Helcanen on the Road

Helcanen on the Road
Helcanen on the Road

Helcanen, a Belgian artist known for her affinity for Japan, returns with a new book, a new and original take on traveling Japan that combines a beautiful vintage style with our modern times.

This first edition of her postcard-sized travel journals takes you on the road in Hyōtan-yama, a neighborhood of Higashiōsaka, Japan.

Not only is it a wonderful tale that takes you along on Helcanen’s voyages, it is also a little treasure trove for those wanting to go there themselves. Continue reading “Helcanen on the Road”

C-mine Genk Belgium

C-mine

The C-mine in Genk, Belgium is a remodeled mining site that is now used for concerts, conferences, exhibition and all sorts of events.

What makes it is the steampunk look and feel of the place. The old machinery is still present in, with handy explanation plaques to accompany it. Visiting C-mine is like walking through a combination of a mining factory from the last century combined with modern creature comforts. And that’s pretty awesome. Continue reading “C-mine”

Echoes of Aether

Echoes of Aether
Echoes of Aether

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”

Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails

Inked Tails
Inked Tails

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 Belgium

Steampunk at Comic Con Gent

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”

The Alienist

The Alienist
The Alienist

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”