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May 13 10 1:16 PM
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Here's a question for you: If you could unlock the answer to one question that is currently unknown in the universe, what would it be?As cliched as this sounds I would love to be able to be able to perfect real space travel. Warp drive, Hyperspace jumps, Folding space, wormholes, TARDIS. It all the same difference to me. Being a Zephrum Cockrum is something I think would bring real hope to the world. We are always in need of that. The idea of reaching out to other worlds and new frontiers is pretty exciting. More importantly I dread a little to think what life will be like on Earth 40 to 50 years from now. I'd rather have a cheesy roddenberry world over a Soylent Green one any day.
Here's a question for you: If you could unlock the answer to one question that is currently unknown in the universe, what would it be?
May 13 10 3:14 PM
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CaptainAmerica wrote:Frank wrote:CaptainAmerica wrote:
Here's a question for you: If you could unlock the answer to one question that is currently unknown in the universe, what would it be?As cliched as this sounds I would love to be able to be able to perfect real space travel. Warp drive, Hyperspace jumps, Folding space, wormholes, TARDIS. It all the same difference to me. Being a Zephrum Cockrum is something I think would bring real hope to the world. We are always in need of that. The idea of reaching out to other worlds and new frontiers is pretty exciting. More importantly I dread a little to think what life will be like on Earth 40 to 50 years from now. I'd rather have a cheesy roddenberry world over a Soylent Green one any day. Great answer! I've often said that if another world is gonna be colonized I want to be on that mission, I can't imagine anything cooler. I don't think it's gonna be a soylent green world, necessarily. More like Blade Runner or Minority Report. :/
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May 13 10 8:06 PM
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May 13 10 8:54 PM
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May 14 10 6:53 AM
Well, in a similar vein, why oh why Booster Gold?
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May 14 10 6:56 PM
Well Allen You ask me something I can and will babble a great deal onNow first let’s re-affirm I am a fan and supporter of the Steampunk genre. I really respond to this incongruous hybrid that shouldn’t work yet does and very organically so. I think it’s wonderful to get a melding of the worlds of historical garb and sci-fi, playing up both history and fantasy.The biggest pro for Steampunk to me is a creative one. You’re designing an original costume/character. There are no absolute rules. You are not wedging yourself into a pre-conceived entity and worrying about whether you can do it justice. I find that is a stumbling block for some costumers-especially those starting out. Some people get too caught up in the notion of “I don’ look like the character”. With something like Steampunk, it is a non-issue. You get full use of your imagination to design something great, truly tailored to you and your personality. And you get to experiment with prop-making in new and different ways. Now as far as the cons-which I think there are a number of them-I certainly have my thoughts on them and they are based on my personal approach and philosophy to Steampunk. First and foremost is that right now, it seems to me, it has become too much like the latest fad. I find Steampunk being rather a little too pervasive in pop culture and being used as substitute for Goth in some circles. The latest gimmick folks can latch onto. As a side note it doesn’t endear me to see groups of people using Ren faires as a substitute for a costuming convention to wear their steampunk outfits. Not a big proponent of that at all since a ren faire is different from a con. I feel when done right Steampunk costumes can be crazy-beautiful but also display an intuitiveness and unity in their look. IE, the whole outfit makes sense. I think too many people get caught up in the surface images and pastiches of the genre. They think solely in terms of a checklist: Top Hat, Goggles, Ray Gun, Clothes that have muddy earth tones. This can too easily lead to lazy output. For me it is about infusing 21st century concepts but molding them to a 19th century culture and sensibility. This can work since the late 19th century had many great scientists in regards to quantum & nuclear physics and chemistry such Einstein and the Curies. It was the onset of the age of the modernists. Visualizing and re-interpreting modern designs outside current technology/resources can be fun. But there are also the social aspects & customs of the period to be included. The best costumes honor that 19th century sensibility (Note I wrote 19th century and not Victorian.). They take into consideration the culture of the environment & times and do at least some research. When you do that you get something with layers and depth. As someone who has spent a lot of time in the historical garb world, that really appeals to me. When you include some historical thought, you end up with a richly unique and organic design. If you don’t honor that side, you might as well be just doing anime. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen girls’ steampunk outfits consist of goggles, a leather miniskirt and a Goth corset. On the 1 hand they look great and the other hand they are dressed in a way that even a whore or a salon girl from that era would find indecent. I find often too much focus placed on making a “cool” prop or endless number of them. Those costumes can too often play up the stereotype of Steampunk. I’ll tell you right now 1 of my pet peeves is the top hat with goggles. As striking an image as it can be, I hate that it has become so representative. Nobody back in the 1800s would wear goggles with a top hat. It’s not the kind of hat you would use-it’s impractical. It would make as much sense as a woman trying to pin up her hair using sunglasses. I am all for cool toys but too many costumes don’t factor them as personal accessories. This is where the garb mentality can provide a positive contribution. Props for an outfit for garb is not based simply on what is the coolest item you can buy or create, but also what works with your character the best and most logically. Not every steampunk design needs goggles, a top hat and ray-gun. Our own Amaya is a perfect example of this. I recall back in 2009 she conjured up this Steampunk Day Dress. What was really striking about her design is the absence of any typical trappings you would expect. She created the steampunk effect by using it as a fashion motif in her ensemble. I thought it was inspired. Steampunk costuming has infinite potential once you get past the stereotype. My Steampunk Booster got attention for not using brown or black. I used, for obvious reasons, a blue and gold color scheme. Because I did that, people got excited. Why aren’t more people using different colors in their outfits? That era had a broad palette and also a large variety of patterns. Because they think steampunk requires somber colors.well that's enough babbling
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At what point in your life were you first called (or become) a "critic?" And were you comfortable with that role from the beginning, or did it take time?
May 17 10 9:08 PM
Hey Frank:I am fascinated with Steam Punk. I am a great lover of Jules Vern and the like and think it seems to fit so well. you said:"I feel when done right Steampunk costumes can be crazy-beautiful but also display an intuitiveness and unity in their look. IE, the whole outfit makes sense"...In the costume you show, i think she looks very interesting, but I really find it doesn't make sense to me. I guess the thing I don't get, is that the use of "gears"? Whats the purpose? It seems she had a lack of inventiveness and just threw gears all over her cos to say..."hey its steampunk!"...This is where I get lost...When I do a Supers cos, and I wear gauntlets, I want to know why I am wearing them, not just because they are cool...
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