Quickdraw Competition!

quickdrawReturning for a second year at the Steampunk Worlds Fair is the nerf-style single action pistol quickdraw competition. Competitors will face off 1 on 1 in a single elimination battle to the death (also known as 3 hits to the torso or head with a nerf-style dart). Nerf-style pistols with single action (i.e. cock to fire) may be used. No electric, fly-wheel or clip systems allowed. Guns must be holstered or otherwise affixed to the body prior to the command of “draw.” Maximum of 20 darts in no more than 3 guns per competitor. In the event of neither competitor achieving the number of needed hits, a bystander can throw a single dart to either competitor, in which case a sudden death round is started and only one hit is needed to win. In the event that all rounds are exhausted and neither competitor has eliminated the other, both competitors will be gunned down, as this competition is not for amateurs.

Dark Continent

ns_darkcontIt is a verifiable fact that everyone of us contains a limited fountain of knowledge. What we believe to be the ultimate understanding can in one day become the stale understanding of a lazy mind. The Dark Continent is a series that explores African traditions founded in religious and mystical belief of the continent itself and beyond. We start in West Africa, expand into Western Civilization via the Slave Trade that continued well into the Victorian Era. It continues to express itself into the media world and has seen an expansion beyond the peoples of African descent into the mainstream. There is a lot to cover, and little time to do it, but Doyaun “El Corsario Negro” Evans will endeavor to enlighten and entertain you at the same time. What is a Zombie really? How did the West react to African religions? How has this inspired our fiction? How can inspire yours? Are there differences from other traditions around the world? When you leave we hope to shed a little light into the darkness of a world that has caused fear, and incited a hunger for exploration and discovery, that at one time took the world by storm.

Alice Through the Looking Glass at SPWF!

aliceCatch trailers and clips of Disney’s upcoming film “Alice: Through The Looking Glass,” snag some promotional swag, and maybe win a ticket to an advance screening! Look for the table in the Midway Tent on Saturday!

Disney’s ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – In Theaters May 27

Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen

Synopsis: In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.



Fashion Show at SPWF

While many Subcultures are mostly based in music, we all know (and love) one that is based on a look, aka Steampunks. Come and discover other styles, ideas, and interact with other fashion obsessed people like yourself. Join Redfield Design as we host amazing designers like As They Sew in France, Midnight Orchid Designs, and Voltaire Design Studio, and remember to wear your best to the show, since we’ll also be having an Attendee Fashion Show, hand-picked to show off your style and skill!

Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 PM
Embassy Stage


Gender and Steampunk

vestatilleyVictorian conceptions of gender included ideas that new-fangled showers were inappropriate for women because it was literally believed that powerful water pressure would harm the female spine. In an age of bathroom laws and modern concepts of what gender might be, how does Steampunk tackle thorny questions of gender?