Meticulously crafted by Gary Nicholls, a British photographic sequential artist, comes the first book of his conceptualised neo-gothic fairy story eponymously based on the Victorian fairground attractions of The Imaginarium. ‘The Imaginarium’ tells an intricate, fantastical, dark but ultimately beautiful steampunk story through the unique medium of fine art images. Four years in the making, Nicholls’ creation is so much more than just a book – it’s an adventure through the power of art that simultaneously tells an epic, powerful story readers will be immersed in from page one.
Rumours abound of spellbinding gadgets that can turn ordinary men into Steampunk Giants. Stainless steel and calico wings that turn mortals, into Winged Angels. Steampunk brass and copper pasties, evil villainy and the Necessitti – a magical, stupendous, leggiadrous object of sheer beauty. . Inspired by a visit to The Lincoln Asylum Steampunk Festival in 2012, Gary Nicholls has created a world of Dickens with gadgets, and oh, the gadgets….Gadgets that can take you to fantasmagorical events, or transport you to a world where the airship is “the only way to travel Dahling!” This is the fantastical story that is book one in The Imaginarium Trilogy and is called Eva’s Story. A costume, a character, a gadget and a convoluted dark tale to confound and entertain the reader. Perhaps ‘hugely complicated and complex’ is a good description, considering the trilogy’s first volume contains thousands of words and over 150 fine art images that have taken years to craft. It’s a rare format for a work of fiction, tied together with a story that Dickens could surely have imagined himself.
With a composite leather cover, high end printing with spot varnished plates this is your opportunity to meet the characters and buy a copy of this unique book. This kind of work has never been produced before in this manner and The Steampunk Emporium area at MCM London is where it is being launched. The two main Characters, Eva and Dr William with Gary Nicholls will be signing the books. Each book is a limited collectors edition with 200 of the 1,000 available sold in pre-order.
Signed, numbered, hologrammed and certified each book is a work of art. With the book 30cm x 30cm weighing 2.5 kilos, containing close to 150 plates, it is an epic tale set in a Steampunk world of wickedness, betrayal, murder and greed, where one lost soul stands out as Eva’s saviour…There is a secret in a box which weaves its way through the entire trilogy. From wickedness, treachery, secrets and murder, the plot twists and turns, each character having their own story that builds into the final sections where all is revealed.
Gary will also be revealing an amazing twist to book 2, due out in 2018, involving a time capsule that has been buried somewhere in the world containing £15,000 worth of art.
Props and costumes from the story will be on exhibition with Limited edition metal prints from Book 1 for sale. There is an opportunity to discuss the project with the makers, who will be there on the stand. There will also be talks about the project throughout the weekend on the Steampunk Emporium Stage.