Decodence is a portmanteau of the words 'deco' and 'decadence'. It’s when the essence of the 1920s - 40s, either implied or explicit, is present. Decodence can be explicit when a movie is set in the Diesel Era. Or it can be implied when Diesel Era tropes appear outside of that time period. Decodence can be found not only in works of fiction but also in industrial design, fashion, architecture, and interior design. Modern decodence infused creations are often labeled 'retro' or 'vintage.'
Dieselpunk Movie Richard III (1995) Explicit DecodenceDieselpunk Movie Batman (1989) Implied DecodenceDieselpunk Marketing, Speakeasy Metropolis Lager, Implied DecodenceDieselpunk Industrial Design, Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe ll, Implied Decodence
Dieselpunk Fashion, Ralph Lauren 2012, Implied Decodence
I highly recommend the blog post by the Dieselpunk Founding Father Nick Ottens titled ‘Decodence.’
A dark, ominous sense of dread. An ancient book with bizarre drawings and script. What’s this passage behind the walls? A staircase that travels down deep into the bowels of the earth. Something alien lurks in the darkness. Ancient and evil. A descent into madness.
Lovecraftian refers to a genre of fiction credited to H.P. Lovecraft during the 1920s and 30s. Rather than focusing of gore and shock, Lovecraftian horror focuses on a world-view called ‘cosmicism’ in which everyday life is believed to be just a veneer over a meaningless and alien reality that if fully revealed would drive a person insane.
Some of the most common tropes of Lovecraftian horror are:
Great Old Ones - The beings first appeared in Lovecraft’s novella ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ (1931) but were already hinted at in the early short story ‘Dagon.’
Cthulhu - Cthulhu is in many ways a personification of the extreme nihilist vision of cosmicism. Cthulhu was first introduced in his short story The Call of Cthulhu published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928. In the story he described it as ‘A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus- like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.’
Necronomicon - A fictional grimoire capable of awakening Cthulhu and bringing the apocalypse. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft’s 1924 short story ‘The Hound’, written in 1922. Though its purported author, the ‘Mad Arab’ Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft’s ‘The Nameless City’.
I highly recommend HP Lovecraft: The Mysterious Man Behind the Darkness by Charlotte Montague.
Elizabeth Guffey and Kate C. Lemay in their article "Retrofuturism and Steampunk" published in the Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, provides a good definition of retrofututism. They wrote, "Retrofuturism can be defined as an ambivalent fascination for a future that never came to pass. But, by engaging the popular strain of Futurism that thrived from the later nineteenth century through the 1970s, the term usually applied to an array of pop-culture ephemera from the early to mid-twentieth century, from robot toys to shark finned hovercrafts, pulp magazine covers to architectural utopias."
Pawel Frelik wrote in his essay "The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro, and Retrofuturism", published in the Parabolas of Science Fiction, "The prefix "retro" may be used very liberally nowadays, but for the purpose of discussion I understand retrofuturism, or science fictional retroism, as a practice that specifically exploits the tensions between ideas about the future from our historical past - either actual predictions or fictions in time - and notions of futurity expressed in contemporary narratives." He goes on to write, "Retrofuturism, I suggest, refers to the text's vision of the future, which comes across as anachronistic in relation to contemporary ways of imagining it."
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow as well as Blade Runner, both mentioned by Frelik in his essay, are certainly examples of Dieselpunk Retrofuturism. However, neither Pan's Labyrinth nor Raiders of the Lost Ark, both Dieselpunk movies, are retrofuturist for they both lack a "vision of the future".
Dieselpunk Movie "Blade Runner": Retrofuturism
Dieselpunk Movie "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow": Retrofuturism
A good rule of thumb is that all diesel-era style or themed retrofuturism is Dieselpunk but not all Dieselpunk is diesel-era style or themed retrofuturism.
Dieselpunk Movie "Pan's Labyrinth": Not Retrofuturism
Dieselpunk Movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark": Not Retrofututism
I highly recommend Pawel Frekik's essay "The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro, and Retrofuturism" published in the Parabolas of Science Fiction.
Click here to hear a spirited discussion about Dieselpunk and retrofuturism.
In an effort to showcase the diversity of its local steampunk scene, Airship Ashanti is selling copies of its new 2017 multicultural steampunk calendar this fall. The calendar features members of the Cincinnati/Dayton steampunk community as well as holidays from cultures and religions around the world.
HRA Ashanti Captain Mandisa Njeri says the group created the calendar to be more inclusive of the various beliefs, religions, and backgrounds that make up the world around us.
“For several years, the HRA Ashanti has stood behind its calling to support its local community through multiculturalism,” she adds. “This calendar is a step in the right direction of inclusive society that embraces the different cultures throughout the world.”
You can purchase a calendar for $15 from an Airship Ashanti member in person at the November 5 and December 3 steampunk salons at Molly Malone’s in Cincinnati, at Pandoracon in Blue Ash, Ohio (Nov. 11-13), or at the group’s table at Teslacon in Middleton, Wis. (Nov. 18-20). If you aren’t attending any of these events, you can contact the group via email at HRA.ASHANTI@gmail.com to inquire about purchasing a calendar.
Proceeds go to Airship Ashanti’s future programming and philanthropic initiatives. There are only 50 copies available so get ’em while they’re hot!
A couple more preview images can be seen after the jump.
Filed under: Announcement, Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends, Conventions
Neo-Noir is the modern day heir to the classic noir of the 1940s and 50s. While Neo-Noir may not use the same cinematography as Film Noir, with its heavy emphasis on German Expressionism, it does contains the same sense of alienation, hopelessness moral ambiguity and desperation found in Film Noir while adding postmodern angst and often an existential search for meaning while living in a meaningless world.
Examples of Neo-Noir are:
A great book on Neo-Noir is ‘The Philosophy of Neo-Noir’ edited by Mark T. Conrad.
Alliteration Ink, who I had the joy of working with on Steampunk World, returns with another crowdfunding project for their next anthology STEAMPUNK UNIVERSE. Moe info below, and please spread the word!
Steampunk Universe: A diverse steampunk anthology featuring aneurotypical and disabled characters.
We keep getting told that steampunk is not diverse.
We want to keep proving them wrong.
Two and a half years ago, we brought you the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, a diverse collection of steampunk fiction. Since then, there have been a number of other prominent anthologies and works of diverse steampunk fiction. That is exactly what we hoped would happen.
But it is not enough.
We want to see even more diversity. We want to see characters like all our friends and all the members of our families. We want fully developed characters in steampunk – and all fiction – who are disabled or aneurotypical. We want more than “token” characters, and clichéd plots.
We were told it was too hard – especially in a genre like steampunk.
We are going to prove them wrong again…and we want you to join us.
Join editor Sarah Hans, our cover artist James Ng, and contributors Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Maurice Broaddus, Malon Edwards, Emily Cataneo, Pip Ballantine, Victor Ocampo, Suna Dasi, Lyndsay E. Gilbert, Kate Coe, Liam Hogan, Zach Chapman, Andrew Knighton, Matthew Bright, Candida Spillard, and Diana Pho today.
Steampunk can be diverse. And if steampunk can be diverse, it can be done anywhere.
Filed under: Announcement, Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends Tagged: alliteration ink, anthology, fiction, steampunk universe
This extreme vision is known as ‘Manhattanism’, which was a term coined in 1978 by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In his book, Delirious New York, Koolhaas wrote, "Manhattanism is the one urbanistic ideology that has fed, from its conception, on the splendors and miseries of the metropolitan condition—hyper-density—without once losing faith in it as the basis for a desirable modern culture. Manhattan’s architecture is a paradigm for the exploitation of congestion."
Manhattanism is a theme that appears in a lot of Dieselpunk creations. The most famous being the proto-Dieselpunk movie 'Metropolis', which became the theme for so many Dieselpunk cities.
Metropolis (movie), 1927
Hugh Ferriss, The Metropolis of Tomorrow (book), 1929
Just Imagine (movie), 1930
Batman (movie), 1989New Cap City from Caprica (television), 2010
Metropolis in DC ComicsClick here for an interesting online article about Manhattanism, Star Wars and Metropolis.
Immersive Games and Escape RoomsI've just discovered this community with some delight. I design Escape Rooms, and have just pitched a steampunk twist to a commission for a Victorian grade 1 listed building. I want to make sure that it is inventive whilst staying true to the accepted tropes of Steampunk. There will be brass, there will be cogs, there will be goggles! :)I'm going to have a look around and see what you are all up to. See More
This year, I’m excited to participate in two dramatically different (but equally fun) events for New York Comic Con! Details below.
For the fourth year, the GEEKS OF COLOR panel returns to New York Comic Con. Plus, fans can meet up afterwards for mingling, giveaways and more! Details & bios below.
#GeeksofColorNYCC #NYCCMeetups #NYCC
Geeks of Color
Saturday, October 8
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Description: Geeks of Color Episode 4: The Force Awakens continues to speak about the latest developments concerning representation across the creative industries and how PoC can succeed in comics, book publishing, online media, and more. Featuring Jennifer Baker (Forbes.com, Minorities in Publishing podcast), Bill Campbell (publisher, Rosarium Press), Andrea Lee (Got 2B Real webseries), Sarah Kuhn (author, Heroine Complex), Quressa Robinson (editor) . Moderated by Diana Pho (editor, Tor Books).
Geeks of Color Meetup
Saturday, October 8
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Description: Welcome to the Geeks of Color Meetup, a welcoming space for fans of color to chill and connect. Come with your friends, show off your cosplay, and network with professionals about working in the creative industries of comics, book publishing, and online media. Featuring Jenn Baker (Forbes.com, Minorities in Publishing podcast), Bill Campbell (publisher, Rosarium Press), Andrea Lee (Got 2B Real webseries), Quressa Robinson (editor), and Diana M. Pho (editor, Tor Books). Free book giveaways included!
JENNIFER BAKER is a publishing professional of 14 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, panels organizer for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and social media director and writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in various print outlets and she has contributed to Forbes.com and Bustle among other online publications.
Twitter & Instagram: @jbakernyc
BILL CAMPBELL is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, “Poohbutt” from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Last year, he also co-edited (along with Nisi Shawl) Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. Campbell recently received the Glyph Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the charity comics anthology, APB: Artists against Police Brutality (co-edited with Jason Rodriguez and John Jennings). Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.
ANDREA LEE is an actress, writer, singer, artist, and content creator. In 2011, Lee took her love of writing and acting to YouTube and birthed the web series Got 2B Real under the alias “Patti LaHelle.” The show parodied the likes of a long list of divas in the music business, all dialogue tied together with eye rolling and rapid-fire witticisms. Since its release the show has garnered over 48,000 subscribers on YouTube, 8.7 million views, and features by Vibe Magazine, Buzz Feed, TribecaFilm, Marie Claire, and many more.
SARAH KUHN is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote “The Ruby Equation” (with artist Sally Jane Thompson) for the Eisner-nominated comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, Asian American representation, and Sailor Moon cosplay have appeared in The Toast, The Mary Sue, Uncanny Magazine, AngryAsianMan.com, IGN.com, Back Stage, The Hollywood Reporter, StarTrek.com, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award.
QURESSA ROBINSON works as an editor and her titles include SPELLS OF BLOOD AND KIN, CERTAIN DARK THINGS, THE SPICE BOX LETTERS, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES, the DESERT WOLF series, and many more to come. She is an alumnus of the University of California Santa Cruz, Columbia University’s MFA program, and House Slytherin. There is power in the dark side.
The San Francisco-based team behind the literary erotic fanfiction competition SHIPWRECK returns for one unforgettable night in October to take on William Goldman’s The Princess Bride at New York Comic Con in celebration of the launch of Shipwreck’s first anthology, Loose Lips, forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing on 9/27.
SHIPWRECK invites six Great Writers to write fanfic about characters from one Great Book, and you get to decide the winner before we reveal who wrote what. How? All fics are read by our Thespian-In-Residence, Mara Wilson.
See! Six respected writers debase themselves for applause and dick jokes. Marvel! As beloved characters are plucked from their worlds and made to do stuff they were never meant to do in places they were never meant to see. Pray! That you never have to sit on stage and face a crowd while someone else reads your fanfic. Enjoy! The nerdy a cappella of Choirfly. Drink! A lot, probably.
Featuring: Michelle Hodkin, Daniel Jose Older, Arianna Rebolini & Katie Heaney, Seanan McGuire, Diana Pho, & Dana Schwartz.
PLEASE NOTE: No children are ever harmed at Shipwreck, and consent and inclusion are paramount. We’re not dicks, we just like dick jokes. Shipwreck is brought to you by Booksmith, Amy Stephenson, and Casey Childers.
**Tickets can be purchased online via credit card up to 30 minutes before the listed start time. Tickets bought on-site at the door must be purchased via cash-only**
Filed under: Announcement, Conventions Tagged: New York Comic Con
"Successful book launch for Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales, second in the Adventures of Viola Stewart series."
"Successful book launch for Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales, second in the Adventures of Viola Stewart series."
"'Kingdom of Clockwork', a clockpunk novel set in Scandinavia, has just entered its third edition. www.blackswan.dk"
Join the CWC and Help Write a Collaborative Steampunk Novel Starting in December!The Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC) coordinates novels that are written together by dozens of authors. Unlike other collaborations, the authors have no contact with each other and rely on a story coordinator to steer the story. 4-5 authors attempt a new chapter each week until you end with a finished novel. Many writers sign up for multiple chapters to try in order to increase their chance of being chosen and getting some writing credentials to bolster their writing resumes. Go to the website to find out more.Sign-ups for the whole project and the submission window for potential first chapters are going on RIGHT NOW so go sign up!!!See More