When Britain was again at war with the Boers in South Africa, they received aid from Canada. Canadian Pacific Railway tycoon Donald Smith (Baron Strathcona) asked Sam to lead his privately raised cavalry unit named Lord Strathcona's Horse. Sam commanded it as lieutenant colonel, leading Canadian soldiers with such competence that he was knighted and made a member of the Royal Victorian Order in 1901. Though Sam despised many of his duties during the war, his experience allowed him to personally prepare Canada for the approaching First World War, which he would do to extraordinary measure.
I've found the best villain character since 'Curly' Bill from Tombstone! Jeff 'Soapy' Smith was the most notorious swindler in the States and he'd built up criminal empires, ruling two American cities! He came to Skagway, Alaska to profit illegally off the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada. He built up a new criminal empire there. Sam Steele helped to oppose him, and the Vigilance Committee (Committee of 101.) A woke was performed after his death across the States by people each July 8, honouring him as a kind of folk anti-hero (Robin Hood figure of sorts.) Several sources refer to him as the Wild West's greatest con man and he was incredibly brazen. It makes for quite a colourful story, adding to Sam Steele's time in the Yukon! This is research for my upcoming Sam Steele novel, but I still have a lot of research to do!
An image from my upcoming comic book "Hybrid Knights." Here you can see a glimpse of the future for the city of Toronto. Several more images still need to be edited and coloured. I will keep you apprised.
My next novel will be on the life another great lawman of the Wild West, Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police. The suggestion came from my father, who felt after writing the story of Wyatt Earp that I should write about Canada's own great lawman. Sam Steele was a larger-than-life figure, powerful in physical strength and fearless in the service of his duty. He never caved to violent hoodlums, raging mobs, wealthy elitists or to corrupt politicians. He stood by his principles till the end.
I've been busy editing my Vendetta Ride novel again, fixing some errors I previously overlooked.
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A scene from my upcoming indie comic book Hybrid Knights. After the Hybrid Knights subdue two hybrid guards working for a criminal drug trafficking organization, a special forces team arrests the culprits.
The first image I'm sharing from my upcoming comic book series Hybrid Knights. This is a B&W drawing which will soon be digitally coloured and the dialogue lettered. Characters from left to right, from the top row: Nitro Fury, Auspex, Firelight, Lynxly, and Celeste. Bottom row: Vanquisher, Ballast and Scythe.
Sharing several of my "Vendetta Ride" artworks on Behance.