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The robots were a Stakhanovite creation--built in tens of thousands in Soviet Russia to assist and inspire the workers in the 1930s.

An emblem of nobility and tireless work, they yet proved inefficient, and were gradually phased out as they seized up and fell into disrepair.

Now, in a Siberian salt mine, prisoners of the state still toil, and amongst them one last robot labors--pulling the carriages that transport the men deep under the ground, it is jokingly nicknamed The Engine.

When the old mine collapses they know nobody will rescue them, their lives have no value to the state. It is here that something remarkable happens…

Episode 2-

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:iconkrukof2:
krukof2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional
Always a pleasure to read the Engine , again and again. :#1:
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ekoi1995 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tablet in1930? cool :squee:
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BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
exactly :D
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ekoi1995 Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
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XalechimThe14th Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Intriguing...Will continue reading for sure. First time I've ever read a "motion book", unless you count the "1000 Years of Dreams" stories from Lost Odyssey on the xbox360.
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Callyzah Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow!!:wow: Amazing!!!! :dance::la: totally! The music, drawings, script, animation effects and sound! :love: :clap: yey!
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Darkbeehive Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! I simply loved it *_*
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:iconmadefirestudios:
MadefireStudios Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconreginiek:
Reginiek Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING!
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:iconniki-tiki-tavi:
Niki-Tiki-Tavi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Artist
Стахановец)
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:iconaellostriker2:
Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I`m always stuck at the part where the long-haired guy & the black guy-in-eyeglasses stare at each other.
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:iconghost-deep:
Ghost-Deep Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Wow. Awesome.
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:iconcrappedman:
Crappedman Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Can you make a muppet series?
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
A muppet series would be awesome! Who knows what the future could hold ;)
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:iconiamanelebiscarra:
iAmAneleBiscarra Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!
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:icondogzandglue:
dogzandglue Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love it!
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:icongreenzone560:
Greenzone560 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Holy crap these motion books are awesome! First time reading one and I was way more into it than regular comic books.
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:iconholllywood:
Holllywood Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
beautiful.
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:iconmaicon-sobczak:
maicon-sobczak Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Interface Designer
Very beautiful work! A new experience!
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:iconczeladnik09:
CzeladniK09 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that was a damn nice experience :D Great work and a nice styled USSR atmosphere
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
I'm glad you liked it!
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TheLastWarriorMecha Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic comic. How does one work for such a prime example of fiction in the making???

Seriously, how does one network into this? Beautiful work!
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:iconjoeotiscostello:
JoeOtisCostello Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Join the Motion Book Tool group at this [link] and information will be coming on when the MBT will be available!
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:iconklorgas:
klorgas Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The concept is fairly simple but good nonetheless while setting and colorpalette provides a great dystopian atmosphere. The storytelling is also pretty well paced. Will be interesting to read the other episodes.
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
The atmosphere adds so much to this story. It makes you wonder about all the characters. Glad you liked it!
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hunterofsouls13 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
how did you make this? its so fucking cool!! :D
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
We made it using the Motion Book Tool! It's what we use to make all of our motion books. If you're interested, you can get it for yourself in a couple months. We're releasing it soon. All the info is on this page: [link]
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:iconpluto789josh:
pluto789josh Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
I don't think I can fault this in anyway at all! I'm excited to read the the episodes.
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Yes! I'm excited for you to read them, too.
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:iconavantaron:
avantaron Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee, love that style, very cool!
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
It has a really cool feel to it. That's one of my favorite attributes of The Engine.
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:iconbupaje:
bupaje Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very good. I like the concept, the art and the storytelling. Well done.
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thank you so much!
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:iconskysaphron:
Skysaphron Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice great job the books really good
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ChiefBloodone Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool :) I love it
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Remarkable and inspiring! Thank you for sharing this (I am biting at the bit to be able to try the Motion Book Tool out)!! GAH!!!
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Don't bite TOO hard--that day is coming :)
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:icontheowl68:
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;)
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:icontannalein:
Tannalein Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice move, giving the first chapter for free :thumbsup:
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Glad you appreciate it...and I hope you enjoyed the story!
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:iconmissshe:
missShe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconscreamingplz: Please tell me we get the next part for free!
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:iconmissshe:
missShe Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome me wantey need points. must have points.
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Here's 10 points to read this chapter--enjoy!
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:iconmissshe:
missShe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hugs super tight*
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:iconmissshe:
missShe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU :iconscreamingplz:
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:iconandre520:
Andre520 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
The author is Chinese?
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:iconac001:
AC001 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! love the style of artwork
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:iconssusiessays:
ssusiessays Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Jimmy Broxton is fantastic, isn't he? I'm glad you're liking it!
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