Saturday, June 30, 2012

The 2012 Illusions White Themed Ball (and RFL Citizen's Auction), today!


Today marks the 2012 Illusions White Themed Ball, starting at 6pm SLT, and running until 9pm SLT!  Taking place at the beautiful Piermont Landing, this ball will support SL Relay for Life's fight against cancer, with a Citizens' Auction before the ball - so for more information, please visit the non-Ning, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/node/5363

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A return ... and how to build a "Steampunk Mechanical Arm"!


It appears that Tropical Storm Debby has wandered off after wreaking havoc on my local area (including my means of communication), so whilst I endeavor to arrange entries to get up to speed, I'm adding a very nice DIY work on building a Steampunk Mechanical Arm, by the ingenious builders at Arms Race!  Less destructive than a flame thrower (good or bad, I'll let one decide the merits of that), but fun none the less!  For more details on Arms Race projects, please visit their website, at: http://armsracemovie.com/

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Copper - a new BBC America Series...


Came across this advert for new (to me) BBC America show, titled "Copper".  Bit of a write-up on their website (located here: http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper/), but I must admit I enjoyed the opening sequence, where the protagonist shoots, then announces himself as "police"!  From the snippet, it looks like it has promise, and though a bit earlier than the classic Steampunk era, the sets look outstanding, and one can only hope for a bit of Steaminess to make its way into the series - please do enjoy the video!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether!


While doing my research, I came across a webcomic highlighted on I09, titled "Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether".  Needless to say, its Steampunk stylings caught my attention, so I began reading...
Swashbuckling atop a Zeppelin?- Yes!
Clockwork automatons? - Yes!
Pirates in Skyships? - Yes!
Classic inplacable nemsis hunting our heroine? - Yes!
Gun slinging showdowns in the old west? - Yes!

I have to admit, I've only made it to the third chapter of this fantastic work!  Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is perhaps one of the finest Steampunk illustrated works available, and I would heartily recommend taking the time to indulge in this outstanding work!  As I am still reading, I shall return and continue the adventure, and certainly recommend the same, by a visit to the I09 article, followed by a trip to the comic itself, at: http://www.ineffableaether.com/

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Building your own Steampunk flamethrower - a useful DIY project!



With a return back to the Steampunk era, I found this quite useful small project for those who happen to be a bit more DIY-inclined.  This lovely Steampunk device is very yeoman-ly described in a logical and easy-to-construct manner... now I wouldn't suggest one test it on unsuspecting characters, but it does look like a fantastic weekend project!  Do enjoy the video, and then perhaps pay a visit to Mr. Clegg's classic production, Arms Race, a Steampunk short, located at: http://armsracemovie.com/

Monday, June 11, 2012

Diesel City




Over the five plus years that the Steampunk Tribune has been in existence, two of the tenants I've endeavored to remain faithful to are: 1) Maintain a focus on the Steampunk genre, and 2) Minimize my review of books.  The first issue is fairly obvious, as it is the "rasion d'etre" for the blog is the genre - people who come to this corner want to read about Steampunk and associated goings on.




The second exists only because RL has been particularly demanding during the past few years, thus reducing the time I have to relax and read.  Though I've received numerous generous offers to review Steampunk books, it would be simply wrong to simply accept literature, then not do it justice with a proper review (and the Steampunk Scholar does an yeoman job of Steampunk literature review… and I'd certainly not wish to vex one of Steampunk friendliest academics!)  I always said that it would take something extraordinary to bypass these two dictums - and I have found such a gem with Diesel City.




Diesel City is an endeavor by a Mr. Stefan, (also known as *stefanparis on DeviantArt, for those in the know), is an exceptionally talented multi-media artist who is based out of Paris… but is known for his amazing works regarding the Dieselpunk genre.




I won't belabor attempting to define "Dieselpunk", as many who are familiar with Steampunk are certainly aware of this later off shoot of the genre.  (If you are not familiar with Dieselpunk (DP), I would suggest a visit to the online epicenter of Dieselpunk, located at: http://www.dieselpunks.org/).  Though DP has been around for a few years, it has slowly begun emerging and establishing itself apart from its better-known older cousin.




As Steampunk has its roots in the turn-of-the century, including its artistic influences from Art Nouveau, Dieselpunk takes its artistic inspiration from Art Deco, but with a bit of an… update.  With said inspiration, as with the plethora of new genre art that exists for Steampunk (again, a quick visit to Steampunk on DeviantArt will exemplify this), Dieselpunk has perhaps fewer, but better known artistic specialists, one of which is Mr. Stefan.




His work, Diesel City, takes a first-person narrative of Dieselpunk, while displaying his amazing works, both via original stylized art and representation via photo-manipulation.   My first introduction to his work was via the Dieselpunk.org website, (see globe photo), and his Art Deco influenced work has a leaning towards advertising - promoting unique products, means of travel, and destinations!





His photo-manipulation work provides more of a feel for the Dieselpunk atmosphere - Diesel City focus less on an over-arching narrative, and more on translating the genre atmosphere via inspiring imagery and enveloping commentary.




As one of the seminal works of the Dieselpunk genre, I'm confident that anyone wishing to understand (and be inspired by) Dieselpunk will thoroughly enjoy this outstanding work!  But enough of my prattling - to learn more, please visit the Diesel City website, located at: http://www.dieselcity.fr/en/home.php



Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M.: "Dining with the Devil"


A new installment from the League of S.T.E.A.M.!  As my notation extrapolated....

When Sir Conrad's routine exorcism goes awry, Jasper and Lady must think fast to prevent a disastrous dinner party! Featuring special guests Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) and Robin Thorsen (The Guild). 

So, please do enjoy the endeavor, and for other adventures and to learn more about the League of STEAM visit www.leagueofsteam.com !

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ABC's "Artworks" discusses Steampunk


Came across this ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio show titled "Artworks", and an associated discussion regarding the genre - most will concur with the generalities drawn, though there are points one might have some contentions with during the discussion (such as applying the "luddite" term to Steampunk, in one form or another).  Nonetheless, intriguing, but be aware, its a radio interview, so not much to watch - just listening!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

2nd Annual Grimm Ball - Tonight at the Piermont Landing!


A busy weekend coming up, but as always, the most popular events take place at the Piermont, and this weekend is no exception!  Tonight's event at the Piermont in Wheatstone Waterways is the second annual tribute to the classic Grimm Brothers tales, of which a new set of fairy tails has recently been recently discovered in Bavaria!  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/05/five-hundred-fairytales-discovered-germany)  So do make it a point of stopping by beautiful New Babbage for this outstanding event - for more information, please visit the New Babbage website, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/node/5270!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dishonored - New Trailer, with enhanced game sneak peeks!


The recently released (as in yesterday) video of the new Dishonored video, shows much more of the atmospheric background of the endeavor, which is even better than the previous clips.  A warning, near the end of the video, the scenes become a bit "stabby", so please be forewarned, and do enjoy!