Friday, March 14, 2014

The Clockwork Girl

I've had some pretty good luck finding graphic novels and trade paperbacks at used bookstores. Finding The Clockwork Girl was another incident of good fortune. It is an all ages story published as a collected edition in 2008 by Arcana Studio. Creators Sean O'Reilly and Kevin Hanna crafted an amazing sci-fi/fantasy story about Tesla, a girl robot and Huxley, a monster boy, finding each other.

It is a Romeo and Juliette type story, but not as intense. The characters are kids after all. Their fathers, Wilhelm The Tinkerer and Doctor Dendrus, are former friends who had a bitter falling out and are now bitter rivals each year at a festival where scientists show off their latest creations. To me it is more of a first love/crush kind of story. Tesla and Huxley forming a bond and friendship is the salvation of the other love story, the lost friendship of their fathers.This being a story for kids, but to me still enjoyable for us big kids, does end on a high note. Sorry if this is a spoiler for anyone. It's a story you can be comfortable reading to your children. There is also an animated film based on the comic that is now in post production.

It features the voices of Alexa Vega (Tesla), Jessee McCartney (Huxley), Jeffrey Tambor (Wilhelm), and Adrian Hough (Dendrus). Brad Garret and Carrie Ann Moss will also be providing their talents. The film will expand the story and the world of The Clockwork Girl and based on the preview material available on YouTube, it looks like it will be good.

Here is the link to the official site of The Clockwork Girl film: TheClockworkGirl.Com

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