The Steampunk Aesthetic

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From the 2D Goggle webcomic by Sydney Padua. Source: nonlinea, Flickr

A contraptor, a chrononaut and a coggler walk into a steampunk convention...

So you've read some of the steampunk classics I mentioned in my last post and are hooked. You want to immerse yourself even more in this fantastical world of gadgets, gizmos and gears. You've decided brass goggles perched upon your aviator hat or bowler are a good look for you. But where can one find such items?

Well, dear reader, you are in luck, for there are others like you and they've written how-to manuals, created online forums (I like Brass Goggles.) and have formed societies such as Steampunk Chicago. Some have even turned their homes into works of steampunk art.

Once you've designed your wardrobe, built your steam-powered flying machine and have made every lightswitch plate in your home look like something out of a Jules Verne novel, well then, I do believe you are ready for the conventions. Or at the very least a visit to Dr. Evermor's Forevertron in Baraboo, Wis. Enjoy and say hello to Queen Victoria for me...even if she is just an automaton.

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