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25
Feb

Steampunk Group Chased out of Shopping Mall

   Posted by: manny

Just look at this lovely steampunk group. All dressed up and ready to have some fun at the mall together.

Except… I’m blown away by this story about how the mall guards called the cops and chased them away. What?! ‘Tis true, I’m afraid. The reason? Mall rules against costumes covering the face, against groups larger than 3 gathering, and against photos being taken without the subject’s consent.

This happened on Feb. 9, 2014. LOL, so crazy. First of all, just look at the photo– you can see everyone’s face just fine. And the rule about groups over 3 people? Ha, sure. I guess the mall doesn’t like birthday parties, either. The last rule is equally ridiculous, as the group members obviously wanted their photos taken. I just don’t understand.

Boing Boing has a nice write up about this scandal. You can also read the original article on KPBS.org.

What a stupid, worthless mall!

I have always felt free to shop or dine without stopping to wonder if they would mind what I am wearing. The mall has added that doubt to the back of my mind. It may take a while for that to fade–and that’s a shame.

[KPBS.org via Boing Boing]


15
Feb

Entire City Goes Steampunk

   Posted by: manny

This May, the ENTIRE city of Waltham, Massachusetts will officially become Steampunk City! How cool is that? They are raising money for their Charles River Museum of Industry. Folks will be dressed in steampunk style, and the city will be offering steampunk theater, festivals, and a gallery of steampunk creations in their museum.

This sounds amazing! You can find out more via This Link, and also by reading their Open Invitation to the steampunk community.

The International Steampunk City is yours!
Friends, our offering can be described in a single sentence: We are a Steampunk celebration which spans an entire town.
When: May 6-8th, 2011
Where: The whole town of Waltham, Massachusetts
Cost: Free to enter the town and experience all manner of grand times! Some individual events, and the Museum festival, are available for either a separate admission, or a suggested donation.
Cause: To benefit the Charles River Museum of Industry and its recovery from flood damage; and to create an unforgettably amazing weekend!

The International Steampunk City bids welcome to all Steampunks, everyone curious about Steampunk, and those who simply wish to have a ripping grand time.

Thanks to Sir Pantsalot for the tip!

[via Steampunk City]


Earlier this week, I wrote a post about The American Steampunk, a mysterious project with a trailer for an upcoming steampunk movie.

I couldn’t find any information about this, so I wrote to the creator. I’m please to say that Greg Ansin, the big man himself, kindly wrote back with the following information:

The American Steampunk is the latest project I’ve been working on with co-creator Michael Neel. We are fascinated by the steampunk movement and it’s art. At this point The American Steampunk is a script we are trying to get off the ground. It’s an Indiana Jones type adventure set in a steampunk world. We have had some interest from production companies but none have committed yet and we are still shopping the project. We made the trailer to get the word out.

We envision the project as a live-action film, but if we can’t find enough financing we might do it as an animated feature.

We would be happy to answer any other questions you have may have.
If you’re interested in my other work with Michael Neel, please check out Infinite Santa 8000 (an animated web series) and Drive-In Horrorshow (a horror film) at www.InfiniteSanta.com and www.DriveInHorrorShow.com

Best,
Greg Ansin
Burnt Reindeer Film LLC
www.InfiniteSanta.com

Well that is pretty cool! Thank you, Mr. Ansin, for writing back, and good luck with your movie. We all want to see it!


15
Oct

Scandal Surrounds Steampunk Iron Man

   Posted by: manny

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Well, well. It appears the famous award-winning steampunk Iron Man costume has caused quite a scandal. According to Gizmodo, the suit was re-painted without the creator’s permission, and he is “royally angered” that his creation became Iron Man.

I already knew that the suit was first used as the Tin Man in a short Indy movie. But I had no idea that Bill Johnson, the lead designer of the Tin Man costume would be so outraged.

Here are a few comments that Bill left on The Effects Lab forum:

Just found out that the Tin Man suit was taken and modified into an “Iron Man” suit that won the costume contest at the NY Comic Con by my ex assistant. The suit was changed without my knowledge or permission and I’m royally angered by this action. It’s also sad to see that the only screen used version of the suit that exists, is now a cheapened knock off of a popular character. I don’t get people anymore and it makes me want even more to become more reclusive.

Bill later clarified the situation:

I had a long talk with him and we ironed things out. It was all part of a huge lapse in good judgment that blew up. I hate to see a piece of history, such as this piece, fade away like that. I guess that I am getting old and sentimental.

He was acting as the person who was holding on to the suit for promotional events for the film. He did help build it and said that it was constantly needing repair (which I do believe). He’s not very old and just showed a serious lapse of good judgment. As for the suit’s ownership, that is a grey area. The company that made the film paid for the materials and did give me a very small amount of money for all the work that I did (Production design, make up effects, etc) just to help with my bills while I took time off to do the project. I have most of the items created or bought for the film, but agreed to let them hold on to the suit for display in their office or promotion for the film. I would not say that it was stolen, but was not used in the manner of our agreement. He truly feels horrible for doing such an idiotic thing and I know that he is really a good kid at heart. Ultimately, what’s done is done and I’m sure he won’t do such a stupid thing again in the future.

Things got even more interesting when Brandon McCormick chimed in. He’s the indy film’s director and speaks on behalf of his production company. He actually likes the Iron Man costume.

I want to set the record straight, as I feel this sheds a bad light on our film company, but more importantly on the artists that call Whitestone home.

We were not aware of Matt Silva’s intentions to modify the suit, nor were we a part of planning it. While that is true, and we had a private conversation about the issue, I personally thought his modifications were incredible and as an entire film company we were proud and supportive of the success of one of our artists.

We thought that a retweet by Jon Faveru and Stan Lee warranted hearty pat on the back! While we are proud of our little short film ‘Heartless: The Story of the TinMan” we do not regard it as a piece of “film history”, and feel that Matt was responsible for making sure both WS and Bill Johnson got credit for their work while promoting the suit. Both artists worked very hard on Heartless, and we were proud of the work they did.

I wanted to be clear as the films creator and speaking for my production company that we have no problems with Matt. The problems posted all over the Internet are from the suit’s lead designer, Bill Johnson and his accusations and frustrations do not represent Whitestone.

Oh, the drama!

[via Gizmodo]


11
May

Outland Armour Suffers from Flood Damage

   Posted by: manny

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The good people of Outland Armour, who are absolute legends in the steampunk world, are dealing with a huge setback from recent flood damage in Tennessee.

These guys are from Atlanta, but they were in Tennessee for the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention and fell victim to the major flooding that hit the area.

They are accepting donations to help cover the costs of their bus and lost gear. What a terrible shame! Wow, that just sucks so much! You can read about their troubles on their blog.

Good luck, Guys! We all hope you can recover from this tragedy.

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As you may know, we were in Nashville, Tennessee for the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) this past weekend. You may also have seen Nashville in the news over the last couple of days; there have been massive floods there after 2 straight days of rain on Saturday and Sunday. Our hotel was actually cut off on all sides by 5 – 15 feet of water, and we were finally ferried out by a fleet of volunteers and Coast Guard boats early this morning.

At this time, all of our steampunk props and costumes, as well as all of our luggage are still in Nashville, some in our hotel room and some in our bus which is now flooded in the parking lot under 5 feet of water. We do not know the status of our gear inside the bus. We waded into chest deep water last night to move things to the top storage rack, as far away from the rising flood waters as possible, and we are hoping it is still safe. But, when we were ferried out this morning, authorities were telling us that they estimated the waters would continue to rise at least another 1 – 2 feet before finally coming to a stop.

[via Outland Armour]

If you are able to donate to their cause, you may use this handy widget….


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Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous, a satirical Steampunk series, is being released in weekly chapters on the ZBS.org. This original audio/radio Steampunk drama is set in an alternative Victorian reality where most mechanical things are steam driven, including brass and cast iron robots.

Lady Windermere is a spy. Professor Farking Foots-Foots, a scientist and inventor, has installed a recording device in the cage of Lady Windermere’s bustle. Hidden within the bows of her bustle is a lens. Whenever the Lady turns her back, she can record whatever is happening behind her.

[via ZBS.org]


10
Dec

Steampunk Featured in Time Magazine

   Posted by: manny

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The Dec. 14, 2009 issue of Time Magazine has a wonderful article about steampunk.

Lev Grossman does a great job explaining the concept to the uninitiated, and talks about the origins of steampunk and its rapid growth into mainstream pop-culture.

The same way punk took back music, steampunk reclaims technology for the masses. It substitutes metal gears for silicon, pneumatic tubes for 3G and wi-fi. It maximizes what was miniaturized and makes visible what was hidden. Where the iPhone is all stainless steel and high-gloss plastic, steampunk is brass and wood and leather. Steampunk isn’t mass-produced; it’s bespoke and unique, and if you don’t like it, you can tinker with it till you do.

Be sure to read this article! It’s not too long and it’s packed with steamy goodness. You can read the full article for free online at Time.com.