:
http://www.darkhorse.com/zones/wotw/wotw_popup.php?p=.5
I'm told there will be a big assed trade of all three parts at some point in the future so I'm holding off buying the Scarlet Traces volumes for now. When that omnibus volume comes out I highly recommend people pick it up (if you can't wait they will soon be all out as separate volumes).

Sebastian O is great with all sorts of mechanical goodies (including clockwork trees and a Victorian-era Internet) and the eponymous hero is great but like a lot of Grant Morrison's work I do have concerns about the end. Despite that fans of Steampunk really should check it out.

Stickleback is another one from Edginton and D'Israeli with the artist trying a different stlye and it works nicely.Freaks, criminals, the secret history of London and plenty of odd mechanical devices at the start. It seems that it is the first of a series which should be well worth checking out.

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2007, 10:40:52 pm »

There are many stunning French comic artists who include steampunk aesthetics in their work. I am no comic book expert, especialy when it comes to french comics but i seem to recall Heavy Metal Magazine somtimes runs strips with Steampunk content.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2007, 10:59:09 pm »

Massimiliano Frezzato is one to check out!

I believe he's Italian or French, but had a whole series appear in Heavy Metal that was VERY Steampunk influenced. Though it really is a very unique world.

I believe it's called "Keepers of the Maser"

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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2007, 11:06:36 pm »

Yeah I have all his books.
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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2007, 01:36:47 am »

    * Steampunk by Joe Kelly and Chris Bachalo

What, in your opinion, is wrong with that one?  I only know what I've read on Wikipedia, so I want to know what you all have to say.  I thought it seemed pretty interesting from what I saw...  I don't like the drawing style, but I'm rather picky  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2007, 01:59:24 am »

What I don't like about that one is that when it was released the creators wrote a press release, where they claimed to come up with the title "Steampunk". I and a few other people replied calling them out, and just got mobbed by fanboys lol.

Here let me see if I can find a transcription of it somewhere...

Well thsi is part of another press release (not the one I was thinking of, but you can still see the attitude as if they invented a new genre)

Forget everything you know about the industrial steam-driven, rivet-sown world that existed at the beginning of the 20th Century," advises Bachalo. "Forget everything you’ve read and heard about the iron-wrought horse and carriage and dark-shadow days of the Victorian age. Because Joe Kelly and I have just shoved the two eras into a tree shredder and shot the remains all over the landscape in this industrial gothic, sci-fi, action-adventure, steam-driven love story known as STEAMPUNK!"
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2007, 02:02:45 am »

Oh, yeah, I can see the reason for disdain.  Undecided
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2007, 02:13:24 am »

hehe yep. Well that and I really don't like his art style. I generally dislike the Wildstorm/Image stuff. Give me indies and Dark Horse anyday.
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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2007, 04:29:19 am »

there's a ton of elseworld's set in the victorian age. haunted gotham, gotham by gaslight, batman of arkham, age of wonder, evil's might. the list goes on. DC loves the stuff.

also, yeah "Steampunk" royally sucked. for a comic bearing the name of the subculture we all know and love, they sure did screw the concept up.

EDIT: and Mr. Adams is right. Sebastian O is awesome.
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2007, 04:30:56 am »

Sebastian O is GREAT

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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2007, 06:21:05 am »

I joined the forum just to post this...

Am I the only one who's read Neil Gaiman's: Mr. Hero, The Newmatic Man?

Hard to find, but you can get it on torrents.

Cheers!
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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2007, 09:24:58 am »

There's been a freat deal of discussion of LXG. I was a little under-whelmed by the comic, and heard such horrid things about the movie, I could never bring myself to view it.
But has anyone, read the From Hell comic, also by Alan Moore?
Great source of a comic Victoriana fix, though it is not really what I'd call steampunk. The usual caveats about the filmic version apply, but I thought this comic was a much better expression of Mr. Moore's talents and genius.
 
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« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2007, 10:57:11 am »

Definately not steampunk, but From Hell is great for that Victorian conspiracy feel.
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« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2007, 06:00:47 pm »

there's a ton of elseworld's set in the victorian age. haunted gotham, gotham by gaslight, batman of arkham, age of wonder, evil's might. the list goes on. DC loves the stuff.


Yes I replied to the blog about this but it didn't seem to get through (too many links perhaps?).

There are a lot to interest people in the Elseworlds publicaitons:

Gotham by Gaslight/Master of the Future should be everyone's first port of call.

JLA: Age of Wonder features the JLA, Tesla and Edison!!

JLA: The Island of Dr. Moreau, is another one.

Also Batman: Two Faces in a Jekyll and Hyde-type story.

Jack the Ripper crops up a lot in others especially Wonder Woman: Amazonia.

Also worth looking for is the Metropolis trikogy by the Lofficier brothers (not quite Steampunk but I suspect close enough to interest people).

One thing is that I'd like to see more original work. I know it can make the pitching easier "Imagine Superman in War of the Worlds" but I'd like to see them push the envelope a bit more.

The main problem is that quite a few of those remain uncollected and are tricky to track down online but if you happen to find yourself in a comic shop it'd be worth digging them out.

Also look for Gordon Rennies "Nemesis" as it has the Predator and Jack the Ripper running around Victorian London.
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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2007, 06:21:43 pm »

There's been a freat deal of discussion of LXG. I was a little under-whelmed by the comic, and heard such horrid things about the movie, I could never bring myself to view it.

Yes I waited for the trade paperbacks and by then the hype probably couldn't be lived up to. I suppose the problem is you are so busy spotting where all the different bits came from it made it a little too distracting. I still enjoyed it but felt that it was rather constrained by all the literary references and he might have been better wearing his influences lightly and really going for it (as he does with the pulp influenced Tom Strong). Kevin O'Neill's art is great though.

The film is horrible. I refused to watch and then one day I found the DVD had been shoved through my letterbox. A friend had bought it and watched it and thought it was so dreadful he'd driven around to my house to dispose of it and ruin my evening into the bargain. One of the worst films I've seen and I have watched zero budget films but they still manage to work better than that. Avoid like the plague. If you hear it is going to be on TV and are mildly tempted then I recommend you brick yourself into your pantry.
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2007, 06:41:37 pm »

Massimiliano Frezzato is one to check out!

I believe he's Italian or French, but had a whole series appear in Heavy Metal that was VERY Steampunk influenced. Though it really is a very unique world.

I believe it's called "Keepers of the Maser"


Thanks for that.  I used to have one of the issues and then lost all info on the series and have had no luck finding it until now.  It's up to 5 volumes now:
Second Moon (Keepers of the Maser Series, Volume 1)
Isle of Dwarves (Keepers of the Maser Series Volume 2)
Eye of the Sea (Keepers of the Maser Series Volume 3)
The Iron Tower: The Keepers of the Maser 4 (Keepers of the Maser)
The Edge of the World (The Keepers of the Maser, 5)
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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2007, 03:06:50 pm »

Oh ok, I found this thread again Cheesy Lost it with the move to Textual cause I don't really think of comics as a textual medium but eh.

Firstly, Holy shit Chris Bachello did a steampunk comic?!? FUCK WIN! Bachello is probbably in my top 3 or 4 comic artists right now.

On another note, 1602 Marvel, not really that steampunk except for Iron Man
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« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2007, 08:54:32 am »

Not a linear story, but I like the Museum of Lost Wonder.


I just thought of another one. The Big Book of the Weird Wild West. by Paradox Press.  It's lots of (supposedly) historic tales, of cannibalism, ghosts, prostitution, airships, gunfights.... each done by a different artist.
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