Zombies, Curses and angry garden gnomes are plaguing 19th century America and the only force capable of stopping it is the steampunk champions of western civilization known as the League of S.T.E.A.M. This is the premise of the Los Angeles based comedy troupe’s web series called, appropriately enough, The League of S.T.E.A.M. They are in the final stretch of a Kickstarter fundraising project, and are well on their way to earning themselves a third season. The YouTube show’s second season has received numerous accolades earlier this year, with nominations at the Streamy Awards and the Geekie Awards, and received two nods at the IAWTV Awards.
Led by their somewhat clueless and inept co-founder Crackitus Potts (Nick Bauman), the League of S.T.E.A.M. and its crack team of monster hunters spend their days chasing ghosts, dining with vampires and gardening. To accomplish this daunting task, they employ a dizzying array of scientific gadgets that exemplify the genre and make it so damned cool.
Potts is aided by fellow co-founder Lady Ameliorette Potts ( Robin Blackburn), zombie specialist Baron Von Fogel (Andrew Fogel) and Sir Conrad Wright III, vampire hunter ( Conrad Wright Jr.) among others. Armed with their nifty steampunk gadgetry, the group embarks on one adventure after another, collecting the occasional cursed monkey’s paw along the way.
As if that was not enough, these steampunk ghostbusters are aided by well-known geek icons like Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies), Robin Thorsen (The Guild), and Grant Imahara (Mythbusters), who make guest appearances in the second season.
To briefly summarize what steampunk is, picture all of your modern conveniences, but built in 1889 and powered by steam. Or.you can watch ‘Back to the Future’, Part 3 and check out Doc Browns lab. This, along with a punk rock fashion aesthetic stuck in the Victorian era is the world of ‘League of S.T.E.A.M.’
The group of actors, make-up artists, effects guys and veterans of the film industry have certainly taken their passion for steampunk to the next level. They are especially noted for crafting their own authentic steampunk attire and all of the props, from the steam-powered apparition apprehension apparatus to the Punchy Fist are self made and fully functional. The Kickstarter project will end October 3rd, 2013 so check it out and if you enjoy, cough up a couple of bucks and help them save the world.
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About the League of STEAM
The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a talented group of artists, performers, and inventors who take their audience back to a time of intrepid adventures, bridging the gap between the supernatural and the scientific; they are monster hunters from the Victorian era. The group is best known for their award-winning web series The Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M., which chronicles the group’s comedic monster-hunting misadventures. The League of S.T.E.A.M. specializes in interactive entertainment, performing with a fusion of fantastic technology, interactive demonstrations, and theatrical trickery, and their live events showcase a mesmerizing array of fully functional gadgets and props meticulously designed to enchant and entertain audiences of all ages. Their mission is to create unforgettable entertainment, telling their stories through a unique mix of interactive live shows, a popular web series, audio podcasts, and interactive fan club, and more.