My name is Madeline Foxtrot, and I am an important person. If I were to write out all my accomplishments Steampunk Magazine Online would have to pay the internet for more space. I’ll admit I’m not sure how the internet works but I’m quite certain it works like that. While I’m not an internet expert I AM an expert on Steampunk and that is why Steampunk Magazine Online has been nice enough to offer me a recurring column titled the “No Torque Zone,” because when I interview someone I get the truth. So spin, no slants, no turning of phrase, no inventintion, NO torque! Just truth.
Today’s guest is Coyote from the Steampunk Performance and Maker collective “The League of S.T.E.A.M.” They are researchers of the paranormal, busters of ghosts, and ticklers of funny bones… when I say that I don’t mean bizarre animated skeletons I am of course referring to-
COYOTE: Thank you for having me Madame Foxtrot.
MADELINE F: Hmm? Oh yes! Well Coyote since you’re here let’s talk Turkey. League of S.T.E.A.M… I’m assuming because of the all caps in your name, and the periods that those letters stand for Something, right?
C: Supernatural and Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparition Management
MF: Because I thought it stood for Some Thing Else And MadelineFoxtrot… Not because I’m self centered but because I thought you were just killing time until I accepted your invite to the group.
C: I don’t remember us inviting….
MF: It’s never too late… So tell me a little about the group I’m joining?
C: Ha Ha Ha, Sadly Madame Foxtrot, The League of S.T.E.A.M. is an LLC and we aren’t currently not accepting new members in right now. All of our teams are currently full. But if an opening comes up, we’ll let you know.
MF: I’d appreciate that! Now, we’ve already given you money for Season 2… Why should we give you money for a third season?
C: That is a good question and one I feel we have fielded several times. By donating money to the Kickstarter you are going to get 9 more episodes. Last season, your donations got you some great guest stars like Grant Imahara, Doug Jones, Robin Thorsen, and Lisa Foiles. This season we want to do the same. Who do you want to see in season 3? We also were able to bring you some pretty cool locations, like an actual tall mast ship, Victorian homes, and different shops. Is there a location you want to see in season 3?
MF: But… we already gave you money. Did you spend it all?
C: Yeah, we did on season 2. A good portion of all donations from last season were put into filming insurance, which we need to get permits to shoot at location and most importantly protect our cast and crew in case something happens during filming.
MF: Well it sounds like you need a better Steampunk Accountant then.
C: Ha Ha, I am not sure about that
MF: Here’s an idea. We’re all about the Steampunk, and therefore we’re all about the time travel. Why don’t you go back in time, take the money from yourselves and then use THAT money to fund season 3?!
C: Well…If we did that, then we wouldn’t have had the money for season 2…plus if we did, then season 2 wouldn’t have happened, and the Kickstarter we are running now, would have been for season 2 instead of season 3…
MF: I’ve read a NUMBER of time travel stories that’s exactly how it works- but fine let’s ASSUME you’re right, why not go back to the True Victorian era and take some money from some people who don’t need it-
C: I feel that is pretty unsafe, and just generally a bad idea.
MF: The protagonist in HG Well’s the Time Machine seemed pretty OK. As did that McFly fellow…
C: Did The Timetraveller really do okay? He kinda got lost and was nearly killed by Morlocks. And McFly, because of his messing with time and trying to exploit the past with future knowledge to get money, lead to his enemy to generate a alternative time line where his family was killed, it all worked out in the end, but took some special precise reconstruction. Just saying not a great idea.
MF: I think we’re both getting a little heated. Let’s talk about something else. Coyote you are in charge of the Junior W.A.T.C.H. First Question… Do you love acronyms?
C: Yes, Yes I do. I feel…
MF: Follow up question then why don’t you marry them?
C: I am already married to my lovely wife. Plus marrying A World-Wide Alliance for the Tracking of Creatures and Haunts might not be legal. But that is a good segue into, if you do want to help join the League, it is a good option for you.
MF: Well I meant marry acronyms BUT seeing as you’ve already started tell me about the W.A.T.C.H.
C: The W.A.T.C.H. is a citizen outreach program, since we can’t be everywhere at once, the League needs your eye, ears, and sometimes nose to help us track the monsters. Your help and make the world a safe place.
MF: So what monsters do you think you’ll tackle in Season Three?
C: I can’t tell you in detail, but you will see some new monsters and well as maybe some old favorites
MF: You people are worse than the producers of Breaking Bad…
C: I know, loose lips sink Airships…
MF: Indeed. You’ve mentioned earlier you have collaborated with a lot of fantastic people, both in your videos and out, who are some of your favorite people to have collaborated with?
C: It is really too hard to say. I have been repeatedly surprised by how amazing people are. From our fan and friends who have come in to help to celebrity and business we have worked with. It really recharges you workings with so many awesome people.
MF: And of course… Madeline Foxtrot!
C: Well maybe we will for season 3…
MF: Well it’s in the press now so I suppose you’d better get on that! So ladies and gentlemen, please donate to the League’s Kickstarter so that I can be in Season 3!
C: Well I think we need to make sure we have a script for you and clear it with the rest of the team…
MF: Well you certainly didn’t disagree to it! Thank you for joining us Coyote.
If you’d like to give to the League for their Third Season go to their Kickstarter.
If you’d like to see more of the League’s work check out the League of S.T.E.A.M website.
And of COURSE if you’d like to see more of ME, Madeline Foxtrot, Check of my web series on Dogtoon Media.