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The Engine

062-2The Engine: 1930s Soviet-Era Robot Hero from Madefire

Looking for a dark alternate reality Soviet-era robot hero in graphic novel form? Check out Madefire’s “The Engine,” created by Liam Sharp and Christina McCormack. Madefire is a new graphic novel company that is creating interactive “motion books.” These motion books add a new dimension of movement, sound, music and even 360 panoramic scenes to stunning illustrations and story arcs in which the reader can be immersed. In the alternate reality world of “The Engine,” the robots were a Stakhanovite creation – built in tens of thousands in Soviet Russia to assist and inspire the workers in the 1930s. An emblem of nobility and tireless work, they proved inefficient, and were gradually phased out as they seized up and fell into disrepair. Now, in a Siberian salt mine, prisoners of the state still toil. Among them one last robot labors – pulling the carriages that transport the men deep under the ground. It is jokingly nicknamed The Engine. When the old mine collapses they know nobody will rescue them, their lives have no value to the state. It is here that something remarkable happens and The Engine finds a new purpose. As we went to press, the Madefire app and motion books were free. Other titles include “Treatment,” a futuristic bounty hunter tale, developed by “The Watchmen” creator David Gibbons. Also check out “Mono,” a war hero history of an ape-human hybrid soldier. (www.madefire.com).