French Steampunk Cinema and Graphic Novels

French author Jules Verne has long been acknowledged as an influence on the modern day steampunk genre. Other authors/artists in France have continued the tradition; in fact there is a thriving steampunk community in the country producing vast amounts of artwork, film, and narrative fiction. Not every work makes it “across the pond,” but here are two that you might enjoy.

The Steampirate Chronicles

The Steampirate Chronicles

French Steampunk Cinema

The Steampirate Chronicles is an interesting web series set in a steampunk universe. It was created on a low budget via crowd funding and some of the production values are not the best, but there are several gorgeous sets and images. The story is compelling. It is easy to follow along even if you do not understand the French language; it is not translated.


 

The Chimerical Brigade

The Chimerical Brigade

French Steampunk Publications

There are several French steampunk graphic novels that are available online and are translated into English. One that I have enjoyed is Fabrice Colin’s The Chimerical Brigade, which has been described as a mix between Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Watchmen (although I also see parallels with The X-Men). It features Marie Curie as a hero who roamed the trenches during the First World War and rescued people who had been mutated by fallout from various super weapons designed to quickly end the fighting. Curie starts an institute and encourages the mutants to embrace their new abilities. After her death, the institute closes and the mutant heroes, known as the Chimeric Brigade, disband. In the late 1930’s, Curie’s daughter, Irene, needs to find the members of the brigade to help fight fascist super villains who are threatening to take over the world.


 

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