Steampunk inspiration and resources

10,000 Views and Counting…

Overnight last night my ticker for total views of this website reached and then surpassed 10,000! It’s amazing what can happen even when you are sleeping. Thanks so much to everyone who has been sharing my site and my Kickstarter project around the interwebs, I wouldn’t have come this far without you.

But, many of you fine people have only been following me for a short time, and you may have missed some fun stuff before you arrived. In honor of my first 10,000 views, I am highlighting 10 posts from that time period for you to check out. I am also a stats junky, so I am including some facts from my stats that I also find interesting at the bottom.

10 Posts You Don’t Want to Miss!

(in no particular order)

The Illusionist poster

The Illusionist (2006)

1. Steampunk Sourcebook: The Illusionist. This was one of my first “sourcebook” style posts, and I learned so much about slight of hand and magicians from the steam era during my research. I will do a similar post of The Prestige at some point in the future, but The Illusionist is so hauntingly beautiful I had to do it first.

2. Festival of Flame at the 2012 Paralymics. Did you know that the closing ceremony for the Paralympics was totally steampunk? There is a nice photo gallery and a youtube video in this post.

They didn't call it the Festival of Flame for nothing!

They didn’t call it the Festival of Flame for nothing!

3. Making it to the Party Early Does NOT Make it Your Party. This is by far the longest editorial article I have written, and I feel strongly that Steampunk needs to be an inclusive movement to stay true to its roots.

Jellyfish, artist unknown

Jellyfish, artist unknown

4. Mechanical Menagerie: Under the Sea. I found some fun mechanical animals to showcase, as well as an amazing short film featuring fish and other under sea beasties made out of everyday things.

5. Music to Steampunk by: Caravan Palace. I LOVE this electronic-gypsy-swing band and I think you will, too.

6. Steampunk Sourcebook: Cephlapods. Since the Cthulu first started to call, octopusses and squid have been wiggling their way into Steampunk. Check out this photo gallery of photos, as well as a mind-blowing documentary called Kings of Camouflage. 

7. A Few Thoughts About Steampunk and War. This was my rebuttal to an article by Harry Markov in Beyond Victoriana that insists that Steampunk is inextricably linked to war.

Curiosities Shadowbox  by ForWhomTheGearTurns

Curiosities Shadowbox by ForWhomTheGearTurns

8. My Artwork  I don’t want to brag, but I have been making some pretty cool stuff lately. I sort of work in 2.5 dimensions to create shadow boxes with elements that suggest a 3 dimensional object. I love using scrapbook paper that resembles maps, newsprint, scientific illustrations, and Victorian wallpaper patterns to infuse my geometric layouts with a Steampunk vibe.

9. Steampunk Book Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack. I really enjoyed this book about the truth behind a Victorian bogeyman.

10. The Brothers Grimm (2005) Punks Your Favorite Fairy Tales. Can you spot more than the dozen fairy tale references than I did? This is a really fun movie with a great cast.

Most Popular Posts

Van Helsing movie poster

Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing Mixes Monsters for Movie Magic. Alliteration aside, I really enjoyed Stephen Sommers’ re-imagining of the stories of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and wolfman, and apparently so do many people! This post has gotten 3 times the traffic as any other.

Music to Steampunk by: Lindsey Stirling. There are two awesome videos awaiting you in this post about an amazing young violinist who fuses the old and the new.

Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq. This surreal french film practically drips Steampunk and is gorgeous to boot.

Have a great weekend!

Only hours to go… Steam Tour: An American Steampunk in London

2 responses

  1. Im so proud of you! I love all of your posts!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    May 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

  2. Congratulations Phoebe!
    This is what I love about steampunk!
    You can do anything you want to do!
    With a little effort, amazing results can happen.
    You are headed for the big time, Miss Darqueling!
    Cheers!
    Welcome back home!
    Tallly Ho!
    Your pal,
    ~Ichabod.

    Like

    May 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

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