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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Steampunk: Part 3, Graphic Novels

Alphonse de Neuville, Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1863

Posted by Alana T.

Perhaps some of the most interesting Steampunk inspired works have been created as graphic novels.  Not only do you get the basic ideas behind the genre (view post #1 and #2), but you get fantastic illustrations as well.  Many titles are geared (pun intended) toward the young adult audience, but the themes are often quite serious.  Try any of the following for a visual and intellectual feast.

Flight (The Amulet Series) by Kazu Kibuishi.  Two children move to an ancestral house that has a door to another dimension; beautifully illustrated.

Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua.  Originating as a Web comic (and still available as such ) this series takes an irreverent look at the lives of Ada Lovelace (Lord Byron's daughter & a mathematician) and Charles Babbage (mathematician/inventor).

The Amazing Screw on Head and Hellboy by Mike Mignola.  The author describes his work as "Crazy people...involving some crazy thing, working themselves into a frenzy over it."

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.  If you hated the movie, try the originals - much better!

Grandville by Bryan Talbot.  Imagine Sherlock Holmes with animal characters and robots everywhere... dark and fun!

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