Metropolis Comics is a preview for a future comic book series, completely new on the Romanian market, both in style and subject matter. This campaign will hopefuly help popularize the Metropolis project and introduce its readers to a genre rarely seen in local comics : steampunk.
Here are a few questions about the Metropolis project this book will answer to:
Planet Ninu, continent Ndwana. Year 1820 since Cassandra Incident.
Located between Tu and Te meridians, Quantum Obscura is the largest entity-state on the continent. Beyond its northern border the Armentier Plains – a huge, uncharted area - often sends out the Anomaly storms. To the north-west are the Htu lands, a savage group of people. To the south of the Dogon archipelago is the Apsu peninsula, the land of water whisperers, Eyree. Beyond the Inkunga mountains the spirit-beasts kthak rule over most of the graviphoton mines and the entire frozen world.
Massive Haven – the capital city of Quantum Obscura – is an atypical setlement. Altough this city is perhaps as large as the real city of Paris, in France, it has a gearbox, rudders, elevator and engines. Yes, it has engines and those engines help it fly.
Every good steampunk story needs its Actors: mad profesors, engineers, manic serial killers, travelers, detectives, secret agents and cthulhu monsters. You know, something, fishy.
Cairo McIntosh, former Piston unit pilot. Currently a black market dealer in graviphoton.
Tulk Zedock - huge fellow. Likes to hang out with Cairo as much as blowing stuff up.
Venerable Edmund Adler Poe religios/political leader of QA, Grand Master of the Order of the Salamander.
Duncan Heenehan - Poe’s unspoken rival, Cancelar Superintendent, Navaan Academy.
John Wesley Hopwood Esq.- Captain Intendent HMS Youcatan
Olivia – True Water Wshisperer
Aenaa – Eyree’s current regent
K - assasin
Landers Twistleton – the curator of the Catacombs
Trainload Ape – dull fellow, boring and for some reason carrying around a Krupp shovel at all times.
Harkins Pyek - Poe’s henchman.
The Unionists – citizens of QA
Htu (read: ha'zu)
Eyree people – peaceful nation, regarded by all the other factions as unclean and way too powerfull to get into an argument with.
Kthak – imagine the worst guerilla warriors. Times one hundred. Plus, when fighting, they turn into smoke. Yeah, try to kill smoke.
Armentiers – the country of the Old Ones.
Everybody but the upper class lives here. Currently policed heavily, due to the recent attempt on Poe’s life.
Oficialy, District 401 does not exist.
Off limits for all civilians.
Remodeled after an Anomaly storm, provides storage and logistics for all things Metropolis needs from food to coal and graviphoton.
R.R. Delacroix Asylum
Hidden in the Old Ship Yard, the asylum – a Leviathan class destroyer – is considered closed. In reality, stuff still happens in there. Awfull stuff by the sound of it, especially at night.
Premonitorium is the ad-hoc fortress Poe chose to hide in. Permanently guarded by Condotieri troops.
Premonitorium served as a Lighthouse in the times of Melchizedek, the second Patriarch of Quantum Obscura. Now closed.
Industrial revolution weapons with a twist – pneumatic arsenal plus something called photongun.
Difference engines, pneumatic mail.
Victorian clothing with a survival twist.
Red bricks, dark skies, cobblestone, rain, gas lamps, dreadful air.
Gravifoton – a technology based on the material with the same name, a material with rather strange properties – depending on where and how it is placed, it can change it’s mass and capacity to store – or emit light.
The most notable among many others Shaggath (Realm of Dreams).
This book is a collection of hand drawn scketches and information in an atypical comics form, with focus on the background and story of the future Metropolis Comics.We certainly hope this campaign will help us bring more steampunk material to the masses!
Most of it (about two thirds) will go to the printing press. This means the magazine and a couple of gorgeous posters (48x34cm) needed for marketing and rewards. We'll need an ISSN number and that means setting up a company. We also need a website.
Ready for print; Issue 1-10 stories are outlined, we just need a little more help finding supporters and
It all depends on the success of this campaign. If succesfuly funded, we will use this book to spread the word and hopefuly find more help - inkers, colorists, anything.
For now, just me. Hence the need for this campaign.
Laurentiu Neagu - concept, story, pencil, ink, color, lettering.
No funding, no steampunk comics project.
One fine body…