Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone), a Steampunk enthusiast, is an artist, mechanologist, inventor, and the proprietor of Brute Force Studios. He has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for more than 20 years. Thomas is the author of the critically acclaimed Steampunk how-to book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos (McGraw-Hill Professional). He and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, Castle, and Oddities), online (Wired, Forbes, and Popular Mechanics), and in print (The Art of Steampunk, The Steampunk Bible, and Steampunk: An Illustrated History). Satisfied customers include musician Rick Springfield, director David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), and actresses Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5) and Virginia Hey (Farscape). Thomas also contributed to the design of Alchemy Gothic’s “Empire Collection,” a line of Steampunk jewelry and accessories.
Thomas’s artwork has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including Penn
State’s “STEAMpunk!,” Dr. Grymm’s “Steampunk Bizarre,” the Charles River Museum of Industry and
Innovation’s “Steampunk: Form and Function,” and the Ashmolean Museum of the History of Science at
Oxford’s “Steampunk,” “20,000 Leagues” at Patriot Place, and “Mobilis in Mobili” at The Wooster Street Social Club (home of The Learning Channel’s NY Ink). His clockwork spider “Arachnae Mechanica” is currently housed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently a consultant and prop master of the Steampunk television series, Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City.
Phil Foglio is the coauthor, with Kaja Foglio, of the Hugo Award–winning Girl Genius graphic novel series and the novels Agatha H and the Airship City and Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess. Phil has been writing and drawing comics since the 1980s, with work that includes Buck Godot, the adaptation of MythAdventures, and work for DC and Marvel Comics.