Mort Künstler is an American artist well-known for his highly-detailed Civil War paintings. He started his career as a magazine illustrator in the 1950s and 60s, contributing cover artwork to popular men’s magazines such as True, Argosy and Saga. Here is a taste of his work. Continue reading “The Pulp Art of Mort Künstler”
Agent Carter is one of Marvel’s recent additions to their cinematic universe. Peggy Carter was first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger, not only as Captain Roger’s love interest but as a lady of flawless class, style and competence. It’s no surprise the character became loved enough to earn her own TV series.
The time is 1946 and things have radically changed for Peggy. Where she was a valued part of anti-Hydra and -Nazi actions during World War II, she is now the sole female field agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve — and grossly overlooked by her male co-workers. Continue reading “Agent Carter”
The first volume of De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse (“The Golden Years of Mickey Mouse”) covers the 1930–37 works of Floyd Gottfredson, who was instrumental in turning Mickey Mouse into the icon of animation he is today.
Aviator Mickey (which was actually a line of steampunk and dieselpunk merchandise in Disneyland Paris some years back) on the cover isn’t a misleading piece of art, as several of these stories tie in right with the dieselpunkian sense of adventure of the pre-World War II times. Continue reading “De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse”
Simon R. Green returns with an all-new Nightside book. New in a way at least.
Tales from the Nightside compiles ten short stories, nine of which have previously been published in various magazines and supernatural detective omnibuses. The tenth is brand new.
This makes this collection a must-have for every Nightside fan, giving people the opportunity to get their hands on short stories pretty much impossible to acquire otherwise. That and, you know, the first new Nightside story in years! Continue reading “Tales from the Nightside”
Seeing The Solutions live as opener for Japanese artist Satsuki in Le Garage, Liège, Belgium on a cold Sunday evening was one of the best musical surprises of the year. Especially realizing that this band was unintentionally playing music that could happily be a soundtrack to a rock-and-roll-loving dieselpunk lifestyle. The Gatehouse jumped on the occasion and, thanks to kind tour manager Ethan, got an interview with the band that same evening, so our readers can get to know this fantastic South Korean band a little better. Continue reading “The Solutions: Accidental Dieselpunk Music from South Korea”
Tales of the Hidden World is a short-story collection of old and new tales by the hand of Simon R. Green. It’s a mix of urban fantasy, dark fantasy, zombies, swashbuckling, dystopias and space operas.
This irrevocably makes that the reader will like one tale more than the other, but it needs to be said that there are some gems in here and definitely some characters and settings I personally hope to see more of. (My personal favorite is “All About the Rendering”, of which I dearly hope to be able to read more in the future.) Continue reading “Tales of the Hidden World”
Many of us have grown up watching the Samurai X/Kenshin cartoons (anime) on TV. Or read the classic manga. Kenshin is without doubt one of the best known Japanese fictional characters in the Western world, so it was a bit of a surprise that it took until 2012 for there to finally be a movie adaptation. A live-action movie that, when announced, both rejoiced fans and left them skeptical of the venture.
That skepticism turned out to be entirely unnecessary, as Rurouni Kenshin has become, without a doubt, one of the best anime/manga adaptations into a live-action movie ever made. Continue reading “Rurouni Kenshin”
Jody Ellen, previously of Abney Park fame, returns with a new album, Bookends Fall.
Following on the excellent Skyscrapers and Helicopters (read our review here), Ellen proves that she can handle more genres and is an excellent vocalist and song smith in her own right. If you liked her in Abney Park, and you like singer-songwriter-type songs and soulful singing, you should check out her new work. Continue reading “Bookends Fall”