Written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, designed by Emma Vieceli, drawn/animated by the all-female Windflower Studio, and produced by Hattrick Productions and 4education comes a new ten part motion comic, based on the story of the Victorian Internet, Thrill Electric.
Leah Moore describes the project as;
The story revolves around the office of the International and Electric Telegraph Company in Manchester, in 1871. We follow the fortunes of a gang of young adults who connect with wires. They have the day to day data of the city, of the world even, flowing through their telegraph keys. They are solely responsible for the safe transmission of millions of messages from Croydon to Calcutta, Cairo to Copenhagen, millions of bits of information flowing through the wires, through their fingers. Millions of people relying on the telegraph for news of wars, the prices of their stocks, the news of a loved one's birth, or marriage or death. All of this responsibility heaped on those young shoulders and they still manage to find time to slack off, play games, bitch about each other and fall madly passionately in love, all at the lightning speed of the telegraph.
The Thrill Electric revisits a generation who were at the cutting edge of technology, who had skills which took them to a whole new level, and created a whole new class of young affluent workers. men and women were working side by side often for the first time, trying to outclass one another with their telegraph skills. Feathers were ruffled, and the tension, well you could say it was electric!
While the motion comic isn't launching until October, a preview will make its debut at MCM London Expo next month.