Suffrajitsu – now in print!

Blood and Honor print copies

The Suffrajitsu trilogy is now available in Blood and Honor, a printed collector’s edition from Jet City Comics. This new print anthology also features two other Foreworld Saga trilogies; The Dead God and Symposium.

Inspired by the adventures of the real-life suffragette Bodyguard unit circa 1914, Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons was written by Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf. The story features a strong Bartitsu theme, including scenes set in E.W. Barton-Wright’s martial arts academy, which serves as the Amazons’ gymnasium and secret headquarters.

Bartitsu Club

The trilogy is also available in e-book format via both and comiXology.

Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons #3 available now!

Suffrajitsu 3 cover

The climactic chapter of the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy is now available from and comiXology!

In Issue #3, Persephone Wright and her team of Bartitsu-trained Amazons must race to prevent a terrorist attack that may have dire consequences for the entire world …

(… and yes, that it Persephone’s uncle – Bartitsu founder Edward Barton-Wright – to the right on the cover).

“The Second-Story Girl”: a Suffrajitsu-inspired novella by Mark Lingane

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Inspired by the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy, Australian author Mark Lingane’s novella The Second-Story Girl is now available from Kindle Worlds.  A significant proportion of the story is set at E.W. Barton-Wright’s Bartitsu Club, which, in the “world” of the Suffrajitsu stories, secretly serves as the gymnasium and headquarters of a group of suffragette activists and bodyguards known as Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons.

Here’s the synopsis:

London, 1910. Spoilt and wild, Genevieve Cranston is a party girl with little to live for when her reckless lifestyle flings into the gutters after the suspicious death of her father and the mysterious disappearance of her younger brother Lindsey.

Rescued, redeemed and trained for action by the radical suffragette Amazons, Genevieve will stop at nothing to find her missing brother. She is soon caught up in a dense web of deceit and double-dealing, as both sides of the political landscape manoeuvre to shape the future of the free world.

Time is running out, war is on the horizon and Genevieve needs to grow up fast. Lindsey is an important player in the game of cat and mouse, and with the aid of some gifted friends, Genevieve is hell-bent on saving him, and upon revenge.

.. and here’s an interview with the author.

“The Isle of Dogs”: a Suffrajitsu-inspired novella by Michael Lussier

Isle of Dogs cover

We’re very pleased to be able to bring you this interview with Michael Lussier, whose new  novella The Isle of Dogs is now available via Kindle Worlds.

The Isle of Dogs is a dark, hard-edged mystery/revenge drama inspired by the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy, in which Bartitsu plays a key role.

The story pits Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons against an insidious new enemy:

“London: July, 1913.

The body of a young socialite is pulled from the Thames, her suicide note hinting at blackmail, conspiracy and corruption in high places.

Meanwhile, a mysterious street gang is moving through the East End with military precision. leaving a trail of murder and mutilation in its wake.

Enter Persephone Wright and her outlaw band of Bartitsu-trained suffragette Amazons, who will stop at nothing to avenge a fallen comrade …”


Q: What was it that first attracted you to writing stories set in the Edwardian era?

M.L.: Style and personal taste have a lot to do with it. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and there was something about Victorian and Edwardian literature that enchanted me when I was young. I grew up reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, the Brontës, Bram Stoker, G. K. Chesterton, Baroness Orczy, H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Kenneth Grahame, and Oscar Wilde. I even enjoyed – god help me – that occult oddball Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Q: And what was it about the Foreworld Saga?

M.L: I am particularly drawn to the Foreworld because there are still huge areas of Edwardian society that have rarely been explored outside of academia. Suffrajitsu is a breath of fresh air, in that regard. It isn’t so much historical revisionism as it is a shadow history of people who were shoved to the margins because they were poor, foreign, queer or female.

2) Can you describe some of the challenges in writing The Isle of Dogs?

M.L.: The amount of research that needed to be done was staggering.

I never imagined that I would spend more than a couple hours of my life studying Burke’s Peerage or exploring the links between C. & E. Morton’s Bloater Fish Paste and the Millwall Athletic Football Club. Poor naïve bastard: I sacrificed whole days and weekends to these subjects.

3) What were the most interesting discoveries you made during your research?

M.L.: My story concerns the activities of a revived Hellfire Club, so I spent quite a bit of time researching contemporary attitudes toward sexuality.

There is a misconception that the Victorians were essentially prim, high-minded eunuchs. This isn’t even remotely true.

Q: So what were they?

M.L: Several popular music hall songs of that period that are far filthier than anything I’ve ever heard in a bar or machine shop. I’m not talking ‘saucy’ or ‘bawdy’. Eskimo Nell and Kafoozalum are vulgar, profane and ribald on a level that surpasses Lil’ Kim and Too $hort.

I also came across an obscure genre, which I call Erotic Biography. Probably the best known examples are Walter’s My Secret Life and The Romance of Lust. These are explicit memoirs which detail an anonymous gentleman’s sexual development and experiences over the course of many years and several volumes. They portray Victorian upper-class sex as ravenous, male-oriented, compulsive and predatory. Maids and serving girls were obliged to observe the droit du seigneur, prostitution was commonplace, pregnancies were disowned, any female age nine and above was considered fair game. These stories are Dickensian in a really disconcerting way.

4) In what way(s) would you say the themes of the Suffrajitsu series are relevant to us today?

M.L.: Suffrajitsu is the intersection of many fascinating underground streams. Feminism, ‘mixed martial arts’, drug addiction, homosexuality, violence against women, police intimidation and institutional intolerance. These are issues and subjects that are still incredibly pertinent to 21st century readers.

Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

M.L.: Read as much as you can, and study the techniques of your favorite authors. Sit down and write every day. Don’t worry about quality at first – no piece of writing is ever very good before the first revision. Find an editor and listen very carefully to his/her advice. Take your reader feedback with a grain of salt.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

M.L.: When I was young, there was a truism in advertising that declared the most coveted market demographic to be men between the ages of 18 and 49. This is no longer true, although for the most part nobody in power wants to admit it just yet.

Women are emerging as a very powerful consumer block. They represent 60% of the world’s population and 78% of gross domestic product. I’ve seen reports that suggest that women will soon control two-thirds of the consumer wealth in the United States. They are, for the most part, better educated and more media savvy than their male counterparts.

Additionally, young women are entering into fields that were once considered male-only; music, law, video gaming, martial arts, etc.

As the economic clout of women grows, so too will the visibility of their issues and interests.

Having spent so much time with Emmeline Pankhurst recently, I cannot help but wonder how she would seek to leverage this power in pursuit of equality in a country where the Violence Against Women Act can barely make it through Congress.


Michael Lussier has been a machinist, an orderly in a psychiatric hospital and (on one occasion only) a celebrity babysitter. He is the author of Sherlock Holmes and Bartitsu, which can be found online here. As a general rule, Michael hates to talk about himself.

twitter: @Decervelage

Suffrajitsu Issue #2: inside the Bartitsu Club

Bartitsu Club

On a rainy London evening, Persephone Wright spars with her Uncle Edward in the Bartitsu Club … but later:

Shocking events propel the Amazons into a daring rescue mission against a sinister enemy, far from the familiar streets of London …

Issue #2 of the Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy is now available via  comiXology.  Readers who have purchased the series via Kindle from will find Issue #2 automatically downloaded to the end of Issue #1.

Bartitsu action and adventure in “Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons”

Issue #1 of the Bartitsu-themed action/adventure graphic novel trilogy Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons is now available!

Preview/purchase Suffrajitsu #1 at

Preview/purchase Suffrajitsu #1 at comiXology

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the radical women’s rights movement in London just prior to the First World War, Suffrajitsu relates the adventures of Miss Persephone Wright and her elite team of Amazons – a secret society of Bartitsu-trained bodyguards who protect fugitive suffragette leaders from arrest and assault.

Persephone is the niece of Bartitsu founder Edward William Barton-Wright, who also features in the story, and his Shaftesbury Avenue gymnasium serves as the Amazons’ secret headquarters …

Suffrajitsu was written by author and Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, illustrated by Joao Vieira and is published by Jet City Comics.  See our sister site,, for more information, including the strange-but-true history of the real suffragette Bodyguard society.

A new Judith Lee adventure: “The Wrestler and the Diamond Ring”

This short story from the website introduces Anglo-Chinese socialite and amateur detective Judith Lee and describes her first encounter with Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons. The Bartitsu Club and several of its principal figures play important roles in the story …

Free 5-page “Suffrajitsu” preview

Votes for women

The first five pages of Book 1 of the Suffrajitsu trilogy are now available as a free preview from Comic Book Resources.

The graphic novel is set in the milieu of the radical suffragette movement during 1914 and also features a strong Bartitsu theme. It is now available for pre-order via and will go on sale for both US and international readers via Amazon and comiXology on January 28th.

“Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons” video trailer and pre-order info

“Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons” graphic novel trailer from Wolf Point Media on Vimeo.

The Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy, written by Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, is now available for pre-order on

In the year 1914, with Europe on the brink or war, the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement are fugitives from the law. Their last line of defence is the secret society of Amazons; women trained in the martial art of Bartitsu and sworn to protect their leaders from arrest and assault …

(And yes, that is the Bartitsu Club shown at 00:25 in the video!)

Action, adventure and intrigue in “Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons”

Book 1 cover throw isolated copy

The Suffrajitsu graphic novel trilogy (coming in early 2015) now has its own official website, Facebook page and Twitter account! is your one-stop-shop for all matters Amazonian. Designed as something of a sister site for, it includes a comprehensive blog featuring a large (and ever-expanding) catalogue of articles on the suffragette Amazons in both history and fiction.

Suffrajitsu on social media

Social media devotees are cordially invited to like/follow/share the new Suffrajitsu Facebook page, Twitter account and Tumblr blog for discussion, teaser images, instant updates and some big surprises as we move ever closer to the launch date …

An alternative history of action, adventure and intrigue!

Taking place during the year 1914, Suffrajitsu recounts the adventures of Miss Persephone Wright (seen above, debating politics with a London bobby) and her elite team of Amazons; a secret society of women trained in Bartitsu, who protect the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement.

Many of the events of the first story are directly based on real history and most of the characters are fictional versions of real people, including:

* the parasol-wielding woman of mystery known only as Miss Sanderson
* the Austrian wrestler and strongwoman Katie “Sandwina” Brumbach
* Flossie Le Mar, the jujitsu-adventuress from far-off New Zealand …

Suffrajitsu is written by Tony Wolf, illustrated by Joao Vieira and published by Jet City Comics. It is part of the Foreworld Saga, a shared-world alternative history series initiated by authors Neal Stephenson and Mark Teppo.

Stay tuned for more details!