Continuing our look at this year’s Russ Manning Award nominees, we come to Paul Roman Martinez, aka Kopetkai. He’s the creator of the dieselpunk webcomic The Adventures of the 19XX. According to his bio, he’s a California-based graphic designer/web designer who works on his comics in his spare time. The 19xx combines his interests in art and history with a pretty nifty premise:
A group of adventurers, explorers, and scientists from every allied country to search the globe and fight a battle far from the public eye. This group is The 19XX, all the public has been told is that they are fighting for all of the good in humanity to survive the nineteen hundreds and beyond. Their mission is to track down every powerful relic, every modern and undiscovered weapon, and every magic incantation ever uttered on the earth’s crust, because the forces of evil responsible for the next Great War would be searching for the very same thing. Nothing in the realm of the tangible or intangible is off limits when the fate of the entire world is at stake.
You can see more of his work at his art blog. Martinez also designs models, like this walking tank, which he uses for his comic:
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