Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup – April 2016 Edition

Here’s What’s Going on Right Now Special Events Bask and Shadow – FP 3D Steampunk/Swordcery Dungeon Crawl, Ends May 19 A first person, single-player adventure where Sword and Sorcery meets Steampunk: based in a twisted city and the dark depths below. Crawl through multi-levelled dungeons riddled with tricks and traps, where exploration and route planning […]

Five Minutes with Steampunk Author Nix Whittaker

This is a chance to learn a bit more about Nix Whittaker, author of the steampunk novel Blazing Blunderbuss.

Arsenal Best Interview

Steampunk: a world where a Gatling gun takes on the shape of a frog and treks in space take a step back in time. Always a surprise, Arsenal Best’s work covers a whimsical range of subjects and styles, but always comes back to the same thematic core. Craftsmanship and innovation set Arsenal’s work apart. We […]

The Sounds of the Symposium

There are so many reasons to attend steampunk conventions, it can be hard to know where to start. Cool costumes, cool panels, awesome vendors, tea…the list goes on. One of the more subtle yet no less important elements of a good convention is the entertainment offered.

A Revolution in Printing: How A Steam-Powered Press Changed the World

When discussing steam-powered machines and the Victorian Era, many focus on the revolutionary additions made to travel. Steam-powered locomotives or ships are considered groundbreaking innovations that helped to shape the course of our world. Yet another steam-powered ingenious device created during the reign of Queen Victoria had what some would consider an even larger impact on the world: A steam-powered printing press revolutionized the print industry and improved the literacy rate throughout the western hemisphere.

Steampunk Films: April and the Extraordinary World

April and the Extraordinary World is a steampunk animated film from the producers of the 2007 Academy Award nominated Persepolis. Its directors, Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, worked on classic animated movies like Persepolis and The Adventures of Tintin. It features the work of graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, who created one of the most famous French comic heroines, Adele Blanc-Sec, and stars Marion Cotillard, who won the 2008 Best Actress Academy Award. In a review for i09, Germain Lussier describes the movie as introspective and influenced by the works of Jules Verne, Douglas Adams, George Lucas, and Jayao Miyazaki (2015). The trailer looks fantastic and features Tardi’s signature graphic style, humor, social criticism as well as an intrepid young female protagonist.

Wheelworks: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen – Episode 10: Ice Hotel

Wheelworks by KT Sebastian Part one: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen Episode 10 – Ice Hotel Cover art by Sarah Rocheleau In the previous episode, Lee and Brand come aboard the ice boat, Lawless. Although relieved to have escaped the dangers of the elements and beasts of the glacier, they cannot be certain of […]

Book Review: The Victorian Steam Locomotive: It’s Design & Development 1804-1879

In the forward to G. D. Dempsey and D. K. Clarke’s (2015) The Victorian Steam Locomotive: It’s Design & Development 1804-1879, Dr. Pete Waterman begins by stating that even people who are enthusiastic about the age of steam power can sometimes be blasé about its history. It is hard in this day and age of technological wonders to comprehend the magnitude of the innovative process behind the development of the steam engine. In just over 90 years we moved from the simple idea of boiling water, to making steam to generate power, to the steam engine we know to this day. As Waterman explains, the engine design has not significantly changed since the Victorian era; it has been tweaked here and there, but essentially remains the same. For those of us who are steam train enthusiasts, we might say that it is hard to improve on perfection!

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