Cinema for Steampunks: The Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) Review

Thanks to Josh Stanton and Andrew Knighton both for recommending this movie! This is my third French movie in the Steampunk oeuvre. Before I started my quest to watch and review any movie that anyone has called Steampunk, I wouldn’t have guessed there was going to be a lot to find in French. I absolutely loved all three, including Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidoqc (dark, gritty, adult), City of Lost Children (clever, strange and entertaining). And now The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Adele is a comic book hero who was created in the 1970s by Jacque Tardi. She started out as a foil for a different female … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: The Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) Review

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1

I just found out that apparently the “Steampunkness” of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a topic of debate. I find this astounding, considering I have always thought of “LXG” as an incredibly GOOD example! It was one of the first stories I sought out to begin my Steam-ucation back in the day. Steampunk has deep and direct roots in literature, and nowhere else will you find so many Victorian-era characters rubbing elbows as in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen from Vertigo. The creator, Alan Moore (The Watchmen) and illustrator Kevin O’Neill take their audience on a wild ride. It spans several classic works of science fiction and creates a way … Continue reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1

Best examples: Vehicles

Steampunk Motorcycle
Design by Mikhail Smolyanov

There are so many types of vehicles out there and I think it’s fair to say that not one of them has been left untouched by a steampunk. Whether it’s using a pen and paper to envisage a dream transport or actually building a working prototype, steampunks are relentless in their Borg style assimilation of anything new and “perfecting” it to a Victorian aesthetic. Continue reading “Best examples: Vehicles”

Steampunk Originals Vol. 6 calls for submissions

Steampunk Originals Facebook page
Steampunk Originals Vol 6

The sixth volume of the Steampunk Originals comics has began preparation with a call for steampunk authors and illustrators. Already featuring over 100 writers, the comics have an array of stories to create more variation within the steampunk theme. Also, because the project is organised through a Facebook page, anyone working on the project can collaborate and support each other.
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Arthur Shilling creator speaks to the Journal

Back on August 6, I published a page in the Journal about Chris Nicholls and his attempt to gain funding through Kickstarter for his steampunk comic book project; Arthur Shilling. Since then, the project has nearly reached fruition and is on the cusp of success. There are only 10 days to go, so I had a little chat with Chris to get some more information on his project. It’s wonderful of you to take the time out of your hectic schedule to talk to me, Chris. As you know, the Journal centres around the steampunk culture and your comic seems … Continue reading Arthur Shilling creator speaks to the Journal

New steampunk comic series seeks funding

As I perused vastness of the electronic web today, I received a request from a delightful chap. Turns out he’s got a splendid idea for a steampunk themed comic series called Arthur Shilling and he’s looking to Kickstarter for funding to get it going. Naturally, he turned to the Journal as a friend of the people to ask for some exposure and I’m only too happy to document a chapter for him. I’ll set out the press release below, but it seems the adventure is all about our aforementioned protagonist Mr. Shilling. He’s a Paranormal Investigator and Gentleman Engineer and … Continue reading New steampunk comic series seeks funding

Ama-Con returning at twice the size

Much like the Hulk, Amarillo’s only comic book convention is growing rapidly this year. Ama-Con – set for Saturday in Amarillo Civic Center’s Heritage Ballroom and Regency Room, 401 S. Buchanan St. – will bring together fans of comics, anime, steampunk and other genre fiction in an event sponsored by Amarillo Public Library and Friends of the Library. “We’ll have 72 booths this year, which has basically doubled our booth space,” said Amanda Hope Shelburne, assistant coordinator of youth services for the library. “The response has been amazing (for booths). It started the day after the event last year, really.” … Continue reading Ama-Con returning at twice the size