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The Pink and Greens Return

September 15, 2019 - 7:20pm

In 1924 the US Army authorized what would become a legendary military uniform. Known as the “pink and green” for its tan-pants with a light rose hugh (“pink”) and it’s olive-colored jacket (“green”) this uniform was Army standard until 1948. The pink and green uniform was completely phased out by 1958.

Now, as we approach the twenties of the 21st century the pink and greens are coming back.



On November 11, 2018, the U.S. Army announced it would adopt a new uniform patterned on the pink and greens although the Army brass insists on calling the new uniform “Army Green”. The plan is for the uniforms to be phased-in beginning in 2020 and to be completed by 2028. The blue Army uniform will return to being purely for ceremonial.
Categories: Other steampunk

Tommy Gun Wizards

August 31, 2019 - 8:35pm
One of the most impressive people I know is my good friend John Pyka aka Big Daddy Cool. Not only is he a great stage magician and a fantastic singer he’s certainly an expert on comics. Earlier this month he posted on his Facebook page about a new dieselpunk comic book from Dark Horse comics: Tommy Gun Wizards.


The official Dark Horse web site describes Tommy Gun Wizards as “Mobsters, magic, and mayhem in the Prohibition era!” It goes on to say:

“Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables work overtime taking on dangerous criminals that hide in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Chicago. Except in this world, Al Capone isn't dealing in alcohol, but in magic. With Lick, a drug that grants magical powers to anyone who ingests it, mobsters become wizards, ordinary men become monsters, and darker secrets than Ness can imagine lie at the heart of it all.”

Tommy Gun Wizard was created by Christian Ward and Sami Kivela. Sami Kivela is credited with the art while Christian Ward was responsible for the cover art.

The artwork is excellent and the storyline and characters are interesting. It’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend Tommy Gun Wizards.

Issue #1 of Tommy Gun Wizards was released August 28, 2019.
Categories: Other steampunk

2020 Pin-Ups for Vets Calendar

August 18, 2019 - 12:08am
It’s here! The new Pin-Ups for Vets Calendar for 2020! According to the Military Times,

This year’s edition, which features 19 women decked out in 1940s vogue — veterans representing all five branches of the military — marks the 14th year the company has endeavored to raise morale while simultaneously shattering stereotypes about women in the armed services.

For those unfamiliar with Pin-Ups for Vets organization it was started in 2006 by Gina Elise. She had seen stories in the news about how older veterans would go long periods without visitors. Also, how veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were struggling with injuries and sickness. She remembered how her grandfather had served in World War II. So she decided to do something to help.

Elise decided she would make a calendar with a 1940s pin-up theme. The proceeds of the calendars would be be donated to help hospitalized veterans. In addition, sick and injured veterans along with those currently serving abroad would receive the calendars as gifts of appreciation.


Here’s your chance to buy a cool dieselpunk item and to help a good cause at the same time. Visit the Pin-ups for Vets web site and buy yours today.
Categories: Other steampunk

Abigail

August 3, 2019 - 6:01pm
Where is the line between Steampunk and Dieselpunk? A new movie from Russia is blurring the boundaries between the two genres. The movie is Abigail.

According to IMDb,

A young girl Abigail lives in a city whose borders were closed many years ago because of an epidemic of a mysterious disease. Abby's father was one of the sick - and he was taken when she was six years old. Going against the authorities to find his father, Abby learns that her city is actually full of magic. And she discovers in herself extraordinary magical abilities.


However, the IMDb article doesn’t capture the style of the movie. According to Wikipedia,

Shootings will take place in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and in the historical part of Tallinn, Estonia. The visual image of the fantasy city will be created on the basis of ancient buildings and narrow streets of Tallinn and Saint Petersburg, and finalized with the help of computer graphics.

Principal photography was completed in Tallinn will be transformed into the streets of the fictional city Fensington, in which, according to the plot, fairy tale events take place. The scenery combining the images of the 1930s.

Filmmakers of Abigail have developed an original conception of magic and a stylistics of closed fantastic city that combines steampunk and atmosphere of the early 20th Century Fox. There were created the unique images of the suits of city residents, rebels and their enemies - inspectors of the Security Division.


Note: The wording of the Wikipedia article is odd. I transferred it exactly as it was written.

Is it Dieselpunk, Steampunk or a fusion of both? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself.



Abigail is scheduled for release on August 22, 2019.
Categories: Other steampunk

US Heatwave: Then and Now

July 20, 2019 - 11:22pm
As I post this the US is in the grip of a record heatwave. To add to the suffering this heatwave is being accompanied by high humidity, which is making it all the worse. New York City canceled Sunday's New York City Triathlon. In South Dakota and Kansas, roads have buckled and cracked from the heat. Several deaths have been reported nationwide.

Let’s go back to 1936 when the US and Canada suffered an equally bad heatwave. To add to the pain of the time this occurred during the height of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The death toll was horrifying in that it exceeded 5,000. To add insult to injury, the 1936 heatwave was followed one of the coldest winters on record.

So as we try to stay cool let’s listen to the advice of George Olsen from 1929 ‘T’ain’t No Sin to Dance Around in Your Bones.”

Categories: Other steampunk

The Grand Dark

July 6, 2019 - 10:38pm
Novelist Richard Kadrey is best known for his highly popular paranormal series “Sandman Slim”. Mr. Kadrey has now released a dieselpunk novel titled “The Grand Dark.” Cory Doctorow with the website Boing Boing describes the novel as “a noir, diesel punk book set in a Weimar world of war trauma, debauchery, cabaret and looming disaster — and it's superb.”


According to Amazon:
From the bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series, a lush, dark, stand-alone fantasy built off the insurgent tradition of China Mieville and M. John Harrison—a subversive tale that immerses us in a world where the extremes of bleakness and beauty exist together in dangerous harmony in a city on the edge of civility and chaos.

The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as the war’s horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonism—drugs and sex and endless parties—distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can’t mask.


Unlike others who live strictly for fun, Largo is an addict with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums, he knows the city’s streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion—and maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.


But dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward. Others have a vision of life very different from Largo’s, and they will use any methods to secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity and chaos, the threat of new war always looms.


You can read Cory Doctorow New York Times review here.

The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey is published by Harper Voyager and can be purchased now.
Categories: Other steampunk

The Art of Tim Razumovsky

June 23, 2019 - 2:05am
Recently Stuart Anthony posted a great piece of art by Tim Razumovsky on the Facebook page Dieselpunk Depot. Upon seeing it I contacted Mr. Razumovsky via email. We discussed his Aurora Noir art series, dieselpunk, decopunk and more. Following are excerpts from our conversation.

Aurora Noir - Golden Magnolia (Click to expand)
Tim Razumovsky: AURORA NOIR is a personal project with all my free time invested in it. Within this project, I'm actually combining my love for old-fashioned cinema, retro sci-fi art, architecture and industrial design. I try not to lock myself creatively and I'm not committed to anything historically, I prefer not to categorize my work in a certain genre or eras, whether it's 20's, 50's, cyberpunk, dieselpunk etc. Although, I really like the DECOPUNK thing, I'll adapt it. Thank you! What's more important to me in every artwork, is strong sense of believability and atmosphere. The themes I choose to present in my works are basically tiny fragments of a much bigger picture and story that I have, which I hope someday will catch the eye of the right producer.

Myself: Would you mind telling my readers a little about yourself?

Tim Razumovsky: I'm a 36 years old digital artist based in Tel - Aviv. I started my artistic journey at a very early age.

I have a degree in screen based arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design. I have been working professionally for about 10 years now. As I mentioned earlier, I'm very much into mid-20th century cinema, art, design and architecture.

Aurora Noir - Robo Rats (Click to expand)
Myself: Of your different creations in the Aurora Noir series, which would you say is your favorite and why?

Tim Razumovsky: I don't think I have a favorite. I invest the best of my abilities in each piece, and of course, each one of them has things I'm proud of and things I'm less proud of. I try to act according to the formula that my favorite creation is the one I haven't created yet. This mindset helps me to try my best with every piece.

Aurora Noir - Aurora Express (Click to expand)
Myself: Do you have any recommendations for any reader who wishes to become a digital artist?

Tim Razumovsky: It's a bit difficult for me to give recommendations on this matter, because in my eyes -  it's a completely individual decision to become an artist (any type of artist). The only recommendation I can give is - a person who's willing to become an artist has to make sure he makes this decision for the right reason, and by the right reason I mean -  true passion, physical need to create.

Visit his ArtStation page for more of Tim Razumovsky's great art.
Categories: Other steampunk

Remembrance

June 8, 2019 - 6:13pm
People who know me know that I’m rarely lost for words. However, as I watched the recent news about the 75th anniversary of D-Day I was moved beyond words. What words can one say about young men who willingly ran into the mouth of hell on some foreign beach to help defeat the greatest evil the world has ever seen? Estimates of the number of deaths range as high as 10,000 with over 4,000 confirmed. These numbers don't begin to describe the horror and sacrifice of that day.

Saying “thank you” doesn’t seem enough. But at this time, it’s the best I can do.


Categories: Other steampunk
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