Dieselpunks.org | June 5, 2012
I’m happy and proud to announce that a big, large book of texts and illustrations has just been published. It’s titled, well… DIESEL CITY. The book has been in the making for quite a while and, apart from the pleasure of seeing it complete now, the main reason why I’m so happy and proud about it is that DIESEL CITY, right from the beginning and all the way till its completion, has been very much a “Dieselpunk family affair”.
DIESEL CITY has the immense privilege to include not just one, but two brilliant forewords written by no other than our dear host Tome Wilson himself and Nick Ottens, the webmaster of The Gatehouse. What better godfathers could I have ever hoped for the book than the two leading voices of the Dieselpunk culture?
Tome also achieved a wonderful English adaptation of the original French text of DIESEL CITY, not just translating it but bringing to it his own touch, the priceless touch of an expert. He also coped with the supervision of this entire English edition, thus making the book available in both languages. The task was definitely not easy and I’ll never thank Tome enough for the great job he did at it.
Also, DIESEL CITY gathers, among many more illustrations, artwork designed over these past years for members of Dieselpunks.org as prominent as Lord K, Larry, Cap’n Tony, Piper Williams, Hayen Mills, Athena Prime and more. All of them courteously gave me permission to include these illustrations to the book and I’m very grateful to them for that.
It will come as no surprise to those who are familiar with my stuff to know that DIESEL CITY is dark, dystopian, noir, complex and stuck in my usual imaginary “twisted forties” universe. Others will have to brace themselves: like Denis Parent, the French film maker who directed the trailer of DIESEL CITY wrote “The great paradox in Stefan’s work is that the more familiar the reference points in Diesel City, the harder it is to get our bearings.“