A Report from Motor City Steam Con’s ‘Victorian Salon’ Nov. 5

When you’re a vagabond like me, it can be really hard to meet new people and make friends. Being a Steampunk, I’ve already got a tribe, it’s just a matter of finding them! Luckily for me, the Midwest seems to be a hotbed of Steampunk activity. This past summer, the first Motor City Steam Convention was […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Gearing Up for Halloween – Plastic Makes the Props Go Round

Plastic is an incredibly versatile material and it is everywhere. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease you can make it into just about anything. First off, there are toys. At any Steampunk cosplay event you can be sure you will see suped-up Nerf guns and squirt guns that look like they walked right out […]

Top 5 Steampunk Movies for Halloween

Guys, this was hard. Like, waaaaaaaay harder than I expected. It turns out there are LOT of Steampunk movies with a bit of the gothic or macabre so they’d work for Halloween. I decided to choose five categories and provide both my pick plus at least one runner-up in that category. Luckily for us, there’s still plenty […]

An Interview with Jeff Mach, Creator of the Steampunk World’s Fair

Jeff Mach started the Steampunk Worlds Fair in 2010, and continues to oversee this amazingly successful event as well as other special interest conventions. Steampunk World’s Fair 2016 was amazing and I’ve already got my room booked for SPWF 2017. Maybe I’ll see you there 🙂 Now, on with the interview!

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