Winter has come O_O The night is dark and full of terrors… by which I mean extended family visitors, storm-related internet cut-outs, and just not getting cozy and comfortable no matter what unholy collage of layers you might concoct.
So – time for another distraction of lovely things I’d say?
Steam Powered Giraffe – MKIII
It took me about 24 hours after exposure to become addicted to the band Steam Powered Giraffe. And yesterday saw the launch of their 3rd album: MKIII – a journey through and update of the band’s mythos and current lineup.
The band is fronted by 3 robots you see, each gorgeously face-painted/makeuped in a very individual style – their rich history of lore can be read here: On their website.
If you’re a fan of steampunk, sci-fi, performance-art, pantomime, catchy tunes and/or talented multi-instrumentalists – then I’d highly recommend checking out this playlist of Live Performances, that really gives you a feel for what the band is about.
Periscope Studios – Maiden Voyage
Portland comics powerhouse is looking to print 6 limited-edition, super-special, full-colour artbooks – each featuring several of their artists works. The first book’s kickstarter is up now, and features the great talents of: Ron Randall (Trekker), Paul Guinan (Boilerplate), David Hahn (Erfworld), Natalie Nourigat (Home Is Where the Internet Is), Erika (the freakin’ goddess!) Moen (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), and Benjamin Dewey (The Tragedy Series).
Read Only Memories
Queers and Gaming and Punk? – Oh my!
From Midboss Games (a game-making division of GaymerConnect), comes Read Only Memories – a point-and-click adventure RPG, set in the not-too-distant future of 2064; Neo San Francisco.
This love letter to the 90s and Sci-Fi follows your search for a missing friend through neon streets, a chiptune soundtrack and high-tech gadgetry. I love it when something this committedly straightforward comes around – check out the video above and you’ll see that the games goals are clear, it’s intentions are very achievable, and it’s likely a very safe bet to Kickstart.
Speaking of GaymerConnect – if you didn’t make it to the very first GaymerX convention this year, or if you would just like to re-live the memories, many of the con’s panels were recorded and are now being uploaded to YouTube.com/GaymerX. There will be discussions from gaming devs, Q&As from special guests, and so much more. They’re being uploaded two at a time every week, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t miss them
And also speaking of Queer+ online panel recordings – somewhat overshadowed by it’s gayer sibling, Queer Geek Con is a similar gem that some of you may have missed. It has just finished uploading ALL of it’s panels and talks to their Twitch.TV channel.
So if GX meerley wet your appetite for a discussion of representation, troupes and special guests, then QGCon can certainly help you round-off a delicious all-you-can-acronym buffet.
The Firelight Isle
Paul Duffield, artist of the brilliant Freakangels comic, and creator of the metaphorical and ingenious comic short Signal, has at last unveiled to the online world the solo project he’s being discussing and working on for months (if not a whole year!): The Firelight Isle.
The art is as expected, completely gorgeous and stylishly arranged, the world is an original fantasy – and while it’s only just started, and you have but 2 (incredibly long) pages to go off of; Duffiled is a magnificent comic creator and I suggest adding this one to your bookmarks to follow.