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? http://www.vongutenberg.com/shop/Von-Gutenberg-Magazine-Issue-7.html
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: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The%20Steampunk%20Adventurer’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: