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A look at Molly Crabapple’s character designs for The Puppet Makers [Updated]

"The Puppet Makers" character designs, by Molly Crabapple

"The Puppet Makers" character designs, by Molly Crabapple

Following up on this morning’s announcement, Zuda Comics has released some of Molly Crabapple’s character designs for The Puppet Makers, her upcoming webcomic with frequent collaborator John Leavitt.

The series, described as everything from a “Rococo steampunk murder mystery” to “Blade Runner meets The Other Boleyn Girl,” is one of those rare instant winners in the Zuda competition, joining the likes of Jeremy Love’s Bayou, Dean Haspiel’s Street-Code and Kevin Colden’s I Rule the Night.

Update: io9.com now has the official description for The Puppet Makers:

Dangerous Liaisons meets Blade Runner. The Puppet Makers is a mystery set in an alternate historical Versailles. Versailles is run by clockwork and aristocrats wear robotic suits, or Dollies, to go through the elaborate rituals that proscribe daily life. When the king’s Dolly explodes, it is revealed that he’s long since vanished. A young monk’s investigations into the king’s disappearance draw him into the dark secrets of the court.

No debut date has been given.

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