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Corset ca. 1876

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Hittite cuneiform script.

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Marie Antoinette (2006) - this wig with peacock feathers was created by hair and wig designer Desiree Corridoni.

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Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation; and by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo, which we can show to investors to fund a full length 2D feature. 2D animation is a beautiful but dying art form that the animation studios have all but abandoned. But if we can fund this film with your help, we will be able to show investors that people really do want to see a feature length animated steampunk film, allowing us to get the tremendous amount of funding needed to complete Hullabaloo as the full-length feature we believe you want to see.

In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.

To learn more about what steampunk is, go here: Steampunk 101 

By helping us fund Hullabaloo, you get to help save 2D animation, you get to support a pro-girl and pro-science story, and you also get a boatload of cool stuff!

A Passing Cloud by Arthur Hughes, circa 1908.

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Model: Scarlett River
Corset: Erzsé.M
Headdress: Miss G Designs
Photo: Delphine Ayache / Fairy Tales Photography

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Credit belongs to ASAPScience on Facebook.

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To anyone who’s upset at how big and widespread the Ice Bucket Challenge has gotten, look at this video of Jason Becker. This artist is trapped in his own body, and while it’s true he can still create music in this condition, having ALS made it tremendously difficult for him to do so. I knew very little about ALS until I started reading up on it as a result of seeing and participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. And from what I understand, that’s true about a lot of us, so the campaign is clearly doing its job of raising awareness. From what I’ve read, it seems like researchers are incredibly close to coming up with treatments that will be able to help people suffering from this horrifying condition, possibly even cure it. But they’re not there yet because they’ve never had the proper funding. As far as I’m concerned, if we can fix this and make it so peoples’ lives are better, so that the victims of ALS will not have to continue suffering and so that their families will no longer have to watch their loved ones go from moving freely to being trapped in their own bodies, then it’s worth raising the money and getting that research done. Money is only important to the extent that it helps make peoples’ lives better, so let’s pitch in and do that if you can.