The Steampunk Librarian | April 30, 2013
Steampunk Art Supplies. Does what it says on the tin!
The Kickstarter project for A Study in Emerald has been funded, so keep an eye out for some spooky steampunk goodness.
Steampunk Tribune | May 19, 2012
Steampunk Magazine | May 16, 2012
post by Katie Casey
Are you headed to Piscataway, NJ this weekend for Steampunk World’s Fair? A bunch of Steampunk Magazine contributors will be there, myself included. I’m presenting on a few panels, and I’m also going to be seeking out events that deal with the overlap between steampunk and LGBTQ culture. Here’s a few of the highlights that I’m hoping to catch; if you have any recommendations between now and Friday, send them my way!
Visit Combustion Books, our publisher, at their table, and look for the Catastrophone Orchestra’s Shadow Cities presentation!
For those of you who like to enter contests, there will be the Queen of Steam Drag Show, and/or the Annual Facial Hair Contest; I personally will hug anyone who enters both.
For entertainment, I’m looking forward to a weekend full of burlesque shows. A few that look promising are Violet DeVille’s transgender burlesque performance, and Uncle Monty’s Mollyhouse presented by Royal Baritarian Players! Molly houses refers to 18th century English taverns for all manner of sexual deviants, and a modern version should be all sorts of fun. They’ll be at the Goblin Market and helping to host the Absinthe Tasting.
If you’re looking for something more intellectual, I’m presenting in a few panels hosted by SPM contributor Steampunk Emma Goldman. Visit us on Friday at 6:00 PM for “Great Activists of the 19th Century,” and again on Sunday at 2:00 PM for a discussion on political aspects of steampunk. There’s also an excellent-looking panel on Victorian sexuality, and several on multicultural steampunk, which I’m quite looking forward to.
Hope to see you there!
The Steampunk Librarian | May 15, 2012
If you’re attending these festivals and looking for something to wear, Kate Beaton has a vintage photograph of a man dressed like “a side of bacon.” He was a hipster before he knew it.
Also hipster, but in the most wonderful way possible, is ~Flow, “electro-acoustic musical machinery powered by the River Tyne.” Very impressive, and beautiful as well.
I found ~Flow via BLDGBLOG, which also has a fantastic entry on New York City’s quarries of yesteryear.
In related rock-smashing news, the Daily Mash has reassured us that the dramatic increase in potential fracking activity will cause only a 30% chance of awakening Cthulhu. Don’t you feel better? Er…hello?
Steampunk Tribune | May 13, 2012
One of the most anticipated events will be taking place this upcoming weekend, from Friday, the 18th of May through Sunday the 20th of May! After reviewing the schedule, this gala event looks to be packed with a cacophony of happenings, including…
- Academic and literary presentations by luminaries from across the Steampunk world, such as Dr Grymm, Ms. L.R. Heiber, Mr. D. Lee, Professor M.P. Donnelly, and many other intriguing and enlightened individuals…
- Musical talent from across the globe, including the immensely talented Victor Sierra, The Clockwork Dolls, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Strange Artifact, V is for Villains, Hellblinki, Coghead, and the Burlesque Poetess & Those No-goodniks, among others… and the presence of the Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band along with the release of their newest work, Disco Dischordia!
… along with a vast array of theatric performers, sideshows, dancing, and of course, the the Goblin Market, which included the Museum of Interesting Things! So if you happen to be on the fence about attending, so to speak, or are fortunate to be in the nearby environs of Piscataway, New Jersey, seriously consider a visit to the certain to be amazing 2012 Steampunk World’s Fair! For more details, please visit their website, located at: http://steampunkworldsfair.com/!
Steampunk Magazine | May 11, 2012
It was the World’s Fair that actually directly led to the rebirth of SteamPunk Magazine: the magazine had been languishing for some time after the burnout of our UK editor (who took it over after MY burnout), but the SPWF renewed my faith in our culture. So I can’t thank the organizers of this event enough.
Magazine contributors will be running a number of panels, and bands we’ve featured will be performing. It’s going to be wonderful.
Brass Goggles | March 23, 2012
The 3rd Annual Steampunk World’s Fair is coming up soon. The fair will run May 18-20 in Piscataway, NJ and will host more guests, welcome more attendees, and provide more entertainment than any other Steampunk event in the world More info to follow, stay tuned!
The Steampunk Librarian | January 24, 2012
I start today off with something decidedly unVictorian, but bear with me. In 1964, the World’s Fair was held in New York City. Not only is the fair’s site now the host of the (annual?) New York Maker Faire , it was also the site for the 1939 World’s Fair. More than that, however, it showed Americans not only sights and sounds, but also tastes of the world, due to a set of circumstances which led Asian and African countries to hold a prominent spot in the culinary offerings and which led to an influx of wonderful cuisine in the United States.
And speaking of fairs and broadening’s one travel (and mind), it may be winter but that means it’s prime planning time for steampunk conventions! The Steampunk World’s Fair is preparing to knock one’s silk stockings off in May; if you’re near the East Coast this spring, try to visit it. (Thanks to Haley for the information!) If you’re impatient, the incomparable Shien Lee is putting on another extravaganza next month – live the life Parisienne without leaving New York.
Meanwhile, here in Ohio, of all places, plans are afoot for great stuff this year. The Steampunk Empire Symposium is taking over the city in April; if you’re part of the Steampunk Empire, you should attend (and if you’re not, you should join the fun anyway!). Later on in the year, PandoraCon lurks, full of geeky goodness for all.
Steampunk Workshop | July 8, 2011
I was sorely dissapointed that I was not able to spend time with the lovely Professor Elemental at the Steampunk World's Fair this year. I only got the briefest of "Hellos!" in as we passed in the hallway heading to our events. It's nice to see that the Professor is doing well, in fact, everything seems SPLENDID!!