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(PennLive)   Going to a Steampunk convention soon? Here are some rules to surviving it   ( divider line
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16988 clicks; posted to Main » on 31 Mar 2013 at 9:00 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-03-31 09:22:21 AM  
4 votes:
Ah Steampunk. The counterculture that decries modern, mass produced commercialization by purchasing loads of modern, mass produced, commercialized crap.
2013-03-31 12:28:22 PM  
3 votes:
2013-03-31 09:30:58 AM  
3 votes:
2013-03-31 03:32:28 AM  
3 votes:
I wonder if people will be wearing goggles on their hats?
2013-03-31 12:42:31 PM  
2 votes:
A friend of mine made and uses this as his regular mouse:
2013-03-31 11:51:24 AM  
2 votes:

Oldiron_79: thamike: [ image 625x419]

Like this.  This is awesome.

paging the "WANT" raccoon.
2013-03-31 09:59:31 AM  
2 votes:
There's no shortage of food in the steampunk universe, apparently.
2013-03-31 09:52:30 AM  
2 votes:

WinoRhino: [ image 500x500]

Just glue some gears on it and call it steampunk
2013-03-31 09:48:33 AM  
2 votes:
6. Glue cardboard gears on everything.

7. A real-life 2/internet 6 becomes a steam punk 8 with the help of a corset.
2013-03-31 09:19:04 AM  
2 votes:

BolshyGreatYarblocks: As with the goths, Steampunk women are fat, amirite?

'No. I don't know. I never see any difference in girls. I only knew two sort of girls. Mealy girls, and beef-faced girls.'

'And which is steampunk?'

'Mealy. I know a friend who has a beef-faced girl; a fine girl, they call her; with a round head, and red cheeks, and glaring eyes; a horrid girl; with a body and limbs that appear to be swelling out of the seams of her blue clothes; with the voice of a clown, and the appetite of a posse. I know her! The wretch!'

'Come,' said Mr. Brownlow, 'these are not the characteristics of our steampunk girl; so she needn't excite your wrath.'

'They are not,' replied Mr. Grimwig. 'She may have worse.'
2013-03-31 09:08:56 AM  
2 votes:
As with the goths, Steampunk women are fat, amirite?
2013-03-31 11:13:12 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: [ image 705x960]

I'm so Steampunk I shiat gears.
This one's for you.
2013-03-31 02:47:37 PM  
1 vote:

legion_of_doo: bones870: I wonder if people will be wearing goggles on their hats?

OMG, I see one picture in that article & I want to start slapping people with those stupid goggles on their hats.


I Do not like your tweed, sir.
2013-03-31 02:30:11 PM  
1 vote:

I'm so Steampunk I shiat gears.
2013-03-31 01:36:38 PM  
1 vote:

kroonermanblack: INeedAName: Ah Steampunk. The counterculture that decries modern, mass produced commercialization by purchasing loads of modern, mass produced, commercialized crap.

Aside from you just pulling that wholesale out of your ass, no one nails anything remotely like those features to steampunk.  You're conflating the original punk music/subculture from the 70's with the current steampunk genre.

It's more about the aesthetics and settings, and the opportunity to enjoy a fantasy type setting that isn't farking Tolkiens repackaged shiat that's been sloshed around for hundreds of years.  Glueing cardboard cogs to crap isn't any worse than glueing silver crepe paper to a stick and calling it a sword.

/and before someone crawls down my ass I know Hobbot was published in the 1930s, thanks

Hob-bot is steampunk middle earth.
2013-03-31 12:33:06 PM  
1 vote:

bones870: I wonder if people will be wearing goggles on their hats?

I bet steampunk is very difficult to distinguish from 4NonBlondes punk.
2013-03-31 12:30:25 PM  
1 vote:
Rule #1 of Steampunk, no steam engines.
2013-03-31 12:12:02 PM  
1 vote:
I went to Phoenix Comic Con a year or so ago in Steampunk. I had built a steampunk crossbow thing and had some western wear that was period-appropriate to an extent, and my beard was definitely of an appropriate length. I had a good time, but most of the appreciation came from people that were there for the rest of the Con, not for the Steampunk part. I got more compliments from girls in Tardis dresses than I did from fellow Steampunk costumers.

So, my advice: Don't go if you expect people to care about your costume, your gadgets, your "character story", or to care about you at all.

Also, if you are the authenticity-type, ie, building things with wood and copper and brass, expect to take offense to those who buy plastic squirt guns and then paint them, and don't expect the character story people to appreciate you.

If you're the plastic squirt gun type, don't expect people that have put hours and hours and hours into hand-crafting a metal and wood and leather device, going so far as to use only flathead screws for authenticity, to appreciate your two hours of rub and buff rattlecan work on a cheap plastic squirt gun. Unless you have vodka in it or something.

If you are the, "my character is a time agent from 1852 and uses this kronotron panel to shift times for her bounty hunting," and it's simply a repainted Star Trek arm band from "Spock's Brain" with some gears glued on it, don't expect the people who took the time to build authentic-looking machines to appreciate you.

If you are the, "something steampunk that should not be steampunk" person like the Pikachu-steampunk person or the severe anachronism steampunk person like Joker-steampunk, don't expect to necessarily be appreciated.

In short, it can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bunch of posers that came to be seen, not to actually interact with each other. It's like the goth scene in that sense, but with more leather and less PVC, and with less steel and more copper.
2013-03-31 11:58:06 AM  
1 vote:
A little more research on the topic...
2013-03-31 11:15:21 AM  
1 vote:
WTF?! When did Dr. Who become Steampunk?
It's still Sci-Fi to me dammit!
2013-03-31 10:50:25 AM  
1 vote:
Steampunk is not all that bad... for example:
2013-03-31 10:50:10 AM  
1 vote:

WhoopAssWayne: What are the classic/seminal steampunk novels? I've read The Difference Engine but it was kind of meh. The Diamond Age is somewhat in the same vein, but not really steampunk.

Kipling invented the genre. then HG Welles, and the modern era started with the Lord D'arcy series.
2013-03-31 10:34:59 AM  
1 vote:
Ya feel lucky, punk?
Well, do ya?
2013-03-31 10:21:58 AM  
1 vote:
2013-03-31 10:07:50 AM  
1 vote:

And just because Felicia Day is freaking hot.
2013-03-31 09:48:31 AM  
1 vote:
I prefer bronze age punk.
2013-03-31 09:41:42 AM  
1 vote:
Rule #1 Beat somebodies ass the first day or become someone's biatch.
2013-03-31 09:37:17 AM  
1 vote:
2013-03-31 09:20:37 AM  
1 vote:
i would love to see dodge ball game with steampunk vs cosplay  freaks in iron cage
2013-03-31 09:20:06 AM  
1 vote:

Oldiron_79: Dieselpunk is better. that a thing?

If not it should be.

Something with 2-stroke motors too.

Also, screw a costume.  I'd go to look at all the cool brass word.  Costumes are for Halloween, when I can be sexy Kirk.  Sexy. Kirk.
2013-03-31 09:11:31 AM  
1 vote:
If you go wearing your regular clothes, are you just Regularpunk?
2013-03-31 09:08:34 AM  
1 vote:
The enti

bones870: I wonder if people will be wearing goggles on their hats?

That pretty much sums up SteamPunk in a sentence. You beat me to it.
2013-03-31 09:03:06 AM  
1 vote:
Dieselpunk is better.
2013-03-31 08:39:24 AM  
1 vote:
A friend of mine is in one of the bands that played at that Steampunk convention. The band is called the Clockwork Dolls.
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