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Steampunk Roundup

March 21st, 2012 by Cobwebs

Steampunk PCAs I’ve mentioned many times previously I’m a fan of steampunk; I love the vibe of mass-produced mixed with one-off craftsmanship in the alternate-history technology that’s such a hallmark of the genre. If you’re similarly a fan, here are some links you might enjoy.

Steampunk Couture – Hand-crafted clothing focusing on “Neo-Victorian, Sci-Fi and Shabby Chic fashion.” (They also have a Facebook page)

Ruffled recently featured a gorgeous steampunk wedding with heaps of drool-worthy photos. Offbeat Bride also has a number of steampunk wedding ideas, including clockwork cakes, thematic invitations, and much else.

Girl Genius is a “gaslamp fantasy comic” penned by Phil and Kaja Foglio.

The Steampunk Home is a blog is devoted to home décor that combines “the scientific romanticism of the Victorians with our real present and imagined future.”

Aether Emporium bills itself as a “onestop resource and archive for all things Steampunk.” It’s a splendid resource, and it appears that they’ve recently switched over to a wiki format.

Steampunk Pics is no longer updating, but their archive is still available. There are images of steampunk items (such as “ray guns”) and real vintage photos with a steampunk feel (like Zeppelins floating over cities).

The Steampunk Workshop offers some great project ideas, plus resource links and lots of photographs.

Antipodean Steampunk Adventures is a personal blog: “Follow the adventures of the maduncle as he endeavours to make contact with the rest of the steampunk universe from the outer colonies.”

Datamancer’s subhead is “Prestidigital Datamancery & Paraphrenalic Technofetishism,” and just try saying that three times fast. They feature a lot of technical art and gear, and will do some custom work.

Coilhouse Magazine has a whole subsection devoted to steampunk, with loads of lovely photos (occasionally NSFW).

The Steampunk Tribune is a lovely news and resource site devoted to all things steamy and punky.

The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog is a personal blog, skewed slightly toward Lovecraftian steampunk.

Steampunk Scholar is a neat site which centers on steampunk in literature and media. In a somewhat similar vein, Steamed! is devoted to writing steampunk fiction.

There are at least two LiveJournal communities devoted to steampunk clothing, Steamfashion and Steamy Stitches (which is more focused on buying and selling than general fashion). There’s also a Steampunk Fashion Flickr group, and Divine Caroline recently featured a collection of steampunk clothing.

Threadbanger did a Week of Steampunk feature, providing directions for making several accessories.

Brass Goggles is “a blog and forum devoted to the lighter side of all things Steampunk.”

Steampunk Magazine is a rather nice Webzine, with the stated goal of promoting steampunk as a culture rather than simply a sub-category of fiction.

Writer Richard Morgan (not Broken Angels Richard Morgan, some other Richard Morgan) was commissioned by the New York Times to write a piece on steampunk culture, which was then cut for reasons unknown. He’s posted the article online, and it has some lovely ideas for adding steampunk elements to the home. (Incidentally, the Times eventually ran its own piece on steampunk, which includes some interesting links.)

Game company Three Rings Design commissioned Because We Can to convert some open office space into an environment modeled on Captain Nemo’s Victorian submarine. Probably out of range of most budgets, but there are some great detail ideas that might be of use.

Steampunk.com bills itself as “an online home for the Steampunk movement in all its forms,” but their archives are currently rather scanty.

Finally, there are (of course) plenty of steampunk conventions, from Gaslight Gathering to Nova Albion to Steamcon. Lists of other conventions can be found here, here, and here.

:::whew::: That’s a lot of steam-powered contraptions for your perusal. Have I missed any of your favorite sites?

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  1. joasakura Says:

    just a couple of suggestions:

    Abney Park: (http://abneypark.com/) Not only an *awesome*, steam-themed band, but a really great group of folks

    Steampunkr: (http://www.steampunkr.com/) hasn’t updated in a while, but has some neat stuff.

  2. xJane Says:

    Abney Park. Is. Amazing. I discovered them when a friend said, “hey, I have tickets to this thing” and I learned what steampunk was.

    Also, Halestorm, which is a little less overtly steampunky is still a little steampunky.

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