SteamPunk Magazine is planning a number of articles about the “Occupy” movement in its upcoming, eighth edition, which is something I’m looking forward to. I’m not a fan of “Occupy” but curious how they’ll make the case that it’s relevant to steampunk.
At the risk of speaking before my turn, some of the comments to the announcement that “Occupy” would be part of the new SteamPunk Magazine worry me.
Writes Ladd, “The occupy movement and steampunk do seem to go hand in hand.”
Really? Continue reading “Occupy, Steampunk Go Hand in Hand?”
After the “Ottensian” Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), maybe we will soon have a real “Piecraftian” dieselpunk movie as well.
Panzer 88 is an upcoming horror film that tells the story of a German Tiger tank in retreat from Russia in the winter of 1944. The five-man crew of the panzer stumbles across a Jewish town that was previously the target of an SS purge. There they become the target of a vengeful supernatural entity “that will stop at nothing until they’re destroyed.”
Continue reading “Panzer 88: Nazi Madness in the Snow”
Back in the summer of 2009, I exchanged several messages with the creator of Brass Goggles in hopes of completing a full interview for publication in the Gatehouse Gazette. Unfortunately, after emailing back and forth a few times, I didn’t hear back from her anymore, but I would like to share with you these tidbits of Brass Goggles history. Continue reading “Tinkergirl Talks About Creating Brass Goggles”
What should steampunks do if their art or fiction or role-playing hurts others? Stop and abandon something that’s been part of the steampunk culture for years? Or ignore the feelings of others and have “fun”?
It’s a relevant question because the Victorian era had a lot of problems, several of which have found their way into steampunk even if we’re not always aware of it.
Continue reading “What If Steampunk Hurts?”
Something I noticed reading the Twitter feeds of a number of American steampunk enthusiasts: they’re all anti-Republican.
I hesitate to say they’re Democrats, because the party might be too centrist for them. The number of disparaging tweets about conservatives in general, and Republican legislators and presidential candidates in particular, was high, though.
So where are the steampunk Republicans? Are they hiding? Do they even exist? Continue reading “Where Are the Steampunk Republicans?”
Conspiracy theories of Adolf Hitler surviving the war to die an old man in Spain or South America have been around since he was supposed to have committed suicide in a bunker deep below Berlin in April 1945.
Historians have largely dismissed these claims. Recent forensic research of Hitler’s remains, long held in Russian archives, proved that the German dictator did perish with his dream of a Thousand Year Reich.
But it hasn’t convinced the conspiracy theorists. Continue reading “Did Adolf Hitler Survive the War?”
In a discussion about the punk in steampunk at The Steampunk Forum, Vagabond GentleMan from the United States raises an interesting point: steampunk can have different meanings depending on one’s location.
Vagabond GentleMan suggests that steampunk isn’t a genuine sub- or counterculture because, unlike earlier countercultures, it isn’t just scattered but divided geographically.
When a New York hippie in the 1960s traveled to San Francisco, he “pretty much found that the West Coast hippies had the same basic sociocultural mores and the same basic ethos” that he had, according to Vagabond. When punks from Los Angeles traveled to Baltimore, “they found that though there might be some superficial differences in self-presentation or philosophy, they knew the Eastern punks were gonna ‘be about’ the same sorts of things.” Same thing with Goths.
Not with steampunks.
Continue reading “Steampunk Means Different Things in Different Places”
Paul Roman Martinez is a renowned dieselpunk artist who recently started showing off his work at a blog: Kopetkai. The beautiful deco image here is just one example of his artwork.
Continue reading “The Art of Paul Roman Martinez”
Dieselpunk fans will be familiar with the Iron Sky project. The independent film production will depict the Nazis plotting an invasion of Earth from their secret refuge on the Moon.
In anticipation of the film’s release, Iron Sky is releasing a prequel comic adventure.
The first issue, “Bad Moon Rising,” depicts the Third Reich’s survivors in Antarctica preparing to board UFOs bound for the Moon. They will build a base on the far side of the Moon to stage another attempt at conquering the planet.
Continue reading “Nazis Take to the Moon in Iron Sky Prequel”
Is steampunk more than gears and goggles? According to Pablo Vazquez, “We can’t ignore that even though the name began as a joke, we are punks through and through.”
Writing for Tor.com‘s steampunk week, Vazquez tries to postulate steampunk as an anticapitalist “revolutionary spectacle” that’s able to fill the “something” that’s supposedly missing from our worldview today.
Vazquez admits that “we can’t exactly pinpoint” what’s missing, “but we know it’s missing.” He just feels it, you know. The future looks “cold and endangered,” Vazquez adds, so we must look back at the steampunk era for inspiration. Continue reading “Are We Punks Through and Through?”