Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

I’ve been puzzling around this for a while, but have you ever noticed how many Epic Fantasies are quest narratives? I mean, a lot of it is couched in war, that’s a pretty common feature of epic fantasies. But for the most part – I think maybe nine times out of ten – the Epic Fantasy is defined by the fact that the central engine of the story is a small group of people Going Somewhere to Do Something. All those stories that followed Tolkien’s mold, you know, they’re about people taking a long trip in a strange land.
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Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett have launched a new Steampunk webcomic that looks pretty rad.  I am pretty excited for it, but I don’t know if I have the patience to read just two pages a week; this was kind of the same problem that I suffered with Freakangels.  If all goes well, probably what will happen is that I’ll just check in every couple of months or so and then read a whole bunch of pages at once.  Which, just as well.

Anyway, something like 80% of the pages so far are swordfights, and I love the HELL out of swordfights.  And there are some particulars about sword-fighting — especially this Western European-style fencing — that I am interested in and that I don’t think quite jive, and so I’m just going to write about them for a while.

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