Exercise of Armes: A history of the sword and its use – Dueling through the ages, presented by Professor Mark P. Donnelly.
In 1884 Sir Richard Francis Burton wrote that, “… the history of the sword is the history of mankind.” This lecture/presentation examines the various types and evolution (read as process of change and not necessarily implying improvement) of swords through history. Why they are designed the way they are and the techniques which were taught for their use. Why and how they change and what other social and cultural factors they affected. This material shall not only be presented as a lecture using slides, etc, it shall also take the form of a presentation, with techniques demonstrated, and somewhere between 100-200 swords for the purpose of illustration.
The 60 minute lecture shall be followed by a 30 minute handling session of the weapons to get a sense of weight and balance in reference to the discussed techniques.
Presented by Bartitsu Master Professor Mark P. Donnelly, this 90-minute session is also a participatory and interactive workshop, but on a much less introductory basis. This is designed to be much more advanced material for participants with at least some degree of experience in martial training (in any form). Material covered in this session will include advanced La Canne techniques based on the work of Pierre Vigne as well as advanced grappling derived from the various disciplines within Bartitsu.
Participants will not need to wear anything different or special in order to take part. For the la Canne portion of this session, participants will need a cane or walking stick. The instructor can provide canes for 50-70 for this workshop.
This workshop is open to men and women aged 16 and up.
Welcome to The Society of the Green Carnation!
The Society of the Green Carnation welcomes all LGBTQQIA folks and works to establish a safe, positive environment to bring people together through an online group and in-person meet-ups: like at this year’s The Steampunk World’s Fair! We hope you’ll join us on Saturday from 5-6pm for The Social Hour, which will feature:
* Special Musical Entertainment
* Special Guests “The Royal Baritarian Players”
* Lively conversation with the most pleasant of patrons
Why call ourselves The Society of the Green Carnation? Green carnations have a historical significance as a symbol for “the love that dare not speak its name.”
From Noel Coward’s operetta, Bitter Sweet, comes a song about dapper young gents wearing green carnations to distinguish themselves to each other. Coward writes:
“Pretty boys, witty boys, you may sneer at our disintegration.
Haughty boys, naughty boys, dear, dear, dear!
Swooning with affectation
Our figures sleek and willowy our lips incarnadine may worry the majority a bit
But matrons rich and billowy invite us out to dine and revel in our phosphorescent wit.
Faded boys, jaded boys come what may Art is our inspiration
And as we are the reason for the ‘nineties’ being Gay,
We all wear a green carnation.”
Its direct predecessor is the association with Oscar Wilde and his friends wearing green carnations in their lapels for the same reason.
Join us on the Book of Faces to discuss!
In the not-too-distant future (Friday evening May 20th), join the Doctors Mobius.. Mobii.. Mobiles.. The Mad Scientists as they demonstrate their new moving picture machine. Listen as they discuss the finer points of the film itself, making it a real bother for the audience to pay attention to it. They promise to be entertained by the film, and in turn hope you are entertained by them being entertained by the film.
What movie, you may ask? All we can say is that it is Scrumptious!
And if you’re wondering how they eat and breathe, and other science facts, just repeat to yourself “They’re not in space, I should really just relax, for Questionable Science Theater 1900.”
Best known for her behind-the-scenes work as director of Steampunk programming and exhibits at conventions throughout the Southeast, Paige “Ex Libris” Smith is regularly recognized for her award-winning automaton costumes. A dedicated champion of ‘re-purposing’ garb and gear with Steampunk vision, Paige is a prominent advocate of Steampunk as a subculture in various media and her writing and interviews appear regularly in on-line and publishing outlets. As director of “The Steampunk Exhibition” at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, she is full committed to bringing the most talented builders, makers and designers of Steampunk and Victorian futurist gear to the attention of a broader, appreciative audience. Paige can also be found dumpster diving for new inspiration behind the finest hotels at conventions across the U.S.
Born and raised in the North East, PJ Schnyder spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries. She scored fairly high in the verbal portion. She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle. She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories. She is a writer of steampunk as well as paranormal and sci-fi romance.
Jared Axelrod is the author of The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City, a graphic novel to be published from Tor, a prequel podcast of which can be found at Fables of the Flying City. His written work has been published on the website I Should Be Writing, as well as the anthologies Podthology: The Pod Complex, The Sovereign Era: Year One, Salt and End Of Time. He was a founding writer for 365 Tomorrows. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his immensely talented wife.
He is not domestic, he is a luxury. And in that sense, necessary.
Slant of Light Theatre presents “The Sun Never Sets,” a new play by Kevin Mullins!
Set in a rundown bar in the British colony on Mars, a retired British general mourns the death of Queen Victoria. As he and his co-worker prepare for the afternoon rush of mournful colonists, a stranger from his past walks into the bar and turns their world upside down. Taking inspiration from Space 1889, The Sun Never Sets explores themes of colonialism, sexuality and the possibility of forgiveness.
Presented by Bartitsu Master Professor Mark P. Donnelly, this 60-minute workshop is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense specifically focused on (and limited to) ladies and gentlewomen. Some of the techniques employed by Victorian ladies studying this art vary from those taught to their male counterparts. Partly this was physical (and partly a constraint of the fashions) but also due to the differing nature of the physical threat and the variety of accessories with which she might be equipped or encumbered. In the Ladies session, therefore, will explore: grappling; savate; canne; parasol; fan; handbag, etc..
Participants will not need to wear anything different or special in order to take part. If you have a parasol or fan which you would like to use, you are encouraged to bring it, though limited equipment will also be provided by the instructor.
This session is ideally limited to ladies only (or men in frocks)- though ladies are also welcome at the other two Bartitsu workshops as well.
Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer and writer Donna Lynch. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune’, the band fuses many styles, including darkwave, trip-hop, and rock. Steven is the creator of the atmospheric electronica project Hopeful Machines, and the pair make up the experimental/spoken-word outfit The Trinity Project and have released two albums under that name. Steven is also a regular contributor to ‘Weird Tales Magazine’ and ‘Steampunk Magazine.’ He is the author of a children’s book, ‘Luna Maris’ and an illustrated story ‘Red King Black Rook.’ In addition to numerous poems and short stories, Donna has released two collections of poetry: ‘In My Mouth’ and ‘Ladies & Other Vicious Creatures.’ Her first novel ‘Isabel Burning’ debuted in 2008. She has also collaborated with Steven on several art projects, including a handmade, limited edition illustrated book called ‘Twenty-Six (An Uncommon Book of ABCs)’ and the upcoming ‘Daughters of Lilith.’ Archer and Lynch have been married since October of 1999 and currently live in Maryland with two hairless cats.
The Lost and Found Scientific Self Defense of Sherlock Holmes OR Self-Defense for Victorian and Steampunk Gentlemen (and not-so-gentlemen)
Presented by Bartitsu Master Professor Mark P. Donnelly, this 90-minute workshop is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense which incorporates: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self-defense); grappling (judo/jujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace Victorian accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc. all employed in an effort to maintain “preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne’er-do-wells of nefarious intent”.
Participants will not need to wear anything different or special in order to take part. If you have a walking stick or cane which you would like to use, you are encouraged to bring it, though equipment for about 50 will be provided by the instructor.
This workshop is open to men and women aged 16 and up.
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.
Currently, he has about 20 books in print – all of which are non-fiction – and all of which are on historical subjects. In addition to his work in print, Mark P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of broadcast television for Discovery, History Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Biography, A&E, etc.
He is also a Professore di Armes in various forms of historical combat and western martial arts who has taught workshops around the world and is honored to have been frequently counted among the top instructors in Europe. After nearly 14 years in England he recently returned to the colonies and currently resides in Pennsylvania.
The Steampunk community may recognize him from his numerous television appearances (assuming they watch Discovery or History Channel); as ‘That guy in That coat’ from other events; or even as ‘the other one from Brute Force Studios’ (long story).
At SPWF 2011, Professor Donnelly will be running Bartitsu (Victorian self-defense) workshops for both ladies and gentlemen, as well as presenting several lectures relating to his written and professional work. When not otherwise scheduled, he will have a table for book signing and conversation. While he is aware that knowledge is power, he has been known to share anything he knows if asked nicely (and bribed with decent port or brandy).
The Gin Rebellion is the musical collective formed by the dapper H.M. and the eccentric Renfield, performing music in a manner never before heard in this century or any other.They draw their inspiration from the most seemingly innocent and innocuous of places,such as the Vaudeville stage, early American folk songs, and musical theater. The GinRebellion is a veritable assault of melodic noise designed to soothe and salve even the mostsavage of souls, and to further spread the word of The Uprising.
Tome Wilson is the founder and editor of Dieselpunks, an online magazine devoted to the dieselpunk movement and the growing steampunk art community. Spotlighting the best in film noir, WWII/alternative history, Lovecraftian fiction, streamlined machines, and the masterworks of Art Deco style, Dieselpunks continues to grow and welcome punks of all stripes (steam, diesel, atomic, and otherwise).
If you’re friends with Mugsy (and know the secret password), you can meet Tome at Friday night’s sold out “Speakeasy-in-the-Sky”, The Engine Room, where he’ll be spinning a hot jump mix of big band, jazz, and swing classics alongside modern shots of dieselpunk music.
Should you be sober by Saturday, Tome will be presenting the ins and outs of dieselpunk at “What the Pulp is Dieselpunk,” a presentation focusing on the music, movies, history, and fashion distinctive to the aesthetic. We promise it will be the cat’s pajamas and the bee’s knees!
Susan de Guardiola is a social dance historian and teacher who researches and teaches vernacular social dance from the 16th to the 20th centuries in between teaching workshops across the United States and running Victorian balls. She reviews F&SF, historical and paranormal romance, and historical fiction for Publishers Weekly and blogs about dance history at Capering and Kickery and historical fancy
dress (masquerade) costumes.
Clay and Susan Griffith are the authors of The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire Book 1 (Pyr Books, 2010) a steampunk fantasy adventure. This novel, the first of a trilogy, is set in a neo-Victorian world where vampires destroyed the great industrial nations of the north and drove the remnants of human society into the equatorial regions. Now bold new human kingdoms of steam and steel are rising in the deserts and jungles to face the vampire hordes. The Rift Walker: Vampire Empire Book 2 is to be published in September 2011. Of course, Clay and Susan don’t just write weird steampunk novels. Their prodigious comic book resume includes many issues of The Tick as well as the upcoming Victoriana adventure Allan Quatermain and the Lord of Locusts and It Came From Beneath the Sea… Again, the official graphic novel sequel to the Ray Harryhausen giant octopus movie. They are coming to New Jersey to read cheerfully and discuss Vampire Empire, and give random thoughts on how to collaborate creatively and stay married at the same time.
Austin Sirkin is a man who wears many hats, both literally and figuratively. As a scholar Austin has spoken about and delivered papers on Steampunk at both fan conventions and academic conferences around the country. As a costumer, he has been a member of Outland Armour and has pushed the envelope with costumes such as Nerf Steampunk (Nerfpunk). Recently, he appeared in the Panic! At The Disco music video for “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”.
Also, he just sort of generally likes to wear hats.
Sirkin will be a man-to-watch at The Steampunk World’s Fair, bringing to us such topical discussions as “Modern Steampunk, Genre & Subculture” and “Steampunk as a Community”.
Cracked Monocle’s Tephra is a steampunk company working to put its own spin on the genre. Best known for their Steampunk Tabletop RPG, Tephra, they have been hard at work expanding the steampunk and tabletop gaming community.
Coming to us from Texas, Cracked Monocle shall be hosting several 3-hour demo sessions of Tephra throughout the weekend at The Steampunk World’s Fair!
Steam, wild gizmos, hulking automatons controlled by advanced brainworks, bio-engineered abominations, chainsaw swords, locomotives and elegant airships – let me introduce you to steampunk, a time ruled by intelligent industry, vests, top hats, and corsets. A time where adventure was one dirigible’s ride away, and gentlemanly duty was society’s norm. Welcome to Tephra, a steam-powered world, where fantasy meets science fiction, all pounded together into a pre-industrial technological boom.
Tephra is an evolutionary tabletop roleplaying experience, built by gamers who enjoy an easy-to-learn system with unlimited options. You’ll feel at home in our easy to use system, with just one die (a twelve-sider), over 400 different character abilities, and a seemingly infinite amount of character combinations. Gone are the specific classes of many systems – in are a massive numbers of skills for you to specialize in. To top it all off, everything’s available from level 1, and it only gets better.
From our easy character creation system to our intuitive and high-movement combat rules, to our enormous array of character abilities, Tephra will leave you building, creating, and dreaming until your friends start wondering about that new handlebar mustache you’re sporting. This is steampunk – the options are unlimited. Welcome to Tephra.
On May 20th, 2011, at The Steampunk World’s Fair, our Queen Victoria shall be knighting FIVE steampunks for their active participation in the community, their skills and craftsmanship, and their dedication to bringing more steampunk awesomeness to us over the years.
Nominees were elected and voted on from April 11-April 15th on Facebook. Anyone who voted was able to nominate! In the end, we had over 30 nominees and 2200+ votes!
The Final Round of Voting shall take place on the SPWF website where the top 10 shall be voted on for the Top 5! Voting shall be open from April 18th at midnight until May 1st 11:59pm.
***YOU ONLY HAVE ONE VOTE in the Final Round!***
Please, choose wisely, and vote your heart. Vote for the person you feel has given the most to the Community as a whole, who you respect and look up to, and who you would be proud to have as a Steampunk Knight at The Steampunk World’s Fair!
YOUR TOP TEN NOMINEES ARE (in alphabetical order):
Capt. Cedric Whittaker, Airship Isabella
The Davenport Sisters
Dr. Grymm Laboratories
Emperor of the Red Fork Empire
Jake von Slatt
Spawn, Knightly Security Guard
Steampunk Boba Fett
Please note: nominees are subject to change, if a nominee wishes to bow out of the race or WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND the Knighting Ceremony. In such a case, the Nominee who placed next on the original Nominee chart shall be added in in their place.
For those of you on the Book of Faces, you may find us here!
Welcome to our
Across the Steampunk Universe
Below is the 4th in the series, brought to you by one of SPWF 2010′s special guest artists, Mr. Tom Brown! A master of Romantic Gothic artwork, Tom has brought back from the very depths a poster worthy of being called Lovecraftian Horror!
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Lovecraftian Horror by Tom Brown
Love this incredible poster fit for an Elder God? Learn all about how the artist went from concept to final proof to finished poster!
Please feel free to snag this image from our page! Then post it around your favorite sites to let your fiends know about The Steampunk World’s Fair. Just be sure to give Tom Brown the credit he deserves, or risk your sanity points! ;,,;
A quick reminder that Online Pre-Registration
tickets sales end May 11, 11:59pm.
After, you may purchase your tickets at the door, though the price rises to $60 for the weekend.
Some of these extra events tickets may be available at Registration on Friday May 20th, but we cannot guarantee, so please purchase yours today! This especially helps us plan our guest lists, decorations, and entertainment!
And if you’re looking for a place to stay during the Fair?
The Doubletree is our official overflow hotel. Not only does it really help us if you stay there, you also get to hang out with lots of other World’s Fair-goers, meet new people, make new friends, and get free cookies from the hotel, too! This hotel will fill fast, so reserve your rooms early!
With only a little more than a month to go, The Steampunk World’s Fair still has even more great announcements coming your way! Stay tuned!
The Davenport Sisters are the amazing, silly duo behind The Clockwork Cabaret, a weekly radio show and podcast that’s played every Monday since 2007. The Sisters feature a wide assortment of jazz, blues, goth, folk, swing, gypsy punk, dark cabaret, classical and other related steampunk genres. They also host The Clockwork Ball, a bi-monthly event in the Raleigh, NC area. Joining us shall be Emmett & Mingan!
The Interstellar Multi-Dimensional Gypsy Band known as the Kreptatka Bar Band has reanimated from the quantum realm to share their knowledge from the past, present, and future for enlightened minds of the Steampunk Worlds Fair. The intricate melodies and finely honed musicianship of Kreptatka paired with the gypsies of Steampunk’s know-how to communicate, dance, exchange, and explore will determine the next 3,000 years of who rules the Earth on an absolutely stratospheric level. Kreptatka came from nowhere, to become anything, and now they’re everything, and that’s really nothing… While Steampunk leaps forward to the past to revert back to the future.
S. J. Chambers is co-author with Jeff VanderMeer of The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Images, May 2011). She is the Senior Editor of Articles at Strange Horizons magazine, and a regular contributor to Bookslut and Tor.com. Her writing has appeared in a diverse array of publications including The Baltimore Sun’s Read Street blog, Yankee Pot Roast, New Myths, Fantasy, Mungbeing, and in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s forthcoming anthology Thackery T. Lambshead’ s Cabinet of Curiosities. She is a devout Poepathist, and has devoted a great portionof her career to emphasizing Poe’s importance to genre. She holds a degree in Art History, where her focus was upon 19th century European art, especially that of the French Symbolists.You can find out more about S. J., including her pronom, over at www.sjchambers.org.
CJ Henderson, creator of the Brooklyn Knight supernatural investigator series, and author of Steam-Powered Love, has written some 70 books and/or novels in his time, as well as hundreds and hundreds of short stories and comics along with thousands of non-fiction pieces. This legendary wordsmith, this gracious humanitarian, the man about whom Rolling Stone said “Who?” invites you to learn more about him at www.cjhenderson.com and to enjoy his company at our wonderful gathering. Those who bring bacon or fine cigars to his table may just make a friend for life.
Specializing in a unique genre often described as dark Victorian fairytale science fiction, Psyche Corporation is named after a dream manufacture group from a future where widespread neural implants have allowed people to jack their nerve endings directly into the internet and download dreams. As a performance group, Psyche Corporation has at various times incorporated robot exhibitions, steel origami cranes, contortion, corsets, flashlights, and old radios. The music spans genres; a recent song mixes tribal singing with classical piano while embedding poliovirus DNA into its percussion.
Welcome to the world of Wyck, where Wyck’s pain is your pleasure! This devilishly odd performer mixes classic sideshow routines with his unique self-deprecating humor and unbelievable stunts– witness such wonders as the human pincushion and “the block head!” Wyck will keep you thoroughly entertained, consistently amazed, and pleasantly grossed out.
A ragtag collective of virtuostic musicians led by Nate Greenslit (of HUMANWINE and What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?) and Vessela Stoyanova (of Goli and Fluttr Effect), Bury Me Standing describes itself as Gypsy Dirge-Core, a strange intertwining of Balkan folksong, art metal, and psychedelia, whose songs meditate on wars within and without. Their core instrumentation is singularly unique, including digital marimba, found-object percussion, prepared upright bass, and haunting, Bulgarian-inflected vocals. Their formidable roster of collaborating musicians varies from show to show. At The Steampunk World’s Fair, Bury Me Standing will include members from the circus klezmer punk Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band.
Friday evening Formal Ball
Come along to The Big Brass Ball-
our formal evening dance- from 7-10pm!
Join us for a time-traveling formal evening at the Big Brass Ball! At The Big Brass Ball, there is no such thing as “too formal”, though dress code allows all styles of formal dress from afternoon tea wear to full military regalia!
Enjoy Victorian and Victorian-inspired set dances and spin madly with your partner to romantic waltzes and lively polkas. No previous
experience is needed; all dances will be taught by dance historian Susan de Guardiola. Music will be an eclectic mix of modern and nineteenth century. Formal costume encouraged!
As always, at The Steampunk World’s Fair, we do not charge an extra admission price to our dances. The Ball is free with your membership badge!
More information coming soon! Times subject to change.
Image courtesy of Tom Brown
The Steampunk World’s Fair’s Official ‘Queen of Steam’ Drag Queen Competition is returning for its SECOND year!
We hope you will join us to support the brave and beautiful men who don their corsets, stockings, and bustles to cat-fight over who will be the NEW ‘Queen of Steam’!
Your hosts: SPWF 2010 “Queen of Steam” reigning queen, Hortence Regalia! and Karl Custer, aka Uncle Yo!
A message from Hortence Regalia:
“I’ve been handed the duty of organizing this event and as the reigning Queen of Steam, hostessing it. Please, if you are interested or know someone that would be fabulous tarted up in their best steampunk/Victorian drag, sign up or encourage them to sign up.
The event is open to all ages, but there is an entry age minimum of 16. After all, this is for a Queendom, not a Princesshood.
Of course I would prefer the entries to all be male dressing as female, but if there aren’t enough entries, females who dress as males are more than welcome. Perhaps in the future there may be a full Queen and King of Steam, but for now, let’s focus on the Queens!
I do ask that you take this seriously and dress and act the part, not just a man in a dress.”
Email your interest in signing up to
Hortence Regalia via:
Or use our easy online Sign-Up Form!
Please Note: Date and Time Subject to Change!
As we head into April, The Steampunk World’s Fair is less than two months away!
At this time, I wished to announce to all of you that the Absinthe Tasting is SOLD OUT! This is not an April Fool’s Joke, I promise. The special Additional Events & Dinner Theater tickets are limited, my friends, and selling fast. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door for events like dinner at The Chuckwagon Saloon, The Engine Room hidden speakeasy-in-the-sky, or any of our lovely tea parties with Professor Elemental, Miss Kitty, or Queen Victoria herself.
So take a moment, peruse the listings, and consider purchasing your ticket today to enjoy some of our other Catered Event offerings. Thank you!
Looking to participate…
If you are looking to sign up for an event at the Steampunk World’s Fair, look no further!
Below is a list of special events that require registration in order to participate. If you would like to sign up, please fillout and submit the attached Special Events Application.
* The Official Queen of Steam
* The Costume Extravaganza
* Iron Modder
* Steampunk’d Cosplay Competition (for steampunking pre-existing characters!)
* The Mad Science Fair Competition
* General George Rappleyea Memorial Beard & Moustache Competition
* Magnetic Mini-Air Balloon Race
* The High Noon Gentlemen’s Duel
* Tweed Ride
* Parasol Procession