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…and Miles to Go Before We Sleep (1: final San Diego photos.)

Posted in Antique Fairs, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Gail Potocki, Jim Rose Circus, San Diego Comic Con, Steampunk on 15 February, 2011 by Thomas Negovan
Rod wrangles the teeming hordes of Thomas Jane fans for us.

Rod wrangles the teeming hordes of Thomas Jane fans for us. His signings in our booth caused a bit of a traffic jam. (Ok, MORE than a bit, there was a whole security contingent issued to sort the mayhem.)

I am averaging about one post a decade at this pace.  Let’s relive the magic and splendor of Comic Con with the belief that if a picture tells a thousand words, you are about to experience a million word essay!

It is always magical to see Brian Froud and his wife Wendy, the artists who created the visuals for The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.  (Photo taken by Dave McKean, director of MirrorMask, the third of the three Jim Henson fantasy films.)

It is always magical to see Brian Froud and his wife Wendy, the artists who created the visuals for The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. (Photo taken by Dave McKean, director of MirrorMask, the third of the three Jim Henson fantasy films.)

Jim Rose is right: San Diego Comic Con is full of the strangest things one will EVER see...

Jim Rose (holding up a vintage poster for his Circus) is right: San Diego Comic Con is full of the strangest things one will EVER see...

An example of the insanity...

An example of the aforementioned insanity... From Art Nouveau... to LEGOs! In only twenty paces!

Because Michaelanne LOVES "CHiPs"! Her first celebrity connection at Comic Con? Erik Estrada!

Melissa auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Rufus Wainwright) was lovely... I suspect that her aura is a Heavy Metal loving teenage boy spinning a Pre-Raphaelite dream.

MAdM and Lee Moyer signed a poster for her "Out of Our Minds" environmental music and film Friday and Saturday.

I can't believe that the League of Steam convinced Gail and Stuart to do a circle of electrocution...

I can't believe that the League of Steam convinced Gail Potocki and Stuart to do a circle of electrocution...

But then I shouldn't be surprised that Holistic Health Maven and Consistent Overachiever Stuart did it TWICE.

As much as Michaelanne loves Erik Estrada, it doesn't come close to how much Gail Potocki LOVES Paul Komoda!!! Here she is with his pendant "The Kiss".

And before we knew it, it was midnight on Sunday. The neckties came off, and after hours of blood and falling timbers the truck was packed full of Art Nouveau goodness.

Thanks also to Steve Diet Goedde, who also signed in our booth but is strangely absent from photos!  The curse of the photographer, I suppose…

In the Footsteps of Thomas Edison: the Nature of Electricity, and a Technological Seance.

Posted in A Day in the Life, Antique Medical Equipment, Steampunk on 3 December, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

Antique Medical Equipment electrical therapy: The Polysine Generator.

Roaming the wilds of the Midwest, where the economy flourished in the days of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, I came across the remains of a lovely woman who lived to the ripe old age of 92 years.  “My success in the arena of longevity,” she insisted, “is due to my attention to health, regardless of public conception as I subscribe to only the most modern of medical advances.”

Well, that’s what she said in 1910.  Shortly thereafter she changed her motto to “If you find something that works, stick with it.”

One prong of her two-pointed attack at warding away the Grim Reaper was a sophisticated Hydrotherapy machine.  The other, a Polysine Generator.

Arrow Indicates Positive Pole...

Complete with Asbestos pads and metal hand-bars which connected to the terminals and delivered a gentle electric shock, this is the equivalent of a home Electroshock Therapy Machine were one to turn that beautiful voltage controller uppppppppppp someplace a little more… aggressive.

Red jewelled power light; modality selector; voltage controller...

Steampunk?  Perhaps.  Revolutionary?  Certainly.

This will be disassembled here at some point in the near future, as its brilliantly designed modality selector and polysine generator combination appears to be perfectly suited to electrically exploring specific frequencies aligning with the aetheric plane, which according to the notes I acquired- in the hand of Thomas Edison, no less- could facilitate audio communication with what he referred to as “the dearly departed”.

We shall see.