The Clockwork Oranges: New York 1899
Gangs of New York meets Suckerpunch! The girls of the Clockwork Oranges gang lead you thru the streets of New York in the year 1899!
THE CLOCKWORK ORANGES: New York 1899 is a brand new digital comic book from writer Paul Voodini and artist Richard Dearing, featuring the all-female street gang The Clockwork Oranges and set in New York's infamous Five Points district in the year 1899!
The Clockwork Oranges: New York 1899 is a blend of steampunk, horror, and super-hero fiction. With its tongue stuck firmly in its cheek, it will introduce you to some amazing, feisty, and kick-ass female leads! From the seance rooms of Victorian London to the gang and crime infested streets of Five Points, you will embark on the most fantastic of adventures in the company of The Clockwork Oranges. They may be out-manned and out-gunned by their rivals, but these girls don't know when they're beat!
Meet the girls of the Clockwork Oranges!
Little orphan Annie Knight arrives in New York from London, searching for her only living relatives. Did we mention that Annie was also a spirit medium, possessed by an evil demon, and that she may or may not have inadvertently killed her parents during a London seance? Oh yeah, that happened too...
Macy the Knife is the gang's unofficial leader. Born and raised in a travelling carnival, she is an expert knife thrower and hand-to-hand combatant!
Gemma A and Gemma B are identical twins who use this fact to their advantage in order to commit both burglary and confidence crimes. Their mother, an old Five Points drunk, could only think of the name 'Gemma' when asked to name her twin daughters, hence they were both given the same name. And as their mother later confided, "It makes life a little easier, them having the same name. Means I don't have to remember too much."
Little Dipper's growth was stunted by a succession of childhood illnesses. However she has used this fact to her advantage, becoming an expert pick-pocket and sneak thief, a profession in which being 'petite' is a definite advantage.
Saucy Suzie is a professional heart-breaker. An ex-prostitute, she now woos men only to beg, borrow, or steal money from them. She then runs off with the money, leaving her victims broken-hearted. Few men can resist her amorous charms.
Pigeon Polly is an expert bomb-maker and pyromaniac who was taught the skills of a 'whizz banger' by her Irish Republican father. A staunch Irish nationalist, Polly takes an instant dislike to the English Annie Knight, but the two are forced to work together to save New York from a terrible fate. Polly's father was a ginger haired man whose preference was for clockwork bombs. Because of this he was nicknamed the Clockwork Orange by the British press, and hence Polly insisted that their Five Points gang be named in his honour (predictably he blew himself up in the mid-1890s).
It is Christmas 1899 and orphan Annie Knight arrives in New York from London, searching for her only living relatives. Her only possessions are a few dresses and some silver cutlery. She intends to pawn the cutlery on arrival in New York to fund her search, but she is quickly ripped off on the New York docks and is left homeless and penniless. She falls in with an all-female street gang called the Clockwork Oranges, and on Christmas Eve they set off on a perilous journey across New York in search of Annie's relatives!
THRILL! as little orphan Annie is revealed to be a spirit medium with a demon spirit guide who may or may not have killed her own parents during a seance in London!
GASP! as the girls of the Clockwork Oranges reveal their own special attributes and abilities! Attributes and abilities that enable them to overcome fearsome obstacles on their journey across New York!
BE AMAZED! as Annie's relatives are exposed as anything but kind, benevolent souls!
SHUDDER! as the girls are forced to make a daring escape from a haunted house with a terrible history!
FEEL FESTIVE! as you witness a snow-bound New York City on Christmas Eve, 1899!
Paul Voodini is a writer from Sheffield, England. He is the author of the 'Dolly Biters: the Vampire Girls of Victorian London' anthology (available from Amazon), and has also penned many manuscripts for aspiring magicians and mind-readers! He has precious few friends and so welcomes applications at https://www.facebook.com/paul.voodini
Richard Dearing is a comic artist and illustrator from Bristol, England. He is the artist for the barrywebcomic, and also provided the cover illustration for Paul Voodini's 'Dolly Biters' anthology.
In 2013, Paul Voodini's Facebook page 'The Victorian Academy of Magick' published a tongue-in-cheek (and totally fictitious) piece centred around the above photograph. It claimed that the cult classic novella 'A Clockwork Orange' had been inspired by an all-female gang of street toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. The photo alleged to show several members of this gang. What started as a little bit of a joke quickly snow-balled and the post (and photo) when viral on both Facebook and Twitter. The seeds of a story about a female street gang were planted in Paul's imagination, and now with The Clockwork Oranges: New York 1899 we see them bear fruit!
MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THROUGH THIS PROJECT. PLEASE HELP US BY SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IF YOU CAN, PLEASE PLEDGE TO HELP THE GIRLS OF THE CLOCKWORK ORANGES BECOME A REALITY!
Risks and challenges
We have set ourselves a realistic time-frame for the completion of this project (see specific details within the reward descriptions). We feel that this time-frame will be sufficient to enable us to create a wonderful end product in a timely manner. However should we encounter unforeseen difficulties along the way, we will of course keep you fully informed. This is Paul Voodini's sixth Kickstarter project, all of which have been succesfully funded and delivered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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