Important Research Expedition

So in spite of (not) doing a steampunk comic, I don’t actually know very much about it– I think I’m more of a steam-ironist (steam– iron..ha-HAH!)  So myself and my Associate undertook an important research expedition to White Mischief (?) Saturday night.  I think I’ve started my recovery about now.  Results:

I’m pretty sure it’s not cool to use actual people as Supervillains, even in an imaginary comic, so this might be a dead-end storywise.  Mind you these guys slayed, destroyed, annihilated the crowd on the craziest dance floor ever, which is pretty evil!   Plus it would make an amaaaaaaazing show-stopping musical number, should the theoretical comic become an imaginary movie.  Seriously:  The Correspondents.  If they are playing on the same continent as you, go see them!! The current vids don’t sufficiently convey their mesmeric powers, just… trust me.  You’ll be helpless in their evil clutches.

Other observations: this comic has to date paid nowhere NEAR enough attention to fashion.

Also, there was a Vampire Poet:

AND, Charles Babbage was there!! Or at least this guy who had the perfect waistcoat and build.. must make Babbage cuter:

This concludes this report.


  1. Kryss LaBryn on May 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    The Organist is obviously Leroux’s original Phantom of the Opera. Only, you know, better-looking. He must have finished that amazing mask he boasted of that would make him look perfectly normal. ;-)

    But he’s definitely got the right build and attitude for it; he’s the right time period, more or less (things going down in the book circa 1875 or so); and he’s public domain. XD (you can read the original book online for free at Project Gutenberg, but the new(er) translation by Wolfe is better; the original translation left a lot of key sentences out for some reason. Too shocking for the English? Possibly… XD).

  2. Peter Spicer-Wensley on April 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I love P Shackleford’s Royal Collage (SIC) of Organists… I think a right royal collage of organists should be the result of a ‘splosion or somesuch that spreads them over a large organ after a dust up with the dynamic duo. Would be funny. Well at least amusing… PeterSW

  3. P Shackleford on June 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I keep thinking “the organist” would be someone powerful, possible the chief organist at St Paul’s or Westminster Abbey or the Royal Organist (is there such a person? the organist laureate?), who has somehow been offended by Babbage and/or Lovelace (perhaps Babbage’s message capsules ruin the acoustics in St Paul’s) and uses his minions in the form of lowly street musicians to carry out his revenge.

    – Just discovered there’s a Royal Collage of Organists! the perfect breading ground for a super-villain.

    oh the pipes, the PIPES I TELL YOU!

  4. ubiquitouspitt on June 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Dan… cing…?

  5. Smallpotato on May 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    That’s what that zap-gun-thingy is!! It’s a HARMONIC DISRUPTOR!!!!

    That is so TOTALLY what Babbage would’ve made (if he could)!!

    I don’t know why, but this realisation just makes me very happy.

    (hugs and pets and squeezes Syd and calls her George)

  6. Ceridwen on May 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Sounds intense. Hope the research wasn’t too taxing!

    I keep scrolling back up to check out The Organist again and forgetting what I was going to say here. Hang on, will engage brain this time before checking…

    Okay, on using real people as templates for fictional villains. A few things you could do:

    1. Check with the group and individual members (lead singer in particular) to see if they’ll allow it.

    2. Change certain elements while keeping the fundamental look, though I’m not sure how that would play after already mentioning – unless the change occurs organically until a time when you could honestly say that the characters were “inspired by” the group. That long-legged, bone-thin, manic-driven look is great, though!

    Looking at the circled blurb in the pic, it’s almost the same reaction as the former Mrs Byron had to poetry: “The Organist wants you to dance! / ZOMG! Poetry!!1!!11!” It’s an interesting take on the whole Victorian theme, almost retro back to the Puritans.