For more then twenty years “Captain” Robert of Abney Park has been creating a world. Each song he’s written is like a tiny window revealing a new detail or character in this lush UNIVERSE. This book is a collection of all the lyrics to all the songs that shape the World of Abney Park. It also contains hundreds of full color illustrations by –
Artists: Juan Pablo Valdecantos Anfuso
Rachel Esmeralda Schwarting
Model Maker: Matthew Slater
Photographer: Jonathan Happs
Copies are available for purchase in the Abney Park Marketplace.
Whoops! It’s been a whole month since my last post. Oh dear. Where have I been? Well, I got onto a bit of a fan art kick and I didn’t want to flood the WordPress with it, since it was mostly silly nonsense. However, I have been working on a serious project, I’m gradually working through the back catalogue and editing them so they’re suitable for the RedBubble t-shirt printing process!
Here’s a little selection of what’s in the store.
Look OctoSquidy is available in kiddies sizes as well as adult! All the Change Cage Cities and the SteamGirls collections are there and the rest of the Abney Park pieces should be following shortly.
The great thing about RedBubble is that you get to choose the colour of the shirt, so if you’re not a fan of purple of brown you can change it. Some options have been disabled, since white print doesn’t look very good on a white shirt, but where possible I’ve left as many colours available as possible.
There are also hard cases for iPhones (sorry no other phone types at the moment, though I am looking into options for this) and at the other end of the budget there are super cheap vinyl stickers, perfect if you want a piece without spending a fortune.
Filed under Art, Prints, Stores
Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to the Leeds Steampunk Market on Saturday. It was lovely to meet you and get to talk Mucha, Doctor Who and all things Abney Park with you all!
I’m working through your emails at the moment but the new products (POSTERS! OMG!) will be going up on Etsy/Folksy in the next few days. Most things can also be found on DeviantArt in the mean time.
Eeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Can you tell that I’m hugely excited about this?!?! Three of my designs are now available as print-on-demand fabric!
The examples shown here are in the basic quilting cotton, but it’s also available in canvas, knit, twill, SILK, and pieces start from the 8″ square sample size to as many yards as you’d like. There are only three designs available at the moment, but I’ll be adding more in the run up to the winter holidays.
Check them out on Spoonflower!
Also, the DeviantArt calendars are now set up to print for 2012, if you like to get your calendar buying in early.
Zodiac Calendar by *phantoms-siren on deviantART
Art of Phantoms Siren Calendar by *phantoms-siren on deviantART
All sorts of other prints are available in the DeviantArt store, and greeting cards are available from Etsy and Folksy.
In other news, .the Abney Park Airship Pirates RPG is now available as a PDF!
If you want to keep up with all the new product news, up to date and as they’re listed, please consider liking my Facebook page!
Hr. Drosselmeyer’s Doll Redux by =phantoms-siren on deviantART
Here’s a little bit of new art for you all before I head off to the Lincoln Steampunk Asylum this weekend.
Made for the Abney Park Airship Pirates RPG project and designed to match one of Mandem’s images.
Here’s the song that inspired it-
Those of you with your own WordPress site will no doubt be familiar with the stats graphs on the Dashboard page. Generally I just glance at it when I log on and for the last six months its been pottering along at about 500 views per month. But when I logged in on Wednesday I noticed that the graph looked strange. I’d gone from 67 views the day before to over 350 so far for Wednesday (ended up over 470, which was my monthly average). I’d never looked at the “Referrers” section before (I’m new to WordPress and a bit clueless) and was surprised to see both StumbleUpon and The Steampunk Tribune in the list.
So first of all,many thanks to the person who Stumbled me! Also thank you to anyone who has come here from StumbleUpon and taken the time to look around, I really appreciate it!!
Secondly, a huge amount of thanks are due to the staff at The Steampunk Tribune, both for mentioning my desktops and for the incredibly flattering article they posted about my art. Thanks also to Steampunk News for posting the same article. It means a great deal to me, I’m still blushing about being called “one of the signature artists of Steampunk”.
Ok, I’ll stop sounding like an Oscar acceptance speech now. The Airship Pirates RPG went on sale at GenCon at 1pm on friday and sold out in minutes. However, the book is still available to order from the Abney Park Marketplace (Autographed by Captain Robert too!), and for those in Europe who might not want to deal with US shipping times, it’s available from the Cubicle7 UK store. Copies bought from Cubicle7 aren’t autographed though 😦
To celebrate I’m planning a competition or giveaway of some kind in the next week or so. If you have any suggestions for how I should run it, please let me know in the comments 🙂
This is the first time I’ve been able to share any of the images I made for Airship Pirates. The book itself should be out next month, so to whet your appetite here are four images linked to some of the locations from the book – the Neo-Victorian cities of Borealis, Everglade and Desolation; and the free state of Helium City.
Click here to see the full set and download them in various sizes for all your desktop needs!
Thanks as always to Abney Park, Cakebread & Walton and Mandem. Thanks also to the wonderful stock artists Mizzd-Stock, Lockstock and Magikstock for all the inspiration.
It’s 2150. The Earth’s recovering from the Great Apocalypse of 1906.
From the steampunk sky-cities of Isla Aether and High Tortuga come the airship pirates.You hoist the Jolly Roger, spin your propellers and take to the skies. Yours is a life of adventure, plunder and infamy.
The American wilderness lies below. Beast-haunted wastelands are criss-crossed by the tracks of the freedom-loving Neobedouins. Armoured railroads connect the Emperor’s widely scattered domains.
In the walled, fog-shrouded cities, people huddle in forced Victorian squalor, lorded over by the upper classes. The Emperor’s clockwork policemen patrol the streets and the ultimate threat of the Change Cage hangs over those who would rebel. Rising from the dockyards, the frigates of the Imperial Air Navy patrol the clouds, hunting pirates and threatening the sky-cities.
You’ve got an airship. You’ve got a crew. You’ve got one of Doctor Calgori’s fancy chronominautilus devices. All you need now is a good swig of rum (trust us, you’ll need it), and you’re ready to set sail on the winds of time and plunder history itself!
Who knows, maybe you’ll even screw up the timeline some more?
Abney Park’s eagerly anticipated Airship Pirates RPG is almost here! Pre-orders started yesterday with the first 300 being numbered and signed by Captain Robert himself. The book is due to arrive in August, no details of the exact date yet, but I’ll let you know when I know. Previews of some of the art can be found at the Cakebread and Walton site
I might have mentioned Abney Park here a few times in the past.
Amongst their current projects (Including a novel that I can’t wait to get my hands on) they are currently working on an RPG book called Airship Pirates. Created in conjunction with Cakebread and Walton the book will allow players to run amok in Captain Robert’s wierd and wonderful steampunk world.
Geek Native have just run a short article showing a sample of the artwork for the book, by such artists as Mandem, Myke Amend and ummm… me! Huzzah!
Will share further updates as they are received.
“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”
Jane Eyre is one of the few books I can keep coming back to and still enjoy, probably because it’s the only book I’ve every actually identified with in any real way. I love plain ordinary mousy Jane and the way she faces up to her supposed physical, mental or moral betters. Everytime I read it, I’m reminded that I need to be more like Jane.
Or at the very least I must keep in good health and not die :p
Even Better Thirty Day Song Challenge – Day 6 – Track for Swaggering To
It’s hard not to dance down the street when this comes on the iPod.