Kevin Conran is the mastermind behind dieselpunk classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He designed everything from the interior and exterior sets to the movie’s characters, costumes, props and vehicles. Continue reading “The Sky Captain Concept Art of Kevin Conran”
You may know Björn Hurri for his steampunk Star Wars art, which is amazing. More recently, he has also dabbled in dieselpunk, including this German walking tank. Continue reading “The Art of Björn Hurri”
Agent Carter is probably one of the most fun dieselpunk series of the last years. We were lucky to speak with Enver Gjokaj, the actor who portrays Daniel Sousa, at MCM Comic Con Belgium, where he was the guest of honor. Continue reading “Interview with Enver Gjokaj”
The University College of London (UCL), by means of tribute, houses a small, but nevertheless interesting, museum of Egyptian archaeology. Continue reading “Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology”
Ghosts of Karnak is the third installment in George Mann’s Ghost series, set in 1920s New York.
I must admit that I haven’t read the first two books, but I found that to be no issue at all. There are only a few references to those and none make you feel like you can’t follow the plot. If anything, it has left me with a desire to pick up the other two books. Continue reading “Ghosts of Karnak”
After Germany had overrun France and the Low Countries in the spring of 1940, an invasion of Britain — then the only nation still free in Europe — seemed like a distinct possibility. German fighter planes and bombers waged a months-long air war with their British counterparts over the Channel and the south of England in the summer of that year. The Germans meant to follow up with an amphibious assault once the Luftwaffe had established air superiority.
Of course, the Germans never managed. Prime Minister Winston Churchill congratulated Britain’s airmen in August, saying they had “unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger” and were “turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion.”
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he said.
The British had been outnumbered and outgunned yet managed to fend off the Nazi air assault and give Adolf Hitler his first defeat.
Even if they’d failed, though, it is doubtful that a German invasion of Great Britain would have succeeded. Continue reading “How the Nazis Planned to Invade Great Britain”
We are known to have a keen interest in archaeology and history, not just that of the ‘punk eras and archaeological techniques of those times. A fine example of the latest scientific progress in the domain of recovering ancient cultures is Sunken Cities, currently running at that established home of history: the British Museum. Continue reading “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds”
In August 1946, Life magazine featured a series of photographs taken by Andreas Feininger of New York City at night. Continue reading ““A Place of Bright and Blaring Color”: New York City at Night”
There have been dozens and dozens adaptations of the famous books by Edgar Rice Burroughs of which The Legend of Tarzan is the latest in line.
This version is a bit of a mixed bag. They do take a good amount of parts from the books, such as Jane Porter being an accomplished adventuress in her own right and not a damsel in distress, and including the legendary city of Opar (without any of the actual literary backstory and with different characters) and couple it to some historic facts about the Belgian occupation of the Congo. With a lot of fiction added in, of course. Continue reading “The Legend of Tarzan”
Earlier this month, we looked at some hypothetical Axis invasion plans of the United States. In reality, neither Germany nor Japan ever had a concrete plan to attack North America. But what if they did?
Philip K. Dick’s 1963 novel The Man in the High Castle gives us a world in which the two Axis powers not only mounted an invasion of America but succeeded in conquering it. Continue reading “What If Germany and Japan Had Conquered the United States?”