When I started to invent the world for my comic (Monster Commute), I knew that I wanted it to have a "steampunk" flair... but more 1936 than 1836. I wanted something with smoke churning cars, overpopulated cities, bustling cities, machanical "guardians" and an evil authoritarian government.
I had no idea that this was likely nearer to Dieselpunk than to Steampunk. (And I suppose that's up for debate.) But one big verge for me was to make this world monster-centric, instead of human-centric.
In any case, it's been a fun world to develop, and I've got a long way to go.
It's been fun to satirize fast-food culture, fascism, and the modern "live in your car" lifestyle.
I came up with the idea of the comic as I was sitting in epic 110 degree Phoenix heat.
Thanks for listening!