Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Steampunk 101: The Basics [Phoenix ComiCon] [Costuming]

On Saturday at Phoenix ComiCon, The Eclectic I and I headed over to the Steampunk 101 session where they were teaching everyone what the heck Steampunk is!  We were curious, and we knew that a whole lot of you would be too, so we took notes so that we could share them with you.

WTF is Steampunk?
When you think steampunk, think Victorian science fiction.  Picture the aesthetic that goes with the Victorian era.  Now add a little sci fi.  The awesome part is that steampunk isn't limited to Victorian England.  It spans the globe and encompasses most of the industrialized 19th century. So, steampunk is a term that can be broadly applied to the look and feel of any creative medium from or referring to that era.

Steampunk Movies:  Wild Wild West (1999), The Mummy (1999), Firefly (2002), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Steampunk Music: The Dresden Dolls, Abney Park, Veronica Chevalier,
Steampunk Books: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate),  The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker,  Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth

The Eclectic I and myself are going to start working on our steampunk costumes for next year's Con soon.  Tell us, is this something you guys think you'd do?  For those of you already engrossed in Steampunk, check out Wild Wild West Con coming to Tucson in March - a super awesome Steampunk Convention taking place right here in Arizona.

Check out these snaps that The Eclectic I took of the Steampunk Fashion Show at Phoenix ComiCon:

Learn more about the class we went to from the handout:

Copyright, G. D. Falksen, 2010. Shared with permission.

So!  Did you get all of your Steampunk questions answered?  We hope so!  Let us know if you liked the post by checking the "Like" box below, and if you've got any books to add to the books category, please let us know in the comments and we'll add 'em.

1 comment:

celi.a said...

Velvet at vvb32reads is going to host a steamPINK (steampunk that's girl-focused) week starting June 4 - you can check it out here.

Other books that fit the genre are: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Leviathan & Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Clockwork Angel by Dru Pagliassotti, Airman by Eoin Colfer, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, and many, many more.