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Steampunk Magazine: The First Years: Issues #1 7 [Paperback]

Margaret Killjoy , C. Allegra Hawksmoor
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December 1, 2011 098349715X 978-0983497158
Although steampunk has been around as a genre since the 1980s, it came into its own as a subculture and artistic movement in the mid-oughts of the twenty-first century. In these first issues of SteamPunk Magazine, some out of print for years, there are articles and interviews on music, fashion, politics, history, and mad science. Groundbreaking steampunk fiction and breathtaking illustration run beside bizarre philosophy and manifestos. Learn to etch copper, to build a pennyfakething from an old bike or a jacob?s ladder from trash. Discover vertical windmills or sew a pair of spats. Here collected now are over 400 pages of awesome steampunkery. SteamPunk Magazine has always been known for keeping the punk in steampunk, for being willing to celebrate steampunk subculture as a part of the global counterculture. Includes contributions from Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Ann & Jeff Vandermeer, Jake von Slatt, and many more essential names in steampunk!

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Product Details

  • Series: Steampunk Magazine (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Combustion Books (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098349715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983497158
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those interested in Steampunk March 24, 2012
This is an excellent review of Steampunk culture. It contains the first 7 issues of the influential Steampunk Magazine (the early issues are very hard to get as they are out of print)which is an excellent time-capsule of steampunk before it went mainstream. The art work is excellent and the writing is amazing. There are interviews with famous artists, writers and musicians that add a context for steampunk. If you are new to steampunk or have been rocking gears for years this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 31, 2013
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Rather than a magazine, this appears more like a collection of newsletters. The is lots of material in written format and absolutely no worthwhile pictures. The ones that are there are basic line art. I had hoped for an introduction into the visual world of SteamPunk for purposes of making clothing and other personal items. There was an article about making goggles that was decent. However as far as any samples photos or actual 'SteamPunk' garments, the cover is the best art. In the age of easy photo reproduction and printing I found this to be a sad magazine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Inspiration February 3, 2012
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This is a wonderful collection and is a must-have for all interested in the Steampunk genre. Great stories and illustrations to fuel your imagination!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "For the Seriously Dedicated Steampunker" November 13, 2013
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In a word, this collection is heady. If you're merely interested in the aesthetic or trendy "brass is the new black" aspects of Steampunk, look elsewhere. If however you are interested in a compilation of art, stories, philosophy, politics, environmentalism, technology, and How-to's a la Steampunk, this collection is for you. Or, if you are new to Steampunk and want to delve in, this collection will educate you, covering topics ranging from Steampunks inception back in the 80's to what it's morphed into today and what it seems to be morphing into for the future.

A good aspect of this Magazine is that even if you are not in a committal, thinking kind of mood, you can flip through the pages and find a fair amount of eye-candy in the form of ink illustrations and also some fun tid-bits and how-to's, such as a pictorial of the various types of Victorian era facial hair, or a pictorial titled "a short visual discourse on the verb "punk." And in true Steampunk fashion there's also articles geared (no pun intended) toward the Maker-minded, such as a lesson in making and wearing your own Spats, or your own Steampunk art dolls. One of the how-to's is titled "It Can't all be Brass, Dear. Paper Mache in the Modern Home."

I can't forget to mention that I've sited on my own blog one of the articles found in Steampunk Magazine, titled "What then is Steampunk? Colonizing the Past so we can Dream the Future," (by the Catastrophone Orchestra and Arts Collective NYC)because it does an excellent job at succinctly elucidating what is significant about Steampunk as applied to both life and art in this oh-so-modern era.

All in all, this compilation is like taking a Steampunk 101 course, and from the comfort of an armchair--win-win.

Author Kelli J. Kearns
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk June 5, 2013
Great intro to the steampunk culture Book is in excellent shape Piqued my husband's interest Fun reading will continue with the magazine
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Steampunk fans April 2, 2013
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If you are interested in Steampunk you must read this. Excellent writing covering the Steampunk lifestyle, how-to projects, fiction, and historical perspectives. I truly enjoy reading (and reading) the many diverse articles and stories and think you will too.
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