Remember the amazing Mortal Engines concept art by Jaguar Lee which I posted here a few months ago? Well, he’s still at work, and has just sent me some comics pages which fill in a bit of the books’ backstory – from the Sixty Minute War, through the development of larger and larger tanks and tracked vehicles to the appearance of the first Traction City. (They’d also make a great title sequence for a Mortal Engines movie – the way they hint at so much history in just a few images reminds me a bit of the credits sequence of Miyazaki’s Laputa – Castle in the Sky. And talking of unlikely flying cities, Jaguar has also done some work on Airhaven, but I’ll save that for next week.
And while you’re looking at these, you could have a listen to some music by Adam Wheeler, inspired by a recent re-reading of the Quartet. Dramatic and earbending, it’s based on the sound of a Traction City rumbling by.
I haven’t written much about the Mortal Engines / Fever Crumb books here for a while, but it’s good to see that they are still inspiring illustrators and model-makers on the internet. There are a couple of recent examples I’ve been meaning to blog about, but this one is so impressive that it deserves a post all of it’s own. Creator Kyran Samy writes:
I am a compulsive reader of Mortal Engines and its sequels. I couldn’t resist the urge to build a model of London for my A level Product Design! It stands two feet high, weighs about 12 kilos and features moving arms to dismantle prey and an opening jaw. It’s currently biding its time in my school library next to a display of your books. I hope you like it!
I’m slowly working my way through a bit of a backlog of artwork which readers have sent me – if you’re waiting for yours to be posted here, I’m sorry it’s taking so long. Anyway, here’s the latest, an incredibly detailed Predator Citiesdrawing by James Cassir. It proved quite difficult to reproduce, so I’ve added a detail below to show just how detailed. James tells me that the original measures about 5 x 4 inches, and took about nine hours to draw, using a 0.2mm Pentel lead pencil and a normal Helix ruler. He says, “It’s not supposed to be a depiction of a particular city, although the cathedral on the top is a reminder of St. Paul’s. I drew it last December simply because I liked the idea of Municipal Darwinism… it isn’t for any “project” or exam-related coursework. “
It is, however, amazing; I wish I had James’s patience…