Friday, 28 August 2009

Steampunk authors, stories and graphic novels

Time, yet again, for another trawl through the Aether, dragging the Net of Perspicacity behind the dirigable, searching for unknown or esoteric authors of steampunk.

Tucked away in the podsphere is this marvellous site, founded in the middle of last year. An absolute diamond, under creative-commons, Steampod is a podcasting site which includes audio stories and interviews, including with Natania Barron, author of the Aldersgate cycle of stories, using "the steam powered Victrola to listen to stories from the era called Steampunk."

More than this, Steampod asks:

Do you have a short story / diary entry you would like read? Would you like to have your voice recorded for the annals of time reading someone else’s story/diary entry? If so, I would like to hear from you! Please check out our Submission Guidelines.
More recently, the opportunity of assisting with the editing arose, and it appears that the position(s) have not yet been filled. This is a wonderful little site, providing an excellent gateway to the world of steampunk fiction which otherwise may not reach the wider world.

Please, visit the site, and if possible, donate to keep this marvellous gem going.

On a slightly different tack, the 3rd Volume of FreakAngels, the steampunk graphic series written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield will be published in November. What is FreakAngels? Well,

Do you know the 1950s story, "The Midwich Cuckoos?" It's a famous story by John Wyndham. It's been filmed three or four times. "Village of the Damned" being one of them. Think of "FreakAngels" like the kids from "Village of the Damned" grew up and became disaffected teenagers and 20-somethings. That's "FreakAngels."
What more do you need to know?
23 years ago, twelve strange shildren were born in England at exactly the same moment.

6 years ago, the world ended.

This is the story of what happened next.

Beautifully steamy and apocalyptic, FreakAngels is updated every Friday, and is FREE! Get over to the site now and start catching up!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

New Steampunk Art Competition

A new art competition, specifically focussed upon steampunk, has just been announced. Organised by Steam Gear Lab and GameX, submission date is 10 October 2009, with the winners being announced on 20 October 2009. The prizes are quite phenomenal, and include a 21.5-inch Alienware OptX™ HD Display, a DigiCel FlipBook, a Cintiq 12WX, and an Intuos4.

Come one, come all! GameX is proud to announce its Steampunk Art Competition at
this fall's show!

The Competition is designed for artist of all levels, from Pro to Student!GameX Steampunk Art Competition is a one-of-a-kind science fiction-fantasy art contest with an all-star line-up of industry judges in film, animation, games and comics include top artistic talent from companies such as Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios, 2K Boston, Ubisoft and Turbine. Winning entries will be on display in the Artist Market area at GameX, October 23-25 in Philadelphia.

Artists are invited to create an original steampunk-themed artwork and submit their art entry online by Saturday, October 10, 2009. Presented by Steam Gear Lab, the GameX Steampunk Art Competition will award one Grand Prize Winner, one 2D Winner, one Digital 3D Winner, and one Physical Construction/Sculpture Winner. The contest Grand Prize Winner and three finalists will receive a combined total $10,000-worth of art tools, software and technology from contest sponsors Alienware, Wacom, Pixologic ZBrush, 3D Coat, Digicel and Faber-Castell.

Twenty art entries will make it to the finals and be displayed on the GameX online contest page, while the four winning works will be on display at GameX, October 23-25. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, October 20, 2009. GameX is the only show that is backed by NBC media. What does that mean for you? It means, your art work could be easily seen by thousands! Get your work seen! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have tour talents seen by industry professionals, fans and fellow artist.

Contact our team today at for more details.

This seems too good an opportunity to miss for you SP artistes out there, so what are you doing hanging around reading this? Get to the competition site and enter!