It was already the third edition of Elftopia, but this was undoubtedly the one where the Belgian fantasy fair confirmed that it can compete with the big fantasy fairs of the Netherlands, most notably Elfia. Continue reading “Elftopia”
Echoes of Aether, the sequel to Shades of Aether (our review here), sees the return of the characters we came to know and love in the first installment.
This time, Amethyst Forester and her friends end up at the estate of Lord Montgomery, a member of the nobility with his own plots and schemes, on top of everything else going on. Making Echoes of Aether a steampunk country-house mystery to enjoy, with added romance and all sorts of plot twists for good measure. Continue reading “Echoes of Aether”
Those who follow Brian Kesinger on social media undoubtedly remember his mermaid drawings for Mermay a while back. These popular images have now been bundled in a coffee-table book, Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails.
Inked Tails is a fun, all-ages book, focusing mostly on mermaids, with the image on one page and a few lines about the character on the opposite.
It’s great for just looking at beautiful art, when you want a very quick read or to read with kids. Continue reading “Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails”
Comic Con Gent took place last weekend at the ICC in Ghent, Belgium, and was, once again, the annual place to be if you enjoy a smaller and less crowded popular culture convention that is very welcoming to steampunks and dieselpunks.
While it is a popular culture event in general, offering the usual fair of fandoms, cosplay, famous guests and delicious food (they really do have a good food variety!), Comic Con Gent always has a fair number of ‘punk visitors and stands catering to them.
Without further ado, here are the photos from another splendid edition! Continue reading “Steampunk at Comic Con Gent”
Based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, this ten-episode Netflix original brings you the story of the early days of profiling and CSI as we now know it.
Like many other period pieces, The Alienist makes use of a combination of fictional and real people, including Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan.
The story itself is not something I will go into too much, as we have a longstanding tradition of spoiler-free reviews here at Never Was.
What I can say is that this is not just a period crime drama, nor just another crimi where they try to find a particularly atrocious serial killer, nor your typical SteamGoth show. Continue reading “The Alienist”
Everyone knows Cirque du Soleil for it’s amazing, colorful shows full of stunts and acrobatics.
But did you know that they also have a steampunk show called KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities? Continue reading “Cirque du Soleil’s Steampunk Show”
If you are familiar with Rick and Morty, you already know the catchphrase of the titular character, Rick Sanchez.
Adult Swim, well known for cartoons with a twist, is currently reigning supreme with this mad science/atompunk cartoon. Continue reading “Wubba-Lubba-Dub-Dub!”
Last Sunday was the very first edition of Japan Con at Park Loods Noord in Antwerp, Belgium.
As the name suggests, this convention’s focus was Japanese (popular) culture, but there was some steampunk! Here is a taste. Continue reading “Steampunk at Japan Con”
Night Fall, the final installment of several of Simon R. Green’s iconic series, but especially the Nightside and Secret Histories ones, is probably one of the most anticipated urban fantasy and neo-noir (or should that be neon-noir?) novels of 2018.
Does it live up to the expectations? Continue reading “Night Fall”