J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Crossing the Delaware by Air?

If you’ve long felt that the only problem with the American War for Independence is that it didn’t have enough airships, then you should check out the Kickstarter campaign for Steam Patriots.

Steam Patriots is a “transmedia interactive project” from Noble Beast Books, publisher of speculative fiction in print, digital, and audio forms. Its past titles include Steampunk Holmes.

The image above is a detail of Patrick Arrasmith’s scratchboard illustration “George Washington with Airships.” See the full image at the Steam Patriots site. It “will be included in the interactive iPad edition and will be sold separately as a poster.”

I first heard about this project some months ago, but apparently a necessary part of launching a Kickstarter campaign these days is to create video promotions and previews. That seem circular to me, but then I’m old enough to remember when videos were harder to produce than manuscripts, photographs, and drawings.


Robert S. Paul said...

As someone who uses the moniker "Colonial Air Force", this seems right up my alley!

(Yes I aped the idea from the Confederate Air Force)

Daud said...

Does anyone else think of 18th century "subscriptions" when they look at kickstarter?

J. L. Bell said...

Oh, yeah. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and all those sites owe a lot to the subscription model of book publishing. John Andrews’s comments about Phillis Wheatley’s poems (which I've quoted at various times) sound a lot like people waiting for the books they've paid for to finally come out.