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9th Sep '17 8:44:34 AM CosmicFerret
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** Another Creator/DCComics {{Elseworld}}, ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Age of Wonders'' imagines what might have happened if UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla had worked with all DC's {{Omnidisciplinary Scientist}}s: [[TheFlash Barry Allen]], [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} Ted Knight]], [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]] ... and ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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** Another Creator/DCComics {{Elseworld}}, ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Age of Wonders'' imagines what might have happened if UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla had worked with all DC's {{Omnidisciplinary Scientist}}s: [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]], [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} Ted Knight]], [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]] ... and ComicBook/LexLuthor.
7th Sep '17 8:13:03 PM MagnusForce
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* The ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' two-part episode "Steampunks" is all about the genre. There's also a recurring character named Moff, who is a huge steampunk enthusiast.
5th Sep '17 2:29:42 PM Xtifr
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Steampunk may be a modern reflection of the 1930s40s trope of TheGayNineties, an idealized version of the 1890s. While various works may be more chronologically specific, any time from around 1860, through to the 1910's, can be considered fair game. Think of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as acceptable bookends: the former is when the technological revolution really started to take off, and the latter when it first started edging into DieselPunk. The term "steampunk" was coined by K. W. Jeter to describe the speculative fiction stories in a Victorian setting that he, Creator/TimPowers, and James Blaylock were writing in the early 1980s in contrast to the cyberpunk stories like ''Neuromancer'' that were saturating media. Steampunk's modern incarnation may be considered a reaction to the popular dystopias of that time: the positive power of the imagination and subversion of the NewTechnologyIsEvil trope are common steampunk themes, although recent steampunk is increasingly likely to deal with dystopian societies, sometimes even drawing upon the works of Charles Babbage to theorize humans with mechanical brains and other things rendering them cyberpunk in all but backdrop and visual trappings.

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Steampunk may be a modern reflection of the 1930s40s trope of TheGayNineties, an idealized version of the 1890s. While various works may be more chronologically specific, any time from around 1860, through to the 1910's, can be considered fair game. Think of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as acceptable bookends: the former is when the technological revolution really started to take off, and the latter when it first started edging into DieselPunk. The term "steampunk" was coined by K. W. Jeter Creator/KWJeter to describe the speculative fiction stories in a Victorian setting that he, Creator/TimPowers, and James Blaylock were writing in the early 1980s in contrast to the cyberpunk stories like ''Neuromancer'' that were saturating media. Steampunk's modern incarnation may be considered a reaction to the popular dystopias of that time: the positive power of the imagination and subversion of the NewTechnologyIsEvil trope are common steampunk themes, although recent steampunk is increasingly likely to deal with dystopian societies, sometimes even drawing upon the works of Charles Babbage to theorize humans with mechanical brains and other things rendering them cyberpunk in all but backdrop and visual trappings.
1st Sep '17 5:25:42 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vORsKyopHyM The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello]]'' is a short film about an airship navigator. It was nominated for many awards due to the unique silhouette art-style and the inventive storyline.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheMysteriousGeographicExplorationsOfJasperMorello'' has steam and mechanical zeppelins, and is animated as though it were shadow puppets and a light box.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMysteriousGeographicExplorationsOfJasperMorello'' is an Australian short film about a troubled airship navigator and a dangerous expedition he takes part in. The setting has steam and mechanical zeppelins, and the entire film is animated as though it were shadow puppets and a light box.box. It was nominated for many awards (including an Academy Award) due to the unique silhouette art-style and the inventive storyline.
1st Sep '17 2:52:41 AM Doug86
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* The origin of Alan Moore's science hero ''Tom Strong'' involves a steam-powered pneumatic automaton and a gravity chamber at the birth of the 20th Century.
* Creator/BryanTalbot wrote and drew ''[[ComicBook/LutherArkwright TheAdventuresOfLutherArkwright]]'' in 1978, proving that steampunk is OlderThanTheyThink. Also the sequel ''Heart of Empire'', and a separate graphic novel called ''ComicBook/{{Grandville}}'' featuring a steampunk world inhabited by [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals anthropomorphic animals]].

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* The origin of Alan Moore's science hero ''Tom Strong'' ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' involves a steam-powered pneumatic automaton and a gravity chamber at the birth of the 20th Century.
* Creator/BryanTalbot wrote and drew ''[[ComicBook/LutherArkwright TheAdventuresOfLutherArkwright]]'' The Adventures of Luther Arkwright]]'' in 1978, proving that steampunk is OlderThanTheyThink. Also the sequel ''Heart of Empire'', and a separate graphic novel called ''ComicBook/{{Grandville}}'' featuring a steampunk world inhabited by [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals anthropomorphic animals]].
20th Aug '17 4:34:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The more Victorian branch of steampunk sometimes also incorporates vaguely [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] elements, as shown [[http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/?p=46 here]]. Another good example of the Lovecraftian/antediluvian influence on steampunk would be the design of the ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo's submarine, in the film adaptation of ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.'' Expect to also see a strong, visible Irish influence, in terms of such features as stained wood, brass, and American frontier-style blown glass oil lamps. You will occasionally encounter some minor overlap with the post-Victorian Art Deco movement as well, particularly in terms of typography. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] or rigid airship could also be considered one of the major icons of steampunk, due to the major public enthusiasm for the craft [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg pre-1937]]. This is despite them being much more commonplace in the DieselPunk era. To be fair, though, the first airship flew in 1852, predating both the Lincoln Administration and [[OlderThanRadio radio]]- and yes, it was powered by a steam engine.

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The more Victorian branch of steampunk sometimes also incorporates vaguely [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] elements, as shown [[http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/?p=46 here]]. Another good example of the Lovecraftian/antediluvian influence on steampunk would be the design of the ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo's submarine, in the [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen film adaptation adaptation]] of ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.'' Expect to also see a strong, visible Irish influence, in terms of such features as stained wood, brass, and American frontier-style blown glass oil lamps. You will occasionally encounter some minor overlap with the post-Victorian Art Deco movement as well, particularly in terms of typography. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] or rigid airship could also be considered one of the major icons of steampunk, due to the major public enthusiasm for the craft [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg pre-1937]]. This is despite them being much more commonplace in the DieselPunk era. To be fair, though, the first airship flew in 1852, predating both the Lincoln Administration and [[OlderThanRadio radio]]- and yes, it was powered by a steam engine.
2nd Aug '17 12:18:18 PM johnnyapplejuice
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* The trope of the [[SkyPirate Airship Pirate]] has become so overwhelmingly prevalent and predictable that a group of fans rebelled against it by forming the [[http://www.iapssteampunk.com/ Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron]] or IAPS, a delightfully intimidating group who entertain and educate about developing costumes and personae whenever they're not showing off flashy uniforms and shouting in pseudo-Austrian accents.

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* The trope of the [[SkyPirate Airship Pirate]] has become so overwhelmingly prevalent and predictable that a group of fans rebelled against it by forming the [[http://www.iapssteampunk.com/ [[https://www.facebook.com/iapssteam/ Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron]] or IAPS, a delightfully intimidating group who entertain and educate about developing costumes and personae whenever they're not showing off flashy uniforms and shouting in pseudo-Austrian accents.
22nd Jul '17 10:39:17 AM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': With Creator/HGEWells Cavorite anti-gravity tech, pollution-filled London filled with factories, dickensian poverty, and suave spy action, This is a Steampunk for TheNewTens.

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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': With Creator/HGEWells Creator/HGWells Cavorite anti-gravity tech, pollution-filled London filled with factories, dickensian poverty, and suave spy action, This is a Steampunk for TheNewTens.
21st Jul '17 9:55:40 PM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': With Creator/HGEWells Cavorite anti-gravity tech, pollution-filled London filled with factories, dickensian poverty, and suave spy action, This is a Steampunk for TheNewTens.
30th Jun '17 5:54:44 AM Franco-America2018
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** In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced ''Avatar'''s creators. The show got really steampunky in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were ''jet skis'', and Fire Nation engineers invented ''zeppelins'' by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more {{Magitek}} technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor, inventor and leader of refugee group in now converted Northern Air Temple, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced ''Avatar'''s creators. The show got really steampunky real quick in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were ''jet skis'', and Fire Nation engineers invented ''zeppelins'' by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon.balloon created by Earth Kingdom inventor. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more {{Magitek}} technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.
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