The Clockwork Watch Storyworld Co-Created By YOU!

Clockwork Watch Timeline

Part One

May 1899
Britain is in the grip of a recession, society has fallen on hard times, the gap between ‘haves and have nots’ grows wider by the day. A decline in trade, power shortages and the inability to manufacture energy-efficient products leaves British industry in the doldrums, but on a local level  the amateur maker and boffin ethos thrives. People begin to innovate and experiment at home, creating a thriving cottage industry of inventors and alchemists. They begin to adorn and augment everything they own with mechanical objects.

Queen Victoria looks to science for a miracle and the Department for the Advancement of Sciences takes up the challenge. While developing artificial limbs for veterans of the Saryn War, they hatch plans to create a mechanical device – a clockwork servant – but fail to find a sustainable power source.  Read More:

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Lock and Download – Ends Soon

Thanks so much for checking out our free download. Hope you enjoyed the read, and we’re really excited that many offered to write a review of the story.

Our free download ends soon. If you plan on getting digital copies of The Arrival, Tick Tock IPA #1, and Evolution #1, kindly do this before midnight 16th May.

Don’t forget each book is the start of a new arc in the Clockwork Watch story.

We are really excited to announce that Sins Of My Father #2 is edited by Corey Brotherson, and illustrated by Jennie Gyllblad.

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Clockwork Watch – Lock and Download

As the whole world grapples with lockdown measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, staying at home is the new ‘going out’. Clockwork Watch is offering a time limited free book download offer which we hope helps stave off boredom and offer a mind-expanding insight into the world of Steampunk, science fantasy and folklore.

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I like Clockwork Watch a lot. It’s a steampunk story with genuine soul that brings a fresh approach to the genre. A real labour of love.” – Bryan Talbot (Grandville)

Clockwork Watch is a collaborative storytelling project set in a retro-futurist / Steampunk vision of Victorian England. It’s an immersive and co-created participatory story told through graphic novels, interactive promenade theatre, freeform role-play, and online adventures. Now in its 10th graphic novel, the story has manifested as live events at the Royal Observatory, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and The Asylum.

The following titles are available to download for free. Each is the start of a new story arc within the Clockwork Watch storyworld. All start at just about the same time, and run concurrently, with each spawning unique live participatory and immersive events. They can be read in any order, as each references the others.


The Arrival:
Technological and social change is in the air – human-clockwork hybridisation is the talk of the town; the unwise employment of science has led to amazement and outcry. The Arrival introduces the amazing Steampunk world of Clockwork Watch.

The story is told through the eyes of Janav Ranbir, an 8 year old Indian boy who comes to England with his parents at the invitation of Queen Victoria. In The Arrival, the first novel, we follow Janav’s father – Chan Ranbir – a leading kinetic engineer and mastermind of a new technology powering the production of Clockwork Servants.

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Tick Tock IPA #1:

Tick Tock IPA is a tale of perseverance against the odds, the fight for civil rights, and a history of the Victorian era’s first internationally renowned Indian Pale Ale, surely a Steampunk icon of a forgotten age.

Tick Tock IPA pre-dates Clockwork Watch: Breakaway, and is about the liberation of Clockworks from servitude. It has certain parallels with the abolition of slavery amongst other historical signposts.

Clockwork Watch: Tick Tock IPA


Evolution #1

“At eight-years-old, I bravely put a name to one of the voices in my head. I call him Xavier… he knows my darkest secrets, fears, and how to manipulate them. He has made me do things… deathly things.”

The words of  Saccadius Cartwright, a man born into a world in the throes of chaotic change. Guided by his imaginary friends, he railed against authority and many of the things his guardian expected of him.

 


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We’d be very grateful if you’d answer a few questions prior to downloading the books. The most important being whether you’d be willing to write a review of the books.

Download Clockwork Watch Here

 

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First Look: Angel Corps

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The “Angel Corps Home Coming Parade” event hosted with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, was one of the main highlights of last year. It gave us a chance to introduce an aspect of our story that had been lurking in the background for the past 8 years.

We initially had lofty ideas of how big this story was going to be, and mapped out things like live events, working with schools, AR functionality, even street parades. After chatting with friends, and struggling make the film, we shelved almost everything apart from the graphic novel.

Over the past few years, we have been invited to work with various events, organisation, people, and been given the opportunity to introduce a few of the abandoned story elements.

While we are two years away from introducing the first Angel Corps book, we brought the all female squadron to life while working with students of Kendal College, which has neatly set up their appearance in Sins of My Father, our next book.

It’s great having a chance to play the ‘art immitating life’ card.

Huzzah to Angel Corps!!!

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Sins of My Father…

Before Clockwork Watch became a massive graphic novel series, it was a humble film script that told the tale of a white man who fell in love with a black woman, in a world where such an affair was forbidden.

That woman embodied the future of humanity, the fate of an angry young Sikh boy, and the advancement of a practice called science.

The man is a scientist, the woman – an automaton. And this is the story of what happened next…

Sins of My Father” is the 9th book in the series, and the first introduction to the main protagonists in the original feature length screenplay.

Work in progress by Jennie Gyllblad, edited by Corey Brotherson, written by Yomi Ayeni

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Angel Corps – take to the streets of Kendal this weekend

I’m sure you’ve been wondering what we’re plotting for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Well, we have a ton of things scheduled for the weekend.

We’ve been working with Kendal College students to create a new immersive experience. The story is aligned with the centenary of women’s suffrage, and will feature Angel Corps– Queen Victoria’s only all-female airship squadron! Here they are in a rehearsal.

More details on the Clockwork Watch page, or Yomi’s Patreon page

 

 

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The Steampocalypse Issue…

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Clockwork Watch: Evolution Two has its first UK comic convention this weekend. We’ll be in the Leeds  Town Hall, at Thought Bubble. Come find us at table 22.

Evolution Two charts the  transformation of Saccadius Cartwright, a character that was first role-played by our dear friend Paul Giffney. Some of the scenes are based on live events that we have hosted over the past 8-years.

There are a few easter eggs hidden in the story. These will be explored as the story progresses, but keep an eye out for news of collaborations.

Evolution Two is written by Yomi Ayeni, Corey Brotherson is our editor, Fabio Duarte Martin designed the title, Mike Stock is our letterer, and we’re super delighted to have Megan Bradbury in charge of the illustration and art.

 

 

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Comixology Indie Mega Sale – Clockwork Watch Discount Galore!!

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Comixology is hosting a “Mega Indie Sale” which includes several Clockwork Watch titles. It’s a great chance to catch up on the story, and grab some goodies at a major discount.

Advance copies of Clockwork Watch: Evolution Two will be on sale at Thought Bubble in Leeds, later this month.

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ANGELS COMETH…

It was another race to the finishing line, as we prepared for San Diego Comic Con 2018. The book was almost ready, but it had to be proofed, lettered, and eventually sent to our printer in the USA.

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Evolution is quite different from the other books, in that it is part fiction, part role-play. Much of the narrative was acted out at our immersive theatre events, and what you read is a graphicised account based on actor / performer feedback.

We’re glad to say that our plan to combine both worlds in a co-created story is coming together. It also marks the start of a working relationship with artist Megan Bradbury, who has partially agreed to work on Angel Corps by Haley Moore, which we hope is a new tentacle in this weird world of Clockwork Watch.

Megan had her first glimpse of the new book while at SDCC.


We always look forward to getting feedback from readers, and chatting with them about how the story is developing, especially as we initially intended on doing three books, and we’re now on book eight! But one thing we’ve noticed is that many are really excited about the co-created nature of this story, after all – they are creating part of the narrative.

But hold a minute, I hear you say… How about the newly published Evolution Omnibus – our third collected edition, with a stylishly designed cover by Fabio Duarte Martin? Yes, this is in fact our  11th book (we now have three omnibus editions), and guess what? There’s more to come.

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The final two chapters of the main story – “Sins Of My Father” are currently being illustrated by Jennie Gyllblad, and will be published in 2019 and 2020 respectively, while Angel Corps is scheduled somewhere in between, and then we have a difficult decision of whether to adapt the film script or not.

SDCC also gave us a chance to re-cover the Tick Tock IPA Omnibus in shiny gold – another winning move by Fabio.

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Back to Comic Con. It was great to see all our readers, connect with new supporters, and we had an amazing time at the Starburner Courier Service Steampunk Gathering. Check out the gallery below.

We hope to get reviews of Clockwork Watch: Evolution soon, which normally happens close to the launch at The Lakes Comic Art Festival (LICAF) in Kendal this October.

To the many friends that have asked when we’ll host one of our immersive live events outside London, we are proud to announce that the Clockwork Watch team are collaborating with students of Kendal College, and LICAF  to host “We Are Angels” our next live show, and yes… it will be based in Kendal, Lake District. Check out the LICAF event website for details.

 

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Evolution: Two – First sneak view of art by Megan Bradbury

We’re really excited to share the amazing art created by Megan Bradbury, for Clockwork Watch: Evolution Two.

The story is a combination of fiction by Corey and Yomi, and role-play by participants at our live immersive events.

Here are two pieces to wet your whistle.

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Attendees were given a token on arrival at the event. Many didn’t realise it would be of great importance when they started interacting at the event.
(Pic based on interactions at Clockwork Underworld / Make Believe Festival: 2013)

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing performed at Clockwork Underworld.
(Pic from Clockwork Underworld: 2013)

 

 

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Guests were entertained by our Absinthe Fairy at the event in Lincoln.
(Pic from The Asylum: The Backstreet: 2015)

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A Sneaky Way To Read A Comic…

This is the best way to read a comic. The script to one side, and art on the other, but without the speech / thought bubbles.

Welcome to Clockworkwatch: Evolution Part II.

Great work by Megan Bradbury (@BusyMatches) and awesome editing by Corey Brotherson (@CoreyBrotherson).

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