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« on: February 25, 2007, 08:25:02 pm »

Anyone else familar with this?
It originally came out before The Difference Engine, and is a great mashup of Victoriana and Punk.
When I first heard the phrase steampunk being thrown around, the look of this series is what immediately sprang to mind.

A quote from Gary Reed, writer on the series:
"The idea of Baker Street first came about as Guy Davis"artist on the series "wanted to do ... all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle but using two female characters...and punks at that.  I felt that it wouldn't work.  Fans of Holmes wouldn't like the bastardization and new fans would unlikely be pulled into the actual stories even with a punk female in the lead.  I suggested modeling the series after Sherlock Holmes...but not Holmes.  Guy wanted to do the punk subculture but even at that time, it was already on the wane...yet he also wanted to do the Victorian Age.  So, we came up with concept that both co-existed because World War II never happened.  That helped to maintain the integrity of the London architecture and I created newspaper articles to help fill the readers in on what was the world at that time."

If you haven't checked this out, particularly if you are a vet from the 80's punk scene, you really should. It's good fun.

One of my favorite bits is a short story where the quasi-Holmes and Watson from the series run into the actual Holmes and Watson in a curio shop. Though it does call into question whether the comic is alternate world in our present era, or an alternate history, it's really funny.

If you haven't read it, please don't be too turned off by the cover, which is way more punk than steam. Though the comic lacks cool gadgets, cogs, and goggles, the art is a beautiful mix of Victorian and punk aesthetics that could inspire quite a bit of steampunk fashion.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 08:50:58 pm »


I'm sorry, your link doesn't work and I can't figure out the right url.
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2007, 08:55:45 pm »

Sorry about that...
the link should be fixed now.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007, 08:56:33 pm »

I've found:

http://www.calibercomics.com/TITLES/bakerstreet.htm

http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=24483

But not, I think, the link that Mr HT Dragon intended.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2007, 08:02:48 pm »

Hell yes!!

I LOVED Baker Street!!! I read both Graphic Novels and the bonus one offs.

I'm so glad someone pointed them out here!  Grin

Anyone else familar with this?
It originally came out before The Difference Engine, and is a great mashup of Victoriana and Punk.
When I first heard the phrase steampunk being thrown around, the look of this series is what immediately sprang to mind.

A quote from Gary Reed, writer on the series:
"The idea of Baker Street first came about as Guy Davis"artist on the series "wanted to do ... all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle but using two female characters...and punks at that.  I felt that it wouldn't work.  Fans of Holmes wouldn't like the bastardization and new fans would unlikely be pulled into the actual stories even with a punk female in the lead.  I suggested modeling the series after Sherlock Holmes...but not Holmes.  Guy wanted to do the punk subculture but even at that time, it was already on the wane...yet he also wanted to do the Victorian Age.  So, we came up with concept that both co-existed because World War II never happened.  That helped to maintain the integrity of the London architecture and I created newspaper articles to help fill the readers in on what was the world at that time."

If you haven't checked this out, particularly if you are a vet from the 80's punk scene, you really should. It's good fun.

One of my favorite bits is a short story where the quasi-Holmes and Watson from the series run into the actual Holmes and Watson in a curio shop. Though it does call into question whether the comic is alternate world in our present era, or an alternate history, it's really funny.

If you haven't read it, please don't be too turned off by the cover, which is way more punk than steam. Though the comic lacks cool gadgets, cogs, and goggles, the art is a beautiful mix of Victorian and punk aesthetics that could inspire quite a bit of steampunk fashion.
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2007, 10:15:33 pm »

I read that just a couple years ago.  I completely forgot about it until I saw your post.  It was pretty kickass.  However, I wish they could have had a better budget to do some more color spreads, but that's probably just because I'm spoiled by comics like Preacher.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2007, 09:39:54 am »

Ah, Preacher... (((fighting urge for digression)))
I think there is definitely a place for black and white comics, I frequently prefer them in fact. There can be such a zen-like simplicity and elegance in good pen and brush work. Often a really the best examples of this have a visual style, an idiom, or visual voice, that requires a little more investment from the reader. I find with this investment is frequently returned with a greater sense of immersion in the fictional world.
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