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A steampunk adventure comic set in an alternative history where Britain is at war with steam-powered India.
A steampunk adventure comic set in an alternative history where Britain is at war with steam-powered India.
A steampunk adventure comic set in an alternative history where Britain is at war with steam-powered India.
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ElectroMagnetic: A steampunk adventure comic

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STRETCH GOAL #1 - £750 ACHIEVED!

If we hit £750, all physical backers will receive a print of Monty Nero’s cover art. Those who have already backed a tier that contains Monty’s artwork will receive a new print we’re working on.

STRETCH GOAL #2  - £800 ACHIEVED!

If we hit £800 we’re getting a special Steampunk themed beer mat printed. All physical backers will receive a beer mat, and all digital backers will receive an extra digital comic.

STRETCH GOAL #3 - £900 ACHIEVED!

If we hit £900 all backers will receive a digital sneak peek at episode 2. This will include the script for the first few pages, Colin’s thumbnail drawings and some work-in-progress artwork by Dan.

STRETCH GOAL #4 - £1000

If we hit £1000, all physical backers will receive an art print by Iain Laurie (And Then Emily Was Gone, The Edge Off, Love is Love, etc). This features a character from episode 2 of Electromagnetic. Not a spoiler, just a massive tease of what’s to come...

ADD-ON'S

If you'd like extra copies of the comic, extra prints, postcards or colouring books, simply adjust your pledge by the correct amount (instructions below) and when you reply to your Kickstarter survey you can fill in the box to tell us what add-on's you'd like. Please note these are only available to PHYSICAL reward backers.

  • Extra copy of ElectroMagnetic - £4
  • Postcard set - £4
  • Monty Nero Print - £4
  • Colouring Book - £4
  • Set of 4 beer mats - £4

Britain is at war with India in this steampunk alternative history story. As the British army battles the steam-powered forces of the Nizam of Hyderabad in India, the streets of London are under threat from terrorist attack.

The government has recruited scientists and inventors to develop new weapons of war to combat the threat. Amongst them is Professor James Maxwell, inventor of the London Metropolitan Electric Underground, who is secretly mounting his own campaign to defend the city from the Thuggee threat.

 "I enjoyed it. Really well executed. Very strong." - Monty Nero (Marvel, 2000AD, Titan)

"If you love gadgets, espionage and rip roaring adventure, this will be for you. We have seen early drafts and it is awesome." - Little Shop of Heroes

ElectroMagnetic is the first episode in a six part series that follows the adventures of Professor Maxwell as he is drawn deeper into the war effort and discovers a conspiracy that could shake the foundations of the British Empire.

 ElectroMagnetic #1

This first issue introduces the main characters, themes and setting of the series, whilst providing an action packed story in itself. The story is by Colin Maxwell (2017 Dundee Comics Prize winner) and the artwork by Dan Sant.

This issue features a 20 page story, with additional pages of scene-setting newspaper articles, period adverts and other artwork.

If you like any of this stuff, you'll be in to Electromagnetic:

  • Big robots, ray guns and retro tech - there’s plenty of this in the first episode and much more to come.
  • Video games such as Assassins Creed Syndicate, Bioshock Infinite or Dishonored.
  • Movies such as Sherlock Holmes, Wild Wild West, Steamboy or any action movies set in the Victorian era.
  • Steampunk fashion, fiction or art.

PRINT AND DIGITAL COPIES OF THE COMIC

The character and background artwork for the cover was produced by Monty Nero. It features Professor Maxwell and the intrepid journalist, Rebecca Richmond.

PERIOD POSTCARDS

Featuring adverts, a patent document and the cap badge of the Royal Steam Engineers, this fabulous postcard set would look splendid framed on the parlour wall or hanging in your workshop. You could even send them to those acquaintances you made on your last airship journey.

'I LOVE STEAMPUNK' COLOURING BOOK

A new book specially created for this Kickstarter campaign. 12 A4 colouring pages featuring steampunk characters and intricate designs for you to colour-in whilst relaxing on the veranda or in the parlour. Features an aviator, mechanic, scientist and other characters, as well as clockwork animals and abstract mechanical designs.

"I Love Steampunk" colouring book
"I Love Steampunk" colouring book

MONTY NERO CHARACTER PRINT

A specially commissioned print illustrating the main characters from ElectroMagnetic. Monty Nero has worked for Marvel and 2000AD and illustrated the covers of his own book series, Death Sentence and Hollow Monsters.

DAGON COMIC

Michael Philp's adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story, Dagon. In this early tale of the Cthulhu Mythos, a sailor avoids capture by German submariners by escaping in a rowing boat. Washing up on an uncharted island he soon embarks on a mind bending journey.

We have only a small set of these comics, so this is offered in a limited reward package.

MAXIMIZED SHORTS COMIC

Six science fiction, supernatural and superhero short stories, featuring the award winning 'Dimensions'.

STEAMPUNK ME!

Artist extraordinaire, Paul Tonner Esquire will create a likeness of yourself, a friend or relative, and embellish them with the finest steampunk regalia. Send us a photograph and Paul will create a sketch of you as a steampunk!

THE TEAM

Colin Maxwell is the writer of ElectroMagnetic. He has written and edited several other comics including Life Support, Tales of Bruce & Wallace and Maximized Shorts. He is based in Scotland and attends many comic conventions around the country. In 2017 he received the Dundee Comics Prize for his short sci-fi story 'Dimensions'.

Dan Sant is the main illustrator on ElectroMagnetic. From Brazil, Dan has illustrated several other sci-fi and horror comics, as well as providing illustrations for numerous other projects.

Paul Tonner is the sketch reward artist. He is known in the industry as 'Heavy Voodoo Art' and is the creator of the comic 'Nom The Demon Eater'. Paul provided the cover for the Tales of Bruce & Wallace anthology comic, also published by Maximized Comics.

Michael Philp has worked on previous comics such as Dagon, The Big Comic Con and Tales of Bruce & Wallace. His work has also featured in several video games, book and film projects.

Risks and challenges

We do not expect any delays or issues, as the majority of the artwork is complete for this project.

This is my third Kickstarter (following Tales of Bruce & Wallace, and Life Support) and anyone who has backed those projects knows we can be trusted to deliver on campaign pledges. We intend to have the comic complete for the end of August 2018, as well as the commissioned artwork, however there can always be unexpected delays in printing, or if there is a large amount of commissioned work to complete.

Postage
A quick note of caution regarding postage – if you are considering an A4 commission, postage can be expensive. You can check the postage costs at each reward level, but we just want to draw this to your attention, particularly if you're paying for postage outside of the UK.

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    The new comic, in pdf format, sent to your inbox.

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    The Faraday

    The new comic and colouring book.

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    The Lightning Bolt

    An early-backer reward available for the first 48 hours.

    Includes:
    • ElectroMagnetic comic (print)
    • I Love Steampunk colouring book
    • Set of 4 ElectroMagnetic postcards
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    Comic collection

    The new comic plus two others to enjoy.

    Includes:
    • ElectroMagnetic comic (print)
    • Dagon - a retelling of the H.P. Lovecraft short story
    • Maximized Shorts - short story compilation
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    Digital Catalog

    All of the following comics in PDF format delivered to your inbox.
    > ElectroMagnetic
    > Tales of Bruce & Wallace
    > The Big Comic Con
    > Maximized Shorts
    > Escape from Loch Leven
    > Life Support

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    The Edison

    All our ElectroMagnetic steampunk themed print rewards, plus Maximized Shorts and a specially commissioned print of the main characters illustrated by Monty Nero.

    Includes:
    • ElectroMagnetic comic (print)
    • I Love Steampunk colouring book
    • Set of 4 ElectroMagnetic postcards
    • Maximized Shorts - short story compilation
    • Monty Nero character print
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    Steampunk Me!

    The new comic, a set of postcards, the Minty Nero character print, and a commissioned A4 sized sketch by Paul Tonner of you as a Steampunk!
    Send us a photo and Paul will sketch your likeness in Steampunk costume.

    Limited to a single person in each sketch.

    Includes:
    • ElectroMagnetic comic (print)
    • Set of 4 ElectroMagnetic postcards
    • Commissioned Steampunk sketch
    • Monty Nero character print
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Funding period

- (30 days)