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(PennLive)   Going to a Steampunk convention soon? Here are some rules to surviving it   ( blog.pennlive.com) divider line
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2013-03-31 09:22:21 AM  
5 votes:
Ah Steampunk. The counterculture that decries modern, mass produced commercialization by purchasing loads of modern, mass produced, commercialized crap.
2013-03-31 05:12:05 PM  
3 votes:

bones870: Old enough to know better: And strangely enough, everyone is walking around, interacting, and having fun. As far as I can tell that's the whole point of it.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer

Enjoy the Halcyon days...

Coming from various subcultures and being involved in them at one point or another, you see these things. I used to work at various Punk, Goth, Industrial and Rave clubs in NYC back in the early '90s. I skateboarded in the 80's and was a straight-edge hardcore punk. I saw most of them from the beginnings to the decline...I fully remember the Halcyon days and they were great but the pettiness always finds a way in all of the "scenes".

You missed the point....the goggles on the hat are a CLICHE, just like amohawk.....they are the death knell of STEAMPUNK!

/You learn a lot working the door at club...

I think the fundamental difference in the scenes you pointed out, and steampunk, is that punk, goth, skateboarding, etc. were cultural identities people assumed.  They weren't just random crap people did because it was fun (ok, skateboarding, bad example, but even worse on your part since it's still popular with kids everywhere and they still have fun with it), they were faux movements that had manifestos and political stances and all that other crap.

Steampunk? Its sole purpose in life is to dress up in funny clothes and look like a ponce, and have fun doing it.  It's not about expressing your inner woe, or whatever, no one thinks that dressing in leather and tweed somehow exposes their inner 1900s revisionist historic real personality.
2013-03-31 12:12:02 PM  
3 votes:
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 12:42:31 PM  
2 votes:
A friend of mine made and uses this as his regular mouse:

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2013-03-31 11:38:27 AM  
2 votes:

2wolves: willfullyobscure: 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.

No love for Verne? 80 Days Around the World is gentleman's steam punk adventure at it's best.

Wild Wild West gave us James Bond steampunk.

/and go and GIS Agatha Heterodyne
2013-03-31 10:42:00 AM  
2 votes:
They forgot the most important rule of any genre convention. The rule of 3, 2, 1! 3hours of sleep, 2 meals a day (good meals, not junk food) and 1 shower. Anything less than this and you will get the con-crud and repel everyone with your b.o.
2013-03-31 10:29:05 AM  
2 votes:
This is furry level hate. Dear Fark, don't ever change.


Don't crap all over folks having harmless fun.

Choose wisely.
2013-03-31 09:08:56 AM  
2 votes:
As with the goths, Steampunk women are fat, amirite?
2013-03-31 09:03:06 AM  
2 votes:
Dieselpunk is better.
2013-03-31 06:37:39 PM  
1 vote:

MegaUngawa: Astra: Kirby Muxloe: [24.media.tumblr.com image 467x686]

Oh look, a repainted Nerf Maverick.

The repainted Nerf Maverick is about as cliche' as the goggles on the hat (which are gradually disappearing, BTW).

Oh believe me, I know.

On one hand, good for those people who want to have a little fun and dress up.

On the other, it makes me sick to see the prices people pay for steampunk stuff at cons. They really believe they're getting some kind of handmade work of art when it's just another spraypainted Nerf gun or a vinyl top hat with costume goggles glued on or a corset handmade by Chinese kids. It's like the cosplay equivalent of Monster Cables.
2013-03-31 12:38:34 PM  
1 vote:
Suede head: Does Bioshock Infinte count as Steampunk?

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Well Steampunk is generally set in Victorian times 1837-1901 and bioshock is set in circa 1912 so its kinda in between the 1837-1901 Steampunk era and the 1914-1950ish Dieselpunk era, I guess either could try and claim it.
2013-03-31 12:30:25 PM  
1 vote:
Rule #1 of Steampunk, no steam engines.
2013-03-31 11:58:06 AM  
1 vote:
A little more research on the topic...

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2013-03-31 11:31:55 AM  
1 vote:
Steampunk was interesting for about 5 minutes, a decade ago.

Someone makes a TV that looks like Victoriana is cute and amusing. Doing the same with a ton of 21st century objects is like having a Harlem Shake festival.
2013-03-31 11:15:21 AM  
1 vote:
WTF?! When did Dr. Who become Steampunk?

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It's still Sci-Fi to me dammit!
2013-03-31 11:14:20 AM  
1 vote:
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Like this.  This is awesome.
2013-03-31 10:56:33 AM  
1 vote:
Think more along the lines of the original "Wild Wild West" series with Robert Conrad.
2013-03-31 10:50:25 AM  
1 vote:
Steampunk is not all that bad... for example:

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2013-03-31 10:35:17 AM  
1 vote:
steampunk is still a thing?
2013-03-31 09:59:31 AM  
1 vote:
There's no shortage of food in the steampunk universe, apparently.
2013-03-31 09:52:30 AM  
1 vote:

WinoRhino: [doycetesterman.com image 500x500]

Just glue some gears on it and call it steampunk
2013-03-31 09:48:33 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:47:42 AM  
1 vote:
Vaughn Bode is spinning in his self-inflicted grave.
2013-03-31 09:27:40 AM  
1 vote:
Just because you <i>can</I> glue some brass cogs and some valves and gauges at random places on a piece of leather doesn't mean you <i>should</I>.
2013-03-31 09:20:25 AM  
1 vote:

vernonFL: A friend of mine is in one of the bands that played at that Steampunk convention. The band is called the Clockwork Dolls.

I quite like some of Dr Steel.
2013-03-31 09:19:04 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:11:31 AM  
1 vote:
If you go wearing your regular clothes, are you just Regularpunk?
2013-03-31 03:32:28 AM  
1 vote:
I wonder if people will be wearing goggles on their hats?
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