Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
PBS’ latest episode of Off Book explores steampunk art, “We speak with a Steampunk artist, a composer who created an entire piece of music inspired by Steampunk, and a performing arts collective whose work falls naturally into this intriguing world.”
Check out Night of the Cephalopods, Guerilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution, Balloonists and more fun by Spooky Squid Games.
An illustrated gallery of 1950s rayguns and a lovely, sweet and kinda steam punk illustrated marriage proposal by Joel Kimmel. (thanks, Humash!)
Kirkbride Buildings are the castles of the American Midwest. They’re also 19th century State Hospitals.
Unspeakable horror + Unspeakable groove. Animation with art by Dan Hillier and music by Losers. (via Dan Hillier)
We are enjoying the unspeakable today. Gentry with tentacles. A deck of forbidden knowledge.
Dr. Evermore’s Forevertron gives hope to humankind. (thanks, Edie!)
England’s own clockwork soldier has the temerity to protest conscription, reported in The London Bell, May 12, 1887.
Machinarium is a gorgeous game illustrated with colored pencil. Read a review and see the trailer here. (thanks, alex!)
A severed dragon head, a monkey’s paw, a vampire pharaoh and an interdimensional cat are all specimens collected and mounted by artist Alex CF. Cryptids, oddities and mythical monsters presented with retro-Victorian naturalism. (thanks, Ariel!)
Tim Burton + Timur Bekmambetov + Shane Acker = 9. (thanks, boyo!)
Airships, mysterious islands, satanic scientists, vampiric creatures, tragedy. All in silhouette in The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. (Thanks, Steven!)
Dr. Julius T. Roundbottom, gentleman of science, reports on a paper he delivered to the Adventurer’s Club a pack of “close-minded fools more interested in the rush of adrenaline than actual science.” (thanks, Steven!)
Alienated, ranting about how the world could be perfected if only the fools would listen, plotting intricate schemes, focusing great minds on tiny slights, losing their beloved and scarred by experiments gone awry, revenging themselves on the world, supervillains are where it’s at. Here are some of my favorite villains–in alphabetical order to avoid retribution.
The New York Times fashion and style folk have noticed steampunk. Good? Bad? One thing, though, the photo slide show is nice. (Here’s a mirror link for readers who don’t want the Gray Lady knowing anything about them).
Steam Trek: The Moving Picture is a silent setting the starship Enterprise in the steam era. In space, no one can hear you–though the music cues are neat. Go here for a full version and here for more information. (Updated and thanks to Hellblazer.net).
Really, I am trying to be good, but I’m not sure I can help it. Last month, DVD’s for The Amazing Screw-On Head and Hellboy: Sword of Storms were released on the same day. That should have been the best day ever since they’re both based on Mike Mignola’s comics. Unfortunately, releasing both projects on [...]
Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash is a book that requires some warning for unsuspecting readers: it’s so wacked out and demented that it’s beyond over-the-top and way beyond anything you can take seriously. The book works because you eventually realize that Stephenson’s approach suits the future that he is talking about. By throwing literary caution to [...]