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Author Topic: Children's Introduction to Steampunk  (Read 3246 times)
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« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2009, 06:02:00 pm »

If it's robots you're after then....

Frank Miller did a great kids* two parter



* in the sense that it features no naked Greeks or two-tone lisptick lesbian assasins...


Didn't they make this into a cartoon or movie...or did I just imagine all that?
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« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2009, 08:54:30 pm »

Didn't they make this into a cartoon or movie...or did I just imagine all that?

Yes, FOX showed a cartoon of this for a while back when I was watching Saturday morning cartoons.  I was actually thinking about this comic/cartoon the other day, but I couldn't remember anything at all about it; thanks Mr. Suntan.
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2009, 10:05:06 pm »


The artist Geoff Darrow did a lot of the conceptual art for The Matrix movies but also worked on the distinctly NOT child Friendly Hard Boiled

NSFW, children, and elderly maiden Aunts

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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2009, 12:30:06 pm »

Update: Some stories are plotted, bare copper bones, flesh to be applied in short order. Probably working with the "archived stories of agents" theme. Will be working now->Tuesday on this, ATC, and tarot calender. Got sidetracked with cake, and will be again once Tuesday rolls around. *shakes fist at the demands for her sugary delights*

Was wondering who, if anyone, still wanted to help with it. Illustrations shall be in high demand... as everyone loves pictures. But my brain hurts so I'll be editing this once I get some sleep. Also looking for people with the ability to read and point out flaws. I've horrid grammar and spell check is my bestest friend.. but what if you misspell a word INTO another actual word! DISASTER!!

*stares at keys for several minutes before each sentence.... misspells "each" 3 times before hitting the roght ...right.. letters... *

I knew this Octopus keyboard was a poor choice! Everything always looks better on paper!... and less wiggly.
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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2009, 12:45:32 pm »

Iwould absolutely love to help, I study literature and love to draw, plus my mum works in a school so I can ask the kids what they think it cool. I recently got them into Fortean Times, so at the moment "cool" things include The Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, UFOs, spontaneous combustion and unicorns. This will probably be different next week, lol.
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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2009, 11:34:29 pm »

As mentioned before, I am ready and willing to help, my dear!
Proofreading, illustrations or a fresh set of eyes--just give me an early heads up on the illustrations though.
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« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2009, 11:00:39 pm »

steampunk books... well there are a few. But the best one out there for kids has got to be the MORTAL ENGINES series. it has everything, and i mean everything there is which is steampunkish. Airships, Alternate reality, great steam powered things,  well written and imaginative stories. Look up Philip Reeve, the author. He has other steampunk books but MORTAL ENGINES is the best.
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« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2009, 01:20:12 am »

I recently got them into Fortean Times, so at the moment "cool" things include The Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, UFOs, spontaneous combustion and unicorns. This will probably be different next week, lol.
I can't say I'm happy with this sort of thing. There's enough straight (often religious) fantasy around as it is. Stick to steam, canals, airships, giant sparks and the likes. I got worn out repeating my tale about how our water got from the reservoir to our taps to our son when he was small - it took about a year for him to get fed-up with it. No need to over-egg the pudding.
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« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2009, 01:50:33 am »

I can't say I'm happy with this sort of thing. There's enough straight (often religious) fantasy around as it is.
I think what I was trying to say is that for children, it's better to stick to stories about things that might have happened, ordinary fiction about a bygone age. As, of course, are countless stories which were once contemporary. Dickens did, after all, help fellow victims of a (steam, of course) train crash.
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« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2009, 02:48:40 am »

Are you trying to say that you think that fiction for children should only be stories about the past, or "may have " past. Not current day? Or that we shouldn't write stories based on what children are "into" now? I think all Darkshines was saying, was that, her particular class is interested in certain steam punk things at the moment.  I also fail to see how this has anything to do with religion, and knowing the rules of the board, wont be posting anything religious here.

There are a million different stories and ideas that can come from the world and influence of Steam punk. I just wanted to find some, or create my own. I think we've determined that there is not nearly enough, or that it is not well known eno0ugh to be of use.

I'll be sending off some PM's to some people about illustrating and such, but I will continue posting ideas and will gladly look at all the steamy literary goodness you fine people are willing to share. Thank you for all you've shown so far. Brilliant finds the lot of you!
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« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2009, 10:57:54 pm »

Yeah I don't get that attack at all....

When I was a kid I loved books about witches, wizards, dragons, mad science, aliens, monsters etc. Fantasy. The school kids were given a project where they had to create a newspaper front page based on a "mystery", and most, at first, were looking at things like Madeline McCann. My mum, who has worked with children for over 45 years, thought that the more "creative" mysteries might be more appealing to her class. Hence they are enjoying Fortean Times because they are scientific and historical accounts of events which could be seen as psuedo science, or supernature. I don't know what you think Fortean Times is about, but maybe you should check out the website?

So yeah, kids like fantastical things, be they mechanical, magical, cryptzoological etc.
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« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2009, 02:18:10 am »

Kids, be they young kids of 5 or so, or teens, or 48-year-old second-childhooders like me (lol) seem to thrive on fantasy, and tend to believe rather readily in magic. It doesnt seem to matter much whether "adults" approve of the belief in magic or extraterrestrials, if the kids want to believe it, then they believe it. There's also a certain rebellious factor involved; ever notice how anything you prohibit tends to flourish instead?

Kids talk to each other. They'll find out about the other stuff whether you "allow" them to read it or not; they might even find it even more intriguing than they would have if you hadn't forbidden them to read it.

Just 2 cents from an old guy...

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« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2009, 07:56:39 am »

Then I shall HAVE to put "Do Not Read" on the cover.  And once they open it have a page where they sign to secrecy... with multiple lines so more than one person can sign! counter active as that may be, it might be a bit fun.
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« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2009, 09:55:40 pm »

Thanks, It's a gift ( Cheesy ).
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« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2009, 01:11:12 am »

You might want to look into getting some of the old science fiction / adventure films and books that aren't precisely steampunked.  For example, the original Jonny Quest series of videos are very much the SP message about mad science and heroes-fighting-evil-geniuses.

A number of Jack London stories are suited to young readers as well, such as Before Adam.  As is ERB's Tarzan of the Apes and Return of Tarzan.
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« Reply #40 on: August 12, 2009, 11:52:59 am »

Alrighty then! Let's do this thing!! *flexes literary muscles*

Tonight I shall begin work on two Steampunk children's books. One will be a poetry collection akin to mother goose style. Another will be a steam punking of classic fables and faerie tales. If you have a tale you would like to see steam punked, or to contribute yourself, please comment. I shall (hopefully) be posting daily/ every other day updates to this thread.

I hope you approve of my attempts at bringing more Steampunk to the youngest of minds.

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« Reply #41 on: August 13, 2009, 12:40:22 pm »

I'm steaming Alice in Wonderland thanks to Llrael's choice.

So far Alice has become a steam urchin and works in the giant labyrinth of pipeworks with her sister. She finds herself following a strange, and suspiciously clean, person in all white, down a VERY long elevator ride and into a collection of laboratories. She drinks a potion that makes her tiny and has to hide when a scientist comes back into the room.

Also, not literary, but steampunk project related. I've designed a few shadow boxes 4x4, steampunk bird bots, a floating robot, and a scientists lab.

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« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2009, 04:34:22 am »

May I suggest something like Tale Spin? It was a kid's show back in the late 80's Early 90's that was at the very least Diesel punk. Very Plane heavy.
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« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2009, 11:58:01 pm »

I'm babysitting my nephew right now, and he's watching a toddler/childrens channel. right now there's a 'commercial'/music video of sorts with a little boy wearing a waistcoat, fob watch, and goggles.

just thought I'd throw it out there Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: August 16, 2009, 06:20:36 pm »

Alice has explored the laboratory, discovered the Caucus room, a secret panel, a shrinking potion, gotten passed by "Mr Rabbit" and found her way into the botanical garden of Large sentient and judgmental plants.

I have painted 2 eggs to resemble space and the Eagle Nebula.
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« Reply #45 on: August 16, 2009, 07:11:37 pm »

The Fir Tree= Jelka

Fir tree turns into a boy in an orphanage. 1006 words in and haven't yet gotten to the twist.
Now i just need someone to read it over. If only I was good with grammar being. :-)
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