From the design site Fab.com comes this amazing piece of mid 20th century technology retrofitting. I started writing (or at least typing my mss and school papers) on a Smith Corona of the same vintage, but it sure didn’t look like this!! (and thanks to Kate Laity, or rather to the friend of hers who shared this on her FB page, thus allowing me to see it!)
When I saw this, I immediately knew there should be a subgenre called chromepunk. A quick check of Google tells me that Yes! Chromepunk lives! At least in comics, though it doesn’t seem to be a huge genre yet. Here’s a bit of Comixpedia’s definition:
“Chromepunk is inspired by science fiction but features imagery and styling taken from approxomately the years 1955-1963.”
So if you were building a chromepunk world, the aesthetic would obviously be late 1950′s – chrome hot rods with big fins, leather jackets, pompadours. You might also get in some pointy rocket ships (Hi, Marianne P!) doo-wop singing groups, and the chromepunk version of the Blues Brothers?
And what would your themes be? Cold war politics? Beat heroes and heroines rebelling against pressure to conform to traditional society? Or would you have more fun with beach parties, bridge parties, and the Right Stuff? And of course, you’d have to have Elvis, who would stride through this world like a Titan (or perhaps an actual god? What would the world be like if Elvis were God? hmmm…)
What kind of stories would you tell in a Chromepunk world?
And what Chromepunk stories can you recommend?