Steampunk Illumination Society

Attention all DFW area Steampunks! Tomorrow at 3PM at the Generator in Garland marks the first ever meeting of the Steampunk Illumination Society. The SIS is a fledgling group of local Steampunks interested in connecting with each other and improving the local Steampunk scene. I plan on being in attendance I would be honored to meet some of my fellow readers there as well. This is the first large gathering of local Steampunks since A-Kon and thus, not an event to be missed.

The Steampunk Illumination Society has its own website and forums through which one can connect to local Steampunks.

The Generator’s address is 107 North 6th Street Garland, TX 75040, and you can find their website here. I can personally vouch for the tastiness of the beverages and food (at least, of the fare that I sampled!), so don’t feel like you have to eat before you arrive. Plus, it’s always a good thing to support local businesses, especially those catering to our Steampunk sensibilities.

It remains to be seen as to what this group will hold for local Steampunk, but one cannot know without attending! I hope to see you tomorrow!

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla

Today marks the 154th birthday of one of the most Steampunk of history’s inventors, Nikola Tesla. To celebrate the birthday of the man who became the quintessential mad scientist and whose life has such an incredible influence on Steampunk (and Dieselpunk), I’ve a number of Tesla themed goodies for your personal enjoyment.

First, to get this party started, we need some drinks! To help us concoct some crazy, Teslas inspired beverages, I’ve turned to Tesla Lives!, to help us make some “Teslatinis”:

Tesla Lives! Cocktail
Submitted by Claudia Egan (Nikola Tesla Enthusiast), Milwaukee
2 oz part Slivovitz
2 oz black cherry soda
Pop rocks
Lime wedge
Glow in the Dark Ice Cube

The Death Ray
Submitted by The Palms Bar and Bistro, Milwaukee
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Goldschlager
1 part Dark Rum
1 Part Sambuca

Electric Blue
Submitted by MOCT Bar, Milwaukee
1 part Island Ble Pucker
1 Part Kettle One Citron
Lemon Juice
Simple Syrum

Click here to check out more information about their current contest to discover the latest Teslatini recipe and to submit your own creation!

For tonight’s musical entertainment, I’d like to suggest Clockwork Cabaret’s podcast celebrating Tesla’s birthday from 2008, which you can download here.  Clockwork Cabaret’s weekly show “Music O’ Gears for Steampunk Ears” occurs every Monday at 11pm EST on WCOM 103.5 Carrboro/Chapel Hill. You can listen live online at http://www.wcomfm.org, or pick up their podcasts here if you are an old lady like me that has to wake up very early for work.

After we’ve had drinks and music, how about a film that includes Tesla in its casting? For such entertainment, might I be so bold as to suggest The Prestige, a film starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, and features a Nikola Tesla played by David Bowie (win!)? This is an incredible Steampunk movie with lots of dark and mystifying elements as two magicians attempt to outdo each other to create the ultimate illusion.

Sounds like an excellent night! Here’s to a night of revelry to honor the scientist history should have never forgotten, Tesla!

SteamCon Forums

More SteamCon updates, yay! Can you tell I’m excited?

The forum for SteamCon II is now open. For everything from arranging for rides and room mates, to having all your con questions answered and meeting some of this year’s con-goers, you’ll find lots of information on the forum as it gets off and rolling. Things are a bit quiet there right now, but be patient and give it some time. It’s sure to evolve into a wonderful resource for all things SteamCon.

I have a feeling I’m going to be hanging around there quite a bit as the countdown timer on my computer ticks ever closer to SteamCon. If you’ve had a nagging question about the con, this is a great place to go to consult fellow con-goers and organizers.

Also, just as a friendly reminder, the prices for SteamCon memberships go up on July 1st. This is you last opportunity to register for your tickets as the cheapest price available before they start to climb throughout the summer and fall. So go reserve your tickets straight away! You’ll be glad you did.

STEAM Fest

Happy Friday everyone! Just a brief post tonight to make sure you all know about this weekend’s Steampunk convention, STEAM Fest in Atlanta Georgia.

STEAM (Steampunk Theatre Entertainment Art & Music Festival) Fest is happening this weekend, on the 19th and 20th of June. I know it’s late notice, but this one just appeared on my radar. So for all you Steampunks out on the East Coast, the second annual STEAM Fest may be worth your time to explore. What better way to spend a weekend?

Personally, when I travel, I aim for milder climates (hence, SteamCon), but I’m really quite impressed by the various conventions that are either explicitly Steampunk or have a considerable Steampunk attendance in Atlanta. In addition to STEAM Fest, DragonCon and AnachroCon come immediately to mind as outstanding Steampunk get togethers held in Atlanta.

Can anyone shed some light on why Atlanta seems to be the South’s Steampunk capital? I honestly have no idea and am genuinely curious.

Steampunk Events at A-Kon 21

Today is the start of registration for A-Kon here in Dallas, TX. Fortunately, my friend and I have already pre-registered and have our badges in hand. I’ve been pouring over the programing schedule and my, am I surprised by how many Steampunk events are happening here this “Anime Convention.”

I was initially attracted to A-Kon 21 by the singular knowledge that Abney Park is playing this Saturday at 10PM. The last time Abney Park was in Dallas, I was out of the country and therefore missed the concert. I refused to miss this latest opportunity to see Abney Park, and decided to take the weekend off to laugh at all the Anime nerds while I hung around waiting for Abney Park’s performance. I assumed that this would be most of the weekend.

My, was I incorrect. There’s almost always some Steampunk event going on at A-Kon. On Friday afternoon, there’s a panel called, “Steampunk 101: What is Steampunk to You?” I’m very excited to hear what people have to say about this and how it differs (if at all) from the discussion going on at present at The Great Steampunk Debate.

Friday night, there is a Steampunk Tea Social (squee!) and then a Steampunk Ball immediately following the Tea Social. I just hope that Steampunk music is played at the ball. I’ll be really disappointed if they anything other than that. Techno, rave music and anime music is all a no-no. We’ll see what happens and hope for the best in the meantime.

Saturday night is the Abney Park concert *happy dance* and the band will be avaliable later for autographs. I think I will have to get a poster or something equally exciting signed. Sunday there’s a session on Steampunk Couture with the Sky Dogs.

Sounds like a busy weekend! Just as a reminder, there won’t be any more Kon related posts for a while. I won’t have internet connection at the Kon hotel, so updates between now and the end of Kon will be spotty at best. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll do my best to update the blog with the limited internet that I might have, but if you miss my posts that much, come find me at the Kon! You can count on my presence at all of the events I’ve mentioned above!

Victoria Steam Expo

For my readers out west and up north, I have an exciting event you should be sure to mark on your calendars, the Victoria Steam Exposition. It’s being held at the absolutely gorgeous Fairmont Empress, Victoria BC, May 22 & 23, 2010.

This promises to be an exciting event in Victoria, which was recently voted as Canda’s most Steampunk city. And with its rapidly approaching event date, this would be a nice event to attend halfway through the year while waiting for SteamCon II.

There will be all sorts of interesting entertainment, including an appearance by Cherie Priest, the author of Boneshaker (you’ll have another opportunity to meet her at SteamCon II). If you want more information, please review and click on the poster below, which will take you to the Victoria Steam Expo’s main site. There, you can read more about the Expo, including some of the programing that has already been confirmed. You can completely up to date with the events taking place by also joining the Victoria Steam Expo’s Facebook group.

Tickets to this event are 40 Canadian dollars at the door, which opens at 10AM on Saturday, May 22.

Attention All Steampunk Artists and Merchants

The applications to have a booth at the rapidly approaching Steampunk event of the year, SteamCon II, are now online. If you fancy marketing  your wares or craftsmanship to a dedicated and passionate Steampunk audience, this is the single event you must attend.

Applications for both artists and merchants will be judged by the directors of SteamCon to ensure your product meets standards of quality, creativity, and relevance to Steampunk. Decisions on your qualification will take up to two months, so please be patient while they come to a decision.

Artists: The application for is here, and the policies can be found here. If you have questions or concerns, you can email artshow@steamcon.org.

Merchants: The application form can be downloaded here. If you have questions please email vendors@steamcon.org.

I’d love to see some of my very talented readers touting their wares at SteamCon, so make sure to get you applications in early. While space is technically free until November, it is concurrently free until filled, so do not delay in filling out your applications!