Why would anyone do Steampunk?

Are there reasons NOT to do Steampunk?  Oh, HECK yes.  Let me give you some. First off, it’s ridiculous. An imaginary 19th century which never happened and which we explore in the 21st century? Why in the world would anyone want to do that? Relatedly, it doesn’t seem to make sense, when you think about […]

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Where did The Steampunk World’s Fair come from?

Fantastic steampunk machine in vintage style. Interweaving pipe units, pressure gauges, devices, components. Retro texture on a separate layer.

Before The Steampunk World’s Fair was Jeff Mach’s Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire – which has only just now returned. A large part of our identity as a rollicking Festival – rather than a convention – comes from that background. We thought we’d take a moment to reflect on where Wicked Faire came from, since it […]

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The Steampunk Haunted House

It's time for a Steampunk Haunted House!

Yes, it’s true! We’re making a STEAMPUNK HAUNTED HOUSE! The Kickstarter goes live on Monday, 8/21/2017; PLEASE DO RSVP for the Facebook event to keep up with the latest info.  Fittingly, it will happen in the darkness of the coming eclipse! We’re so excited that we’ll say it again… We’re Making A Steampunk Haunted House! […]

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5 Terrible Ideas For Avoiding Con Crash

Victorian style frightened man screaming in a dark street. Probably realized it's Monday.

How do you avoid con crash?  We’ve all been there.  You go to a convention or festival, you have an incredible weekend, you meet amazing people, you do things that will remain joyful memories forever–and then you get home and crash hard. Some of the best ways to avoid this, I find, are making sure […]

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What is Steampunk music?

Steampunk sky captain

What Makes Music Steampunk?  What IS Steampunk Music? There are a wide variety of opinions on what Steampunk music is and how one might define it.  We asked some of our friends and some Steampunk World’s Fair attendees for their views, and we’d like to share them with the world! Steampunk is an alternative culture […]

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What ISN’T Steampunk?

A peculiar machine of Steampunk origin

What is Steampunk? I’ve always loved the definition by our friend and frequent guest, the talented author Gail Carriger: ” “Steampunk is…the love child of Hot Topic and a BBC costume drama” That’s just silly enough not to tie you down to one place, and yet accurate enough to give you a definition you could […]

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Steampunk World’s Fair Costume Contest

The Steampunk World's Fair - "Wonders Untold"

Steampunk World’s Fair Costume Contest 2018 This year’s costume contest will have two main categories – Makers and Curators. Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and […]

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Tee and Pip


Philippa (Pip) Ballantine Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Philippa is the author of the Books […]

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Hullaballoo and the future of Steampunk crowdfunding


You know what I’m really excited for?  “Hullaballoo“, perhaps the best-funded Steampunk Kickstarter of all time. But I’m not that excited for the movie.  After all this time, I have no idea how the movie will be.  Hopefully, it’ll be splendid, but that’s not really my concern. My concern is seeing it happen at all. […]

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Mad Science: A Bit Of Steampunk Verse

Mysterious red-haired woman in Victorian dress in the winter park

Code Of The Shocking Pink Illuminatus (To Be Read With Closed Eyes) Never surrender your Transylvanian soul. They have the money, the power, the logic; theirs are the guns, the good beer, the air-conditioning, and the light of day. But we have the Mad Science. We draw the blood of destiny. We autograph madness. We […]

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Seek joy.

Adorable funny toddler girl with curly hair wearing a colorful dress on her birthday playing tea party with a teddy bear doll toy dishes cup cakes and muffins in a sunny summer garden

I’ve written a bit, lately, on some challenging subjects.  So here’s a reminder to all Steampunks and other people of wonder.  Remember, we imagine worlds vast beyond belief; we imagine entire Universes; as Steampunks, we imagine other times.  So let us not forget to turn our minds inwards, for the transformation of our real lives […]

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Why we’re a Steampunk Festival, not a Convention

Steampunk girl with googles

Are we really defined by being a festival, and not a convention?  For me, the answer’s yes.   I do love conventions.  But think about conventions.  Trade shows are conventions.  Academia has conventions.  Your corporate job probably has, or attends, conventions.  I happen to enjoy all of those things.  They’re not bad things.  BUT… Think […]

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Care And Feeding Of Jeffs At Events

jeff - kiss the misfits 3 - edited

There’s an event coming up soon – check for details. Many people are kind enough to ask about my welfare at events, and/or want to help me with things. I’m creating a really teeny note about some of the things I run into most often. You’re still welcome to ask about these things. I’m […]

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The sweet dark neverland: a Steampunk poem

Birthday cake

I wake down. In the chocolate insanity, the sweet dark neverland, I own a small but respectable burger joint. My fare is decadent and greasy: the fattening french fries of fantasy the cholesterolic baconburgers of secret desire the non-lite beer of childhood make-believe. This is what I want to be. An infiltrator pouring weirdness into […]

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Whose job is it to protect people at events?

3d computer graphics of a fairy with a fantasy armor and sword

Whose job is it to protect people at events? Everyone’s. Understand that I’m not bringing this up because I believe that I’m perfect at this, personally or professionally, or that I have all the answers – not at all. I’m writing because we seem to be in another one of those cycles wherein some people […]

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What is Steampunk?

Girl in a stylized steampunk costume posing on a dark background.

Every month, we ask, “What is Steampunk?”, and we think about it again. Here’s a practical answer you can use: Steampunk is a creative focus, based re-imagining the 19th century, which you can use for any form of inventiveness.  It could be music, art, dress, writing, games – and those are just beginning points. Steampunk […]

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