Steampunk, Dieselpunk, etc.

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by MrBern, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. MrBern

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    I read a reference to dressing "steampunk" and was unfamiliar w/ the term. So I checked Wikipedia.
    Was wondering if anyone here experiments w/ this pseudo-victorian sci-fi look.
     
  2. imoldfashioned

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    There was a discussion of this in the Powder Room. I had never heard the term before this. I've been visiting lots of sites on Steampunk since--I'm really intrigued by the style (I especially want a pair of brass goggles!).
     
  3. MrBern

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    Ah, the PowderRoom, so thats what you girls talk about in there!
     
  4. Viola

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    I like the look, its sort of a playful Victorian/mad scientist thing, 1880s-futuristic. I have to still put together a wardrobe for it, though.
     
  5. You could almost consider Wells and Verne the roots of the genre, between the clockwork Time Machine and Nemo's Nautilus...
     
  6. carter

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    It seems to me that there was at least one comic book set in the steampunk genre. Does anyone else remember this?
     
  7. imoldfashioned

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    Among other things Mr. Bern ;)
     
  8. Lady Day

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    Whenever I think of Steampunk, I think of the last scene in Back to the Future III :D

    LD
     
  9. J. M. Stovall

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    I worked in the Anime industry for a while, and there are quite a few Steampunk series and Manga tie-ins.

    I'm more a fan of Dieselpunk myself. Same basic idea but instead of modern style technology existing during the Victorian Era it's in the 20's and 30's.
     
  10. That too, although the DeLorean could've almost qualified IMO as a "modern version" thereof...

    But maybe it's just 'cause I'm so biased about the DeLorean and the "doctored" version in particular... (but "Mr. Fusion" was just ugly)
     
  11. Mike K.

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    I never heard of the term until I read this thread. Now that I know what steampunk is, I can think of several movies where it's prevalent.
    A quick Google search yielded this really cool gadget. It's a steampunk computer keyboard...and I really want one!!

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  12. J. M. Stovall

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    I think LD is referring to the very last scene were Doc Brown comes back in the train, now that's Steampunk.
     
  13. Lady Day

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    Bingo.

    LD
     
  14. JMS and LD, I was thinking of the train as well. Just saying that the DeLorean almost flirted with the classification except for its modernity, as well...
     
  15. carter

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    Mike, That's VERRRY COOOL. Please post the link! :)
     
  16. gluegungeisha

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    Ahh, I'm so happy about this thread! I was considering starting a conversation about steampunk, but I wasn't sure how many people are familiar with it. Brilliant!

    I'm mad about steampunk, especially the fashion movement behind it...but I don't have any accoutrements that fall into the genre...yet. It's a fabulous culture, though! I love the comics.
     
  17. LocktownDog

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    Love that keyboard! Would like to see someone come up with a laptop that resembles an old portable typewriter.

    My son watches those anime films. His favorite of the steampunk design has been SteamBoy. I sat and watched it with him. It was pretty good actually and didn't look like any cartoon I've ever seen before. Lots of Victorian clothing and architecture ... intermingled with primitive robots and weapons machinery.

    Richard
     
  18. Mike K.

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  19. imoldfashioned

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    Oh, that keyboard is to die for! Love it! Thanks for the link.
     
  20. dhermann1

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    I watched "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" recently, only because I had seen it mentioned here a couple of times. I found myself violently oscillating between "This is idiotic", "Yeah, but it's cool and fun", and "Yeah, but it could have been so much cooler." Creating a steampunk wardrobe would certainly provide me with an excuse to wear my black felt top hat, which I've only worn once, playing Mayor Shinn in Music Man. Plus my new black Inverness cape would go nicely, too. But I'd have to have a trick cane or umbrella, that does some clever impossible thing when I press a button.
    If you're fairly familiar with the Victorian Age, this kind of thing could get the imaginative juices really flowing. Hmmmm . . . . .
     

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