Due to an unexpected turn of events,Â I am emceeing this monthâ€™s Dr. Sketchy, with its steampunk theme! What ripping fun, I say!
I enjoy steampunk, even as my eternal steampunk rant is that I want to see more 18th-century steampunk – the 18th century being the era of the scientific discoveries that began the Industrial Revolution. But, no, popular culture has decreed that steampunk is based on the techno-Victorian retro-future-past that never was, pass the bustles and Nikola Tesla references.
Dapper Dinosaurs! Click on the link and be amazed. For hours. I was.
Victorian fashion webcomic goodness from David Malki’s Wondermark. Reused with permission.
And then there’s Sydney Padua’s delightful comments on her own steampunk webcomic, 2D Goggles, set in the 1830s. â€œSpot the point at which fashion FELL OFF A CLIFF!â€
Interestingly, there seems to be a big gap in fashion recreation between 1830 and the early 1860s. In the same way, until recently, only brave retro-lovers ventured into the 1930s, with their challenging bias-cuts and demented hats.