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Friday, July 17, 2015


Today's #GraphicNovelWeek is a review of THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE, which has gotta be just about the most damn fun thing I've read in awhile.
As promised in the video, here is a Sci-show episode on Ada Lovelace, so you can find out just what a BAMF she was. But now, on to the review!


The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
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Graphic Novel, 320 pages
Published April 23rd 2015 by Particular Books (Pantheon in the US)
THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE . . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures.

Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines.

But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

Sydney Padua is an animator, story artist, and tiresome bore working mostly in visual effects in London. She started drawing comics by accident and is still trying to figure out how to stop. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is a monstrous perversion of nature, viewable by horrified bystanders at http://www.2dgoggles.com.

Music: Klungo's Arcade (Azureflux) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0


  1. This one sounds fantastic. The various elements you mention in this one make it so much more than the average graphic story. that is so neat about the posters from the era to cap each chapter and I love that there are footnotes and appendices since these are real people. Fun review, Misty!


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