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Steam Powered Giraffe and related stuff

Steam Powered Giraffe is a musical theater band from California. They are pretty popular with the Steampunk set, and somehow somehow, they escaped my attention until last week. Steampunk giraffe band. This is why I love the internet.

There were originally four members, costumed up as Steampunk humanoid robots, and after some amount of shuffle I think there are about seven of them in the troupe now. Their act is a combination of music and comedy with a Jules Verne animatronic edge, and although they don’t do pop music, they did produce the little gem below which you really need to watch. Really, trust me- ignore whatever the title is making you think and watch it:

Steampunk robot giraffe puppet. That is a music video starring a steampunk robot giraffe puppet. Yes indeed.

On the topic, here are my latest paper dolls. They’re from Dover publications, drawn by Ramona Szozerba. I’ve mentioned this before, but I really like Dover books, and I own a lot of their paper dolls. This set may be my favorite one yet, although Georgie Giraffe was pretty awesome.

Even those of you who are not into steampunk can appreciate the details and the creator’s sense of humor. Of course the set includes an airship captain and a Victorian pirate, but we also have a phrenologist, a lepidopterist, and a super villain with an evil-o-meter in his hat!

sp cinderella

Four dolls come in the set, along with 18 different outfits, many of which include an animal companion. Each outfit/scenario includes several useful accessories, like Steampunk Cinderella’s Enchanted Pumpkin Air/Land Conveyance.

sp super villain

There are also plenty of clear instructions and descriptions for the accessories, so you always will know exactly which pieces of equipment to activate as the character needs it.

sp xandria and thaddeus dolls

You can buy the set at the Dover Publications website, and just to sweeten the deal a little more, there is another set of bonus outfits there for you if you do. How cool is that?

Finally, unrelated but sort of related as it is a Steampunk-themed toylike thing that I recently bought and love, Gamewright’s Forbidden Desert:

forbidden desert

Most games that offer an everyone-wins conclusion don’t appeal to me, but this one handles that well. The dynamic of everyone sharing cards adds the (unintended) benefit that you can play it alone, if you wanted. As it was designed, 2-5 players try to escape a desert storm by constructing an ancient solar-powered aircraft. It was made as a sequel to Forbidden Island which I haven’t played; I picked it up because the artwork was so striking. GAMEWRIGHT-forbidden desert

The game description looked cool, so we bought it, and as a cooperative play game requiring skill and planning, we love it. Check out the trailer they made for it below.

Just so you know, no one paid me or asked me to review stuff. I bought these things cuz I liked them, and I encourage you to do so as well, because I still like them (and hope you will too). But I’m not going to receive a commision or anything from you clicking those links.

And this is why I love the internet.


It’s a sketch called “steam pug.”
It’s a steam pug drawing. Who did this? Did you do this? This is awesome. Whoever did this, you are awesome.

Edit:
And without noticing it, I just crossed a little milestone. This is my 400th post. Go eat some cake, guys.

Dr. Grordbort’s Infallible Aether Oscillators

I do love me some Steampunk stuff. What’s not to love? Especially when it is as awesome as this. Dr. Grordbort has produced an exquisite line of ray guns to equip the danger seeking adventure cartoon hero or grownup real life human being who wants to go to Comic Con with a cool toy to show off. The one pictured above is my personal favorite, the Pearce 75 Atom Ray Gun. I’m thinking that if Marvin the Martian ever shows up with those weirdo instant just-add-water birdie alien warrior things, I’ll be ready for combat with that bad boy.

This is by artist Empyrisan from Deviantart

Steampunk

Steampunk is really growing on me these days. I found this ring on Etsy today, and I want it, want it, want it. When I was a teenager, I procured a black velvet waistcoat and ankle-length gray silk skirt, which I would wear with an excessively lacy blouse and leather granny boots. And if I could only have had this ring (and maybe a black top hat) to go with it, the ensemble would have been complete. Now that I am a big, mature grown up, I think I could dispense with the overt non-conformity and still wear this kind of jewelry with just about anything from jeans to a suit and it would work. Darn, it’s cool.

Screenshot from Disney's Treasure Planet.


Steampunk in general has an interesting niche in the world of aesthetics. The romantacism in the combined classical/futuristic motif lends itself well to sci-fi. My friend and I have been collaborating, somewhat seriously and somewhat not, on a novel about a girl living in early Victorian England, and with Jules Verne loosely on my mind, I’ve been thinking about adding a Steampunk edge to the story. I don’t know if that will actually happen or not, but it sure is fun to play with. Or maybe I’ll just jazz up some of the illustrations with cogs and gears and stuff… I don’t know how my co-author will take to this…

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