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    Announcing "Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons": Bartitsu-trained Suffragettes FTW

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    Coming in 2014: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons, a three-part graphic novel series to be set in the Foreworld universe.

    Taking place in the year 1913, the trilogy will chronicle the adventures of Persephone Wright, who leads a secret society of radical Suffragettes known as the Amazons. As highly-trained saboteurs, insurgents and bodyguards, skilled in the martial art of Bartitsu, they fight for women's rights in King Edward's London. When the stakes dramatically escalate, the Amazons are thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse against an aristocratic, utopian cult ...

    Featuring a dynamic cast of both historical and fictional characters, Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons will be written by Tony Wolf and published by 47North, the science fiction, horror and fantasy imprint of Amazon Publishing.
    Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.

    Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)

    #2
    Sounds interesting.

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      #3
      Looks fun.

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        #4
        That sounds amazing!

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          #5
          That's one step closer to its inevitable release as a terrible movie starring whatever tween idols exist in a couple of years.
          "Systema, which means, 'the system'..."

          Originally posted by strikistanian
          DROP SEIONAGI MOTHERFUCKER! Except I don't know Judo, so it doesn't work, and he takes my back.
          Originally posted by Devil
          Why is it so goddamn hard to find a video of it? I've seen videos I'm pretty sure are alien spacecraft. But still no good Krav.
          Originally posted by Plasma
          At the point, I must act! You see my rashguard saids "Jiu Jitsu vs The World" and "The World" was standing in front me teaching Anti-Grappling in a school I help run.
          Originally posted by SoulMechanic
          Thank you, not dying really rewarding in more ways than I can express.

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            #6
            Originally posted by ermghoti View Post
            That's one step closer to its inevitable release as a terrible movie starring whatever tween idols exist in a couple of years.
            I parry your cynicism as effortlessly as a radical Suffragette Bartitsu-ing old-time London cops over a fence:

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              #7
              Originally posted by DdlR View Post
              I parry your cynicism as effortlessly as a radical Suffragette Bartitsu-ing old-time London cops over a fence:

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              Gadzooks, I've been parried, Perceval!

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              We'll see who's laughing when Justin Beiber is starring as the leader of a musical martial artsish revolution staffed by Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, thwarting the machinations of the the evil but also musical leader of an anti-dancing league (Steven Seagal).
              "Systema, which means, 'the system'..."

              Originally posted by strikistanian
              DROP SEIONAGI MOTHERFUCKER! Except I don't know Judo, so it doesn't work, and he takes my back.
              Originally posted by Devil
              Why is it so goddamn hard to find a video of it? I've seen videos I'm pretty sure are alien spacecraft. But still no good Krav.
              Originally posted by Plasma
              At the point, I must act! You see my rashguard saids "Jiu Jitsu vs The World" and "The World" was standing in front me teaching Anti-Grappling in a school I help run.
              Originally posted by SoulMechanic
              Thank you, not dying really rewarding in more ways than I can express.

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                #8
                WANT.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DdlR View Post
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                  Coming in 2014: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons, a three-part graphic novel series to be set in the Foreworld universe.

                  Taking place in the year 1913, the trilogy will chronicle the adventures of Persephone Wright, who leads a secret society of radical Suffragettes known as the Amazons. As highly-trained saboteurs, insurgents and bodyguards, skilled in the martial art of Bartitsu, they fight for women's rights in King Edward's London. When the stakes dramatically escalate, the Amazons are thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse against an aristocratic, utopian cult ...

                  Featuring a dynamic cast of both historical and fictional characters, Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons will be written by Tony Wolf and published by 47North, the science fiction, horror and fantasy imprint of Amazon Publishing.
                  Tony Wolf? I hear he's a cool guy.
                  Any plans for an audiobook?
                  The fool thinks himself immortal,
                  If he hold back from battle;
                  But old age will grant him no truce,
                  Even if spears spare him.

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                    #10
                    He's not that cool.

                    Some of the Foreworld text novels have been released as audiobooks; does that ever happen with graphic novels?
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                    Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)

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                      #11
                      Oh holy shit. I missed the "Graphic" part, and assumed it was just a regular novel.
                      The fool thinks himself immortal,
                      If he hold back from battle;
                      But old age will grant him no truce,
                      Even if spears spare him.

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                        #12
                        http://www.bartitsu.org/index.php/20...ty-comic-expo/

                        Just a heads-up that visitors to the Jet City Comics show in Tacoma, WA this weekend will be getting a sneak preview of some of the artwork for Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons.

                        The article also offers a cryptic hint on the connection between Miss Persephone Wright - the protagonist of the graphic novel series and (fictionally) the niece of Bartitsu founder E.W. Barton-Wright - and the Arthurian Grail myths ...
                        Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.

                        Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)

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                          #13
                          (article via the Bartitsu Society website):

                          Secret histories and outlaw suffragettes: an interview with "Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons" creator Tony Wolf

                          We're pleased to be able to present this interview with Tony Wolf, the author of the upcoming graphic novel series Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons. Tony's books will be part of the Foreworld Saga created by Neal Stephenson, Mark Teppo and others.

                          Both Bartitsu and the elite Bodyguard Society of the British Suffragettes play key roles in the Amazons trilogy, which will be published by Jet City Comics.

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                          SOME LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD

                          Above: A montage of complete and in-progress artwork for Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons.

                          Q - Tony, this is your first graphic novel, but not your first book - how did you come to be asked to write this series, and did your prior work have anything to do with it?

                          TW - I've written and edited quite a lot of historical non-fiction, mostly on esoteric Victorian-era martial arts topics - that's been my major research interest over the past fifteen years or so. The project most directly relevant to the graphic novel was a children's history book called Edith Garrud: the Suffragette that knew Jujitsu, which I wrote in 2009.

                          I actually kind of moved sideways into scripting Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons out of my participation in brainstorming for another Foreworld project. I think it was in late 2011 that Neal (Stephenson) first mentioned the graphic novel deal with Amazon and asked me to contribute something on the theme of the Suffragette bodyguards.

                          Q - How did the writing process compare to your prior books/anthologies?

                          TW - It was a joy in that after so many years of antiquarian research into these themes, this was my first real opportunity to get creative with them. There was this sense of a dam, not completely bursting, but definitely exploding at certain key points.

                          Q - Tell us what you can about the series in your own words.

                          TW - Well, the events of the first book are based very closely on historical reports of actual incidents, although it's become a kind of "secret history" in that the Suffragette Bodyguards were almost completely forgotten after the First World War.

                          We're introduced to the main characters and their situation as political radicals - outlaws, really - in 1914 London. By that time, both in real history and in my story, the battle for women's rights had reached a boiling point. The suffragettes' protests and the government's reprisals were becoming more and more extreme. Persephone Wright is the leader of a secret society of women known as the Amazons, who are sworn to protect their leaders, Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, from arrest and assault.

                          Q - And that really happened, correct?

                          TW - Persephone is a fictional character but yes, there really was a secret bodyguard society attached to the militant suffragette movement.

                          The Amazons are Bartitsu-trained bodyguards and insurgents, saboteurs - the most radical of the radicals. They're all under constant threat of imprisonment and worse.

                          Something happens in the first book that is a major divergence from actual history and that's what spins the story off into the alternate timeline of the Foreworld universe.

                          Q - Where did you get the inspiration for the storyline when it veers away from history?

                          TW - It was clear that it would take a dramatic event to move the story into the events of the second book - I can't say much more than that!

                          Q - But I understand that both historical and fictional characters appear as principal figures?

                          TW - Yes indeed. Many of the characters, like Edward Barton-Wright, are lightly fictionalised versions of their historical selves - as well as I "know" them from research - transposed into the Foreworld timeline.

                          The real Amazons were literally a secret society and even now we only know the names of a few of the actual women who were involved. I took that as artistic licence to bring in several "ringers" from both fiction and history. Judith Lee, for example, was the protagonist of Richard Marsh's popular series of "lady detective" short stories during the early 20th century. Flossie le Mar, another member of my imaginary Amazons team, was a historically real person - she was a pioneer of women's self defence in New Zealand - but she also had a sort of dime novel "alter ego" as the adventurous "Ju-jitsu Girl", so it was a very easy decision to make her one of the Amazons.

                          Q - Are any of them purely invented and, if so, what purposes do those characters fulfill?

                          TW - The only major character that I entirely invented is Persephone Wright herself. Even though she was partly inspired by several real suffragettes, including Gert Harding and Elizabeth Robins, I wanted the freedom of creating an original protagonist.

                          Persi actually surprised me several times - she's much more of a Bohemian than I'd first imagined, and there's a fascinating tension between her free-thinking inclinations and her disciplined drive to protect people at any cost. She's roughly half hippie and half samurai. I think she'd often really rather be off partying at the Moulin Rouge or writing poetry in a Greenwich Village tea-room, but damn it, she has her duties.

                          Q - What do you hope will come out of the series?

                          TW - My dream scenario is that it will inspire readers to create their own stories set in the world of the Amazons; anything beyond that will be gravy.

                          Q - Do you have any trepidation about being a male author writing a graphic novel with mostly female protagonists?

                          TW - No, but I'm aware that some readers will have me under the microscope on that account. My only agenda is that I think it's amazing that a secret society of female bodyguards defied their government, putting their physical safety and freedom on the line over and over again, to secure the right to participate as equals in a democracy. Their story was absolutely begging to be told in some medium or other and I'm honoured to have been given that chance.

                          One thing I tried hard to do, allowing that this is a work of alternate history fiction, was to portray the Amazons as fallible human beings. For example, some of them have habits and attitudes that have become deeply unfashionable over the past century. They're also more-or-less outlaws and have that very specific ethical/political perspective of the end sometimes justifying the means; none of them are entirely "wholesome". Actually, none of them are "entirely" anything. As far as I'm concerned, their foibles, ambiguities and unique perspectives make them worthwhile as characters.

                          Likewise, I've been careful to try to convey that it wasn't just a simple matter of "righteous women versus oppressive men". Historically, many men energetically supported women's suffrage and many women were vehemently opposed to it, especially as the cause became more radical.

                          Q - How has the process of working with Amazons been for you?

                          TW - It's been an intensive, ground-up self-education in the nuts and bolts of scripting a graphic novel. You're constantly playing Tetris with the plot and dialogue to work everything in within strict boundaries - only so many words to a speech balloon, so many speech balloons or captions to a panel, panels to page and so-on. My editors and Yasmin Liang, the artist, have been very patient with me as I've worked those things out.

                          Obviously, there's a huge amount of sub-plot and back-story etc. that I simply couldn't fit in. We're currently developing a website for the series that will help with all of that and hopefully allow for some ongoing, active engagement with readers. There will also be some free short stories to whet readers' appetites for further Suffragette Amazon adventures.

                          Q - Do you have a favourite character or a favourite moment in the series?

                          TW - Oh, that's hard - my inner 13-year-old has a real weakness for cool badasses so perhaps the mysterious Miss Sanderson is a favourite in that sense. Similarly, (name of the villain redacted because spoilers) - the fact that he was actually a real person is somehow both appalling and deeply satisfying.

                          I do have a favourite moment, come to think of it, but that comes late in the third book. I haven't even seen the art for that sequence yet, so it'll have to wait for a future interview!

                          Q - Finally, then, when will the stories be released?

                          TW - We don't have definite dates yet, but the website will probably be officially launched in February and the first book is scheduled to be published by Spring 2014. All of the stories will be issued first as individual e-books via the Kindle Fire, then later together with some bonus material as a printed collector's edition.

                          Q - That's something to look forward to! Thanks for your time.

                          TW - Thank you!
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                            #14
                            Just a heads-up that the graphic novel trilogy , written by Tony Wolf with art by Joao Vieira, will be published by Jet City Comics in early 2015:

                            Last edited by DdlR; 11/22/2014 5:55pm, .
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