Specialist periodicals 2: Skies of Fire

PD remembers as a pup going to the local store each week to pick up the latest issue of his favorite comic book. They were all from the United States. Comics historically came from 18th century Japan followed by 1830s Europe, however they really became popular in the United States in the 1930s. For a while Canada had a thriving comic book industry with publications such as Brock Windsor (see GHOST_URL/brok-windsor-classic-comic-book-hero).

[By "Famous Funnies #1" at The Grand Comics Database. Retrieved November 13, 2006., Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7919232]

Some comics are now obscure but others, such as Superman, have ongoing popularity decades after their debut.


Mainstream comics are found in shops today, however there is a small industry involving talented young artists and writers, which have a small following of fans. Some of these had their start on Kickstarter. One such comic book is Skies of Fire, created and written by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou with art by Pablo Peppino. Now in its third issue this comic book is funded by an enthusiastic band of just under 1.200 supporters. Profits from an issue are used to seed the next issue.


"Skies of Fire follows the story of Captain Helen Pierce as she chases the notorious raider Delmonte through the endless storm known as the Expanse.

"It takes place in the Aquilan Empire, a kingdom where airship travel has become the dominant means of transportation, commerce, and war. In the center of the Empire lies a monstrous, never-ending storm called The Expanse.

"In Issue One, the raider Delmonte orchestrates a surprise attack on the key trade outpost, Port Prince. His actions prompt Royal Guard Captain Helen Pierce to volunteer for an expedition to bring him to justice.

"In Issue Two, Captain Pierce enlists the help of the elusive William.

"Issue Three follows the pair as they continue assembling the rest of the crew for their mission in the bordertown of Copperhead."

This is old fashioned adventure for a modern audience.


FOR THE CURIOUS: Next week PD has a treat for those curious about the past. This is not the history that you learned at school and is certainly not boring.

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Note: PD does not get sponsored by any company and chooses to write about products that catch his eye while on the prowl, without the makers' knowledge. That way he remains impartial.

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