Celebrate Halloween Like the Victorians

In some ways Halloween is fairly recent phenomena, and incredibly old in others. The roots of this holiday we all know and love come from around 2,500 years ago in Celtic tradition. The festival of Samhain, or Summer’s End, was celebrated on October 31 and was all about the transition between seasons and preparations for […]

A Pop Culture Magick Manual?? Yes, please

Taylor Elwood defines, explains, and provides exercises for a magical practice based on icons and modern mythology found in pop culture. There are references to comics, graphic novels, anime, science fiction, television series, role playing games, table top games, music, as well as kaballah, older grimoires, chaos magick, and more.

Gearing Up for Halloween – Gathering Resources for Costumes and Props

Sometimes you want things to look a certain way but you don’t have the time, materials or skills to make it happen. And there is no shame in cutting corners or substituting one thing for another. I know some people are all about the “authenticity” but Steampunk should be a bit of silly fun and […]

October 17th, 1933 – Einstein Evades the Nazis

Early in 1933, German scientist Albert Einstein recognized what was happening with the rise of the Nazis and the newly elected Chancellor Hitler. Upon Einstein’s third visit to the United States in February 1933, he realized that he could not return to Germany and began plans to flee the tyranny of the Nazi Party. The following […]

Sunday Summary – October 16th, 2016

So what did you miss this week? Monday, October 10th, 2016 we wished Triton, the largest moon of the planet Neptune, a happy birthday . . . well, discovery day. Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 we got some great costuming tips for Halloween using foam board Ethylene Vinyl Acetate. Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 we added Wunderkammer to the list of vendors for November’s Pandoracon. Thursday, October […]

Horror with a Side of Scholarship

One of the darkest and best chapters in the history of American literature belongs to H.P. Lovecraft. Best known for the Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft contributed huge numbers of short stories and novellas to amateur literary journals. Few horror authors have contributed as much to the genre as Lovecraft, and only a handful have left such […]

Queen Stixen Stones of House Spades

As we draw closer to Pandoracon 2016, it is time to introduce this year’s Crowns of Pandoracon who will lead the four houses in contest over the weekend. Today we meet Queen Stixen Stones of the House Spades!  

Houdini’s death, and the Halloween Seance tradition

Born as Erik Weisz, world famous escape artist, illusionist, stunt performer Harry Houdini died on October 31st in 1926. He toured the United States , Europe and the world. Houdini was a most brilliant self promoter, and in what we would also call today as marketing. He was the man that could escape anything. Many […]

Pandoracon 2016 Vendor – Wunderkammer

This November, Wunderkammer, Inc. joins the Pandoracon vendor hall with their little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous! Wunderkammer makes all manner of props, replicas, models, and curiosities. At conventions, you can find them carrying fandom-inspired laser-etched mirrors. Learn more about Wunderkammer, Inc. and check out more of their stock at www.wunder-kammer.com

Gearing Up for Halloween – If You Can Dream It, You Can Make It (Out of Foam)

During the sessions for makers I’ve attended at conventions, speakers can’t say enough good things about a material called Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam. My only experience with it has been with bedrolls and yoga mats, but I saw several ways to use it demonstrated and it is a wonderful resource for costume and prop makers. […]

October 10th, 1846 – The Discovery of Triton

Triton is the largest moon of the planet Neptune, discovered on October 10th, 1846, by English astronomer William Lassell. It is the only large moon in the Solar System with a retrograde orbit, which is an orbit in the opposite direction to its planet’s rotation. At 2,700 kilometres (1,700 mi) in diameter, it is the seventh-largest […]

Sunday Summary – October 9th, 2016

So what did you miss this week? Monday, October 3rd, 2016 we looked back at the birthday of Arthur Edward Waite who amongst many things designed perhaps the most popularly used tarot card deck. Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 we listed the Top 5 Steampunk Movies for Halloween. Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 we got grossed out by Dr. Pembroke’s report on Eyes and Needles. Thursday, October […]

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