The Flying Fortress

The Original Fly Girls

Posted in Uncategorized by seraphimish on March 10, 2010

Yet another good article about the better half and their aviary adventures in World War II.  These Women’s Airforce Service Pilots are also being awarded posthumously for their brave, and many times dangerous part in assuring a vigorous air force for the War.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123773525

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Dieselpunk WWII Short Film

Posted in Uncategorized by flyingfortress on February 28, 2010

Writer/Director Ryan Nagata recently posted a self-funded short film set in an alternate 1945.

In the film, Germany, teetering on the brink of defeat, desperately unleashes exotic superweapons in an attempt to turn back the tide.

The Red Star

Posted in Uncategorized by seraphimish on December 28, 2009

Now that this semester’s educative perils are relieved, let us re-visit our diesel roots in The Red Star.  This comic is likely one of the strongest examples of where dieselpunk can take the imagination.

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Cornebuse et Compagnie

Posted in Uncategorized by flyingfortress on December 7, 2009

I’ve stumbled across a great Flickr set showing a children’s book from 1945 about two brothers who were born in a sort of society centered around aviation. The text is in French, but the illustrations are the real draw, here. Quick warning: the depiction of some natives on one of the pages is not what I would call “culturally sensitive,” so don’t let the grass skirts, totem, and spears catch you unawares.

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Women in the Fight

Posted in Uncategorized by seraphimish on October 25, 2009

Life women

Life put up some fantastic WWII pictures about the better half and their part in the war, and we can’t help but share them!

http://www.life.com/image/2628526/in-gallery/23030/wwii-women-in-the-fight

Which ones are your favorite?  I for one want a pair of those gunner’s sunglasses immediately.

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A Brief Observation of 9

Posted in Uncategorized by Zagglenack on October 4, 2009

Nine.

So I finally watched 9. I’ll admit, it disappointed. Not because I thought it was a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, but because the film really failed to draw me into the world in a way that other animated films in the past have (I am looking squarely at you, ‘The Brave Little Toaster’).

only very minor spoilers ahead.

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The Second Industrial Revolution

Posted in Uncategorized by seraphimish on September 21, 2009

STEEL

We shall take a closer look at some of the technological leaps that helped give birth to the Diesel age that we adore so.

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Ye Not Guilty: Giant Fighting Robots & Diesel?

Posted in Aesthetics, themes, Uncategorized by Zagglenack on September 10, 2009

Big-O

My previous post dug around the video-game realm, and in it, I tried to suggest that despite not nailing the aesthetic in the same way that games like Bioshock and the Wolfenstein series do, Final Fantasy VII had skirted the line into Dieselpunk with its depictions of technology and military power.[incidentally, for those of you interested in Bioshock or Wolfenstein, the Gatehouse discusses them both briefly but effectively here.]

Because I find myself so drawn to Dieselpunk as a result of its particular visual nature – something I think comes through very clearly in my posts thus far – I have some time discussing subjects which I believe help to flesh out that nature. Today, I am going to make an attempt at the same argument, but in a new medium.

The medium is Anime. The subject is the Big-O. And I would suppose I would be remiss if I didn’t begin properly: ‘It’s Showtime.’

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Final Fantasy VII. The best Dieselpunk RPG ever made. Almost

Posted in Uncategorized by Zagglenack on August 27, 2009

FFVII

Released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII has long been heralded as one of the most entertaining games of the series, as well as representing a fundamental change in the way the American audience perceived Japanese role playing games – games which previously found only niche acceptance in the US.

I firmly believe that FFVII is the greatest Dieselpunk role-playing game ever made. Almost.

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Why I Love Dieselpunk: Dark City

Posted in Uncategorized by seraphimish on August 18, 2009

Mr Hand and Jennifer

Still in the throes of infatuation for it a decade later, I take a closer look at one of my favorite movies: Dark City.

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