I love her gown; the color, the bustle, the details. All of it!
A lovely short film about the wheel that runs the world and the sister who wants to run it. Really well done!
“During Dirigible Days, you’ll join Captain Santiago Dunbar and the crew of the airship S.S. Beatrix as they transport a dangerous prisoner of war from the Cult of Cthulhu across the aethersphere of the Great Empire with ambushes, crooked lawmen, and Woe-Claw mercenaries along the way.
This low budget steampunk themed sci-fi action comedy is set in a rich world that mixes the Victorian era with elements of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft, and features voice over narration by Anthony Daniels (Star Wars).
This is the year 997. Adventure is inescapable in these DIRIGIBLE DAYS.”
~Dirigible Days website
I have recently encountered an amount of cattiness and rudeness in certain steampunk circles which I hadn’t previously. There are a few reasons I bring this up. Firstly, I personally like my life to be as drama free as possible and I am disappointed to find such drama present in our artistic and welcoming community. This is the exact reason I have steered clear of certain fantasy and historical genres or communities before and I am seriously hoping that this isn’t a preview of what our awesome community is coming to as we expand. I don’t want to see us go the way of exclusion and gossip mongering.
Secondly, it saddens me to see the result of this negative speech going around. I have personally seen artists in the community getting negative press simply by having had association with certain individuals — despite their lack of involvement in the events leading up to the certain individuals’ earning their sometimes bad reputations. Guilt by association should be left to the courts and left out of our artist’s circles in such a small community. There are so few well-known artists in the steampunk community that they are bound to be involved with each other somehow throughout their careers. That does not mean that they hold the same views or opinions or that they have the same mentality of inclusion or exclusion of all different brands of steampunk. Just because you work with someone does not mean that you have the same opinions or work ethic as your collaborators.
Finally, I think that as steampunk expands in the media and finds more people getting involved, we need to keep in mind that not everyone knows who’s who and not everyone knows past disagreements that have occurred between people in the community. If a group gets an investment or involvement in their project, they may not know how this investor is perceived in the larger community and shouldn’t be branded based simply on someone backing them or promoting them.
In any case, I love steampunk and I love the community as a whole. I rarely come across such issues, but sometimes it affects innocent people negatively and I think that we should be aware of what we say and who we may be slandering. I am certainly as guilty as the next person for jumping on the gossip bandwagon and I am hoping to rectify some of the negativity I may have spread. Stay creative! Stay welcoming! And let’s not be mean, it is unbecoming.