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Iron and Steel
An IG AU Webcomic
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Content flags: Violent Content
Language: English
Genre: Science-fiction
Activity status: Active
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Last update: 4 days ago, 12:00 AM
Number of comics: 351
Number of subscribers: 7
Visitors: 11250 visitors (44426 pages viewed)
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This is an alternate universe take on Inspector Gadget. It mainly draws it's base inspiration from the classic series, but does use bits from the other incarnates done over the years. Don't expect to know what this is from knowing the canon content. This is a more serious & elaborate take on the fandom.

I highly suggest reading the back stories connected to the comic before reading it. That is the only way the characters & plot will make sense total sense.

This comic is updated every Tuesday & Saturday.

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systemcat
4 days ago
systemcat
This page should beyond normal reasoning, should really be noted with the last. Not only due to the couple talking on that last page, but in that Floyd also saying about getting cleaned up some. Him getting cleaner wasn't in the original script. Thing is it's a lite pain having him in soot panel to panel in having that match up. Yes, he is going to get dirty again but I figure when starting on a new job, he wouldn't present himself covered in ash to his employer. The tarp, I'm told is not something mentioned historians would know about. It was my invention he do that but when talking to the historian I consulted a few times for this story. Ever not known, I was told it might have been done in real life for exactly the reason I present on this page.

Class division I'm told was still held up a bit in those times. True, that exists today, but apparently back in that day it was more prominent. Why I'm talking about that is how he is treated by the lady of the house. Back on page 3, Jocelyn relays what kind of family he comes from, and that he has chosen to reject having a white collar job. Having a job as a chimney sweep, yeah outsiders to his personal life figure they know where he stands in the world.

I also want to bring up here I followed through with watching a movie suggestion given to me by the consulting historian. I asked him for suggestions on movies to watch set in this story's time period for visual references. He suggested "Hello Dolly". Weird little placement to knowing of this film. I remember when I was little, my mother had a big thing for musicals and I hated them at the time. I only started softening to them in my senior year of high school when Popular Music Class forced me to re-watch them. Odd, I should remember the name of that movie but I don't think it was part of my parents VHS collection. I also remember this film was on the viewing list for that music class, but never got to see it for some reason. I guess until today it's stood where "The Sound of Music" does for me, of knowing of the film but having never seen it.

Set in 1890, it does in fact mirror a lot of the clothes I've come across in researching the period. The only thing which bothers me to that is what beat police officers wear. I was told I had it right, but the ones in the film dressed slightly differently. That is either Hollywood's doing or the fact my story is set just a few short years later. The film also quickly made me think of a question the historian, who is also a fellow geek asked me when I started on concept work for this story early last year. Am I going down what has become apparently a cliched path for writing women in this period. That of them hating their dresses and instead wearing pants.

Dolly is a strong character who is very outspoken, and I am sure if for some reason a remake ever happened, people might try that route with her costume. Jocelyn has a long path in showing her character development and even when she shows later how strong she can be, I don't have her break away from the times for gender presentation. There just isn't a need for it. Don't get me wrong in thinking I oppose what is the norm. nowadays. Graces most of the time you'd have to force me to get me to wear a dress.
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systemcat
One week ago
systemcat
( Yeah, you can tell this is being re-posted from DA. ) Mainly what caused this page take so long to make was it's rough line art which was a bit complex. The 1890's may have been an interesting decade in fashion but something to draw in sequential succession. That and every time I have to draw overlapping bodies it becomes quite a task to me in making sure things line up correctly.
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systemcat
11 days ago
systemcat
A special shout out thank you here to a seller on Etsy.
When writing this I had to do tons of historical research. When writing the scene here with the treats, I decided it had to be something very much of the times he'd offer her. I'd never heard of meringue cookies before the research. A meringue based cookie? The thought intrigued me so much I had to try them. No local stores carry them and I didn't feel like driving almost into Cleveland to a Trader Joe's store for them. Gas and not fond of their prices. That lead into online shopping and eventually seeing Etsy's front page results for the cookie. "Geode Meringue Cookies" the odd tasty sight of them tempted me and after looking over the seller's shop, I asked if I could order a sampling of meringue cookies in general. She said yes and after the order a few days later I got them. Meringue cookies are the most lite-melt-in-your-mouth-cookie you will ever eat. There may be a bunch of people selling these cookies home made but I'd like to provide a link here to the Etsy seller's shop for anyone who would like to try her brand of them:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/StarsCandyFactory
They are also how I had a firm idea how to draw & color them.
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systemcat
Two weeks ago
systemcat
One and this debate lasted until late into producing the page. How Jocelyn's head is turned with the hat. Two similar shots but she's turned a little differently in both. Given there isn't much change of the position and her hat doesn't change much to that. I figured both fit their perspectives.

Two ... this is what happens with mediums of storytelling that don't have sound. You can't tell in comic format she's English, no audible voice.
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systemcat
2nd Apr 2019
systemcat
This story has been over a year in coming. Now before anyone who didn't know I was planning on producing this story, what it's tie to Inspector Gadget is. Here I'll explain it again.

From 1992 to mid-1995 apparently, DiC Animation pursued the idea of making a series named "Gadget-Girl". This idea got scrapped and changed into Gadget Boy and Heather. Very little evidence exists talking about the lost series. Only to my knowledge a couple concept pieces of art and a magazine article.

Wanting to use the lost character of Gadget-Girl and in first concept piece, her accompanied by a cat instead of a robot dog which is shown in the second. I knew she couldn't be remotely in the same time as the rest of the cast, even Jake and his gang who normally have their stories set in the past. When the first story came out, a human cyborg was a shock to MAD to exist. That story is meant to take place about the same time it was published on 2015. When I wrote the second story featuring Jake & Heather. MAD's predecessor ( Scolex Enterprises ) knows Jake is different but fails to connect the dots about him. That story is set at the tailend of 1989. Jake ( Gadget Boy ) is officially the first cyborg created in the Iron and Steel-verse. A strange flip about time yes, since John ( Inspector Gadget ) was the first to be written. So where does this place the lady in the mix?

I didn't want to have it future set. Not with having more stories in the pipeline meant on current times. So then it hit me one area of writing fiction I'd never tackled before, steampunk. That is to put the decision in brief. This is set on purpose 100 years before what supplanted the lost series. That instead of the setting of 1995 have it as 1895.

This introduction section wasn't in the original planning. It's when I decided it was vital to not jump in, how it came about, plus it serves multiple purposes revealed quickly and much later on. I do know also since the concept art of Jocelyn made last year, her arm prosthetic now requires some visual change. ... Underneath that old picture look that concept art has, is the normal color scheme meant to represent her and her cat. Also odd note here to her design. Both on canon Inspector Gadget and Gadget Boy, have hair which flares out to the sides. This hair flare even appears in the Gadget-Girl concept art. Jocelyn is the only one in this AU to keep that look. I don't count page 163 of Iron and Steel, when John is running.

This story by the way is the first time I have ever made a dedication to anyone formally.
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