As the whole world grapples with Coronavirus Pandemic lockdown measures, staying at home is the new “going out”. In a splendid gesture, Yomi Ayeni and Corey Brotherson, creators of Clockwork Watch, Magic of Myths and Deadlier Than… are offering a time-limited free book download offer, which, they hope, will help stave off boredom – and offer a mind-expanding insight into the world of steampunk, science fantasy and folklore…
Clockwork Watch is a collaborative storytelling project set in a retro-futurist / Steampunk vision of Victorian England. It’s an immersive and co-created participatory story, told through graphic novels, interactive promenade theatre, freeform role-play, and online adventures.
Now in its tenth graphic novel, the story has manifested as live events at the Royal Observatory, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and The Asylum.
Magic of Myths is a critically acclaimed fantasy adventure where the worlds of myth collide in a dangerous quest for one tortured soul. Dragged from her life and job as an English literature teacher living in the United States, Eve is thrown into a strange, yet familiar fantasy world – often without warning. Forced to prove her skills with magical armour and weapons in a variety of tests and battles, Eve discovers that fame and fortune comes with a terrible price…
Deadlier Than… is a collection of four women focused sci-fi/fantasy tales created by some of the best and upcoming creators in the indie scene, delving into themes and topics such as mental health, identity, self-worth and privilege.
• More about Magic of Myths at magicofmyths.com
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The following entries from the three series are available:
“I like Clockwork Watch a lot. It ’s a steampunk story with genuine soul that brings a fresh approach to the genre. A real labour of love.”
– Bryan Talbot (Grandville)
Clockwork Watch : The Arrival
Technological and social change is in the air – human-clockwork hybridisation is the talk of the town; the unwise employment of science has led to amazement and outcry. The Arrival introduces the amazing Steampunk world of Clockwork Watch.
The story is told through the eyes of Janav Ranbir, an eight-year-old Indian boy who comes to England with his parents at the invitation of Queen Victoria. In The Arrival, the first novel, we follow Janav’s father – Chan Ranbir – a leading kinetic engineer and mastermind of a new technology powering the production of Clockwork Servants.
Clockwork Watch: Tick Tock IPA #1
Tick Tock IPA is a tale of perseverance against the odds, the fight for civil rights, and a history of the Victorian era’s first internationally renowned Indian Pale Ale, surely a Steampunk icon of a forgotten age.
Tick Tock IPA pre-dates another tale, Clockwork Watch: Breakaway, now collected in the Clock Work Watch Omnibus #1, on sale here, and is about the liberation of Clockworks from servitude. It has certain parallels with the abolition of slavery amongst other historical signposts.
Clockwork Watch: Evolution #1
“At eight-years-old, I bravely put a name to one of the voices in my head. I call him Xavier… he knows my darkest secrets, fears, and how to manipulate them. He has made me do things… deathly things.”
The words of Saccadius Cartwright, a man born into a world in the throes of chaotic change. Guided by his imaginary friends, he railed against authority and many of the things his guardian expected of him.
Magic of Myths
“Corey and Sergio are two of the best creators in the industry and Magic of Myths is some of their best work.”
– Travelling Man
Magic of Myths: Faerie – download here from Gumroad
Robin is brutally, desperately, outrageously unhappy. Incensed at what she feels is vicious character assassination by The Bard in his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robin sets about to put things right – by any means necessary.
But in her quest to reclaim her identity, this feisty sprite stumbles across a sinister plot that will change the realm of Faerie – and Robin’s life – forever. And sets in motion devastating consequences that will be felt across the entire world for centuries to come…
Magic of Myths: Pipework – download here from Gumroad
Tap’s head has always been full of dreams – especially of becoming something more than what nature or tradition typically offer a young faun. And living in a house full of fabulous books, with their heroes, romance and epic feats, definitely doesn’t help to quench that yearning! However, as fate would have it… the time to embark on a quest has finally arrived. A dream come true for Tap.
But what if following that dream… means entering someone else’s nightmare?
Magic of Myths: Dusk – download here from Gumroad
Norse mythological short Magic of Myths: Dusk follows the story of a mysterious mute girl, on the run.
What secret is she hiding and what is she trying to escape from?
“A magical blend of futuristic science-fiction and other-worldly fantasy featuring bad ass female characters, Deadlier Than… captures a certain essence fans of Monstress and Descender are sure to enjoy”.
Heather Antos, editor of Marvel’s Star Wars
The Flower Girl – download here from Gumroad
Young M15 field operative, Fay Middleton, is trying her hardest to apprehend a deadly criminal who is hiding an unusual and very dangerous supernatural secret.
But the mission spirals wildly out of control when Fay’s own strange and highly classified mystery is revealed in public…
• More about Magic of Myths at magicofmyths.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.