PURE STEELE : The Launch

Hey there!

It’s almost time for the PURE STEELE Launch Party at the Burgundy Lion in Montreal! On Wednesday November 6th, come by the Lion at 7pm for drinks, bites, and THRILLING ADVENTURE!

We’ll be on hand to sign books and say hello, so be sure to stop by!

You can join the Facebook event right here!

And in other exciting news, PURE STEELE was just written up in The Montreal Gazette! Give it a read!

“A Labour of Love, Right Down to the Letter” by Bill Brownstein.



Hey guys!

First of all, thank you to everyone who bought the book at NYCC! We went to our first book signing with zero expectations and it was amazing. Thank you so much.

And if you weren’t able to make it to the show, I’m  happy to announce that you can now pre-order PURE STEELE from the Blind Ferret Store!

For what it’s worth, I can tell you that this book is gorgeous. It’s a huge, hardcover tome filled with over 235 full-colour pages of raw, unfiltered adventure and intrigue. Blind Ferret has really outdone themselves and I honestly can’t believe it looks this good. I can assure you that it’s a better way to enjoy PURE STEELE, compared to going over to Ari’s house and having us read it to you from the original binder.

When an aging treasure hunter goes missing in ‘Darkest Africa’, his daughter Eleanor recruits the world’s greatest explorer to hunt him down. Set in 1910, PURE STEELE is the story of a ramshackle expedition into the heart of the Dark Continent, told in its own words. Part satire, part loving homage to pulp adventure, Pure Steele is an illustrated romp that brilliantly captures the spirit of the era with the winking wit of the modern day.

You can pre-order the book HERE and it’ll start shipping in November. We hope you read it and love it.

And for those of you in Montreal, we’ll be hosting the official Pure Steele Launch Party on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6TH at the BURGUNDY LION PUB at 7PM!

Kim & Ari

Much Excitement!! Pure Steele Acquired by Blind Ferret Press

Ari puts the finishing touches on a page of telegrams.

We’re pretty excited to announce that Pure Steele : The Adventures of James Alexander Steele III in Darkest Africa, has officially found a home at Blind Ferret Press, a division of Blind Ferret Entertainment.

Right now, we’re putting the final touches on the book in a mad dash to hit our deadlines. It’s a whirlwind of stick glue, last-minute rewrites and losing hours to Tumblr and British panel game-shows. But! We couldn’t be happier or more grateful that Blind Ferret has given us the opportunity to share this story and all these characters with you, in elegant-yet-unwieldy book form. We’ve been working on this thing for about three years now and the fact that it’s finally going to be making its way to shelves is both humbling and terrifying.

Right now, we’re looking at a Fall 2013 release, with an official date to come in September.

Now, if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you know us. So we’d like to sign off by saying you’re awesome, we appreciate all the support and high-fives and critiques and we can’t wait for you to finally read Pure Steele.

(It’s the best.)

Kim and Ari

P.S. Follow us on Twitter at @Bagelofdeath and @MacGillivray514! It wouldn’t kill you!

What’s it all about, Steele?

Now that we’ve announced the fact that our book is going to be a real live book, we’d also like to tell you what it’s about. For that reason, we’ve written up a little synopsis:

“Famed explorer Sir Jonathan Pryce is dead. As the nation mourns, Pryce’s daughter Eleanor begins to suspect that there is more to the story than the newspapers tell. When a parcel delivered to her door provides a clue that her father may indeed still live, she wastes no time in mounting her own expedition to track him down. On her newly-assembled team: a fanatical physician, a hopeless cartographer, a disgraced upperclassman and a meticulous accountant tasked with keeping the whole affair under budget. It is a motley crew, but fortunately, Eleanor has also enlisted the aid of James Alexander Steele, the world’s greatest hunter-tracker and a living legend. With no time to spare, the new Pryce Expedition makes for West Africa to pick up Sir Jonathan’s trail. At first, the task seems simple, but it soon becomes clear that the path ahead leads into a darkness and danger none of them could have foreseen.

From lies to theft to cold-blooded murder, more and more of Sir Jonatan’s secrets are uncovered and the members of the Pryce Expedition find themselves on an unlikely adventure. Told by the men and the woman who were there, Pure Steele is a tale of grand deception, ancient treasure, rampaging elephants and unpalatable French poetry.”

Pure Steele features art by Karl Kerschl, Stephen Morrow, Glenn Belair, Benjamin Dewey, Brian Patterson and Sanjulian and was written and designed by Kim Belair and Ariadne MacGillivray. It’s ultra-sweet, pretty interesting, generally quite funny and also the poems are the best.

Steele in 2012

Okay, sorry.

We haven’t been updating with any diligence, but we can promise that it’s only because we’ve been working so hard on the book. A major rewrite and a bunch of art later, we’re pleased to say that the end is finally in sight and things are looking…very promising. Updates on how promising things are looking are to come, but for the moment, let’s celebrate our triumphant (read: sheepish) return with some art.

Stephen Morrow is providing some of the illustrations for the book and we’re lucky to have him along. Beyond the art for the book (which we won’t reveal just yet), he was rad enough to create some additional stuff that really impressed. We linked to one piece a while ago, but he recently gifted us with this image of Steele and Eleanor, inspired by Moebius.

Learn more about the process, see a full-colour version and become acquainted with the AWESOME ARTIST at his blog, Minor Distinctions.

Jim Steele by Ted McKeever

At the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, friend-of-Steele and early adopter Ted McKeever christened the Steele sketchbook with a truly awesome and pretty brutal rendering of the hero. You might know Ted’s work from the Elseworlds Titles Superman’s Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon, Image’s Meta 4 or Fox Atomics’ The Nightmare Factory and now you can add this fantastic picture to your mental Rolodex.

Thanks, Ted!

Kim & Ari

Chapter Two – Part One

As we prepare to enter a new year, we’re pleased to be able to throw some new pages up on the blog! With Chapter One already up, you can now enjoy the first part of Chapter Two, in which we learn a little more about our heroes, encounter an emotional French poet and hear the terrifying tale of the Kuakuvi crocodile! Stay tuned!

Flemyng only requires one to two hours of sleep a night and needs to keep moving to live, like a shark.

So many questions! Will they be answered? I hope so or we will have many angry readers!

Heading to NYCC! Plus, New Art!

Hey, everyone!

This week, we’re off to the New York Comic Con, conveniently held in New York City! We’ll be sure to report back on our exciting adventures in the Big Apple, but for now, we’ll leave you with two things. One, Pure Steele: Chapter One in PDF form for your leisurely perusal. And Two, a new picture of James Steele by another contributing artist (this one handling the character busts appearing in chapter bookends), Stephen Morrow of Minor Distinctions. It’s available in both black & white and full colour.

Until next time!

Kim and Ari

Chapter One – Part Six


We reach the end of Chapter One with Dr. Flemyng’s first steps into the Dark Continent and Karl Kerschl’s first in-book sketch! Thanks for reading so far! We’ll be posting Chapter One in its entirety soon, so that anyone with a PDF reader or awesome tablet can enjoy it at their leisure. Then, it’s all bloggin’, all the time.

And now we come to it, the most boring page in Chapter 1! I blame Kim.

Ah the leopard, Africa's loner cat. Don't worry gang, this leopard was a terrorist so Steele was right to kill it.

Is Steele as handsome and imposing as you had imagined? If you say no then you are a liar!

There is a really cool image of an elephant that we decided to cover up with boring words. Ugh, is Flemyng still talking?!

A stern reminder of Britain's dominion over this book.