In Our Heads: Jeff Gonzales

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Movie: “The City Of Lost Children” – Before the mechanically inspired “HellBoy II: The Golden Army,” Ron Pearlman starred in this 1995 steampunk classic French film. With a clockwork woman and neo-Victorian imagery, “The City of Lost Children” is steampunk at its best.

Music: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing – “Brunel” – Referencing a famous Victorian mechanical engineer with an Oliver Twist twist, and a dirty “oi!” punk sound, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing put the punk in steampunk. Releasing the song “Sewer” on wax cylinder ensures the band’s place in the genre.

Book: “Y: The Last Man” – Never let it be said that comic books are only for children. “Y: The Last Man,” by Brian K. Vaughan, is proof of this. The series takes place in a dystopian future where all males of every species on the planet have died, with the exception of Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Deep plot lines and crazy twists will keep you wondering and turning the page to find out what happens next. (The first issue can be read for free on DC’s website.)

TV: “Doctor Who” – This iconic cult classic sci-fi show was started in the early 1960s. Since then, “The Doctor” has enjoyed a modern reboot that has taken the U.S. by storm. The newest incarnation reminds us that bow ties really are cool.

Game: “Munchkin” – Think “Magic: The Gathering” and “Dungeons & Dragons,” throw in some funny art work, then make fun of it all, and you get an idea of what this card game, by Steve Jackson Games, is all about. The objective of the game is blatantly written on the box: “Kill the monster. Find the treasure. Stab your buddy.” (For a demo, go to steve Jackson Games’ site.)