Exclusive: Growing Up Steampunk in Tyson Hesse’s ‘Diesel’ [Preview]
Tyson Hesse's Diesel is the story of Dee Diesel, a young aviator who loses her father's airship to a rival and receives a serendipitous invitation to adventure --- that she may not be ready to accept. Diesel promises to be a beautiful and thrilling coming-of-age story. It started out as a webcomic, but it's been revised and relaunched for print courtesy of Boom Box, and we have an exclusive preview of next week's debut issue.
When we talked to Hesse about the four-issue series back in June, he explained that Dee starts out as a rather reluctant protagonist. "At the start of the story Dee has lived a pretty sheltered life. She’s never really had to work for a living, and even though she has some natural talent as a mechanic, she tends to squander it. Growing up as the youngest and smallest of eight siblings, what she wants most of all is just to be in charge. She lives aboard a mobile colony called Peacetowne that was founded by her father decades ago. And, since Peacetowne is her birthright to be inherited when she turns 18, she’s opted to just bide her time lazily until that day comes."
Naturally, Dee is going to discover she has some growing up to do. Check out the five-page preview below for a taste of the story, and to see the wonderful variant covers from Lucy Knisley and Yuko Ota:
Check out the solicitation:
Tyson Hesse's Diesel #1 (of 4)
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Author: Tyson Hesse
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Main Cover: Tyson Hesse
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Lucy Knisley
Incentive Cover: Yuko Ota
What’s to Love: We’ve been big fans of Tyson Hesse ever since we first discovered his webcomic Boxer Hockey. After cover stints on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, we put him to the test with the tricky mixed-media art style of The Amazing World of Gumball and he just crushed it. Now, we’re excited to be working with him on his first original series, a coming-of-age story with a cool fantasy airship twist that fans of Tank Girl, Rocket Girl, or Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle are sure to enjoy!
What It Is: Dee Diesel isn’t very good at anything. The daughter of the late Tungston Diesel, she has yet to live up to her father’s great reputation. Her rival has inherited control of her family’s airship and left Dee the only job she’s qualified for: working in a two-bit garage. But all that changes when a mysterious flying engine crashes into Dee’s life and takes her on a journey through the skies.
Tyson Hesse's Diesel #1 is on sale Wednesday 9 September.