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About Digital Art / Professional Bradley W. SchenckMale/United States Groups :icondieselpunkmachine: DieselPunkMachine
Where steampunk ends, we begin.
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Street scene from The Enigma of the Unseen Doctor by BWS Street scene from The Enigma of the Unseen Doctor :iconbws:BWS 12 8 The Locksmith's Shop, from 'Patently Absurd' by BWS The Locksmith's Shop, from 'Patently Absurd' :iconbws:BWS 66 8 Kickstarter for 'Patently Absurd' by BWS Kickstarter for 'Patently Absurd' :iconbws:BWS 12 2 Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom full dust jacket by BWS Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom full dust jacket :iconbws:BWS 75 4 ARCS for Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by BWS ARCS for Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom :iconbws:BWS 15 9 Vault of Terror by BWS Vault of Terror :iconbws:BWS 84 4 If you're not speaking to persuade by BWS If you're not speaking to persuade :iconbws:BWS 81 6 Saying something with conviction by BWS Saying something with conviction :iconbws:BWS 72 4 You don't prove anything with a Straw Man by BWS You don't prove anything with a Straw Man :iconbws:BWS 48 6 It's so easy to hate a label by BWS It's so easy to hate a label :iconbws:BWS 67 4 A stupid person on the web has disagreed with you! by BWS A stupid person on the web has disagreed with you! :iconbws:BWS 76 4 The Ursatron - new from Volto-Vac! by BWS The Ursatron - new from Volto-Vac! :iconbws:BWS 55 5 The Retropolis Courier Service by BWS The Retropolis Courier Service :iconbws:BWS 89 7 The Asynchronous Bombastitron by BWS The Asynchronous Bombastitron :iconbws:BWS 53 5 Cover for 'Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom' by BWS Cover for 'Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom' :iconbws:BWS 21 2 The Great Gzhurka's Space Ship by BWS The Great Gzhurka's Space Ship :iconbws:BWS 120 11

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I've been working for the last several months on a project called Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, and it's just (finally!) launched. Thrilling Tales is a series of (densely) illustrated and (lightly) interactive stories from the retro future that can be read in their entirety at the web site (for free!) or purchased as full color books (not for free!). There are also some free downloads like desktop wallpapers and screen savers and, for the moment, a single diversion in the site's Derange-O-Lab. That's the Pulp Sci-Fi Title-O-Tron, a random pulp science fiction title generator.


The first Thrilling Tale is Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves which is itself the first part of a longer story called The Toaster With TWO BRAINS. Yep. That's what it's called, all right. There's a trailer for the project: you can find it on the front page of the Thrilling Tales site. Please do!





Thrilling Tales Book

In their web versions, the stories are enhanced with some gamelike features like an inventory - by clicking on an object's icon, you can view a scrolling window with an illustration of the object and some information about it - and large popup versions of the illustrations. You can save and restore your place in a story just as you would in a game.


Our HeroesAs you explore the story you're able to choose which protaganist to follow and at most points you're able to direct that character's actions. I call these "lightly interactive" because they're not completely nonlinear. In fact I'm still experimenting with story branching - especially in a multi-part story, which complicates matters - and that makes the form an interesting one.


The books are full color paperback books that include all the interactivity of the web versions, including the inventory. Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves is a 128 page printed version of the interactive story at the web site. The printed illustrations are higher resolution images (300 pixels to the inch, or even a bit higher). My goal for the two versions of the stories is that each one should be the best possible version of the same thing - one optimised for the web, and the other optimized for print. I'm pretty pleased with the way they've each turned out.



The project is a lot like a web comic - with the content available for free on the web, or for purchase as printed books. The biggest difference is that because the stories aren't linear I can't post updates a couple of times a week. And going by Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves, those updates will be months apart.


For that reason I'm planning to add linear illustrated stories with updates once or twice a week.  Thrilling Tales T-ShirtsAlthough that will delay the big updates even more, it's about the only way the site can build up its readership.


And like a web comic site I'm hoping that people will like the free content enough to support it in some way - by buying books or other merchandise. I've already got Thrilling Tales T-Shirts online and there will soon be posters and archival prints, all showing up at my Retropolis web site. And of course there are the books. I've got some plans for getting the next installment rolling through a Kickstarter promotion (with fabulous prizes!). But the whole thing is an experiment. It remains to be seen whether the Thrilling Tales can spark enough interest to pay for themselves. I sure hope they do!


Anyhow... that's what I've been up to, and what I'll contiinue to be up to for the forseeable future (and I guess that's not exactly the sort of future I usually spend my days in).  I hope you'll drop by the Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual site and if you like it, tell a dozen other people who might like it too!



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Philscbx Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I suspect you might find robot artwork from game Fallout 3,4 come close, although story line is roughly 60's.

YouTube has game play in realtime, is quite amazing.
The player has access to wrist controller & tracking device is very cool.
The floating robot that follows player, darn cool.

Today was such a lottery shot win as to how I discovered the site _
thrilling-tales.webomator.com/…

The T-shirt that's available you have on the site is a must have.
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BWS Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Fallout shares some of my influences - they're just getting them second hand from the fifties and sixties :). Glad you liked the Thrilling Tales!
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Philscbx Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Interesting FallOut tidbit.
As to Thrilling Tales site,, truly amazing.
The work and detail that went into key shop
print is fully appreciated.
Darn funny store quotes, up on the walls.
You know your hardware, 😉
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Reginhild Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
New facebook Sci-fi art group: www.facebook.com/groups/scienc…

Feel free to join and share/advertise your work!
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portisHeart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just discovered your website, and now that you're on DA.. your beautiful creative entertaining gorgeous awesomazing work is absolutely mind-blowing! and i've only seen a few pages/illustrations of it! your skills as an illustrator-writer-webdesigner-entertainer are magnificient, i'm fresh out of compliments to address them.
if i could (which i don't since i have barely enough to feed myself & my big feline family), i'd be a totally addicted customer to your shop - but what i know, is that i will be addicted to your creations and your world(s), and pass the message! thank you for being who you are and doing what you do! :worship:
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