Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a new graphic novel extending the adventures of Tony Cliff's beloved, swashbuckling webcomics heroine Delilah Dirk. Set in 1908, this volume opens with the hapless Lieutenant Erdemoglu Selim reporting to the sultan about the new prisoner he's just gotten through questioning: a woman adventurer who claims to be the daughter of a British diplomat, skilled in many of the world's swordfighting techniques, fearsome fighter and adventurer, and expert escapologist.
The Sultan is contemptuous when the Lieutenant reports that she's allowed herself to be imprisoned for the express purpose of breaking out and stealing some of his valuable scrolls, but he's alarmed when she does
break out. He decides that Salim is in league with the prisoner, and orders his execution -- an execution that is stopped with moments to spare by Delilah reappearing in the Sultan's palace, killing several guards, rescuing Salim, and whisking him away on her flying boat. She has rescued him because he seemed like a good egg, and had made her a truly remarkable cup of tea.
So begins a marvellous and exceptionally lovely graphic novel that ranges far and wide, buckling titanic quantities of swash as it goes. Salim and Delilah rob pirates, survive artillery charges and bombings, endure long and arduous crossings over hostile terrain, and drink a lot of tea. This the the pure, distilled essence of adventure, and features an extremely likable pair of heroes, as fine as you'll see in any comic, novel or film. The whole book is on the web, and you can read it to your heart's content, but as with all of publisher First Second's books, the printed object is particularly finely made and makes a handsome trophy and an even better gift.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
My UK publisher, Head of Zeus, has published the official tour schedule for the British tour for Walkaway, with stops in Oxford (with Tim Harford), London (with Laurie Penny), Liverpool (with Chris Pak), Birmingham, and the Hay Literary Festival (with Dr Adam Rutherford). Hope to see you there!
My publicist just found an extra box of the cool promotional Walkaway multitools, and she’s generously offered to give them to the next 100 people to reserve tickets to the May 7th Walkaway event at Chicago’s Royal George Theater, where I’m presenting with CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY creator Max Temkin (current ticket-holders, don’t worry, you get […]
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Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
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All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]