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COVID 19: Steampunk News Hub

We’ve gathered our news coverage in one place, along with other resources to help you cope

Monday, March 30, 2020
Coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected nearly every facet of society, and steampunk is no exception. Events have been cancelled, artists are losing income, and many fear that they or their loved ones might get sick. At the same time, folks in the steampunk community are showing resilience by staging virtual events, supporting displaced artists and musicians, and even using their skills to fabricate much-needed supplies for hospitals.

When we launched this website two years ago, we never dreamed that we’d one day be covering a public health emergency. But here we are.

We’ve set up this page as a hub for our COVID-19 coverage and other resources related to the outbreak. We’ll also use it to post daily updates.

Event Changes

Recently announced:

The Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival, scheduled for June 12-14 in Port Townsend, Washington, was cancelled for 2020. In its place, the organizers will host the “Ineluctable, Ultra-Telegraphic Virtual Screw” on June 13. Tickets cost $15.

The Raising Steam Festival 2.0, scheduled for May 8-10 in Bromsgrove, UK, was cancelled as an in-person event. The organizer is planning a free virtual event in its place, with music, traders, and more. Details are still being worked out. See the Facebook page for updates.

San Diego Comic Con, scheduled for July 23-26, was cancelled for 2020.

Costume College, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3 in Woodland Hills, California, was cancelled for 2020. Next year's event will be held in late July or early August in the same location. The conference, which features costuming arts instruction, is produced by the Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. See the website for more info.

Danish Brotherhood/Steampunk General Store Steampunk Minicon, set for May 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was postponed “for now.” The organizers hope to announce a new date. See the Facebook page for info.

Cog County Faire in Montello, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled to Oct. 15-18. It was slated for May 28-31 at the White Lake Beach Resort.

Doncaster Steampunk Weekend, scheduled for May 30-31 in South Yorkshire, UK, was cancelled.

We have a running list of steampunk-related event cancellations and postponements. This does not include the many other geek culture events affected by the outbreak, but as best we can, we’re keeping the calendar updated with changes.

Resources

Online/Virtual Events is our new calendar listing with upcoming virtual gatherings as well as events that are recurring, ongoing, or archived.

British Steampunk Broadcasting Co-operation is a new Facebook group that provides info about streaming performances by artists in the UK.

The National Emergency Library is a new initiative from the Internet Archive that provides access to 1.4 million digitized books that you can borrow for up to 14 days with no waiting. The collection includes numerous steampunk classics. The organization is suspending its normal waitlist on e-book lending at least through June 30.

Faire Relief 2020 is a new Facebook group for attendees, vendors, and entertainers at Renaissance festivals and similar events such as Celtic and pirate festivals. It serves as an online marketplace for vendors and entertainers who have lost business due to cancellation of these events. Rules are spelled out in this post by admin Bella Wilson.

The Virtual Vendor Fair is a marketplace for artisan vendors and others who were slated to appear at events in Northern California. It was organized by the Northern California Black Hat Society and runs through April 30.

Cool Stuff Happening During Quarantine - COVID-19: Stories, ideas, and inspiration about coping with the outbreak.

A list of “free, online, boredom-busting resources” from Chatterpack.

More free stuff to keep you occupied from Open Culture.

COVID-19 info from the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 info from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 coverage from Stat. Stat is an independent news service from Boston Globe Media that focuses on health and medicine.

COVID-19 coverage from Kaiser Health News. Kaiser Health News is an independent non-profit news service from the Kaiser Family Foundation. It is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Stories

Steampunk Digest - April 17, 2020. A Halo Called Fred makes a quarantine video; Burning Man goes virtual; Splendid Teapot Racing online; CyberCon 2020 debuts; More event changes. 4/17/2020

Burning Man Goes Virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 4/11/2020

Steampunk Digest - April 10, 2020. Worldcon goes virtual; Professor Elemental’s lockdown EP; Dogfish Head Brewery makes hand sanitizer; More event changes. 4/10/2020

Steampunk Digest - April 3, 2020. Watch City cancelled; Virtual steampunk fest in the UK; Victor Ghastly’s Electric Timebomb; Steampunk in the National Emergency Library; Key City challenge; and more. 4/3/2020

Steampunks: Time to Get Sewing! As COVID-19 continues to spread, steampunk makers and cosplayers may find more calls to fabricate homemade face masks, this time for the general public. The CDC currently advises that among the general public, face masks should be worn only by people who are sick or caring for others. But it is now likely that the agency will change its recommendation and advise broad public use of face masks. The story has links to instructional guides and videos, as well as information about the best materials to use. 4/1/2020

Steampunk Digest - March 27, 2020. Steampunks continue to cope with COVID-19; Online concerts by Steam Powered Giraffe, Frenchy and the Punk; Clockwork Alchemy in cyberspace; “Authors Give Back” at Smashwords; Free audio books at Audible.com; Double whammy for Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse and Grill in North Carolina; Burning Man statement on COVID-19. 3/27/2020

Steampunking Surgical Masks: With COVID-19 on the rise, steampunk makers are responding to requests from hospitals to supply homemade face masks. 3/21/2020

Steampunk Digest - March 20, 2020. Steampunks hunker down; C.O.G.S. Expo announces virtual convention; Gallows humor amid the outbreak; PSA from The Cog is Dead; Deals on digital entertainment. 3/20/2020

Virus Sends Steampunks to Cyberspace. Organizers are setting up virtual marketplaces to help vendors cope with event cancellations. Abney Park and Steam Powered Giraffe plan streaming concerts, and an author stages a virtual comic con. 3/16/2020

Steampunk Cons Postponed. The carnage began with the postponement of the International Steampunk Symposium and Clockwork Alchemy, and other events soon followed. 3/13/2020

Finally. . .

For anyone who doubts the seriousness of the outbreak, Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago offered these sobering comments as Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the state’s residents.

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