The Thrill Electric
This week (Thursday 27th to be precise) Channel 4 will unveil the new work we’ve been hearing a bit about in recent months, the new comic from Leah Moore, John Reppion and Emma Vieceli, The Thrill Electric. This Victorian slice of steampunk ‘enhanced comic’ (we’re told to expect not just comic panels online but layering and animations by Littlecloud, plus links to relevant points for more information) is much more than an excuse for Mr Reppion to don his silk top hat and silver walking cane, however. From the description:
“The Thrill Electric tells the story of Emily Bagley, a sassy and intelligent young woman who breaks with tradition and becomes a telegraph worker. In addition, there’s a whole host of characters to follow through the series as they tackle issues of sexual identity at a time when it was illegal to be gay; trying your best to better yourself in the face of peer pressure from gangs; the dangers of creating a false impression of who you are online; and female issues of body image and sexual inequality. And for eagle eyed readers, there’s a secret storyline hidden in the code.”
I’m a sucker for Victorian-set work like this and the parallels that period has with our own hi-tech, modern era (it is after all the period which gave us the original information superhighway, the telegraph, not to mention the idea of computing machines with Babbage’s remarkable mechanical computing device, the Difference Engine). And frankly they had me at the line up – Leah, John and Emma working on a project together? Really, that alone, for my money, says you should be paying attention to The Thrill Electric. The enhanced comic will appear online (and for mobile devices) in ten part each week, beginning this Thursday, so bookmark the site now.