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Krypton Radio is proud to announce the amazing new steampunk show, The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell!
Season One began May 20, 2013!
Join the methodical and intrepid Erasmus Drake of Scotland Yard, and the irrepressible, unsinkable Dr. “Sparky” L. McTrowell, airship pilot and adventurer in steampunk stories of mystery and intrigue in a London that never was!
A brand new episode of The Adventures of Drake and McTrowellairs each week at the following times:
We’re no stranger to the special art world of professional illustrator Nat Iwata. Back in June 2012 we brought you the story of Nat’s Kickstarter for his Steampunk Alphabet book, after Nat had becomed intrigued by the world of Steampunk, and wanted to introduce his young children to it. So what better way than to use a kids book, but to his surprise there wasn’t much on the market at the time in the way of Steampunk children’s literature. So using his expertise in illustration, he crafted the early designs for the book and started a Kickstarter campaign to help him fund the production.
Nat’s latest project is another deck of themed playing cards, but he’s decided to ‘jump genres’ as he’s put it, with Elves and Orcs. Steampunk is sometimes a hard sell with the general public, but Elves and Orcs? You’ll probably get an immediate Lord Of The Rings reference from most, but a more hardcore nerd will probably hit you with World Of Warcraft or Dungeons and Dragons nostalgia, when opening up this beautifully illustrated pack.
With a goal of $18,000, Nat has already raised an impressive $7,492 and has at least 28 days to go on his fundraiser. Based on the impressive quality of the Steampunk book (which we’ve had the pleasure to read), we feel confident that Nat is putting out another high quality product which we’ll be looking forward to!
A Bicycle brand deck graced with our favorite ancient rivals: Elves & Orcs. Beautiful art, formidable foes, a deck with some tension.
Why Elves & Orcs? I thought it would be fun to do a dual themed card deck, utilizing the red and black suits. When I was thinking of opposing forces, the ancient rivalry between Elves and Orcs was one of the first things to come to mind. Hopefully it’s a visually fun contrast, and will make for a kickin’ card deck.
What’s better than steampunk or Legos? How about steampunk and Legos! Coming in July, Lego’s newly unveiled “Master Builder Academy, level 4” sets will give fans the chance to “travel to the past…and design the future.” With the Lego MBA series, their Master Builders teach advanced design skills and building techniques. Level 4, the steampunk-themed level, includes three new sets, focused respectively on machinery inventions, architecture, and the inventions of Da Vinci, come with access to style tips from professional Lego designers, as well as instructions on how to add gears and other mechanisms to your Lego models, to allow them movement and function.
Each set includes pieces for 3-5 different model designs. The Inventions set can be built into a hover-mobile, steam engine, or “mad science ray”; the Architecture set include parts for a Spanish fountain, “Asian gazebo” (I think that’s pronounced “pagoda”), and Roman window; and the Da Vinci-themed set allow you to create Da Vinci’s famed double paddle wheel boat; flying machine, helicopter, or drawbridge.
And that’s just what’s intended for us to build with them! Think of the possibilities! Clockwork Lego insects? Lego automata? Mini steam-powered model city? Is it July, yet?
There is more to the world of science fiction and fantasy than the written word. It’s also the visual and audible arts. This week we are proud to have with us Commander Bob and Anouk, the songwriter and the lead singer for the amazing French steampunk band, Victor Sierra! They’re a Paris-based band, with a remarkable sound and a unique history. They didn’t set out to be a steampunk band – instead, they developed their own sound and discovered after the fact that they belonged to that world.
In this unusual interview, we talk to Commander Bob and Anouk about their origins, their inspirations and their music, and we even get to play a couple of pieces.
It airs at 9PM Pacific, Midnight Eastern, and again on Sunday at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern.
Enjoy the show!
Victor Sierra leads you into a vapourous and multicoloured universe through unexplored paths down to a future that could have been… The new EP: “Secret page” unveils the unknown part of a parallel road map… The powerful down-tempo beat is stowing the Hydrogen Queen above cloudy battles. Standing on a half-burnt gangway, mad officers are drinking dark alcohol, and as dusk grows, clowns will give you the killer’s kiss. On stage, Anouk’s and Bob and Big Machine’s energies invite you to go beyond the horizon line, to be stirred in unison and to live unpredictable experiences.
Enter Victor Sierra’s universe…
Victor Sierra vous fait traverser son univers multicolore et vaporeux, par des voies qui ne furent pas empruntées au coeur d’un futur qui aurait pu être… Le nouveau EP: “Secret page” dévoile la partie inconnue d’une feuille de route parallèle… La lourde rythmique down-tempo propulse la Reine Hydrogène au dessus de batailles nuageuses.Des officiers fous boivent un sombre alcool sur une passerelle à moitié brûlée, et quand la nuit tombe, des clowns vous donnent le baiser du tueur. Sur scène, l’énergie d’Anouk, Bob et Big Machine vous invite à franchir l’horizon, à vibrer de concert et à expérimenter l’imprévisible.
Enter Victor Sierra’s universe…
Victor Sierra is a steampunk band that takes the genre and pushes it way above and beyond the basic definition. Their rich, lush, multilayered approach to to the steampunk ideal creates an impressive solid wall of sound. You hear something new each time you listen to one of their songs. Not willing to rest on the quality of the instrumentals themselves, they have terrific vocalists and deep lyrics that fully engage you. You don’t listen to Victor Sierra so much as live it.
This is what makes it so surprising that they need your help with their IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, but they do. At this writing they have fifteen days to reach their modest goal of $6,000 U.S. dollars to record their next album this year in 2013.
Want to hear the next Victor Sierra album? Helping them do it could cost you less than that pizza you had the other day for lunch. Dig deep. They deserve you help.
You can hear Victor Sierra music on Krypton Radio as part of our regular daily play.
We’re always excited when actors and writers from our favorite genres come up with something that’s genuinely different, or never been attempted before with such gusto. One such area of sci-fi fantasy to get very little love on the small or big screens is Steampunk. That fascinating alternate reality usually set in a Victorian era England, where steam powered mechanical and clockwork devices reign supreme.
During the 2012 Comic-con, Babylon 5 acting legend Bruce Boxleitner made an announcement that would be heard around the fandom world and excite the Steampunk community. He and a team of fellow Hollywood pros were actually working on a new never before done Steampunk TV series called Lantern City. While it’s never unusual to shock and delight fans of a particular genre with news that a new TV or Movie is coming out, what made this so unique wasn’t just the fact a hardcore Steampunk TV show that had never been done before, but that the show’s creators actually want the fans to be involved in the production.
There are Steampunk stories and even some professionally made media out there, which help bring new fans into the fold all the time, but by in large the Steampunk fan community has been very self-perpetuating and sustaining. That is something which has led to untold amounts of creativity and amazing creations of costumes and other equipment which fans build and sell. Because of the boundless creativity shown by the fans, Bruce has sent an open invitation to the Steampunk community to contribute with designs to help make Lantern City as awesome as possible.Continue reading »
Scott Farrell is Chivalry Today’s Program Director, and expert in medieval arms, armor, and sword combat in addition to being a writer of steampunk fiction.
Our new show The EventHorizonshowcases both established and rising science fiction and fantasy writers, artists and creators. This week we are very proud to present our conversation with writer / actor Scott Farrell.
Scott is also the brains behind one of the more remarkable, and to our mind, needful, sites on the internet: Chivalry Today. We discuss with Scott the foundations of chivalry and its origins in Arthurian legend and its relevance and value in our modern mythologies.
You can hear Scott Farrel this Saturday evening at 9PM Pacific, exclusively on Krypton Radio. Your hosts are Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox.
Tell your friends. The Event Horizon – it’s sci-fi for your wi-fi.