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.
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.
Raphael Lacoste has provided (concept) art for many works of fiction that will be familiar to ‘punk genre enthusiasts, from the 2008 movie adaption of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth to Paolo Bacigalupi’s 2009 biopunk novel The Windup Girl to the cyberpunk-ish sci-fi Jupiter Ascending (2015, our review here). Continue reading “The Art of Raphael Lacoste”
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”
You seldom see dark steampunk anymore. Maybe the people who like that sort of thing have moved on to dieselpunk? It makes Aurélien Police’s work stand out, though. The artist, also known as “Sigu”, has been creating steampunk art with Gothic and post-apocalyptic influences for more than a decade. Continue reading “The Art of Aurélien Police”
RPM Orchestra describe themselves as Proto-Industrial Americana music with a dash of old-fashioned hiss and scratch, done in the spirit of free Jazz.
The orchestra composes and performs original scores to accompany films of the Silent Era, provides musical scores in collaborative multidisciplinary performances, records soundtrack music for contemporary films and regularly performs at various music venues.
The concept of “Proto-Industrial Americana music” intrigued me, so it was with some excitement that I started listening to Stepwise. Continue reading “Stepwise”
Zack Snyder’s 2011 movie Sucker Punch is a bit of a mess (read our review here), but it has a very cool steampunk World War I scene in it, full of biplanes, zeppelins and undead German soldiers. You can watch parts of it on YouTube. Continue reading “Sucker Punch Concept Art”
Pete Amachree’s are some of the best steam- and dieselpunk cityscapes you will find. In one, we see a busy Victorian-era town square with a monument to the Battle for Phobos (one of Mars’ two moons). In another, a mix of Flatiron Building and Times Square with an elevated railway thrown in. Imagine the stories that could take place here! Continue reading “The Art of Pete Amachree”