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Steampunk Digest - December 18, 2020

Our weekly roundup of news and other happenings in the steampunk world

Friday, December 18, 2020

Reminder: Steampunk Digest is on a biweekly publishing schedule for December due to the holidays. The next issue will appear on Dec. 31.

Netflix has released a trailer for Part 3 of Disenchantment, and it appears that Princess Bean will be making a return visit to Steamland, the steampunk city introduced in last year’s episode “The Electric Princess.” This time, “Bean must step up her princess game amid royal plots, deepening mysteries, King Zøg’s increasing instability and concerns about who will rule Dreamland,” Netflix says.

The animated comedy series, created by Matt Groening, could be described as “Game of Thrones meets Futurama.” In this medieval fantasy world, Steamland represents the pinnacle of technological achievement, but “there’s a power in Dreamland beyond anything we have here,” the country’s leader tells the princess as he proposes an alliance between science and magic.

The new season will premiere Jan. 15 on Netflix.

Mini Countryman
Mercedes-AMG G63

Carlex Design is a company in Poland that creates custom-themed interiors and exteriors for automobiles, and one of its specialties is steampunk. Shown above are the Steampunk Editions of the Mini Countryman (top) and Mercedes-AMG G63. The Mercedes model, which required 5200 hours of work, features a copper roof cover “on which jewelers and designers engraved a gigantic relief with steampunk motifs,” explains Carlex founder Damian Skotnicki. In the Mini, “we have installed gears, clocks, and other elements, alluding to Herbert George Wells’s time machine.” That project took nine months.

The company provided a gallery’s worth of photos that we plan to include in an upcoming feature. Until then, we wanted to share these as a preview. Learn more on the Carlex website.

The Steampunk Explorer has planted a flag on CosMos World, a new social network dedicated to cosplay culture and fandom, including steampunk. You can think of it as Facebook for geeks, but without the “politics, noise or invasive algorithms,” says organizer Haylar Garcia.

We have a personal page (“Master Persona”) as The Steampunk Explorer along with an alter ego named Phineas T. Clockbot and an official page for the website. We welcome you to join and say hello.

Lee Presson is a man of many talents. Steampunk fans know him as the leader of Lee Presson and the Nails, “The Craziest Swing Band on the West Coast.” But at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, he also presents readings in the guise of Edgar Allan Poe. This year, as part of Dickens Fair At Home, he offered a memorable rendition of “The Telltale Heart” that you can watch on YouTube. And if you’d like more Lee Presson, check out this performance by his band at the 2017 Clockwork Alchemy steampunk convention.

Edwardian Ball

The Edwardian Ball is a January tradition in San Francisco, but as with so many other events, the organizers have been compelled to adjust. “While it is nearly certain that we will not be gathering in January 2021 in our typical fashion, we will most definitely not let a year slip by without some measure of Edwardian revelry,” they state on the website. In the meantime, they’re hosting a virtual Holiday Bazaar featuring independent artists who sell handcrafted wares at the event, including some with steampunk-inspired garb. It runs through mid-January.

If you’re within airship distance of San Francisco, you can sign up to get news about plans for next year. And if you’re feeling nostalgic about past Edwardian Balls, see our coverage from the 2020 and 2019 events.

You have one more opportunity to catch Frenchy and the Punk in a virtual concert this year, as they’ll be performing live on Saturday, Dec. 19 from Batfrogs HQ in New York. They previously played on Dec. 16 in a set timed for North American audiences. Saturday’s show is scheduled for 8 p.m. London time. Tickets are available on a ‘Pay what you want/Donation’ basis. You can get them via the Batfrogs website.

Walden Art Nouveau Fonts

The Walden Font Co., purveyor of historical fonts, has released “The Art Nouveau Printshop Volume One,” a package of 12 typefaces and nine dingbat fonts inspired by the Jugendstil art movement of late 19th century Germany. This follows the earlier release of “The New Victorian Printshop,” consisting of three volumes of fonts and clipart based on Victorian-era print materials.

The company is a one-person venture led by Oliver Weiss, who began creating fonts in the mid-1990s as a hobby. He starts by collecting old print materials, which he scans at high resolution. Then he converts the type into vectors and imports the character forms into a font editor for fine-tuning. His bestseller so far is “The Wild West Press,” inspired by fonts from the Old West. He’s also created font packages based on materials from the U.S. Civil War, Revolutionary War, World War II, 1920s Germany, Medieval and Renaissance eras, and more.

Many of his customers are professional designers, including those who work on TV shows and movies. Fonts from “The New Victorian Printshop” can be seen in Good Omens on Amazon Prime Video and in the Harry Potter spinoff movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The website includes a gallery of artwork featuring his fonts.

“The Art Nouveau Printshop Volume One” costs $49.95 for a personal use license and $99.95 for a business use license. A personal use license allows you to install the fonts on up to three computers that you personally own. Learn more on the website.

Quick Hits

Queen’s Brian May Apologizes To His Fans For The Delay Regarding His Latest Custom Made Product (Metalhead Zone)

Come F.L.Y. with me in Rookburgh – Phantasialand’s new themed world (Blooloop)

Behold the Steampunk Home Exercise Machines from the Victorian Age (Open Culture)

The Steampunk Rover Concept That Could Help Explore Venus (Wired)

Odd poem: 19th century Science Fiction by Tennyson (Form in Formless Times)

Tips on How to Write a World with a Dieselpunk Aesthetic (WorldBuilding 101)

Is Steampunk Better Than Cyberpunk? – Slightly Civil War (Escapist Magazine)

Creating a Fantasy World Can Help You Manage the Current Reality (Study Breaks)

Blow Off Some Steam With New Steampunk Comics on the InkyPen App For Switch (GoNintendo)

Netflix just released the very first sci-fi nature documentary (SFGate)

Film Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989) (Film Threat)

Doctor Who: Ranking Each NuWho Christmas Special (WhatCulture)

Every new Disney movie coming out from now until 2023 (GamesRadar)

My Hero Academia Debuts Popularity Poll Results with Steampunk Poster (Comic Book)

A Tale of Will, Women & Woe: Why ‘Wild Wild West’ Is One of the Best Films Ever Made – by Jacob Wingate-Bishop (Splendid Fred Magazine)

Moreau’s island of disasters (Fergus Falls Journal)

New ‘Christmas Carol’ Movie With Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya Comes to U.S. Theaters (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)

10 Jules Verne Movies You Should Watch If You Love Adventure (ScreenRant)

Airborne Kingdom review - sunny skybound city-building that needs a touch more gravity (Eurogamer)

Steampunk Tower 2 Review (MyGamer)

Steampunk Tower 2 is a vertical tower-defence on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S (The Xbox Hub)

Biomass Review — Saber’s Edge (Sick Critic)

Fire Emblem Heroes Book V reveals mech armor and exciting steampunk aesthetic (Destructoid)

New Kirby Dreamy Gear plushes add more friends to the steampunk set (Nintendo Wire)

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at London's Natural History Museum (The Guardian)

Inside the incredible £13.95 million home in a London Royal park that belonged to H.G. Wells (MyLondon)

Inside the former home of author HG Wells now on the market for £14 million (Metro)

Former London Home of Prolific Sci-Fi Writer H.G. Wells Lists for £13.95 Million (Mansion Global)

Tickets for Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience 2021 are on sale now (Evening Standard)

12 Days of Virtual Victorian Christmas (Buffalo Rising)

Ancient Egyptian hoard of counterfeit 'dirty money' unearthed (Live Science)

Army officer's secret journal could offer new clues about the UFO crash in Roswell in 1947 (Live Science)

Rare 9-armed octopus found off Japan coast (Live Science)

Four-Month-Old Ravens Can Be As Smart As Adult Apes, Cognitive Tests Shows (IFL Science)

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