Upcoming Events

Swing Goth’s Alt Dance every Thursday from 7pm to Midnight in the Danzhaus building in San Francisco

Steamstock- July 27th, Richmond, CA

Fire and Steel Festival- June 15th, Historic Colfax, CA

The Biggest Little Steampunk Expo- May 12, Sparks Rail Museum, Sparks, NV

3rd Annual Famous Victorian Steampunk Ball- September 14, Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City, NV

Clockwork Alchemy- May 24-27, DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, CA

Sacsteam Planning/Maker Meeting- March 7, Arcade Library Community Room, Scaramento, CA

Wunderkammer featuring the Great Sonoma County Handcar Races- August 18, Santa Rosa, CA

Gaslight Gathering III: Traveling the Seven Seas- May 3-5, San Diego CA

Jennifer Brown from the Sacramento Steampunk Society talks about her steampunk swap

I got the chance to speak with Jennifer Brown, the woman running the entire meet. It’s incredible how much she organized, her event couldn’t have turned out better. Very nice, very helpful, very pink hair equaling a very cool person.

Here is her explanation of the event she put on:

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Captain Archer “Lucky” Peddycord of the Aether Brigade and his personal time machine

I had the honor of speaking with Captain Archer “Lucky” Peddycord of the Aether Brigade. An incredibly interesting person and a totally great guy, I was lucky enough to talk to him for a while and hear a bit of his story. I definitely admired how into his role he was, he even used a fake irish accent (didn’t sound fake) throughout. He did not compromise his role for the entire day, very impressive.

Here is some audio I recorded of him presenting his one man time machine “the Chronohopper.”

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The Aether Brigade is, as written on the six page, continuously well put and hilarious flier I received from the Captain, “an extratemporal division of Her Majesty’s Witchfinder Army.” A group “charged with both defending the British Empire and her allies, past, present, and future, against the extramundane threats and the education of the common man against such extramundane threats.”

They’re a group of roleplayers with very in depth roles who even act out presentations of their inventions and pieces about missions and role specific info. The description on their site reads as follows:

“The Aether Brigade! is a transmedia story. Basically that means that it is a single story told across multiple platforms. We develop the characters and the story through our live performance troupe and also through the web comic, in fiction written by us and someday perhaps also in webisode format.”

All very nice, cool people, and incredibly funny. They definitely put on a show at the convention. If you’re interested in finding out a little more about The Aether Brigade, visit their site at: http://aetherbrigade.com/

Also, it takes time and money to play out their acts for the steampunk community and keep up on their webcomic, so if you’re part of said community, or are just interested and want to help out, check out this link here: http://aetherbrigade.com/web-comic/

A “post expedition to steampunk convention” post

I have returned from a very successful trip into the world of steampunk. It was incredibly fun and full of some of the nicest and most open people I’ve ever met. It provided the long awaited material that Ineeded to really get the site into motion.

I’v learned much on my journey. The convention was an incredible help for the project and has provided me with names of organizations to further help my research, and left me with friends which will undoubtedly benefit the project if it goes on to become a documentary. Each and every one of them are some of the most interesting and incredible people I’ve met, and I am both happy and honored to have spoken with all.

The way it went down: As is usual with something like this that I’m unaccustomed to, I was initially a little apprehensive, but interest combined with the knowledge that I actually had a job to do pushed me to “man up” and I stopped caring. That almost everyone I met there was incredibly cordial and kind helped too. The building it was held in was lined wall to wall with inventors and craftsman selling their wares; elaborate masks, electronically made gears, intricate clocks and theoretical time machines, pirate gear, military gear, original paintings, steampunk novels, costumes spanning from renaissance to today… you name it. If it could be even loosely related to steampunk, it was probably there. Along with this there were several organizations there, and also New York Times best selling steampunk author Gail Carriger.

I stepped in and was instantly welcomed by Jennifer Brown, the woman behind the organization of the entire event. She helped me find Brian and get my research underway. Both Brian and Jennifer were incredibly helpful and were more than happy to speak to me for the site. I also spoke with Captain Archer “Lucky” Peddycord of the Aether Brigade and Cory Doyle of Clockwork Alchemy. All were very interesting and cool people who made me feel right at home. I will be featuring all of them on the site.

The convention was such an enjoyable experience. I recommend it to anyone who hears about any kind of steampunk related event in the future to go to it and enjoy themselves. It doesn’t matter if you don’t particularly like dressing up or you’re not accustomed to the steampunk subculture, the event-goers will make you feel incredibly welcome, you’ll be met with kindness over and over again and you’ll learn all about steampunk.

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I have come bearing pictures (not as many as I would have liked to have gotten) and audio from a few different interviews (more than I had expected to get). I’ll be posting all about those interviews here shortly, but before then becomes now, I”ll share a few more pictures of the booths, people in very elaborate costumes, and some dancin’ brought to you by Swing Goth.

 

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