Clockwork Girl

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The Clockwork Girl
Publication information
Publisher Arcana Studios
Schedule Irregular
Format Limited series
Genre see below
Publication date August 2007 - August 2008
Creative team
Written by Sean O’Reilly
Kevin Hanna
Artist(s) Mike Thomas
Grant Bond
Karen Krajenbrink
Mirana Reveier
Brandon Graham (comics)
Kevin Hanna
Collected editions
The Clockwork Girl ISBN 978-0-9809204-1-3

The Clockwork Girl is an all-ages/science fiction/fantasy comic series created by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, that ran for six issues and was published in a collected edition for the first time in 2008.

Clockwork Girl tells the tale of a nameless robot girl who has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While she explores the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.

In 2008, Telefilm Canada announced that they had funded the property for a possible future film adaptation.[1] The film, The Clockwork Girl, has been released.


Main characters[edit]

  • Tesla, the Clockwork Girl: (protagonist) is a young robot girl learning how to live in a world of adults. She looks at strangers like a kid in a candy store and wants to know everything about this new world around her. The character's name was inspired by inventor Nikola Tesla, and Kevin Hanna’s earlier zine "Clockwork Girls hate Electronic Boys".[2]
  • Huxley the Monster Boy: the unruly creation of Doctor Dendrus, is brash and adventurous. This often gets him into predicaments that only his foolhardy adolescent fearlessness can get him out of. In his own mind he has always been cool and in control, which is to say until Tesla the Clockwork Girl turned his life upside-down. The character was named after author Aldous Huxley, and not "Darwin's bulldog" Thomas Huxley as many have assumed.
  • Wilhelm The Tinkerer: is a wild eyed eccentric egomaniac and the world's most brilliant machine scientist. He blames the natural sciences for holding back the machine age with a zealous fervor and believes the Clockwork Girl is his key to Dendrus's undoing. He views the Clockwork Girl as his greatest accomplishment. It's not until she is threatened that he realizes that she is so much more.
  • Doctor Dendrus: is just an offbeat father trying to keep up with his unconventional and untamed son, Huxley. He cares for his son a great deal but is overly protective and shelters him as much as he can. Dendrus is the Tinkerer's former friend, his chief rival and the world's greatest biologist.

Supporting characters[edit]


All of the events of the books take place (for the most part), in the city of Harfang. Each Scientist’s castle are at opposite ends of the city.

  • The Mechanized Castle: The Tinkerer’s mechanized fortress
  • The Living Castle: Dendrus’ living castle
  • The Great Cypress: A giant tree that Huxley shows Tesla on their first day out together, which she later hides in for shelter.

Collected editions[edit]

The series has been collected into a hardcover volume:

  • The Clockwork Girl (Arcana Comics, 2008)
  • Clockwork Girl - [3] (HarperCollins, 2011)


The Clockwork Girl graphic novel has won the Moonbeam Award as well as Graphic Novel of the Year at Book Expo America by ForeWord magazine.

Film adaptation[edit]

The film The Clockwork Girl was released in early 2014.[4]



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