Science fiction genre which features steam-powered machinery as a form of advanced technology in a victorian era.
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Arcane overview - finally a great video game adaptation!
For years and years, video game adaptations were a bit of a laughingstock. For one thing, people didn't really take the games seriously, thinking that they were only for children. The image of an adult gamer only stepped out of the territory of mockery very recently. Back in the '90s gaming was considered childish. Just think of everyone's favourite sitcom from the era, Friends: on more than one occasion the characters pretended not to play video games in fear of looking immature. While Friends by no means can be considered as truthful documentation of the era (how did they afford those apartments? why weren’t any people of colour in New York City?), it still reflected it. The way Chandler and Ross, on different occasions, pretended not to like video games, and even the forgiving laugh they got when they actually played, show that being a gamer was considered a quirky way to keep your inner child going, at best.
Renaissance Festival Garb/Attire/Costume/Ensemble: Assemble!
Before adopting the moniker/pen name of Tinka Boudit, I was a ten year attendee of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. I go in garb. I shop, see shows, I made friends with cast members, vendors, and other attendees. I go every weekend for seven weekends. Even after attending the festival since 2006, I still find new things to experience every year. Those of us who do this are known as 'playtrons'. As in we play along, but we are patrons who pay the ticket fee to be there; we do not work there. I've also volunteered my time in a booth for three other seasons. I officially joined the cast in 2019.
Steam Wars, Underdogs and Nonconformity
As Steam Wars developed over the years it was never my intention to necessarily write an underdog story. That is to say an adventure in which the protagonists are seriously outmatched and must contend, in whatever way, against tremendous odds (Lord of the Rings comes to mind, also Rogue One). Of course, it needn’t be that grand or epic. A simple human story about an individual overcoming a roadblock, personal or otherwise, can be quite powerful. It’s our ability to empathize with such struggles that makes these stories so popular.
The Folly of Lucy Tillencrest
Amidst what I perceive as “the grittiness” of Steam Wars’ iron and steel warrior machines and its (hopefully somewhat) realistic depiction of life and toil on board said steam rigs, Lucy Tillencrest stands as a shining beacon of eccentric behavior in the cause of imaginative genius. Not to diminish the nature of what I consider a vital character and role model, she is by her very being a strong contrast in a world dominated by mechanized steam warfare.
Fighting Rigs of the United States Steam Force, 1897
In my development of Steam Wars over the years no aspect has given me more pleasure than the creation of the various classes of steam rig. These are the steam-powered fighting machines, manned by crew, fashioned after armored warriors, that have become the principal weapon of the time, with nations competing to make the biggest and the best (think: arms race, only vertical). It’s in this process that my inner geek really and truly gets to geek out.
Reverse Engineering Steam Wars
Apparently at some point in my young Hieronymus Bosch, Magritte, and Dali-fueled brain I pictured a massive metal machine, similar to knight-in-armor, chugging smoke and swarming with tiny human combatants. This was only one element in a large mural I painted for high school art class. It also had, apparently, a giant bird. I know this because a girl in my class referred to the piece thereafter as “your chicken painting.” Never mind that the giant bird was not necessarily a chicken, or that the whole piece was choked with swirling imagery, all manner of strangeness, in flights of Boschian subservience.
What Is Steampunk?
This story was produced by the Creatd Studios team in tandem with Larry Blamire. As we partner with Larry Blamire on the publication of his Steam Wars graphic novel, we decided to valiantly set forth and brave the burning question that may still be on the lips of some, despite its enormous popularity... Just what exactly is steampunk?
Review: Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero, the Newmatic Man
As I continued through my search for comic books and graphic novels in the steampunk genre, I was a little surprised to come across a title by Neil Gaiman, or at least one with Neil Gaiman's name in the title. Amazingly, no one had mentioned this one to me before, and I know quite a few fans of both Neil Gaiman and steampunk.
Even More Steampunk Graphic Novels for Fans to Read
'Bitter Root' by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, Sanford Greene, Rico Renzi, and Clayton Cowles Bitter Root follows members of the Sangeryes family who hunt monsters in Harlem in the 1920s. It also embodies one of my favorite things ever: diversity in steampunk. (See my Book Review: 'Everfair' by Nisi Shawl for more.)
Graphic Novel Review: Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes VS Zombies
During the month of October, I like to get into the spooky spirit by watching monster movies, listening to haunting music, and reading horror comics. Being a steampunk writer, I was delighted to find that two of my interests perfectly intersected in the form of the graphic novel Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes VS Zombies.
4 More Steampunk Graphic Novels For Fans to Read
My article 4 Steampunk Graphic Novels Every Fan Should Read proved itself to be extremely popular! So here I am, back at it, this time with 4 more steampunk graphic novels and comic series. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but you may want to give these a look.