The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations and Curiosities Anyone Can Make.

Thomas Willeford has managed a full-fledged startling feast in his expanse soft cover The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations and Curiosities Anyone Can Make.  Illustrated by award-wining cartoonist Phil Foglio this book will keep you in the high fanciful fashion of the stuff of Steampunk, while providing you with the romping adventure of Isaac and Amelia.

(Remember our Steampunk issue?

Inside this over 200 paged book you’ll find instructions (with those wonderful Foglio colorful cartoons) of how to build a “Hook Launcher” (really how can any steampunker get along without one?) a “Decoder Armguard” (one of the more complicated pieces in the book) as well as a “Power Armor and Magnetic Amplification Gauntlet”. This last is where a design certainly starts a’walking ‘down our side of the street,’ if you know what I mean. There’s riveting to be done, tight belts to wear, Knuckle Guards to create, tailoring details, black “Fleather” ; if you don’t start thinking latex couture or fetish fashion, even a little bit, then you simply don’t read enough Von Gutenberg!



What I truly love about Willeford’s book is that he has cleverly woven in the story of the brother and sister team of Isaac and Amelia battling all manner of Steampunkian nasties as they attempt to rescue their uncle from a skyship piloted by a dastardly villain and his automaton helpers…if that’s not the great stuff of Steampunk literature, I don’t know what is.

Get into The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations and Curiosities Anyone Can Make and make all these wonderful accoutrements and read a swashbuckling tale as you do.

The book can be found here:’s%20Guide%3A%20Contraptions%2C%20Creations%20and%20Curiosities%20Anyone%20
VG issue # 8 as well as our Steampunk themed issue #7 can be found here:



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Steampunk-ed Ya

In the wonderful text of our wonderful issue #6 (and I can say it’s wonderful as I had a direct hand in the text of issue 6) we have covered a lot of ground with our studies and even fiction centered round all things comic-al. We have M. Christian and Midori weighing-in with non-fiction ruminations, a couple of stories featuring the same characters-a continuing comic story without pictures-(one by me solo and another in collaboration with Tom Kennedy) and lots of other stuff that speaks to our theme (not to mention the sketches by Chainsaw Chuck, Armando Huerta and others).

We also have a little look-see page and blurb from the recently released Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos: A Makers Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts, by Thomas Willeford. What’s Steampunk, you ask? Well culling a definition from the website we learn Steampunk is a ‘subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk).’ In Steampunk stuff, as you will find readily in Mr. Willeford’s how-to book, there is a goodly amount of attention paid to clothes and gadgets, something we in the lifestyle are well aware of, and a certain swashbuckling-dare I say-sensibility, that fits in well with our comic’s issue.

We are tickled pink to include a piece about this McGraw-Hill paperback in Von Gutenberg #6 and you can buy the book here: as well as grab a copy of Von Gutenberg #6 here:




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