Steampunk Digest - May 12, 2018
Our weekly roundup of news and other happenings in the steampunk world
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Steampunk in the garage. An upcoming episode of "Jay Leno's Garage" on CNBC will be devoted to steampunk vehicles, including two or three art cars from Obtainium Works of Vallejo, California. The Vallejo Times-Herald reports that Obtainium Works leaders Shannon O’Hare and Kathy O’Hare traveled to Burbank in early February to shoot a segment for the episode. The story reveals that Leno will be seen driving a "Nautilus submarine on wheels" through the streets of Burbank. (That sounds like the Nautilus Submarine Art Car from Five Ton Crane, seen here.) It's not yet clear when the episode will air.
The O'Hares also assisted in the construction of "Deviled Egg," one of the robotic combatants in the season premiere of "BattleBots" on Discovery Networks. The episode aired May 11 on Discovery Channel and will repeat May 16 on Science Channel.
Guns of Icarus Alliance, a steampunk airship combat game, is now available for the PlayStation 4, about a year after its release for the Steam gaming platform. Crews with up to four players can go against other teams or an AI. It supports cross-platform play, so matches can include users of the Steam and PlayStation versions. Critical response is mixed, per reviews aggregator Metacritic. GameSpace and Playstation LifeStyle praise the cross-platform capability, but Shacknews opines that "it’s hard to justify a price point for a game that feels so repetitive in its gameplay style and outdated in the looks department."
New from Gail Carriger. The author is planning a Facebook Live event on May 14 to mark the launch of her latest novella, How to Marry a Werewolf. In addition to introducing the story, she'll be offering a tour of her "magical office." The video will be uploaded to her YouTube channel. The story, scheduled for release on May 13, is set in the same universe as the Parasol Protectorate series. She's also slated to appear at Phoenix Comic Fest, May 24-27.
The Southern Steampunk Expo takes place May 19-20 at The Warehouse, 3420 Giles Road, Gulfport, Mississippi. Activities include a costume contest, gaming, vendors, workshops, and photo ops. The New Orleans Steam Cog Orchestra will provide musical entertainment. It's hosted by the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum. Get the details here.
Steampunk Under the Sea. The Kendall Gazette in South Florida has a report about "RAIL, Steampunk Under the Sea," a steampunk gathering held April 21 at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami. "The get-together ran from noon until 8 p.m. and featured imaginative costumes, music, food, merchandise and contests," writes Gary Alan Ruse. He adds the obligatory explanation of "What is Steampunk." The event, produced by Rivet Nation, drew about 200 people. The story includes a slide show. Read it here.
The Wild West Steam Fest took place May 5 in Santa Ana, California, and steampunk author Jonathan Fesmire has a report on his blog. He took in the music and visited with vendors, but "one surprise highlight of my day came when I chatted with the Faro dealer," he writes. "I learned that he has played a host on Westworld, one of my absolutely favorite shows. In a few scenes, he's the Faro dealer. His name is Pico Pistolero, and you should look him up." The post includes photos and a video. Photo by Jonathan Fesmire.
Also check out the slide show by Scott Feinblatt at OC Weekly.
Bodacious Creed on Indiegogo. We previously reported about Fesmire's Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his new book, Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate. "With just under six days to go, the Kickstarter clearly wasn't going to make its funding," he writes, so he shut down the Kickstarter campaign and moved to Indiegogo. His goal is to raise $1500 to $3500. As before, a pledge of $130 gets you a role as a minor character in the novel. Here's the campaign.
A taste of steampunk in Florida. Justin Grant of the Tampa Bay Times writes about the new Brandon, Florida location of The Mill, a bar and restaurant that also has a location in downtown St. Petersburg. "A modest dining area is backed by floor-to-ceiling steampunk gears, a mixed-media art installation doubling as full-time décor," he writes. "On the other side of the room is a long bar, backed by rusty iron bars, topped with discolored, roughly hammered copper and lit from above by lamps encased in frayed burlap sacks." Read about it here.
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