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Steampunk Revolution


The “S” word again. One of the jobs from earlier this year is now available for purchase from publishers Tachyon and other outlets. Steampunk Revolution is the third in a series of steampunk story collections edited by Ann VanderMeer (Jeff VanderMeer was co-editor on the first two volumes). I designed the previous title, Steampunk Reloaded, and was working on these pages whilst also putting together the cover for Lavie Tidhar’s The Bookman Histories. Tidhar’s trilogy is a steampunk affair (and this collection features one of his Bookman stories) so there’s some slight overlap between the two designs, notably the use of a typographic “charm” I took from a Victorian printer’s catalogue. I’ve since seen that shape used elsewhere so it’s evidently more common than I thought. Bah.

The title page design above can be added to my ongoing obsession with the Exposition Universelle of 1900. Malissa Kent’s story, The Heart is the Matter, ends with a scene at the Exposition so I had an excuse to use an elaborate banner which includes an Exposition medal. (The same medal, incidentally, that you still see on the labels of Campbell’s Soup). The illustration below is adapted from one of Walter Crane’s Socialist drawings, and I feel bad now that we didn’t credit him for it. Sorry, Walter.










Previously on { feuilleton }
The Bookman Histories
Aether Cola
Crafting steampunk illustrations
SteamPunk Magazine
Morlocks, airships and curious cabinets
The Steampunk Bible
Steampunk Reloaded
Steampunk overloaded!
More Steampunk and the Crawling Chaos
Steampunk Redux
Steampunk framed
Steampunk Horror Shortcuts



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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by marly youmans


    Altogether clever. Looked for a post by you on the Exposition Universelle but didn’t see one…

  2. #2 posted by John


    Thanks, Marly. If you search for “exposition” you’d get a load of them. This was the most recent one:


    which includes a list of the others. They’re getting so numerous now I’m going to need a new archive section to contain them all. It connects to so many things, Campbell’s soups included!

  3. #3 posted by Michelangelo


    The vertical landscape is excellent.

  4. #4 posted by Thombeau


    Wonderfully done, as always!

  5. #5 posted by John



    Michelangelo: That was a last minute addition that worked surprisingly well. I needed something to illustrate one of the stories which concerns a huge pit in the earth. The simple expedient of adding depth to a small picture did the trick. I should have noted above that there are more illustrations in the book.






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