The collision came about with my family's involvement in the Steampunk movement and the Steampunk meeting Beth, Katie, and I went to Friday night. Steampunk leads the charge in "retro-futurism" or "faux-nostalgia." It's all THE PAST AS IT NEVER WAS! If that isn't a segue into wargaming, I don't know what is! A good friend of mine says all wargaming is fantasy wargaming. If it wasn't, the outcome of every re-fight would be exactly the same.
I ask you, what fun would that be?
So here are a few of Mr. McCall's wilder military-ish drawings: (Some include captions and explanations which make me laugh very hard.)
|This is called "the Feather-fighter" and I have no idea why. Nor do I know what the markings are.|
|This one is my favourite and also expresses Mr. McCall's love of "pig-iron." |
He used it in another faux-advertisement for a car built of "solid pig-iron" with the slogan "Tell the man you want one!"
Some of the language is a bit "politically incorrect" but it's still funny!
These pieces are not military-oriented but show disgustingly conspicuous consumption in a parallel -and ridiculous- 'tween Wars period.
|Auto-gyro jousting! Just the thing for a weekend at Palm Beach!|
|Tank Polo! Tell the man you want to play next time you're in the Hamptons!|
|For the sporting Prussian.|
This first one made me laugh like crazy! Mr. McCall has a gift for the automotive absurd.
|Remember... McCall is a Canadian!|
|The sheer size and extravigence of the vehicle... and the absurd background!|
World's Fairs! Rockets! Barns! Chaingangs! A front seat the size of your dining room!
Lastly we have this... a chemistry lesson and the most civil of civil wars...
|If you don't laugh at this, there is offically no hope for you!|
|Nice day, eh?|
Did I hit you? Sorry!