Check out a new 2-page full-color strip I've got in Brooklyn's comics newspaper SMOKE SIGNAL. It's about the worst disaster, bodycount speaking, to have ever taken place on American waterways, the "wreck" of the civil war-era steamship SULTANA.Here are some research/sketches:Here's a bibliography:Huffman, Alan. Sultana: Surviving the Civil War, Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History. Harper, 2010.
"BLEW UP THE SULTANA: The Cause of the Horrible Disaster Explained at Last." St. Louis Globe Democrat, May 6, 1888.
Rule, D.H. "The Boatburners." Civil War St. Louis. Web. 10 Nov. 2010.
"Steamboat Engine Room," Twain Times, Web. 10 Nov. 2010.If you're not in Brooklyn or nearby the Desert Island comic book store, copy of the newspaper (with the beautiful cover seen above by Jordan Crane) can be ordered here. Keep an eye on those boilers out there, friends!