Do you like airships?
What am I talking about? Everybody likes airships.
But if you really like airships, or you like airships and you like comics, then you should check out Skies of Fire. It’s a dieselpunk adventure about a hunt for airship pirates in a world that looks like Europe circa 1920. There’s action, adventure, and wonderfully detailed images of cities, people, and flying machines. It’s one of those comics where I love getting lost in the world.
I stumbled across Skies of Fire at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds. There are only three issues out so far, but I’m hoping for far more. And in the meantime, just look at that lovely cityscape and those shiny, shiny airships.
Because everyone loves airships.
You like airships, right? And everybody likes pirates.* So what could be better than a whole collection of stories about airship pirates?
Nothing. Except maybe if I had a story in that collection. Oh wait, I do!
Coming out at the end of February, Avast, Ye Airships! is an anthology of stories about airships, pirates and of course airship pirates. It features the latest adventure from Dirk Dynamo and Sir Timothy Blaze-Simms, the heroes of my Epiphany Club stories, as they tackle a flying slaver in the skies above the Atlantic. With only their wits, their fists and a pedal-powered flying machine, can these brave adventurers end this aerial menace?
Other authors in this collection include:
- Rie Sheridan Rose (editor) – writer of various things, including steampunk and horror
- D Chang – game writer and designer
- Robert McGough – writer of steampunk, horror and southern gothic fiction
- Ross Baxter – sci-fi and horror writer who started writing to fill the time while at sea – how cool is that?
- Steven R Southard – writes all sorts of historically flavoured genre fiction
- K. C. Shaw – author of several airship pirate stories
- Steve Cook – writer and teacher, a combo I’ve also been
- Lauren Marrero – romance novelist
- Steve Ruskin – I’d tell you more, but sadly I can’t get his webpage to load
- Jim Reader – writer, house husband and Texan, which is close enough to ‘cowboy’ to make me jealous
- Jeffrey Cook – a writer whose first book came out of NaNoWriMo, proving that motivating month can work
- Charlotte Hunter – writer of creepy things
- Stephen Blake – from southwest England, a land traditionally full of pirates, smugglers and other seafaring rogues
- Libby Smith
- Diana Parparita
- Wyenlda Deaver
- Amy Braun
I’m really looking forward to this collection, and will share more details nearer the time. Hopefully by then I’ll also have some more Epiphany Club-related news, but that’s dependent on me finding editing time, so don’t hold your breath.
Polly want a cracker?
* Not the real ones who terrorise the Indian Ocean with assault rifles. The ones with parrots and dubloons.