“Donaguirre” is a German artist whose lovely Art Deco-inspired posters typically implore citizens of the fictional Eldorado to buy war bonds to fund a three-way Cold War with Teutonian Empire in Europe and the Empire of Nikko across the Pacific. Continue reading “The Art of Donaguirre”
Before steampunk got popular around 2006-08, there were only a few websites dedicated to it. Most of them are now gone.
Here is my effort to keep the memory of those — often hand-coded — websites alive. Continue reading “Old Steampunk Websites”
What if the laptop, mobile phone and MP3 player had been invented in the 1970s? Alex Varanese gives us a glimpse at what might have been if the future had happened sooner. Continue reading “The Art of Alex Varanese”
Did you know many of the strange German warplanes we see in dieselpunk are based on real designs?
As World War II drew to a close in Europe, Nazi Germany rushed the development of advanced bombers and fighter jets in a final effort to stop the Allies. From the world’s first operational turbojet fighter to a flying wing, some of these technologies were so far ahead of their time that Allied commanders speculated the Germans could have turned the tide of the war if only they had managed to prolong it by a few months. Continue reading “Strange Aircraft of the Third Reich: Real and Imagined”
Sam van Olffen’s world is one where we have allowed technology to take over. His is a brutal vision of big machines, pollution and war, whether it is in the form of a steampunk’d version of Henri-Paul Motte’s portrait of Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle or a Nazi victory parade across the Thames.
If any artist can show you the “darker, grittier side of steampunk,” it’s Sam. Continue reading “The Art of Sam van Olffen”
Massive diesel-powered airships dueling in the sky. It sounds like winning formula and there is a lot to like about Skies of Fire, the four-part (so far) comic series created by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou.
The art, by Pablo Peppino, is perfect for a dieselpunk story: crisp and elegant.
The setting — the fictional Aquilan Empire, inspired by early-twentieth-century Britain — is marvelous.
The mystery at the heart of the story — a never-ending storm called The Expanse, which sky pirates call their home — is an inspiration.
But the comic is light on plot. Continue reading “Skies of Fire, Volumes 1-4”
The 1993 computer game Transarctica introduced us to a post-apocalyptic world in which huge armored trains were the only way to safely travel between remote human settlements.
The game wasn’t much of a success — one reviewer called it “intentionally annoying” — but the setting proved to be an inspiration. Continue reading “Big Trains in the Snow: From Transarctica to Snowpiercer”
Alexey Lipatov hasn’t done a lot of dieselpunk art recently, but some of his earlier work definitively had an impact on the genre. You can see how it combines streamline industrial design with World War II-era, pulp-style characters. Continue reading “The Art of Alexey Lipatov”