Earlier this week, GSN announced the production of an upcoming Steampunk’d series. The new show focuses on the incredibly popular steampunk aesthetic and the crafters that bring it to life. It will be in the same “crafting competition as reality show” style seen in Face Off, Project Runway and the network’s own Skin Wars. The company did not list any particular dates but did say it was “coming this Summer.”
From the press release:
“Hosted by Jeannie Mai (“The Real”), the show seeks to find the most talented and versatile Steampunk designers in the country. Inspired by the Victorian era, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion to technology to design.
In STEAMPUNK’D, 10 contestants (also known as “Makers”) will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create impressive futuristic designs. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully realized Steampunk’d manor and the winner will take home a $100,000 grand prize. Currently shooting in Los Angeles, the eight-episode series is scheduled to air later this summer (exact date TBD.)”
I love that the main focus seems to be on items and decor rather than wearables. While I enjoy steampunk clothing as much as the next retro-futuristic gal, I am even more curious to see how a wider variety of objects are transformed with the types of equipment and resources a show shop generally provides.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest is the latest concert experience featuring iconic video game music and synchronized visuals from producer Jason Michael Paul. He has been staging these sorts of worldwide touring productions for over a decade now with overwhelmingly positive reviews. Continue Reading
Barnes & Noble is revisiting their popular summer event series “Get Pop-Cultured”, free themed gatherings that combine cosplay, special guests, giveaways, activities and special offers. They’ve shortened it down to one month this year (July) and will have events that range from Doctor Who to Dr. Seuss. Continue Reading
San Japan, the largest anime festival in San Antonio, TX, has announced its full slate of guests for their “8-Bit” eighth year event coming up this July/August. The 3-day event draws thousands of fans downtown to the HBG Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Continue Reading
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Amazon now offers free same-day delivery in select markets as part of its Amazon Prime subscription service. The $99/year service already offers free two-day shipping plus access to Amazon’s streaming service, data storage and e-books, but now users in 14 metro areas (which translates to over 500+ cities and towns) can get guaranteed free delivery by 9 p.m. when they place an order by noon. Orders must be at least $35 for the free option, but members can also get orders under the threshold delivered same-day for $5.99. Non-members can get in on the same-day option, but the charge will start at $8.99 plus $0.99 for each item in your order.
Unfortunately San Antonio is not on the list. Dallas/Fort Worth, however, is! You can check Amazon’s same-day page to see what areas are included and search by zip code.
Same-day delivery will be limited to around 1 million items. This is a much higher number than the tens-of-thousands currently eligible for Amazon’s PrimeNOW two-hour delivery service, but still means that there will be plenty that’s a no-go for this option.
I’m curious to see how effective this service is, how consistently they meet their delivery obligations and how this concept stands up to the brutish force of the holiday shopping season.
Are you a Prime user? If not, does this new service make Prime more appealing?
Hot Topic announced that they will acquire ThinkGeek’s parent company Geeknet, Inc. This isn’t the first major change for Geeknet, the company formerly known as SourceForge and VA Linux Systems, but it is definitely a significant event for what is probably the best-known retailer of geeky and pop-culturey items on the internet. From Geeknet’s CEO Kathryn McCarthy, as reported by PRNewswire:
This is the Mamachic, a stylish and incredibly practical garment from creator Angela Tsai. The Kickstarter drive, based here in Las Vegas, has already reached its $20,000 production goal and continues to climb. The Mamachic is designed to be worn and used dozens of ways, most notably as a nursing cover, burp cloth, swaddle, and of course, a scarf! Continue Reading