Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) Review

I chose to do an in-depth article on Around the World in 80 Days mostly as an excuse to watch the 1956 movie again. But of course I needed to start with the text itself. I won’t go into a lengthy synopsis here because I do in my “Dive Deeper” post. Let’s skip straight to the review of the book. What I thought of the book Around the World in 80 Days I really expected to adore this book and it had all the makings of greatness. But all and all, I’d say this one isn’t a must-read for a Steampunk, or a Jules Verne fan. The voice … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) Review

Phoebe Darqueling to Give Talks at Hallowondrous in Toledo OH Oct 14-15

After giving my “30 Years of Steampunk” talk at the International Steampunk Symposium, the fine folks behind OddMall approached me about making another appearance. This will be the first Halloween edition of an event described as “not your grandma’s craft … Continue reading Phoebe Darqueling to Give Talks at Hallowondrous in Toledo OH Oct 14-15

Weekend at the Asylum 9 report

Weekend at the Asylum IXIf you’re a steampunk of any level of interest, you must have heard the word “Asylum” bandied around recently. Unless you live under a rock. Or under a big pile of socks which happen to provide superb sound proofing. Or if you’ve been on a trip to Pluto to collect vital rock samples and regrettably didn’t return until after the August bank Holiday.

An event attended by thousands of steampunks and non-steampunks alike, this year reached around the 120,000 mark over the course of the extended weekend. Continue reading “Weekend at the Asylum 9 report”

The Gag Order Came off and So did the Gloves – The Steampunk’d Cast Didn’t Pull Any Punches at their SPWF Tell-All

It took me a while to write this article. Not just because of losing access to my computer right after Steampunk World’s Fair, but also because I didn’t know precisely how to tell this story. In general, I like to … Continue reading The Gag Order Came off and So did the Gloves – The Steampunk’d Cast Didn’t Pull Any Punches at their SPWF Tell-All

Fall in Love with Egypt Alongside the Victorians with this Egyptomania Reading List and Image Gallery

I’m posting reviews this month of a few books and movies that pay homage to ancient Egypt in addition to my Egyptomania article. But, I also created a bibliography during the course of my research in case I ever wanted … Continue reading Fall in Love with Egypt Alongside the Victorians with this Egyptomania Reading List and Image Gallery

Cinema for Steampunks: Treasure Planet (2002) Reimagines a Classic Tale with a Space-Age Twist

Have you ever been watching a pirate movie and said to yourself, “Gee, what this really needs is some aliens!” Then Treasure Planet is the movie for you. But seriously, it is a really cool re-imagining of the tale of young Jim’s adventure, which originally ran as a serial in a boys magazine in the 1880’s. There have been tons renditions of this story; plays, movies, comics, you name it. But this is the first one I have seen that really does anything to ‘punk’ it. Well, besides the Muppets of course, but even that was a pretty straight (if more kid-friendly) version of events. Here … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: Treasure Planet (2002) Reimagines a Classic Tale with a Space-Age Twist