Steam Pressure

I’m fond of steampunk and I’m fond corsetry. Actually, it’s quite possible that my fondness for steampunk is partially because of its intersectionality with corsetry. So, when I come across something like Kay Morgan’s steampunk corset photo shoot, I’m quite pleased.

Steam Pressure

Yeah, that’s some high steam pressure indeed! And it’s and a most amazing steampunk corset by Jeroen van der Klis from Bizarre Design.

Just be careful don’t blow a gasket, gentlemen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Girl Genius

Girl Genius
Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE!

I have no earthly idea who this young woman is but for some reason she looks a lot like Agatha Heterodyne from Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius series of comics or, at least, she does to me. And hey! While I’m not one to dabble in watercolors, I like that look a lot.

And what’s not to like? The character, Agatha Heterodyne is a strong, vibrant female protagonists. She goes far beyond the realm of “perky” or “plucky.” She’s both possessed of strong physical prowess and is a multi-talented genius, hence the series’ title. She’s also far less waifish of vampish and far more robustly curvaceous than is the norm for women in graphic novels.

Girl Genius is now a web comic or, if you’re like me and like a good book, you can get the omibus edition. Either way, this comic series is a lot of fun and has a different sort of cast of characters and plots than is the norm.

It’s billed as Gaslamp Fantasy as opposed to Steampunk because it combines magic with big, clanking, Victorian-style steampunkesque tech, old-fashioned clothes, Frankenstein monsters, and airships – lots and lots of airships – to create a new whole and a new genre.

More importantly, it’s a rollicking good read.

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Steaming Things Up

Steaming Things Up

Steampunk brings us back to the individualism and optimism prevalent before the first world war. As such, it reminds us of a romanticism that is sorely lacking in the modern, mass-produced, mass-marketed age.

Hence, I’m steaming things up a bit here at Reflections From a Murky Pond.

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Steampunk Princesses

I’ve showcased reconstructions of Disney Princesses before and I’m doing it again because the concept of altering these characters to be less insipid deserves repeating and Korean artist Inshoo’s rendering of them as steampunk adventuresses is awesome.

steampunk-cinderella Cinderella
steampunk-dorothy Dorothy
steampunk-snow-white Snow White
steampunk-ariel Ariel

 
I really don’t think these characters would be waiting around for a Prince to save them or heading off to see the Wizard in hopes that he’ll have a solution. All four of them look more like they’d solve for the problems themselves and let the Devil pick up the pieces. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Origin Of Steampunk

The term “Steampunk” may have been coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter in the spring of 1987 but the actual origins of the genre have remained obscure and a matter of some debate in fandom … until now.

They Boldly Went…To Victorian England

The crew of the Enterprise never could resist a bit of time travel and it’s not surprising that they’d eventually end up in Victorian England or that they’d be the root cause of Steampunk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re just all very lucky that Retronaut unearthed these images of Capt. Kirk and crew by Rabbit Tooth. Otherwise, the true origin of Steampunk would still be lost to history.

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