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May 2010 Blog Posts (52)

"Alice in Wonderland" 2010 Tim Burton

"Alice in Wonderland" 2010 Tim Burton

Finally got myself out to see this film and I quite enjoyed it. :)

The film's combination of…

Added by Sepiachord on May 31, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Folklife Tweets: Annotated

Folklife Tweets: Annotated

"Jill fron God's Favorite Beefcake @ Folklife..."

Jill's also in Bat Country

"Street band playing the classic "Milwuakee Blues""

They used to call these "jug… Continue

Added by Sepiachord on May 31, 2010 at 1:07am — No Comments

The Eye I Use to See is Steampunk

The most recent change to my day has been the constant desire, or dare I say it, need to look at the world through the eyes of an airship captain. The need to see if that clock on the wall has metal gears and the hold that a pair of welding goggles now takes over my imagination.

Steampunk has become a way of living. It is a fashion,…


Added by Madame Irene S. Wolfe on May 29, 2010 at 7:27pm — 3 Comments

My humble beginnings

I've only recently started exploring the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. Oh sure my husband the uber geek and my otherwise better half spouts off at various different movies ooh thats so steampunk I like that or he sends me a pic of some fantastical item of imagineering which I admire along with him. J is my partner in deviancy he is an imagineer/gadgeteer himself. I Her majes T, have always been interested in dressing up,history and historical recreationism. This is a natural… Continue

Added by jt robinson on May 28, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

With respect.

It is our pleasure to announce that the esteemed Dr. Jasper Ashton and

his family are departing the Isabella and setting out on there their own

to start a new company, North American NACs (NAN), in preparation for

the release of Full Steam Ahead. This compilation CD will be released

under their new company name, so look for it in the very near

future.Airship Isabella will be in no way affiliated with that release

or projects released by this new company. If you… Continue

Added by SkyCaptain Cedric Whittaker on May 28, 2010 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Oh, I NEED this t-shirt

I so want this t-shirt! It was designed by the amazing David Malki of Wondermark fame.…


Added by Dr. Alice Wolfenden on May 27, 2010 at 9:54pm — 1 Comment

The Inspiration for the Gatling Speargun

These are great 3D renderings of the core concept for my right-arm weapon.

I'm thinking I can make the internal cylinders out of coffe cans (the two in front cut in half to make the shorter cylinder). Anyone see any downside to this idea?

Also, here is the artist's full gallery:…


Added by CDR Jiggadias Hawthorne on May 27, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

steampunk linkblog, May 25 2010

Happy news in the land of the Steampunk Librarian: "steampunk fiction" is now a Library of Congress Subject Heading!

In somewhat related news, a steampunk documentary is in the works. So to speak. (In the cogs?)

The Anachronism is a lovely l5-minute film with mechanical squids… Continue

Added by Steampunk Librarian on May 26, 2010 at 7:40pm — No Comments

The Art of Jim Martin

Jim Martin has a LONG list of movies he's worked on. He's a magic maker. Check out his full site here:

I love his work, especially on "Atlantis" and some of his guns and sketches. You gotta check these out!…


Added by Commodore Margot Zephyr on May 26, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments

The Muse


"Still air

Stagnant night


Can't sleep. Summer insomnia.


to be thinking of

Theophelia Guindon...

Lady from a distant past

100 years or so..



Mystery lady...named on a faded document:

Mother of Peter Arthur LeBlanc,

who became... my grandfather.

His father: Lewis LeBlanc,

his mother...Mary Yandow...or

was it Theophelia Guindon?



Added by Captain Jason Redbeard on May 26, 2010 at 4:22pm — No Comments

My Initial Sketches

Here are some of my initial sketches that I did before and during Imagicon. The concept has changed a good bit since I did these, but these are my first reference points.

I decided to go with the round viewport design though, with LED lights on the top and on each side of the collar.

I thought about adding a respirator like device to the front, but felt that that would be a bit…


Added by CDR Jiggadias Hawthorne on May 26, 2010 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Outfit 1.0

So I’m taking a page out of my fiance’s book and putting down my costume ideas to date. DragonCon is only 3 months away and I want to have already done a test run in my costume before I go. So I’ve got less than 3 months to get something together and make it good. Let’s go bottom to top.…


Added by Commodore Margot Zephyr on May 26, 2010 at 3:51pm — 6 Comments

Who Is Commander Jiggadias Hawthorne?

I have been putting a lot of thought into my persona, as I learned at Imagicon that knowing who you are will help determine your appearance.

My persona actually ties in with the persona of my soon-to-be in real life wife. After tossing ideas back and forth for a while, we've decided that the nation of Atlantis…


Added by CDR Jiggadias Hawthorne on May 25, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The Startings of a Steampunk N00b

So, here I am hopped up on muscle relaxer (did something to my arm at Imagicon) thinking more about my first costume. In case someone else is just starting out, maybe my examples, issues and thoughts can help out.

The main issue(s) I'm realizing I am having is...delusions of grandeur. Here is my basic costume…


Added by CDR Jiggadias Hawthorne on May 25, 2010 at 7:34pm — 3 Comments

Steel City Steam Society Photoshoot

On Saturday, the Steel City Steam Society got together for a photo shoot. It began with the Cathedral of Learning's Gothic architecture, broke for lunch at Fuel and Fuddle, then ended up at the entrance to the Carnegie Music Hall.

It would have been great if we could have… Continue

Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on May 24, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Victorian Booksehlf: World Railways of the 19th Century

Half-Price Books is a dangerous place for me to go. I have thousands of books and many that I haven't read yet but a trip to Half-Price almost invariably has me coming home with something new to add to the stacks. This week's purchase:

World Railways of the Nineteenth Century: A Pictorial… Continue

Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on May 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

my personal steampunk travels - part 1

As a newcomer to the steampunk world, I was led on a quite diverse course to discover everything about the genre. This strange path led me to decide to edit and publish a special steampunk issue of Fissure to be realeased at the Upstate Steampunk Con in Greenville, SC in Nov. 2010.

This was the first stage of my travels to this exciting, terrifying, amazing, offbeat, colorful road.

First I was…


Added by Gail Gray on May 23, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Beyond Victoriana #26.5 SPWF Reading Resources & Guest Blogger Line-Up! & #27 The Pan-African Movement — Guest Blog by Sandrine Thomas

In a follow-up to the Steampunk World's Fair post, a few selected links for additional reading about the topics discussed...

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Henry Sylvester Williams, one of the leaders of the Pan-African Movement. Image courtesy of

The close of the nineteenth… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 23, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Greetings, Possums!

Quite a very long time without a blog entry, eh? I confess, my life on MySpace and account on LiveJournal have both ben put on life support, and I rarely show my face on FaceBook these days, so please don't think I am neglecting the Empire in specific. What time I have for electronic pursuits ends up spent on DeviantArt and FanFiction. So, I must offer my apologies for my absence here, and hope you will forgive me.

We have recently returned from our sojourn to the Steampunk…


Added by Mrs. Emeline Warren on May 22, 2010 at 9:14pm — No Comments

"Steam Train" by Natura is the Sepiachord song of the Day.

"Steam Train" by Natura is the Sepiachord song of the Day.…


Added by Sepiachord on May 20, 2010 at 6:44am — No Comments

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