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Steam Powered Giraffe Comic and Rabbit’s New Look!

(Click here to view the first few pages of our newly launched comic!)

Hello all! David Michael Bennett here! I play the silver robot, The Spine in the band Steam Powered Giraffe! I just wanted to give you all an update on some new stuff we’ve got coming your way in 2014!

We are pleased to announce the premiere of the official Steam Powered Giraffe Comic! It’s coming your way in the form of page-by-page updates starting today! The comic, which delves into the back story of the robot characters in the band, is written by the the band itself and is illustrated by Bunny Bennett (Rabbit) and Samuel Luke (Hatchworth). It will be updated routinely and published online for all of you to view and read for free, page by page as the pages are completed.

A few of you might have seen the early stages of this comic that we posted in the past, but there have been extensive changes to the group since its beginning four years ago and we couldn’t be more excited to finally be bringing it to you all!

Some might be wondering where the character Rabbit is in the comic teaser image above…

Well Rabbit is actually in there! He’s the automaton girl. You see, Rabbit is now going to be a female robot instead of a male robot.

This gender change will be reflected in our live shows going forward and you can expect to see the changes starting this year in 2014.

There will be a transition period in our live shows where the female Rabbit character design is developed, and then, like a lot of things in our act, will organically change as the act progresses: Costume, makeup; the whole deal.

It’ll be an abrupt change for some fans for sure, but you can rest easy knowing that the Rabbit character isn’t going anywhere. He’s simply becoming a she.

We’re all progressively minded here in Steam Powered Giraffe, and we hope the change is taken as softly as when Hatchworth or Rabbit got a new jacket, or when The Spine had a mustache installed on him that one time for one show, or when he grew giant stegosaurus spines out of his back. No big deal right? Well, maybe those are hard comparisons to this instance, but I’d personally like to think it’s no big deal. And that’s the collective viewpoint in the band.

It’s a step forward for us and those of you who know a bit about the band will know that we support LGBT+ rights in our personal lives. For all our differences, we all the same and nothing relating to stuff like this makes anyone in the world different than anyone else. We’re all human.

While our act is not specifically focusing on these issues, we do like to be progressive and show that we are accepting of everyone and that we welcome the differences that make us all human and beautiful.

With a new year and change in the air, we also have a new live show DVD coming out early this year of our Walter Robotics Expo show that took place over the summer of 2013. We think it will serve as a good snapshot of 2013 and the excellent milestone brought in with Sam and Matt’s arrival and for the band’s ongoing changes that we keep pumping out.

(I am sure it’s only a matter of time before The Spine grows a tail and turns into a dinosaur).

As artists we want to add, improve, and continue creating entertainment for all of our fans to enjoy, and it makes us happy to do what we love and share it with all of you.

And with that, I’d like to thank all of you for your continued support and all of the love you give us each and every day in the form of emails, comments, reblogs, fan mail, gifts, and in-person dialog with us at live shows. We love you all! Happy New Year. We look forward to the next!

-David Michael Bennett (The Spine)

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Come see us on board the historic Queen Mary!
Due to the location of this marvelous show, we will be playing a certain nautical tune that you might have heard before, but not for a long while. It concerns the life and times of a seafaring man who battles pirates and practices dentistry on large walruses. 
Do you know who it could be?!
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www.steampoweredgiraffe.com

Come see us on board the historic Queen Mary!

Due to the location of this marvelous show, we will be playing a certain nautical tune that you might have heard before, but not for a long while. It concerns the life and times of a seafaring man who battles pirates and practices dentistry on large walruses. 

Do you know who it could be?!

www.hrmsteam.com

www.steampoweredgiraffe.com

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Steam Powered Giraffe The Comic FAQWe’ve gotten a lot of questions about the comic- so we thought we’d share some answers!
Be sure to bookmark http://steampoweredgiraffe.thewebcomic.com/ for the launch on January 1st, 2014!What happened to the old Steam Powered Giraffe Comic?
The “old comic” is being retrofitted. Some pages have to be redrawn, but most of the existing pages are still being used. We’ve also taken some creative liberty to move things around to serve the story better.What’s the plot?
The Steam Powered Giraffe Comic takes place in present day in San Diego, California. Faceless inventor Peter Walter VI is visited in his manor by his new intern: a young lady named Lorene Keaton. But the woman is a little unprepared for the zany antics of the family that lives in the manor. Some of them are mutants and some of them are robots, but that seems to be common affair for a legacy of mad inventors. An ongoing rivalry with another scientific family places motive when one of Walter’s prized artifacts is stolen. Peter and his robots must set off into a parallel dimension to recover the artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. But the stakes are high as the plot thickens, twists, and continually derails thanks to Peter’s three clueless androids and a myriad of non-sequiturs.Is this going to be a continuing series or a one shot?

This will be a self-contained graphic novel initially. We will also be creating one-shot mini-comics in addition to the ongoing narrative, and a sequel is definitely a possibility. Bunny already has some ideas of a plot if we continue it. Will this be released in print or online?The graphic novel will be released for free online with page updates throughout the new year and beyond until its conclusion. It will be worked on in real time so page updates will be hot and fresh. Down the road we are considering releasing this story and any one-shot comics we do as a physical book.Who is writing and illustrating?The story is written by Bunny Bennett, with additional writing from Sam Luke and David Bennett. The storyboards are drawn by Sam Luke and the line art is done by Bunny Bennett with additional line art by Sam Luke. Color will be done by Gabi Gonzales and Bunny Bennett.There will also be pages entirely drawn just by Bunny or just by Sam. Or even pages drawn half and half by both artists. Each entry online will feature the artist information on who composed the page so you know the credit.Will we learn more about the back story of the robots?You will get to see the robots as they appeared in Victorian times in Becile and Walter’s infamous Weekend War and various other points throughout history. With that of course comes tidbits of the back story. We’re treating the comic like the viewer has never heard of Steam Powered Giraffe- so there is exposition weaved in.Does the comic primarily take place in Walter Manor?The majority of the comic will take place in Kazooland, the dimension where The Cavalcadium resides. But we do get to see plenty of Walter Manor!I heard Rabbit is getting a gender change in the act. Is Rabbit going to be a girl in the comics? Will we get a lore explanation why?Yes, Rabbit is being redrawn as a girl for all the completed pages and future pages. The change will be addressed in the comic, but its not the concentration of the story.Will we learn why The Spine has green eyes instead of blue? What about the other functionality of the robots?You will finally learn why some of Walter’s robots have green eyes. There are additional scenes that hint at how the robots work, but we won’t be detracting from the narrative to explore their mechanics in detail.Will we be learning more about the interrelations between The Cavalcadium, the Brown Suits, the Walters, and the Beciles?The Cavalcadium, the Brown Suits, the Walters, and the Beciles are all featured in the comic. You can definitely expect to learn more about them and how they fit into the world!When will the comic be released?The first few pages will launch January 1st, followed by continuing updates throughout the year.How frequent will updates be?Updates will be sporadically frequent. Meaning, we’re not going to make any concrete release dates in case our touring schedule or other projects need priority, but we’re also not going to have updates limp along at a slow pace.If all goes to plan you can expect a full year of comic adventures to enjoy!

Steam Powered Giraffe The Comic FAQ

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the comic- so we thought we’d share some answers!

Be sure to bookmark http://steampoweredgiraffe.thewebcomic.com/ for the launch on January 1st, 2014!

What happened to the old Steam Powered Giraffe Comic?

The “old comic” is being retrofitted. Some pages have to be redrawn, but most of the existing pages are still being used. We’ve also taken some creative liberty to move things around to serve the story better.

What’s the plot?

The Steam Powered Giraffe Comic takes place in present day in San Diego, California. Faceless inventor Peter Walter VI is visited in his manor by his new intern: a young lady named Lorene Keaton. But the woman is a little unprepared for the zany antics of the family that lives in the manor. Some of them are mutants and some of them are robots, but that seems to be common affair for a legacy of mad inventors.

An ongoing rivalry with another scientific family places motive when one of Walter’s prized artifacts is stolen. Peter and his robots must set off into a parallel dimension to recover the artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. But the stakes are high as the plot thickens, twists, and continually derails thanks to Peter’s three clueless androids and a myriad of non-sequiturs.

Is this going to be a continuing series or a one shot?

This will be a self-contained graphic novel initially. We will also be creating one-shot mini-comics in addition to the ongoing narrative, and a sequel is definitely a possibility. Bunny already has some ideas of a plot if we continue it.

Will this be released in print or online?

The graphic novel will be released for free online with page updates throughout the new year and beyond until its conclusion. It will be worked on in real time so page updates will be hot and fresh. Down the road we are considering releasing this story and any one-shot comics we do as a physical book.

Who is writing and illustrating?

The story is written by Bunny Bennett, with additional writing from Sam Luke and David Bennett. The storyboards are drawn by Sam Luke and the line art is done by Bunny Bennett with additional line art by Sam Luke. Color will be done by Gabi Gonzales and Bunny Bennett.

There will also be pages entirely drawn just by Bunny or just by Sam. Or even pages drawn half and half by both artists. Each entry online will feature the artist information on who composed the page so you know the credit.

Will we learn more about the back story of the robots?

You will get to see the robots as they appeared in Victorian times in Becile and Walter’s infamous Weekend War and various other points throughout history. With that of course comes tidbits of the back story. We’re treating the comic like the viewer has never heard of Steam Powered Giraffe- so there is exposition weaved in.

Does the comic primarily take place in Walter Manor?

The majority of the comic will take place in Kazooland, the dimension where The Cavalcadium resides. But we do get to see plenty of Walter Manor!

I heard Rabbit is getting a gender change in the act. Is Rabbit going to be a girl in the comics? Will we get a lore explanation why?

Yes, Rabbit is being redrawn as a girl for all the completed pages and future pages. The change will be addressed in the comic, but its not the concentration of the story.

Will we learn why The Spine has green eyes instead of blue? What about the other functionality of the robots?

You will finally learn why some of Walter’s robots have green eyes. There are additional scenes that hint at how the robots work, but we won’t be detracting from the narrative to explore their mechanics in detail.

Will we be learning more about the interrelations between The Cavalcadium, the Brown Suits, the Walters, and the Beciles?

The Cavalcadium, the Brown Suits, the Walters, and the Beciles are all featured in the comic. You can definitely expect to learn more about them and how they fit into the world!

When will the comic be released?

The first few pages will launch January 1st, followed by continuing updates throughout the year.

How frequent will updates be?

Updates will be sporadically frequent. Meaning, we’re not going to make any concrete release dates in case our touring schedule or other projects need priority, but we’re also not going to have updates limp along at a slow pace.

If all goes to plan you can expect a full year of comic adventures to enjoy!


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