9 days of 9 Competiton Day3

Posted by on September 3rd,2009

Here we are again, with the third chance to win a “9” Limited Edition Movie book!

Firstly, the answer to yesterday’s Question: Who created the more than slightly Steampunk comic-book series, “The Adventures of Luther Arkwright”? it is, as correctly replied by over 100 entrants, Bryan Talbot.


The first name pulled at random from my virtual top hat is Jessica Iburg, Congratulations, Jessica!


On to Day three’s Question:

Name the novel that features “Selenites” as the inhabitants of the Moon

The winner will be announced tomorrow, along with the next question!

Good luck!


9 Days Of 9 COMPETITION day 2

Posted by on September 2nd,2009

Welcome to the second day of ‘9 Days of 9′, and your second chance to win a copy of the Limited Edition ‘9’ Movie book, one of only 999 published!

Before I set the next question, the answer to yesterday’s poser: Who first coined the name “Steampunk”? It was, of course, the author K. W. Jeter, in a letter to Locus magazine in april 1987.

Congratulations to one Tricia Owens, the randomly chosen winner (with the correct answer, of course!) of the first day’s prize!


Moving on to today’s question:

Who created the more than slightly Steampunk comic-book series, “The Adventures of Luther Arkwright”?

Answers, once again, to be emailed to:


The winner will be announced tomorrow, just before the start of day three of “9 days of 9″!

Good luck!


Posted by on September 1st,2009

To help celebrate the launch of the film “9”, we have been given 9 copies of the Limited Edition Movie Book of 9, there are only 999 of these in existence, so thes are truly limited editions!


To win todays copy, simply answer the following question:

Who first coined the name “Steampunk”?

Simply email your answer, along with your RealWorld name and address, to me at


The winner will be announced tomorrow before the next question is set.


Good luck!

“9” Another exclusive viewing

Posted by on August 19th,2009

Those stirling folk producing the film 9 have once again reached into their folio of images, and supplied us with these beauties:


About 6

6, the group’s Visionary is voiced by Crispin Glover. Although reclusive and eccentric, his bursts of artistic inspiration through drawings made from his pen nib hands may be keys to help his fellow stitchpunk beings navigate their darkest hours.



Also, on their website, a new feature allows one to upload a picture to form a ‘Talisman’, which is a representaion of an item integral to the plot, it’s jolly good, as they tell me:

“The Talisman is a key component in the story of the movie “9”… a device integral to the film’s Stitchpunk characters.  Now fans can create their own Talisman to share their pictures and thoughts with friends.  Check out www.9Experiment.com and dive into the World Talisman, where user pics from around the world can be viewed in an “infinite zooming” gallery (trust me you have to experience it – this is the first website to ever do this). Then, create your own Personal Talisman by uploading your own photos, which can then be shared via email, blogs or social networks.”


More information here.

9 shoes by Pony

Posted by on July 25th,2009

In support of the upcoming film “9”, the shoe manufacturer Pony is producing a limited edition pair of shoes:

A close-up peak at the iconic zipper on the outer rear of the shoe, which represents one of the main design cues of the “9” character, and reveals the neon green ‘9’ movie logo printed underneath.

War Of The Worlds: GOLIATH

Posted by on July 25th,2009

Coming next year from the producers of “Heavy Metal” magazine and films, comes this sequel to H.G. Wells’ “War Of The Worlds”, a brief synopsis may be read below:

“Synopsis by Joe Pearson; “It’s an R rated, retro-history, steam punk epic set in [the year] 1914, fourteen years after the first failed Martian invasion. Mankind has rebuilt her cities and military adapting a lot of the abandoned Martian technology. They’ve created an international defense force, A.R.E.S., based on the lower end of Manhattan and under the command of Theaodore Roosevelt. They’ve built a formidable force centered around giant, steam powered battle tripods.  Think of “Band of Brothers” meets “Star Wars”, meets World WO.  It will be cool-steam powered battle tripods, doomed Cossack cavalry charges, victorian decco, steam punk Manhattan, 1500 foot long armored battle zeppelins, Teddy Roosevelt, souped up Tri-planes, blood on steaming metal, sex in the cockpit.  The usual.”  It will have a budget of around $3 million, and be produced by Tripod Entertainment Sdn Bhd (joint venture between Elemental Ventures Sdn Bhd and Epoch Ink Corp).  This story is not directly based on Heavy Metal, but it is a sequel to the classic War Of The Worlds novel by H.G. Wells.  It is uncertain how connected this movie is to Heavy Metal.  It might not be an Official Heavy Metal movie, but it still has Heavy Metal connections.  It was originally intended on being part of a series of Heavy Metal Videos.  And is being co-produced by Kevin Eastman (owner of Heavy Metal).”

More pictures and information about this exciting project may be found here.

The nice folk producing the film “9” have graciously given us some more preview pictures:


2(at right, voiced by Martin Landau) shows #9(at left, voiced by Elijah Wood) the post-apocalyptic environment they exist in, in Shane Acker’s epic adventure fantasy 9, which Focus Features releases nationwide on 9/09/09.

Photo Credit:  Focus Features

9(at left voiced by Elijah Wood and #5(at right voiced by John C. Reilly) monitor an approach in Shane Acker’s epic adventure fantasy 9, which Focus Features releases nationwide on 9/09/09.

Photo Credit:  Focus Features

“9” Another Sneak Peak

Posted by on June 26th,2009

The nice people producing the motion picture “9” have given us another morsel from the forthcoming film:


About 5 Voiced by Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly, 5 is a caring, nurturing engineer – the loyal, big-hearted “common man” who always tries to play the peacemaker. He is also an apprentice of 2, with whom he shares a special bond.

Insider Trivia Screenwriter Pamela Pettler previously co-wrote the animated hits “Monster House” and Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.”

Can’t get enough of 9? –       Meet the Scientist at Facebook.com/9Scientist –       Explore the Scientists Lab at 9Experiment.com –       Watch the trailer at 9TheMovie.com –       Visit on your cell phone at 9.msite.tv –       Sign up for mobile alerts by texting ‘9″ to 4FOCUS (436287) –       Be sure to download the reader by texting ‘READER’ to 4FOCUS (436287) so you can decipher the secret messages on the street and gain access to exclusive content! –       Secret Tip: Comic Con 2009!

Be sure to stay alligned with this transmission for further tidbits from this film!

“Damnation” Timberclad PS3

Posted by on June 21st,2009
maduncle writes from the Antipodes:
A long time ago in a basement far, far away…
Mr. Jake of All Trades faces the daunting task of building the ultimate gaming PC for the launch of the new Steampunk themed game ‘Damnation’ and also knock up a modified PS3 in the same genre.
Both items were to be prizes for the launch of the game – with budding steampunkers invited to dress steampunk to win the PC, or draw their own version of a mooded PS3 to win one.
In order to give the PC his full attention, Jake kindly offered me the work modding the PS3 – which I accepted with honor.
So – a Sony Playstation PS3 arrives on my doorstep from the US, all sleek and black an minimalist – time to change that.
I went with a wood veneer finish trimmed with brass, as this was something I could fit to the curved outside of the PS3 without too much trouble. One thing about modding the PS3, it all had to be done from the outside with no internal access – otherwise all warrantees are voided!
So, the wood veneer went on and I fitted it with locating pins for the items to be fitted on to the wood. These include an old radio valve, a pipe valve, a pressure gauge, assorted brass plumbing parts and some trim. The wood veneer was then aged with a few coats of varnish.
Once all parts were fitted, I needed to change the look of the remaining plastic, so I applied some Porters ‘Liquid Iron’ and then treated this with Porters ‘Instant Rust’. This applies well to plastic as long as there is a good etch primer under it first.
Final addition was a hand cut 3D Damnation logo – supplied loose so the customer could place it where he thought it looked best.