Backing Steam: High Comic Adventures!
Created by ApprenticeLiesel on 5/14/2013 12:41:38 AM

Media Editor Liesel Hindmann returns to Backing Steam with a spotlight on some Steampunk comics!


Hello readers, and welcome back to Backing Steam! I'm so very sorry for missing April, but I hope you enjoyed Mister M's article about Curtis Eller's project in its place! The Artifice Club ended up raising $12,576 back in March in order to become a non-profit, and Curtis Eller raised $11,728 to make his new album American Circus in April. Congratulations to both!


This month, we're focusing on a comic or two. The first comes from the creators of the webseries Dirigible Days. Wanting to continue their adventures, but unable to get everyone together to film a second season due to the dreaded "Real Life," Gary Lobstein is getting together with comic artist Chris Bailey to continue the adventures of Dirigible Days in graphic novel format! Continuing a year after the events of Dirigible Days, Dirigible Days: 998 will continue the adventures of Captain Santiago Dunbar and the crew of the S.S. Beatrix as they set out to save his mentor from the Empire of Rabasa. Pending the success of the Kickstarter, Dirigible Days: 998 will be released in the Spring/Summer of 2014.


Lobstein is trying to raise $7,800 to pay Bailey, print the first run, and market the book. At the time of writing, 998 has raised $6,284. To help convince backers to jump on board, the crew of the S.S. Beatrix is offering rewards of art prints, being thanked in the comic when it comes out, music from the Dirigible Days sountrack, and decorative medals, among other fancy rewards. If this intrigues you to help the Beatrix continue to fly, you have until May 31 to back this project.


The second comic is a webcomic looking to go to print. Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is a webcomic that has been running since the summer of 2011. It's written by Greg Rucka, who is one of my favorite comic writers and is the reason I will wax poetic about Kate Kane to anyone who will listen, and the art is by Rick Burchett. The comic is gorgeous and is all about bringing fun back to comics. The kickstarter for the print edition has already exceeded its $27,500 goal, but it is worth getting on board for the beautiful hardcover edition, prints of the characters, personal inscriptions from Rucka, remarques from Burchett, patches from the various organizations in the comic, and more! This kickstarter closes on June 5.


That's it for May. June will bring more projects, but until then, may your steampower always have backup.



Liesel Hindmann is the Steampunk Chronicle’s Media Editor and Backing Steam columnist. She is the Assistant Operator of Internal Machinations for The Extraordinary Contraptions and considers herself a lover of media from multiple dimensions. You can follow her on Twitter as well as her blog: The Diary of a Dimension Hopper.

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