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Steampunk Digest - August 24, 2018

Our weekly roundup of news and other happenings in the steampunk world

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Phileas Fogg

Mr Fogg’s, a family of London drinking establishments, is offering a round-the-world gin-tasting tour for one adventurer and a chosen companion. “The two lucky travellers will follow the legendary route of Jules Verne’s fictional explorer Phileas Fogg, for whom the bars are named,” reports Lizzie Thomson in the Evening Standard. The tour will include Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Lisbon and other locations. It leads up to the autumn launch of a new bar dubbed Society of Exploration.

“The candidate will be required to document their journey through social posts, digital videos and photographs,” she writes. “So naturally, being active on social media and having good photography skills is a must.” Candidates must also be “talented in the art of written expression” and must have frequented the other bars in the group. The application deadline is August 27. Read about it here, or head straight to the website.

The offer has also received coverage on Thrillist, Wales Online, GQ India, and other websites.

Steampunk author Shelley Adina is out with The Dancer Wore Opera Rose, Book 2 of her Mysterious Devices series. From the description: “Daisy Linden and her sister Frederica arrive by airship in Santa Fe, capital of the Texican Territories, determined to search for their missing father. But two surprises await them—the authorities’ baffling refusal to help, and a not-so-chance meeting with snake-oil salesman William Barnicott.” She gave a reading from the novel at the recent Worldcon 76 in San Jose. The ebook version sells for $4.99. See her website for more info.

Paul X. Stewart

The Time Travelers Bazaar takes place this Saturday in Sacramento, featuring vendors, authors, artists, and fan tables in multiple genres, including steampunk. Special guests include steampunk fantasy author Angelique S. Anderson and artist Hannah Muldery. Steampunk maker Paul X. Stewart is among the panelists. (Some of his pieces are shown above.) The event will also feature beta testing of new games. It all happens at the Sacramento Scottish Rite Event Center, 6151 H Street. Tickets cost $10. See the Facebook page for more info.

Clockwork Alchemy 2019, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest steampunk event, is now accepting pre-registrations. Themed “Carousel of Clockwork,” it will be held March 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California. Passes for the full weekend cost $85 until December 31. After that, the price rises to $99. Day passes will also be available. See the website for more info. For a taste of what you can expect, see our reports and photo galleries from the 2018, 2017 and 2016 events.


Unwoman, the cellist/singer/songwriter who frequently performs at steampunk events, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new two-CD set. “Uncovered Volumes 4-5” will feature her cover versions of about 30 songs, including Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac), Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails), November Rain (Guns N Roses), Psycho Killer (Talking Heads), Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen), Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince), Heroes (David Bowie), and Hounds of Love (Kate Bush). Many are in a medley that you can play on the Kickstarter page. She aims to raise $7600 by September 13. See her website and the Kickstarter page for more info.

The organizers of C.O.G.S. Expo will host C.O.G.S. Gaming, a “mini gaming con,” October 6-7, 2018 at The Only Game In Town, 211 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876. That’s the same weekend as New York Comic Con. Tickets cost $10 each day or $15 for the entire weekend. The main C.O.G.S. Expo is slated for May 17-19 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. See the Facebook page for more info.

Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas, hosted a Geekfest August 17-19, and steampunk was “prominent among the discussion topics,” writes Stephanie Ratts Grissom in the Killeen Daily Herald. Programming included a “Steampunk 101” discussion by Jim Trent of the Central Texas Steampunk Society. The reporter spoke with one steampunk costume-maker who likes the genre’s openness. “And because much of Steampunk’s costume creation involves clothing modification, creating the costumes and props is relatively inexpensive, allowing her creativity to go in pretty much any direction,” Grissom writes. Read the story here, or check out the event’s Facebook page.

The Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum in Prince George, British Columbia, is set to host its first-ever Steampunk Day on Saturday, August 25. The museum is “tailor made for the cultural aesthetic,” writes Frank Peebles in the Prince George Citizen. A local art supply store is curating an art competition that’s open to photography, sculpture, and paintings, and a local steampunk group is also participating. The theme will be “Through The Looking Glass.” The museum’s executive director hopes that it will someday expand into a festival. Prince George is about 460 miles north of Vancouver. Read the story here, or visit the museum’s website.

The giant Asylum Steampunk Festival happens this weekend in Lincoln, UK, and Dawn Hinsley of Lincolnshire Live has a guide for attendees. “Some events are ticketed and you need to buy individual tickets to attend,” she writes, whereas others require purchased wristbands. “There are also events and activities which are open to the general public with free entry. And, of course, it costs nothing to head to uphill Lincoln and simply soak up the atmosphere.” It takes place August 24-27 at multiple venues in the historic town.

Among the performers in Lincoln will be Alice’s Night Circus, a one-woman musical act that “blends the weird and wonderful world of Steampunk with the circus,” writes Connor Creaghan in The Lincolnite. Alice describes her music as “a curious journey down a musical rabbit hole, featuring a blend of apocalyptic fairytale steampop with a touch of the circus.” She’ll be giving two performances on August 26 and will use the festival to release her first album, “Metamorphose.” Read the story here.

Oregon Artswatch has a report from Steampunk: An Art Invitational, an exhibition at the Washington County Museum that runs through August 30. The exhibition “combines real museum artifacts with the artwork of talented tinkerers, costume designers and award-winning artists from the Tualatin Valley and across the Pacific Northwest,” writes Michael Sproles. He spoke with three of the artists, photographer Cherie Savoie Tintary, multimedia artist C. Morgan Kennedy, and Steve La Riccia, who makes interactive steampunk contraptions from old technologies. The museum is located at 17677 Northwest Springville Road in Portland, Oregon. Read the story here.

The Key City Steampunk Festival took place August 17-19 in Frederick, Maryland, and local TV station WDVM has a report from the first day. “This is their first year in a larger venue because they need to accommodate more than 1000 attendees throughout the weekend,” reports Jasmine Pelaez. During the clip, she speaks with event organizer Wheeler Stone, who describes the event’s growth from its first year, when 200 people attended. The 2018 event featured a Who’s Who of steampunk makers plus performances by Karnevil, Nightwatch Paradox, and This Way to the Egress.

Lisa Vanderpump, a cast member of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” has teamed up with Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz to launch Tom Tom, a new “faux steampunk bar” in West Hollywood. “The design from Miami-based Nick Alain is a mashup between modern Victorian and steampunk, with industrial furniture and lights, a massive brass clock, and gear art, with splashes of leather and velvet,” writes Mona Holmes of Eater Los Angeles. “The food appears best suited for quick bites instead of a sit-down experience.” Selections on the cocktail menu include Clockwork Pink and Toulouse Your Mind. It’s located at 8932 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Read the story here, or visit the Facebook page.

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