Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup: July 2016 Edition

It looks like a lot of Kickstarter folks must be on summer vacation, because there weren’t all that many projects going at the moment. But the ones that exist look really amazing, so check them out!

CoSi on Absinthe

If magic can be mechanical, you’ll find it in the Machines of Isle of Nantes. This museum, dedicated to the machines and visions of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci, presents a bizarrely functional world for visitors to explore. Note, I call it a museum because I just don’t know what else to name it. […]

5 (Last Minute) Costume Ideas for Midsummer Masquerade

The 2016 Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerade is officially one month away. What does that mean for you? Well, if you’ve already planned your costume, then you can continue plucking along – provided that plan included some construction time, and you haven’t caved to the Lords of Procrastination. Still, if you at least know what you’re doing, […]

Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo

Beasts of Tabat is not a simple tale of good versus evil. This is a tale of shades of grey—of multiple perspectives—of overlapping areas of right and wrong. Cat Rambo has created a society where you cannot characterize anyone simply based on whether they are human, shifter, beast, or something else entirely. You have to judge the characters by their actions and motivations. It is easy to sympathize with some of the morally ambiguous characters in one chapter, only to be repulsed by their actions in the next.

Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup: May 2016

What’s Going on Right Now? Apparel Ungodly Goodies, Ends June 4

Another Steampunk Storm in a Teacup?

On May 7th, 2016 an argument broke out in the Facebook group “Music for Steampunks” over the subject of defining Steampunk Music. In one corner was Robert Brown (AKA Captain Robert) of the band Abney Park and in the other corner was a tag team of people, some from other Steampunk bands such as AUTOMATON and Vernian Process. […]

Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, and last week, a number of Cincinnati steampunks, lead by Airship Ashanti, participated in NAMI’s  annual walk across the Purple People Bridge. As former attendees of the International Steampunk Symposium may know, our organization has teamed up with NAMI several years running to help support their mission to educate the public […]

Mechanica: A Steampunk Cinderella Tale

Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell, is a young adult steampunk retelling of the Cinderella tale. Mechanica, like other modern fairy tale adaptations (Wicked, Maleficent, Frozen) present a strong female character in Nicolette, who is derisively named “Mechanica” by her stepsisters. Like other versions of the Cinderella tale, the mother dies, the father remarries, and then he dies and Nicolette is left in the hands of her stepmother. The “steps” treat her as a servant and abuse her until she is able to escape and live the life she dreamed about through her long years of misery. There are several innovations in this narrative, including the addition of steampunk creations, that make this a vivid and memorable tale.

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