The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City

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Tom Doherty Associates, May 8, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 144 pages
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If you’re visiting the flying city of Amperstam without the latest printing of The Lurker’s Guide, you might as well be lost. This one-sheet is written, edited, and printed by Ashe, a girl raised on the streets of the flying city, and is dedicated to revealing its hidden treasures and deepest secrets—including many that the overcontrolling government doesn’t want anyone to know. The stakes are raised when Ashe accidentally uncovers the horror of exactly how Amperstam travels among the skies and garners the attention of those who would rather that secret be kept in the hands of the city’s powerful leaders.

Soon Ashe is on the run from thugs and assassins, faced with the choice of imperiling her life just to keep publishing, or giving in to the suggestion of a rich patron that she trade in her voice and identity for a quiet, comfortable life. It’s a war of confusion for Ashe, but in The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod, one thing is very clear: just because you live in a flying city, you can’t always keep your head in the clouds.

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User Review  - akmargie - LibraryThing

Interesting world, sort of steampunk meets western vibe. Art could be a little stronger. Story also seem a little rush and the ending abbreviated. Loved the lead character Ashe. She had spunk. Read full review

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User Review  - salimbol - LibraryThing

[2 and 1/2 stars] A steampunk-infused graphic novel that tackles social issues on a great flying City. While there are some interesting ideas here, and the protagonist is a spirited yet slightly ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

. He is a founding member of the daily flash-fiction website 365 TOMORROWS, and the writer and producer of the science fiction podcasts “The Voice ff Free Planet X” and the serial “Aliens You Will Meet,” as well as “Fables of the Flying City,” a podcast set in the world of The Battle of Blood and Ink. He lives in Philadelphia.

STEVE WALKER illustrated the graphic novel Sons of Liberty by Alexander Lagos and Joseph Lagos. He has done work for Image Comics and has been featured in Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Coloring Book. He attends several comic conventions a year, where he sells commissioned drawings of superheroes. Walker lives in Philadelphia.

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