We are the Robots

Thanks to European Robot week , the clever critters have been everywhere lately. Now, thanks to published Self Made Hero, they’re being celebrated in graphic novel form.

New book Robot takes two robot-related tales from Polish writer Stanislaw Lem’s science-fiction Mortal Engine collection, and adapts them into graphic novel form thanks to artists Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal.

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Schejbal takes on Uranium Earpieces, a story about a young king who forces his subjects to wear suits of glowing uranium alloy. Pyron, a young inventor, takes it upon himself to rescue the uranium-clad, oppressed masses from the evil tyrant.

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Schejbal says of her illustrations, ‘I usually work in gouache, but for this project I worked almost exclusively with Aquarelle pencils, adding a touch of white gouache in only a few places for highlights. Working in this way meant I easily could soften and “humanise” the robot’s appearance.’

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In another tale of good vs evil, Klimowski’s adaptation of The Sanatorium of Dr Vliperdius, a world  filled with robots goes horribly wrong. Dr Vliperdius’ patients turn on the book’s protagonist when our hero visits the practice, which holds a dark secret.

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Klimowski says, ‘I chose a story set in this odd sanatorium. It was perfect because it was so grounded: so seemingly normal and it had a human protagonist. But everything was not as it first appeared in this strange place and we are all the time being given hints and glimpses of the sci-fi elements in the story.’

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Robots is priced £14.99 from Self Made Hero and is available from www.selfmadehero.com/

Robot Cover
Robot Cover

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