April 29, 2012
Sorry folks I have not forgotten about you!! I have been busy rebuilding my other websites My bodypainting Art page . I have also been doing some research on Bjorne .
So there will be an update soon
December 31, 2011
Victoria “Red ” Redfern is perhaps the most complex and fun character in the webcomic. She has the clasic image of a woman in a aviators hat and goggles, Scarf who loves to move fast. Really FAST! As much as Alex gets the limelight (Because he is so easy for we to relate with) Red is the real hero of the comic and honestly the main character. She’s the Captain the voice of Authority on the ship. But like with all Steampunk and comic characters she has a flaw or two . And those flaws come up all the time.
If Red has a superpower it would be fearlessness! Nothing frightens her at all! Be it fast moving steam powered contraptions, cog driven mechanical monsters or just plain dark allies with thugs. Red’s backstory will eliminate why she became such a daredevil. Only a few things that really holds her back and that is she forward thinking in a backwards world when it comes to gender equality and her loyalty to Alexander.
I got the inspiration from my wife’s driving. It’s amazing she never gets a ticket. From there Red has formed to be a larger then life version of my wife in many ways. In fact my wife has started helping me write the comic and her own side project a novel about Red that will parallel the comic in many ways. We hope to use the novel to shed some light in to the inner workings of the character. (Novel is still in infancy stages and will not be out for some time …. lets finish the webcomic first)
We do have a love interest planned for Red .. but we are going to let that out some time in the second book
December 10, 2011
Always looking for good steampunk content and stuff ! As you know I am also about tooting the horn for someone else. To say HEY this person is doing it .. why are you still sitting on your ass! I have gathered a list of some great content!
Tales of the Brass Griffin . In a time that Might-Have-Been but Never Was, steam power and clockwork mechanisms commanded the might of science and harnessed nature. Fantastic creatures were common, myths were truth and airships crossed the skies. This is the story of one of those airships.
- Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel Finalist for the 2011 Airship Awards for Best Written Work ( I have not had a chance to read this one yet .. but if someone REALLY LOVES ME they will get me a copy! )
- Morevi Finalist for the 2006 Parsec Award for Best Podcast Novel, 2003 Eppie Finalist for Best Fantasy (first Podiobook I listened to.. got hooked ever since)
- The Case of the Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery Winner of the 2008 Parsec for Best Audio Drama (Long Form), IPPY Finalist for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2005 (So far my Favorite of all his work)
- Legacy of Morevi Finalist for Foreword Magazine’s 2005 Book of the Year Award: Fantasy*
- The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery*
December 2, 2011
November 20, 2011
So the comic free online as a webcomic .. but I wanted to offer the first chapter as a PDF for free as a download. Later I will have a new version of this same chapter with extra content, better art and special added features as download for a small fee.
Please feel free to download copy and distribute this comic as long as it is for free Bittorrent, File share.. Not only do I not care if you pirate this PDF I am begging you to!! Please help spread the word about my comic.
November 19, 2011
Alexander Townsend that lovable coward hits home more then you think. Alex is an amalgamation of the worst part of myself with a bit of amplification for better story line. Alex is what would have happened if I never grew a spine or developed a sense of ethics. Alex is still in the hero category because his involvement with Red keeps him from running away or doing really dastardly crimes.
Alexander Townsend was my name in the SCA during my early twenties. The whole womanizing scoundrel yah that was accurately me. Though I worked very hard not to be “the other man”. Alex has no problems being a home wrecker (he would rather not get caught for safety reasons)
Alex tends to only be brave when there is a woman present to awe of his feats of bravery! I was such a coward as a kid. So many fears so many things I was afraid of movie theaters , heights ,talk to more then two people at a time, wolves, dark (when I was 15). Alex is my way of poking fun at myself.
Later on Alex’s issues are going to become a major plot line. This is something that is going to be similar to events that happened in my life. I am of corse going to change the plot change events to make the story more fun. You will have to read the comic to get the full story.
Alex like any hero in steampunk is not without his good points. He is an accomplished fencer (he is not aware of how good he is. That would require courage. ) he is very loyal to Red and his crew and sometimes this loyalty will actually override his overall fear. As much as he is a womanizer he does not feel women are inferior this has a large part to do with the various bumps and bruises he has received over the years working alongside Red. Alex is also the master of most social situations as long as it involves charm.
Like most steampunk adventurers Alex likes gadgets. Alex had Reginald install a revolver into hilt of is sword to eliminate anyone who might be able to best Alex in a sword duel. Alex has actually won more fights with the revolver then the blade (this is more due to lack of bravery then skill in fencing)
November 15, 2011
Before we get started I’m going to tell you why this article relates to steampunk. It does not. I even have a hard time relating it to steampunk fett. But it is related to writing a good story and that is exactly what I am trying to do!
I have always been a fan of George Lucas. I remember as most geeks growing up Star Wars. Was my obsession so much so my father would not allow me to own the toys because I would “Daydream in school”. Ha! I day dreamed in school because I was 9 (shows what he knows)
With that said I took a long time thinking of why I liked the first three movies so much (as in Star Wars ,Empire strikes back and Return of the Jedi) and even with my obsession felt the last three were almost unworthy of the ticket price. So I have collected my thoughts and compiled a list of things I learned.
- creating for the love to create Always makes a better product then creating something for the money.
- Some mysteries should never be answered (metacolians !!?!?!?) keep the veil on. The mystery is so much better. Allow the audience to draw their own conclusions it will at least make sense to them
-with special effects being a dime a dozen and story and original ideas on the endangered species list in Hollywood. go for the story when was the last time you went to the zoo to discover only house cats and mutts??
- special effects and pretty pictures will amaze people but witty banter will create catch phrases that will live for generations (“laugh it up fuzzball” ” I have a bad feeling about this ” “who you calling scruffy” “use the force luke” “Stay on target …. Stay on target…. They came… from behind!!….. Boom!! ) Having a hard time remembering anything from the last three films there is a reason for that!
-Take the time to have your audience invest into your characters after all it’s all about them.
-If the Wookies are going to defeat the empire on a forest planet stick with that. Do not replace them with ewoks because you can sell teddybears.
-let your antiheroes be antiheros Han shot first!
- if you make a bad ass villain like Boba fett don’t have him go out like a bitch come on jetpack malfunction? Because the blind guy bumped into him. Darth maul died while fighting two Jedi at the same time, and he even killed one! Now that is badass!
-comedy relief does not required to be annoying. Jar Jar
-Keep the rights to the merchandizing. One word “Legos”
-Hero need not get the girl… Granted it was his sister
-billions can ruin a good thing
-Women can kick ass too. Or at least strangle a hut with chain while wearing the worlds most famous slave girl outfit. (Jabba obviously did not know the safe word)
- taking the time to have a back story even if it’s not in that film can really flesh out the characters . Obi
Wan is my Fav charter ever. I actually liked him in both films. Because he was the most developed charature.
- don’t stretch to tie connections. Anican Building C3PO really?
-Make awesome villains Darth Vader & Darth Maul. Count Duku was only frightening in a creepy uncle kind of way. A villain should strike fear into the audience at the thought of their fav hero meeting them.
-Take the time with all the details. As everything in the films looked used. Like they did not just out of the prop makers workshop. This wad groundbreaking for the time.
-action is the space between two points of character development. (first three films)
-awesome music is a must. A new example is “Game of Thrones” the music is amazing. Good music will set the mood for everything else.
-spreading the story into all your other products and leaving gaping holes in the plot line does make it so people do want to purchase those products. But it alienates other preventing them from becoming die hard fans.
Muppets. No amount of computer animation will ever replace Jim Hensions/ Frank Oz version of Yoda. Muppets there is just so much heart and craftsmanship put into every puppet.