I particularly like the dragons vs. airships combat. Called Airlords of Airia, this is a Steampunk crowd funded proof-of=concept, built I suspect to generate more funding so they can do the whole thing. It really is nicely put together, and the making of stuff at the end lets you know exactly how they did it.
While I can not stand the smell or taste of coffee, the device itself is beautiful in its construction and elegant in its execution. I particularly like the blend of the Steampunk with the microchip tech, even though purists will no doubt not care for it. But the temperature stability is important to the flavor of the results, and I have always been a member of the Whatever Works School Of Technology. I wonder what other interesting hybrids are waiting for one of us to invent? Thanks to Worlds Without End for the heads up on this one.
Steamstock is coming on October 7th to the Bay Area, and is a total Steampunk concert. Artists playing for the event include Thomas Dolby, Abney Park, Frenchy and the Punk, Vernian Process, and many more. I wish I lived on that coast, I would love to attend this event.
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has an audio book available as a podcast series that I would like to recommend. It has all the Steampunk goodness of the written format without the need of focusing your eyes on the printed page, and thereby getting distracted. Not terribly surprising, considering the author had a hand in creating PodioBooks and went on to write several physical books on the topic, starting with Podcasting for Dummies. Personally I love the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books and universe, and hope you will find it as fun to hang out in as I do.
Yes, you can also get the printed version of these two, but they look real good online and you can read them there for free. The old favorite Steampunk Comic that you have seen mentioned here many times before is Girl Genius, a graphic novel series so good it has won some serious awards. I have been reading it for years and did order the print version (I think I have through volume 8 so far) just because I wanted to read it the old fashion way. On the other hand, I only heard about Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether within the past week or so from the folks over at SF Signal, and am enjoying it immensely so far. Check them out, and let me know what you think!
This may be Abney Park’s best song to date, which is saying something considering their long line of Steampunk hits, but it is most certainly the best Steampunk music video ever put together. There is an amazing culture out there, and more of the outstanding people, groups, and projects are represented in this one than I have ever seen gathered together in one place. If you have not previously been exposed to Abney Park, this song is the opening track from their new CD coming out in June, but they have a boatload (my spellchecker didn’t like Airshipload) of previous releases you can enjoy right now. This is definitely my favorite Steampunk band, and one of my favorite band’s overall.
And a few other interesting videos used in its production, or just Steampunk oriented…