While fandom’s getting ready for one of the biggest media-geeky explosions this month, we’re previewing the steampunk events line-up at SDCC here. For those who can’t attend this year, tons of other events are happening across the US and around the world, including steampunk at Comic Con in Paris, a brand-new event in Cambridge, England, the re-creation of a fantastical Moroccan street market in Salt Lake City, and Tokyo’s vision of a futuristic Wild, Wild East meeting the West.
Thanks go out to Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador for his recs. As always, if we missed out on your event, feel free to drop some info in the comments. People interested in showcasing their event here for next month can email me at
with the deets by July 15th.
All descriptions are taken from the event’s website or Facebook unless stated otherwise.
The Airship Ambassador recommends:
Portland GEAR Con—July 5-7—Portland, OR
GEAR Con is Portland, Oregon’s annual celebration of all things steampunk. Our 2013 theme, Steampunk Americana, explores the history, literature, and technology of an early-Industrial-Age USA that never was. Entertainments include Abney Park, MAD-emoiselle Veronique Chevalier, The Prestigious Illusionists, Good Company, Poplock Holmes, DJ Dirty Mollie, and demonstrations by the Victorian Martial Arts Symposium (orchestrated by Academia Duellatoria).
Dutch European SteamPunk Convention—July 26-28—Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands
The first of what will for sure become an annual thing: The Dutch European SteamPunk Convention. This convention will be held with the participation of the Lindenhorst, FantasiaFest and the SteamPunk Objective and will be the entire weekend! So all steamers across Europe, pack up your tents, gizmos, gadgets and inventions and come! We have an enormous campsite available, free of charge for all steamers at site, free parking, a market, live music, drinkstands, foodstands, entertainment and of course the STEAMPUNK SQUARE. Featuring musical guests VICTOR SIERRA and Aeronautica!
The Markfield Steampunk Convivial—July 14—Markfield Rd South Tottenham, London, England
A Charity fundraising event with the proceeds going towards keeping the Markfield Beam engine and museum alive! There will be some stalls inside the hall, and some stalls in marquees outside. Some stalls will be selling hand-made jewelry and other items, and there will also be some community stalls, and we are hoping for a few organic food stalls too. We are aiming to promote the local community, organic products and handmade arts and crafts.
Steampunk events at San Diego Comic Con:
Witty Women of Steampunk—Date: Thursday, July 18th Time: 11 AM—12 PM Room: 5AB
Corsets, werewolves, airships, robots, women in pants! Steampunk is all this and more. While the Victorian era was one marked by constraint, adding a sci-fi twist has allowed women creators to reimagine this world and loosen those cultural corset strings. They are exploring how liberating, sexy and adventurous the age of steam can be. Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), Jaymee Goh (Silver Goggles), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite) and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (LadySteam) will discuss literature, fashion, romance, adventure, multiculturalism and more.
Steampunk 101—Date: Friday, July 19th Time: 10—11 AM Room: 25ABC
With the explosion of steampunk’s popularity, many are still wondering; what exactly is steampunk? Fashion trend? Literary genre? Lifestyle? Anything involving corsets and goggles? International experts in the field will delve into the origins of the movement, the active community that has formed around it, and what we can learn about the future by looking to the past. Come hear from Nick Baumann (Creative Director, The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Professor Elemental (Chap Hop Emcee), Brian Kesinger (Disney story artist and creator of Otto and Victoria), Paige Gardner Smith (Costume artist), John Strangeway (Steampunk Boba Fett) and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (LadySteam).
Steampunk As A SUPER-Culture Date: Friday, July 19th Time: 5—6PM Room: 29A
Steampunk began as a literary movement often described as “Victorian Science Fiction”. Certainly the written word is a key ingredient, but Steampunk is showing signs of becoming a multicultural/multidimensional fandom. Hosted by Veronique Chevalier. Panelists are: Paul Guinan (Creator of Boilerplate: History of a Victorian Era Robot, the basis for an upcoming feature by JJ Abrams); Brian Kesinger (Disney Artist & author of Walking Your Octopus); Trevor Crafts (Executive Producer, Lantern City), & Thomas Willeford (Founder, Brute Force Studios & author of Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts).
Come join us for drinks, eats and good conversation during SDCC. This is a chance to meet other steampunks and enjoy each others company while taking a breather from SDCC. We’ll be meeting at the Gaslamp’s premier gastropub, The Hopping Pig after the evening steampunk panel (ending at 6 pm) and staying until 8 or after. Since this is outside of the con, no convention badges necessary! Steampunk dress & cosplay optional but welcome.
And, while not at SDCC, this is certainly relevant to those attending that week:
The Walter Robotic Expo—July 18—San Diego, CA
Peter Walter VI extends an invitation to you to attend The Walter Robotics Expo July 18th 2013, in San Diego, California! His Great Great Grandfather always wanted to nurture creative and scientific minds, so they could embrace the nature of invention and share their knowledge with the world. WRX 2013 hopes to keep that spirit alive by showcasing a plethora of inventions, wonders, and whimsy from all over the globe! Every mad scientist, engineer, and time traveler this side of the blue matter rift will be on hand to exhibit their creations, including Peter himself and the Walter Steam Man Band. Special guest exhibitors will be providing their own craft demonstrations and include Professor Elemental, The League of Steam, The League of Supremely Evil Revolutionaries (L.O.S.E.R), and Dino Staats.
Additional events from around the world:
Steampunk.fr at French Comic-Con—July 4—7, Hall 6—Paris, France
Discover or rediscover artists of the Steampunk French community during the four days at France’s Comic Con! Located at Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte. The reference stand is D131 (glued to the TARDIS). To accompany you during the four days of the show, members of Steampunk.fr forum will be available on the stand to talk DIY, rags, community and machinery!
The Rose West returns to Manhattan bringing sci-fi infused narrative rock to the city’s oldest rock club, The Bitter End. Join us for an evening of epic as we add another page to that storied venue’s history!
“You Will Not Escape This” Video Release Party—July 7—Jekyll & Hyde, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Syren are releasing their long awaited new Single and Video, “You Will Not Escape This.” Don’t miss this chance to party with Syren and celebrate the new release!
Steampunk in Cambridge—July 7—Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
A one day celebration of Steampunk in the heart of Cambridge! A cornucopia of steampunk emporia, films, music, tea duelling and a rather pleasant place to take tea and cake. Only £1 on the door and your entrance fee doubles as a raffle ticket to win all manner of steampunk goodies donated by the traders! Run by Ermine Street Project CIC who are celebrating their Steampunk channel on ESPTV, an online TV broadcaster with the first ever dedicated channel to all things Steampunk. Come and marvel at the wonders of a Victorian age re-imagined in ways that you never thought possible!
On the Road to Steamstock, the Atlanta Kickoff!—July 17—The Shelter Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
The Artifice Club is proud to be the start of a monumental tour. Three bands: The Cog is Dead, Frenchy and the Punk, and This Way to the Egress are riding the rails and heading from their respective homes on the east coast to California for Steamstock. We’re kicking it off with The Cog is Dead here in Atlanta on July 17th, featuring local opening act: The Extraordinary Contraptions! Backing the two bands is our own DJ Doctor Q.
Dorian’s Parlor July! Featuring the Steamstock Tour!—July 20—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
After 6 months of (relative) quiet, Dorian’s Parlor returns magnificently with the Steamstock Tour kickoff weekend! The Steamstock Tour features This Way to the Egress, Frenchy and the Punk, Psyche Corporation, The Cog is Dead, Michael Lunapiena: The Wandering Cellist, a fashion show, and much, much more!
Salt City Steamfest— July 26-28—Salt Lake City, UT
Salt City Steamfest, a Clockwork Dimentia Production, is currently the only science fiction convention in Layton, Utah that celebrates the enriching world of Steampunk. This year the festival takes a turn for the better, including a verity of iconic members in the movement, from musical guests to notable authors. Adding to the overall atmosphere is the aesthetic of a Moroccan port city by the “salty lake”. Welcome to the Oasis dear friends! Adventure is out there, so what are you doing standing here?
Antagonistics III: 19th Century Fighting Arts of North America, with Professor Mark P. Donnelly—July 27—New York, New York
Learn about 19th-century fighting arts in North America in both the cities and the frontier. We’ll be learning about the practice of self-defense with the Bowie knife, shillelagh, and the history connected with each. A series of seminars conducted by Prof. Mark P. Donnelly. Professor Mark P. Donnelly (S.S.S./ E.A.A./ B.F.H.S./ S.W.A.S.H.) is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally-renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman. Currently, he has about 20 books in print—all of which are non-fiction—and all of which are on historical subjects. In addition to his work in print, Mark P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of broadcast television for Discovery, History Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Biography, A&E, etc.
Steamstock 2013—July 27—28—Craneway Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
Join us as we celebrate Retro-Futurism in all of its amazing forms, including: Chap Hop, Electro-Swing, Steampunk, Neo Cabaret, Junkyard Skiff, and so on. Two days of amazing musicians, fine performers, vendors, food carts, DJs… and dance lessons! Featuring Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, Frenchy and the Punk, The League of Unextraordinary Gentlemen, The Cog is Dead, This Way to Egress, psyche Corporation, and many more!
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