It was a big year for the top creators of steampunk comics, as Image Comics assumed publishing responsibilities for Lady Mechanika, two publishers revealed RPGs based on popular graphic novels, and Boston Metaphysical Society creator Madeleine Holly-Rosing crowdfunded a new audio drama.
It’s time once again for a look at successful Kickstarter campaigns from recent months. They included three projects that raised six-figure sums: The Girl Genius RPG from Steve Jackson Games, Lady Mechanika: The Monster of the Ministry of Hell #1 from Joe Benitez, and City of the Great Machine from CrowD Games.
This is turning out to be a big week for steampunk-related Kickstarter campaigns: The Girl Genius RPG; a new audio drama from the creator of Boston Metaphysical Society; and City of the Great Machine, a new steampunk-themed tabletop game.
Nemesis, released on Oct. 11, pits the Professor and his orangutan butler Geoffrey against their ultimate adversary. A large cast of musical guests helps the Professor tell a harrowing story with a surprise ending.
The first time on Kickstarter appeared to be a charm for Lady Mechanika creator Joe Benitez. A crowdfunding campaign for the popular steampunk comic series met his US$30,000 fundraising goal within 24 hours.
“The Monster of the Ministry of Hell” will be the first new Lady Mechanika story from Image Comics, which acquired publishing rights earlier this year. The Kickstarter campaign will help cover up-front creative costs.
Created in collaboration with Phil and Kaja Foglio, it’s described as a “complete roleplaying game covering character creation, equipment, combat, and dramatic situations and tasks – including inventing, of course.”
Last Ride of the 4 Horsemen told the story of shootist Cager Dobbin as he defended his town from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Now the tale continues in Last Ride of the 4 Horsemen: Conquest.
Metropius is set in an alternate universe where World War II has been going on for 40 years. The producers are planning a video game, board game, animated TV series, comic, and virtual reality experience.
It’s based on a popular manga series by Jun Mochizuki about vampires in 19th century Paris. The series streams in Japanese with English subtitles. It can also be seen on Hulu.