Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The World of Steam: The Clockwork Heart (Episode 1)

Episode 1 (Pilot): Hieronymous Smythe has lost his wife, and tries to rebuild his shattered heart... from clockwork. But unfortunately he has not considered if you can do something, whether or not you should...

©The World of Steam

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cherie Priest: Fiddlehead

Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest

Book Description:

Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a brilliant inventor, but the job is less glamorous than one might think, especially since the assassination attempts started. Worse yet, they're trying to destroy his greatest achievement: a calculating engine called Fiddlehead, which provides undeniable proof of something awful enough to destroy the world. Both man and machine are at risk from forces conspiring to keep the Civil War going and the money flowing.

Bardsley has no choice but to ask his patron, former president Abraham Lincoln, for help.  Lincoln retired from leading the country after an attempt on his life, but is quite interested in Bardsley’s immense data-processing capacities, confident that if people have the facts, they'll see reason and urge the government to end the war. Lincoln must keep Bardsley safe until he can finish his research, so he calls on his old private security staff to protect Gideon and his data.

Maria “Belle” Boyd was a retired Confederate spy, until she got a life-changing job offer from the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Pinkerton respects her work, despite reservations about her lingering Southern loyalties. But it’s precisely those loyalties that let her go into Confederate territory to figure out who might be targeting Bardsley. Maria is a good detective, but with spies from both camps gunning for her, can even the notorious Belle Boyd hold the greedy warhawks at bay?

About the Author:

CHERIE PRIEST is the author of Four and Twenty Blackbirds; Boneshaker, the first book in the Clockwork Century series; and several other novels. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gail Carriger: Curtsies & Conspiracies

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Book Description:

Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

Book Trailer:

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Mr. Hublot is a short animated film that looks pretty wonderful.

Here is the plot outline en français

Monsieur Hublot vit dans un monde absurde, où se côtoient des personnages rapiécés, recousus, en partie mécanique, véhicules démesurés, un monde où le gigantisme de la mécanique et l'acharnement à la récupération, règnent en maître.

Bourré de tocs, de manies, effrayé par le monde extérieur, reclus sur lui-même, Mr Hublot déteste le changement et les imprévus. Il a d’ailleurs trouvé une parade très efficace à cela : ne jamais sortir de chez lui ! L’arrivée du chien Robot Pet va chambouler ses habitudes, contraint et forcer de faire vie commune avec son nouveau compagnon très envahissant…

You can stay connected with the project through Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Shout out to Steampunk Canada for posting the movie poster this morning.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Historical Lingerie & Corset Dressing Sequence by Lace Embrace

The Lingerie Addict made this wonderful video of the lovely Melanie Talkington of Lace Embrace at her annual Antique Corset Fashion Show at Hycroft Mansion.

I've mentioned Melanie before, and am the proud owner of 2 corsets made by her. After watching this video I feel as though I made need to add another to my collection(?) just how many things does it take to be a collection anyway?

via The Treacle Tart at The Lingerie Addict.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Steampunk Lego!

Lego Master Builder Academy- Invention Designer

Lego Master Builder Academy- Invention Designer

TRAVEL TO THE PAST… AND DESIGN THE FUTURE! – Launch your Invention Designer adventure! LEGO Master Builders merge the futuristic idea of time-travel with the clockwork gears and puffing steam-engines of the Victorian 1800′s – Steampunk! 

Steampunk is a science-fiction art-form that imagines the future as people might have in the past. Let it inspire all kinds of new ideas, and pick up some tips from professional LEGO designers on how to make your creations look futuristic, industrial or just plain cool!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Victoria Steam Exposition IV: Event Poster

FIVE WEEKS AND COUNTING: The venue, the programming, the shopping, the entertainment – but what makes this event so stellar is the *people*. In steampunk, the audience IS the show – so that means you!

Please send this out to your curious friends, your weird co-workers, your most intriguing crush. Grab your goggles, and we'll see you at the show!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BioShock Infinite

Been thinking for awhile that it was time to get another Xbox, this pretty much seals the deal.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Joe Benitez: Lady Mechanika

Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez
Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez
Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez

I had the pleasure to meet the talented, and super nice, Joe Benitez this past year at Steamcon. We bought a print of Lady M and were happy to see some of his original artwork up close.  Joe is a seasoned professional and frequents many cons, so there is a good chance you can meet him too and get some prints signed of your very own. 

Series Description from Aspen Comics:

Specializing in the occult and paranormal activities, Lady Mechanika solves the confounding mysteries of the supernatural others cannot. However, it is the mystery of her own origin that drives her unflinching determination. She is part human and part metal, but must use all of her wits to uncover the truth about her creation. It is a path leading her directly into the sights of Lord Blackpool, a malevolant, and deadly, arms dealer with the answers she seeks about her life— and the power to end it. Lady Mechanika debuted in the fall of 2010 and quickly became one of the best selling independent comic books of that year. The genre smashing title has captivated the hearts of steampunk and graphic novel fans around the world.

Written and illustrated by Joe Benitez with colors by Peter Steigerwald. Published through Aspen Comics.

Joe's Bio from his website:

Joe Benitez is an American comic book artist who has worked on such titles as "JLA", "Superman/Batman", "Detective Comics", "Supergirl", and "Titans" for DC Comics and "The Darkness" for Image Comics. He also co-created and penciled the sci-fi series "Weapon Zero" and the dark fantasy mini-series "Magdalena: Blood Divine" for Image. In 2005, Joe published his first creator-owned mini-series "Wraithborn" through Wildstorm. In 2009, he stepped in to finish up Michael Turner's run on "Soulfire". Joe is currently working on a new creator-owned book, "Lady Mechanika", which will be published by Aspen Comics.

And because I love his original sketches so much, I've included a few here –many of them are still for sale on his website.

Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez
Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika ©Joe Benitez

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Edwardian Ball 2013: The Doubtful Guest

Another year, another missed opportunity to attend The Edwardian Ball, sigh. San Francisco, why are you so hard to get to in January?

I'm blogging in my pajamas and feeling very much the slob watching this year's video –shot once again by the talented Mark Day. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Etsy: Carousel Ink

Victorian Corset Tshirt
Victorian City Legging
Hot Air Balloon Legging
Grey Striped Pippi Legging

I think I know what will be included in my spring wardrobe purchases. I love when cosplay and everyday wear merge into geeky wonderfulness. 

I was poking around Pinterest this morning and saw the Hot Air Balloon Leggings pinned by Lisa Mantchev (who BTW has great pins, so you should totally follow her) and knew I needed to prioritize this post and get thee credit card ready.

I'm a fan of Black Milk Clothing, and love almost everything they've got going on. As of yet, they haven't done anything specifically Steampunk –although, there are many pieces that could be incorporated into an outfit. 

Anyway, this is where Carousel Ink fills the void, based in Nashville TN, these friends have designed some pretty great pieces of wearable art.

Via their Etsy page:

Step right up! Have your tickets ready!

Adding a new twist to Vintage Curiosities; Carousel Ink conjures up Carnival Nights, Steampunk Dreams and a Menagerie of Fantasy.

Friends for Life—Autumn, Celena & Martin form a dynamic trio. Autumn & designs and fabricates all the clothing, Martin Obakke, adds his original hand drawn illustrations while Celena Cavala, maintains the insanity/chaos as Ringmaster.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

James P. Blaylock: The Aylesford Skull

Book Description:

It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives - brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer - is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard. In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives. 

When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race to London in pursuit... 

The first new steampunk novel in over twenty years from one of the genre's founding fathers!

James P. Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk along with fellow writers and friends Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter. He has won the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Awards. Blaylock lives in Orange, CA with his wife - they have two sons.

Nerdist: Steampunk Cosplay on a Budget with Clare Grant, Chloe Dykstra + Crabcat

Look! Cute girls helping you choose stuff from the thrift shop for your cosplay. Some good tips here and the teacups on wine stems are a fabulous idea.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gail Carriger: Etiquette and Espionage

I can't wait to start reading this today –Have you read it yet? Gail's books are always so much fun to read and I have a feeling I will just chew through this today.

Book Description:

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail's legions of fans have come to adore.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ripper Street

Six months after the Ripper's reign, the Whitechapel police fight to bring law to the lawless.

Have you been watching Ripper Street? It's release is somewhat timely to us as we prepare for the next Victoria Steam Exposition (previous years have been encased in palaces of cut-crystal and gleaming brass, this year it's the back-alleys of the 19th century colonial capital which are brought to the fore) so I'm loving the visual experience of the show to draw from.

If you're interested in the Victorian science of Ripper Street, read Vanessa Heggie's post on the Guardian.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lantern City Concept Art

Lantern City concept sketches. You have to head over to their website to really appreciate the beautiful artwork (you wanna see them huge.) The project has 2 Creative Directors/Concept Artists listed Cecil Kim & Justin Yun but I'm uncertain which (or possibly both?) produced the images above. If you happen to know, please let me know so I may amend the credit.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

IBM Social Sentiment Index: Steampunk

IBM's fascinating Social Sentiment Index has been making the rounds. This is their latest on Steampunk. *Side note. Blogger wouldn't let me post the whole image as a readable size, so I've sliced it up here to conform to SR's uniform image width. You can find the whole image over here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Steampunk Project: Guardian, Steampunk Vespa by Pulsar Projects

Lo and behold, look what was in my inbox this morning. 

Isn't it totally freaking beautiful? I want one with a side car and a be-goggled steam puppy side kick. 

The Guardian, custom steampunk Vespa was designed by Greek sculptor Cris Cofitis of Pulsar Projects –more photos and info via Auto Evolution.

Remember the Mini Cooper Countryman? These vehicle mods are totally amazing.