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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Steampunk Portal Gun

Duncan Shirah made a Steampunk Portal gun. Now I want a Steampunk Companion Cube. Make it happen, people. (via Nerd Approved

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And So It Begins

ABC Launches Steampunk Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn Detective Series; World Groans

I’m sorry. But I simply cannot talk about a putative television show about an Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn solving mysteries together in a steampunk version of New Orleans without bringing up 2003′s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, starring Sean Connery and a bunch of other people who probably didn’t do anything bad enough to deserve being the stars of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, fighting Professor Moriarty and Dorian Grey in a steampunk version of the 1890s where the Nautilus can fit into the canals of Venice and has a car in it.

I could go on at length about just how much WTFery there is in this movie, and the reason why is because somewhere, somewhere in the depths of Livejournal.com, is an “abridged script” I wrote for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, for the amusement of my high school friends. So not only did it explore the random white tiger appearances, the severe reduction of Mina Murray’s character, the attempts at making references to other contemporary works of literature rendered awkward and soulless by the fact that the movie clearly has no confidence that its audience would pick up on them without having the title of the work said out loud, clearly, by a smiling cast member… it also ensured that I’d remember most of the film for years to come.

So understand where I’m coming from when I say that I’m a little skeptical about Finn & Sawyer, and it’s got almost nothing to do with Finn & Sawyer. LoXG, as I believe it was abbreviated, was just that bad.

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Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay That Really Impressed Us

The sheer amount of costuming going on at Comic-Con is mind-boggling. Trying to come up with a “best of” list would be foolish (especially considering we weren’t there to see them with our own eyes), not to mention insane, but we have come across several online that really impressed us. So here’s our first roundup of Comic-Con cosplay pictures for your fan-gazing perusal.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Maleficent Set Photos!

Check out these set photos featuring Angelina Jolie from Maleficent, Disney’s live-action rework of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villainess. Are those actual horns on her head?! (via MTV Movies.)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Steampunk Game Boy

Hey, look, an anachronism made to look anachronistic! (Global Geek News)

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Meanwhile...

Buy This Arm That’s Had Nathan Fillion’s Arm in It [Steampunk]

Well, now that I’ve crafted a sufficiently apparently nonsensical title for you, you should know that in the Castle episode “Punked,” involved a Deloran, suspicions of time traveling, suspicions of old-timey duels to the death, suspicions of old-timey duels to the accidental death, and a Steampunk society murder.

Also, during the episode, Nathan Fillion’s titular character dons a Steampunk styled outfit complete with pneumatic arm, to get in the swing of things. And now you can buy that arm, to put your arm where Fillion put his arm.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Where Everything Is In The Hunger Games

Okay, you guys: I haven’t finished the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy yet, so I am admitting openly to you that I didn’t read this entire post because it warned me of spoilers. However, I know enough to tell you that V. Arrow, who wrote the upcoming The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, is the woman responsible for this map of Panem and its districts. (via io9)

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Great Hera!

You Will Want to See This Steampunk Greek Goddess Photoset, Immediately

This is one of those things that is so squarely in our wheelhouse that there was no question about posting it so we could show it to you. Three women — producer/designer Jessica Rowell (of J-Chan Designs), photographer Nina Pak, and model Elizabeth Maiden — banded together to create a set of photos entitled “Athena’s Curse, Medusa’s Fate,” depicting steampunk interpretations of the Greek goddesses Athena and Artemis (pictured above), plus Medusa. We won’t make you wait anymore. Pictures start right after the jump.

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What It Says On the Tin

Steampunk Disney Characters (Mostly Villains, But Also Heroines and Pinocchio)

Aside from its 2000 animated film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Disney has never really ventured into the world of steampunk. So DeviantARTist MecaniqueFairy was kind enough to imagine it and execute it in this collection, which includes heroines, heroes, and villains alike. The results are just as cool as you’d think!

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And Now For Something Completely Different

This Music Video Calls Out Lazy Steampunk Offenders

Gluing some gears on it does not a steampunk make. One Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire takes serious issue with those too lazy to really know what steampunk is and wrote a little ditty about it. He says the song is “Inspired by the category “Things That Are Not Steampunk” on Regretsy , and (of course) those peerless purveyors of Euterpean epopee, Professor Elemental and Mr B, the Gentleman Rhymer.” Heck, he got a fire burning under my butt. I mean, hot steam. I don’t think I’m doing this right.

(via Topless Robot)