Category Archives: Milestones
Sins of My Father #2 at Thought Bubble UK – Harrogate
So glad to announce that we will have copies of Sins of My Father #2 at Thought Bubble UK, this weekend in Harrogate. It’s the 10th book in our Steampunk saga, and finds Amelia in a state of disarray.
We will be in the Redshirt Hall at table 54. The past two years have been a little hectic to say the least, and we are proud to have this latest instalment ready for you. Story by Yomi Ayeni, edited by Corey Brotherson, art by Jennie Gyllblad, cover by Megan Bradbury, and title by Fabio Duarte Martins.
Colonialism In The Age of Steampunk
Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, but this does not mean Steampunks celebrate colonialism.
“We love the creativity of steampunk, playing with fiction and elements of Victoriana and history to create vibrant fantastical worlds. But one of those elements is colonialism, and colonialism has caused harm”.
We have created a badge to reflect the ongoing fight for social justice. 100% of all funds raised will go to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns (NGO), who protect young Kenyan girls (Kajiado Girls) from being robbed of their basic human rights and forced into child marriages, and FGM.
Yomi Ayeni, author of Clockwork Watch has written a piece on Medium.
Yomi Reminisces About Angel Corp Homecoming at Virtual LICAF
We are honoured to say that Yomi Ayeni, creator of Clockwork Watch is one of the guests featured on “Comics, Clouds and Kendal Mint Cake“, as part of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, which is live online all weekend. Here he chats about collaborating with Kendal College to host a day long transmedia experience in Kendal.
First Look: Angel Corps
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!!!
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…
The Steampocalypse Issue…
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.
Comixology Indie Mega Sale – Clockwork Watch Discount Galore!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing performed at Clockwork Underworld.
(Pic from Clockwork Underworld: 2013)
Guests were entertained by our Absinthe Fairy at the event in Lincoln.
(Pic from The Asylum: The Backstreet: 2015)