A Little bit of Jabber, Tête-à-Tête, and a Whole Bunch of FREE PUNK READS!

| October 13, 2015

I recently interviewed a multi-punk-genre, short story writer who posts his punk pieces for readers on wattpad–a free online reading and writing site that a lot of us Punkettes use. He was nice enough to link us to an extensive list of free readings at the bottom. Here are my favorite questions and answers from that interview!
                                -Rebecca Sky, The Clockpunkette 

The Clockpunkette: 
Tell us about yourself.

My name is Gavin. I’m married with four children and live in south west England with my family, a dog called Arthur, and a cat who loathes me.

I am self-confessed Science Fiction geek, and I work for Wattpad running their team of 150 volunteers and looking after various sectors of content. This means I get to describe myself to puzzled border control officials in Toronto as a professional reader of odd fiction which is very satisfying.

FREE Random Back Issue Offer

| February 17, 2014

The Chap has launched a radical new reader offer, in a drive to persuade more readers to subscribe to the print edition of our mighty organ of sartorial splendour.

It works like this: if you like the cut of The Chap’s jib, but feel unwilling to commit to an annual subscription before having the magazine in your hands, you simply place an order for a free back issue, pay the paltry postage cost – just one Pound Sterling if you live in Blighty – and you will receive a back issue selected randomly from our vaults.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a way of clearing out our cupboards of duff issues – because there aren’t any. Each edition of The Chap has been lovingly crafted by skilled masters of the arts of penmanship, one-upmanship and loafing about-ship. The publishers feel that readers will be itching for further pages of sartorial advice, cravat critiques, brogue-buffing tips and unusual umbrella anecdotes, once they have owned and enjoyed a single edition of Britain’s only gentleman’s journal.

Your free issue will come with some special subscription deals exclusively available to those taking advantage of this offer. Place your order for a free copy of The Chap here

SteamPunk Magazine #8!

| February 8, 2012

Two years after issue #7, SteamPunk Magazine is back and better than ever, with over 110 pages of content and a color cover by our own Doctor Geof.

$8 from Combustion Books
(Note that this currently ships only from the US until we get a UK distributor.)

print | web

Featuring interviews with:

  • Collane di Ruggine
  • Shanna Germain
  • Steampunk Emma Goldman and Voltairine DeCleyre
  • Greg Rucka
  • Unwoman
  • Thomas Willeford

Writing by:

  • Larry Amyett, Jr
  • Cassandra Marshall
  • Profesor Calamity
  • Katherine Casey
  • The Catastrophone Orchestra
  • Mikael Ivan Eriksson
  • P. Fobbington
  • Kate Franklin
  • Margaret Killjoy
  • E.M. Johnson
  • S. Kimery
  • David Major
  • Dimitri Markotin
  • Screaming Mathilda
  • Wes Modes
  • Marie Morgan
  • David Z. Morris
  • Jamie Murray
  • Juan Navarro
  • Profesor Offlogic
  • Pinche
  • David Redford
  • Miriam Rosenberg Roček
  • James Schafer

And artwork from:

  • Manny Aguilera
  • Tina Black
  • Sarah Dungan
  • Doctor Geof
  • Allison Healy
  • Tommy Poirier-Morissette
  • Juan Navarro
  • E.M. Johnson
  • Larry Nadolsky
  • Kate Oliver
  • Sergei Tuterov

Event of Interest: Anna Chen Presents "Traders" Feb 16

| January 31, 2012

I had the honour of having British-Chinese comedienne Anne Chen drop in on this here little blawg to plug an upcoming event in Greenwich, UK! It’s a Steampunk Opium Wars extravaganza, at the Greenwich National Maritime Museum, where there will be song and poetry about the Opium Wars, and folks playing historical figures from the time period will slug it out in poetry slams over the finer details of waging war to push drugs on an entire people to enslave them in a consumer market for trade benefits. 

An official-looking page can be found on the Royal Museums Greenwich site, and the major details are as follows:
Dates: Thursday 16 February
Times: 18.30—22.00
Fee: FREE – but make sure you book ahead of time!!
Location: National Maritime Museum; Sammy Ofer Wing
Audience: Adults; Young people
Event type: Performance & storytelling
So if you’re in the vicinity of Greenwich, UK, I highly recommend you go check it out, and please make recordings if possible to share with the rest of us! :O

Robotic Edition of Huck Finn Launch Party! (free booze and robot art)

| December 6, 2011

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Who speaks for dead 19th century authors?  Diani, Devine, and Steampunks do!  In a horrible twist of events, the publishing company that currently has the rights to publish Huck Finn, decided to replace the N-word with “Slave”.  This is Literary Graffiti, and to change a word that was placed there by purpose to make people ask questions goes against the spirit of History.

Mark Twain was a humorist however, and so Diani & Devine think that if he were alive today, he would fight this butchering of his story with comedy.  So using the logic of the book butchers they shall replace the offensive word “slave” with a more pleasing one, “ROBOT”.   (Click more to get details to the launch party)

Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition] is a complete work of remixed speculative fiction which tells the classic tale with Jim replaced by Robot Jim.  Its my opinion that this is the very spirit of Steampunk and as such, I am highly interested in attending the book’s launch party.  If you’re in the Los Angeles, CA area, perhaps you are as well.

They ask that you RSVP on their Facebook Page.

You can buy a copy of the book on their website.

their press release is below:

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition] Book Launch Party
Diani & Devine present an evening of Bluegrass, whiskey, and classic literature altered to include robots featuring LIVE MUSIC from The Dustbowl Cavliers, FREE COCKTAILS courtesy of Big Bottom Whiskey, robot art from Day of the Robot, and Luna the World’s First Personal Robot! Special Appearance by The Wien Truck! 

Huckleberry Finn was a boy with no home. Jim was a runaway robot in search of freedom. Together they embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime.
Mark Twain’s classic text has been a lightning rod for controversy since its first publication in the late nineteenth century, and has consistently been one of the most banned books in schools and libraries across the United States. In an effort to fight the censorship of this iconic piece of literature, editors Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine have removed every instance of the word “n-word” and replaced it with the word “robot.” Complete and unabridged (except for bits here and there), with E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations painstakingly altered by artist Denise Devine to include robots, this bold new edition makes Twain’s timeless work accessible to a whole new generation of readers … without being bogged down by what he wanted to say about racism.