Dieselpunk.net | September 26, 2010
Brass Goggles | September 26, 2010
Steamcon® [in Seattle, WA - Ed.] is expanding our convention’s vending opportunities this year with an Artists’ Alley, a place for Steampunk craftspersons to promote their current or upcoming wares. The wares must be hand-crafted, and Steampunk relevant- in layman’s terms, Victorian or steam age science fiction/fantasy. You know the drill.
We know that it can be difficult for smaller-scale artisans to afford or procure a full-blown vendor’s table at conventions, so this is a chance for the less mass-produced artists to get their work out there… And a chance for the rest of us to purchase any number of wonderful steampunk creations.
Artists’ Alley Rules and Regulations
1. All wares must be steampunk relevant. (Victorian or steam age science fiction)
2. One table per artist.
3. No crafting at the table that is messy, smelly or potentially harmful to the hotel. No glueing, welding, spraying, etc.
4. Steamcon will not provide electricity or wifi to the tables.
5. Steamcon does not provide security for the tables. All wares must be removed at night.
6. Steamcon will not provide storage of wares at night.
7. An artist table will cost $40.00 for the weekend. Artist must also have a membership to the con. Staff rate of $30 is available if they don’t yet have one. A second membership is available at the same rate. No more than two may be purchased per artist. Some artists might be panelists or staff and already have memberships.
8. Hours of operation are Friday – noon – 6:00, Saturday – 10:00- 6:00 and Sunday – 10:00 – 4:00. Artists may sit the tables longer than this but must be at their tables during this time, unless doing a panel.
9. Table size is 6′ x 30″.
If you wish to participate, please read and fill out the applicationHERE and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Once accepted, you will be contacted by email and then you can send in your payment.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to shoot me a note at email@example.com.
The Steampunk Home | September 25, 2010
If you’re not the sort of person who can design clockworks and build them in metal (say, Eric Freitas), there may still be hope for you. Clayton Boyer will sell you woodworking plans for building your own clock.
And if you’re really hard core, there’s the masochist’s corner. These plans, you have prove yourself worthy in order to buy.
Thanks, Koen, for pointing these out.
Steampunk Tribune | September 25, 2010
Steampunk Tales, Issue Eight, the “Penny Dreadful for your Iphone”, is out! Containing eight new stories for your Iphone, mobile reading device, or smart phone, it has the latest in Steampunk fictional writing, including the latest work form the indomitable Mr. G.D. Falksen, continuing installations of Steampunk stories Mr. Larry C. Kay (“The Trials of Professor Sinister: Extracts from the Travelling Diary of Matalaine Morningside”) and Mr. John F. Montague (“Unbelieving Jaxx”), and five more outstanding stories! To read more about the latest issue, or download it straight away, please visit the the Steampunk Tales website, at: http://www.steampunktales.com/
(My thanks, yet again, to Miss Evelyn, for her lead on this story!)
The Artificers Club | September 25, 2010
Hello, James et al. This is “OTTO”. It’s is one of my latest designs. Since I create illuminated objects, I’m always at the mercy of the store-bought incandescent bulbs that are commercially available. It’s never easy to work a standard bulb into a design especially since the bulbs are so dull and recognizable. I try to locate the most unusual bulbs and they’re getting more difficult to find. To address this, I have begun modding the bulbs themselves. Here I cut away the round, glass envelopes on the CFL bulbs. These bulbs have unusually small spirals and I found them to be very attractive. I also added brass coverings on the bases and industrial porcelain sockets. Thank you for looking.
The Artificers Club | September 24, 2010
I thought I’d brave the choppy waters and start us off by posting the first creation to the club.
“The Tezlar Device – Created for the performance based sideshow act, the Electric sisters, the device allows high voltage currents to be passed through both sisters in a ‘shocking’ dual electrocution.”
The device was created for a photo shoot featuring Scott Chalmers (photographer) http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottchalmers, Azadeh Brown (Model) http://www.modelmayhem.com/571454 and Layla Gordon (model) http://www.facebook.com/LaylaGordon
Steampunk Magazine | September 24, 2010
Want an excuse to read a year’s worth of Steampunk Novels?
Rikki at the Bookkeeper is sponsoring the Steampunk Challenge, a year from October 2010 to October 2011 of reading steampunk fiction! The website has some suggested book lists and reviews. I would add to that recommendation any of the fine stories published in Steampunk Magazine! If you participate, you get a shiny button to put on your website.
I’ll keep a special eye out for short story links, and possible book reviews for the occasion. If you read a particularly awesome book in the coming year (or any time, really!) and want to review it yourself, shoot me an e-mail or comment here and maybe we can even get some guest posts going!
Steampunk Tribune | September 23, 2010
This weekend sees two very interesting Steampunk events taking place, one in RL and one in SL. The first, brought to my attention by the lovely and astute Miss Evelyn, is the Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, (in Queens, New York), spanning the entire weekend. Starting at 10am at the site of the 1964′s World’s Fair, the Maker’s Faire will host a wide variety of displays, workshops, and spectacles, including electroplating, wire bending, cigar box guitars, hand-carved stamps, photographic lecture, and much, much more. For a full schedule of its many events, lectures and displays, please visit the Maker Faire, at: http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2010/, and their schedule of events, as well!
The Virtual Worlds will have its biggest monthly event this weekend as well. The Third Annual Engineer’s Black Soot Ball will be taking place this Saturday, at 6pm SLT. The celebration will in honor of two years of events at the Piermont Landing, and to mark this event, Miss Breezy Carver has commissioned a very unique present for this event only!
The “Piermont Key” is a unique chest pin, akin to the original New Babbage Cog (first given out back in the early days of New Babbage), but is updated to reflect the 3rd Anniversary of the Soot Ball. Additionally, there is still time for builders to take part of the “Builder’s Challenge”, the creation of a “… working cog fountain”. For more details on this and more about the 3rd Annual Engineer’s Soot Ball, please visit the New Babbage website, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/node/760
Steampunk Magazine | September 23, 2010
I meant to put this up AGES ago and didn’t get to it, so please pardon the delay and I hope this isn’t going up too late, but there’s a steampunk graphic novel looking for artists! It’s called AIR, and if you want to contribute you should probably apply quickly!
If you’re less the artsy type and more the enjoying-comics type, Libby Bulloff tweeted about a steampunk-multicultural-feminist comic that is looking for support over at Kickstarter. It’s called Virtuoso, and it looks really cool, so I hope very much that it actually happens.
This has been your webcomics-plug of the day. We shall return to your regularly scheduled blogging soon. Happy Fall Equinox!
Quick disclaimer: None of these projects are being done by Steampunk Magazine, I’m just passing the word along in case any readers are interested.
Steampunk Workshop | September 22, 2010
I just finished a project for Jeff VanderMeer's Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities and while I can't show you the sculptures I made (we're saving that for the book's debut) I can tell you that one of the pieces exemplified a new aesthetic for me, sort of an early 20th Century electro-mechanical style which I want to call Electropunk. Unfortunately that moniker is already in use as a variant of Synthpunk, so it remains un-named for now. Anyway, here's a video of a Stowger switchgear phone system. I used components similar to these in the piece I made for Jeff's latest book.
Dieselpunk.net | September 22, 2010
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The one comic book that features a badass gay hero and they cancel it. This is some bullshit.
First the DADT vote and now this.
This is not a day to be an LGBTQ………moreso than usual.
Ohhhh, fuck you, DC.