Tuesday 19 January 2021

The Searchers


RIGHT!, with a bit of luck, patience and perseverance my latest literary acquisition is the full set of the mini series of comic-books titled 'The Searchers'. I first found this comic-book back in 2008, and again picked up an issue in 2013. ebay can be your friend...!


Written by Colin Clayton and Chirs Dows, and printed in 1996 to 1997 by Caliber comics.


The Searchers - The shape of things to come


The Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books.


What immediately caught my attention, was the date it was published 1996, 3 years before "The league of extraordinary gentlemen” was written by Alan Moore and printed. And its use of Fictional Victorian literary characters, even the act of Magic that was use to pluck those characters from the very minds of their authors and making them real flesh & blood people, and seeing what their Grandchildren get up to!

Transposing Fictional literary characters, into a historical contents and their events, or creating a new alternative point in History or bringing a multitude of characters from different Authors together (for the World building), is quite a satisfying read when done well.

[Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes (printed in 1857), had the fictional character, of the school bully Harry Flashman, this character was taken by developed by George MacDonald Fraser, in total there are 18 books published from 1969 to 2005 collectively known as  "The Flashman papers, due to the Auther's death in 2nd of January 2008 there are no more.]


 ["Copyright" and "Public Domain" - In most countries the term of protection of copyright expires on the first day of January, 70\75 years after the death of the latest living author. In the USA Congress hit a 20-year pause button and extended their copyright term to 95 years.  The phrase “public domain” refers to works that have effectively become public property and are no longer protected by copyright law. This occurs when the copyright in a work of art expires.]

Now to look for 'War of the Worlds' comic books....


Thursday 20 August 2020

Travelling to find the fallen

 Travelling to find the fallen,

Not in Glory, but the few that stood against the many,

In a village were you would drive along its edge, on your way to a city, not knowing who rests there.

The location is of the Old Village Cemetery in Ruddington, in the county of Nottinghamshire, England, Great Britain.

Starting along the path, in the oldest part of the cemetery, heading in a Westerly direction, you will first see on the right-hand side of the path, facing you. As you walk down, you are greeted with a whitish Headstone.



The beloved wife of JAMES MARSHALL,

Who died January 10th. 1916,

Aged 56 years. “At rest”

Also the above JAMES MARSHALL,

Who died November 5th. 1930,

Aged 73 years.


A defender of Rorke's Drift

22nd. -23rd. January 1879.



Continuing down the path a little way, off to the right, in what looks like a row of a single headstone, you will see a short greyish brown headstone with a poppy motif at the top.



The inscription reads;                                                    

In Memory of CALEB WOOD

Died 20. 02. 1935

Aged 77 years

Rorke's Drift Defender

Zulu War 1879







Your travels back down on the path, will nearly take you to the middle treeline, but stepping off to your left just before the treeline you can spot nestled under the shade of a big tree, a headstone all on its own, it too has a poppy motif at the top . 



The inscription reads;



In Memory of ROBERT TONGUE                                   

Died 29. 01. 1918

Aged 61 years

Rorke's Drift Defender

Zulu War 1879
















Wednesday 27 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt4

Outside at the Steampunk Festival -  'The Asylum' on the
impromptu Croquet Lawn one could find all types of inventors.

 There is Herr Döktor's Laboratory that one can see on the Book of Face.

 You too can own some SteamPunkery from this Imageneer at Herr Doktor's Emporium.

 More fun loving than the Eloi, this model maker and builder can be found at Herr Doktor's Thoughts and Musings.

 A contributor to the community,and a voice of civilised reason and encouragement "Herr Doktor" is a recipient of an honorary fellowship of 'The Victorian Steampunk Society'

 How to play Croquet...

Monday 4 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt3

More at the Steampunk Festival -  'The Asylum'
The next table down from Dr. Geof was 'The Steampunk magazine'

Ms. Hawksmoor was the Editor (No. 5 & 6) and a contributor (No.7) to 'The Steampunk magazine'.
 The SteamPunk Magazine is a publication that was dedicated to promoting steampunk as a culture, as more than a sub-category of fiction. 

Ms. Hawksmoor is a speculative fiction writer and freelance editor, more of her work can be found at www.cahawksmoor.com/

Saturday 2 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt2

New to Steampunk Geof a fellow I met in Leeds once, was dipping his toe in 'The Asylum Steampunk Festival' in 2009. His art has been well received. 


Geof is a recipient of an honorary fellowship
  of 'The Victorian Steampunk Society'

Friday 1 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt1

Steampunks gather in the historic City of Lincoln for the first 'The Asylum Steampunk Festival' in 2009

About_The_Asylum_ now 

A young author named Toby Frost,  who back in 2008 had already publish the ever popular  novel Space Captain Smith (Chronicles of Isambard Smith).

 space captain smith on the web 

Toby Frost On the Web


Sunday 6 October 2013

The Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books.

The Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books.

A lucky find the other weekend was Issue 2 of “The Searchers” (I do have them all as PDFs, but that just is not the same.), and it has been the Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books to collect(In My Opinion)as it was a short run of issues so long ago!

The 1996 comic-book that takes a mix of Victorian literary characters plucked from the very minds of the authors, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Sit Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Ryder Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, which brought there imaginative creations to life, back in 1896. One hundred years later the real-life descendants of their greatest characters are thrown together...

 [Note. A comic-book written by Alan Moore was printed 3 years later - "the league of extraordinary gentlemen"]

Revisit my findings in 2008