Is Mechanicsburg Burning?

Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg: A Girl Genius Novel, by Phil & Kaja Foglio. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn Ok, full disclosure, here. I’m a huge fan of Girl Genius, and I have been ever since it started out as a paper comic book. I’ve bought all the bound volumes, and backed all the Kickstarters. That said, I’m here to convince you that reading the novel adaptations is not just a symptom of fanboy completionism. The books expand upon what is happening in the comic strip. Since these are allegedly history texts prepared by the Foglios in their … Continue reading Is Mechanicsburg Burning?

Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown

Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown, a guest review by Nils Nisse Visser. Like to indulge in the phantasmal during the spectral month of October?  Hopeless, Maine is what you’re looking for. Mind you, it’s sublimely moody in other months as well. The series is drawn by Tom Brown, written by Nimue Brown, and published by Sloth Comics. It currently consists of Hopeless, Maine 1: The Gathering, and Hopelesss, Maine 2: Sinners. The Gathering incorporates two previously separately published volumes, Personal Demons and Inheritance. The graphic novels are available at most major online retailers. DREAMTIME The plot of both The Gathering and Sinners is … Continue reading Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 2

Your favorite cohort of steam-era heroes returns in another installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2! Our story starts on the surface of Mars where literary heroes Gulliver Jones (Lieut. Gulliver Jones: His Vacation, 1905) and John Carter (Princess of Mars, 1917) are organizing a resistance against an alien race of foreign origin that is trying to invade. All too quickly, aliens decide to invade the homeland of those who oppose them: Earth. We meet up with the League when they are called in to investigate an impact crater in the countryside. Tentacled aliens make short work of the humans who try to make … Continue reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 2

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1

I just found out that apparently the “Steampunkness” of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a topic of debate. I find this astounding, considering I have always thought of “LXG” as an incredibly GOOD example! It was one of the first stories I sought out to begin my Steam-ucation back in the day. Steampunk has deep and direct roots in literature, and nowhere else will you find so many Victorian-era characters rubbing elbows as in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from Vertigo. The creator, Alan Moore (The Watchmen) and illustrator Kevin O’Neill take their audience on a wild ride. It spans several classic works of science fiction and creates a way … Continue reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1

Professor Elemental Comic issue 1 review

Yes, mine is signed. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know… etc

If you’ve not heard of Professor Elemental, then it’s entirely possible you may want to rethink your devotion to steampunk. I jest of course. He’s known for being quirky, hilarious, amiable and seems to have something against Ipswich. The good Professor has now released a series of comic books to document his life in a way that everyone can understand. Here, I’m reviewing the first installment of his comic series which is currently up to three issues and expanding rapidly.

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