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.
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.
Star Wars is the quintessential space opera with fans around the world. Rather than write the nth article about what makes Star Wars such a phenomenon, I am going to talk about how the movies have had an impact on mostly dieselpunk.
Stick around til the end, because your intrepid reporter managed to ask Anthony Daniels, the actor who has portrayed C-3P0 since the beginning of the franchise forty years ago, some questions while he was a guest at Comic Con Brussels. Continue reading “The ‘Punk in Star Wars”
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”
Full disclosure: I have read neither the manga, nor watched the Fullmetal anime adaptations. So I went into this Netflix original with no more information about this than what Netflix made available to me. I saw the trailer, the dieselpunk elements and figured I’d give it a go.
There is an obvious Sky Captain influence in Waldemar von Kozak’s art: big flying machines, robots, German villains. It feels more decodence than dark, Piecraftian dieselpunk, reminiscent of midcentury Modern Mechanix and Popular Science covers, yet his is also clearly a world at war. Continue reading “The Art of Waldemar von Kozak”
For a change, a review of a dieselpunk-era classic: Psmith, Journalist, by the beloved English author P.G. Wodehouse.
Despite the fact that this novel was first published as a serial in The Captain Magazine in 1909, it remains a read well worth your time. This is definitely a timeless dieselpunk story. Everyone who loves gangster-era America should pick it up. Continue reading “Psmith, Journalist”
No artist has done more to define the dieselpunk aesthetic than Stefan Prohaczka. All the genre’s influences come together in his work: deco, film noir, midcentury pulp, retro-futurism, totalitarian propaganda. Nobody combines it like Stefan and still make it feel coherent and natural. Continue reading “The Art of Stefan Prohaczka”
In the second volume of Lady Mechanika, we learn more about our partly-mechanical heroine and the world she lives in.
When a dear friend of Mechanika finds himself in peril across the globe, she sets off to his aid with both new and old friends, leaving her home town to traverse deserts and jungles. Only to encounter a fan-favorite enemy of the dieselpunk genre, out to get the fabled tablet of destinies. Continue reading “Lady Mechanika, Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies”