Steampunk: Brass is the new black

Steampunk. If the New York Times is writing about it I guess it’s legit. I’ve enjoyed steampunk fiction and art for many years, but I never thought it would evolve into its own subculture. The NYT article points out what I think is one of the greatest features of the “genre:”

“Part of the reason it seems so popular is the very difficulty of pinning down what it is,” Mr. von Slatt added. “That’s a marketer’s dream.”

Steampunk draws inspiration from such a variety of sources: the sci-fi novels that originated the term, the work of HG Wells and Jules Verne, turn of the century sci-fi art and lithographs, Victorian culture, the DIY punk spirit—it’s a perfect postmodern amalgam of geekdom, and I think it’s awesome.

Interested in steampunk? Check out the NYT article or the Wikipedia page. Here are a few images from one of my favorite artists, Albert Robida, a turn-of-the-last century illustrator and novelist from France. I see a definite ancestor to steampunk in his visual work.


~ by Ian D. on May 9, 2008.

3 Responses to “Steampunk: Brass is the new black”

  1. I can’t believe you didn’t post the pictures of those nasty girls in female steampunk wear. Obviously, it’s so much hotter on rich men.

  2. paints says: I absolutely agree with this !

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Sobbingly.

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