There’s nothing more steampunk than the plants that grow through cracks in concrete. Nothing can contain us and none can tame us. We make. We grow. We listen. HUMANWINE’s Mother has new songs for us.
Deborah Castellano’s book is Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want (Llewellyn, 2017).
Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in hand blended ritual oils, handspun yarn and other goodies.
In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.
She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can’t shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.”The Scene Is Never What It Used to Be: A Retrospect
Glamour Magic: A Reading with Questions and Answers
Glamour is the art of taking what makes you exciting and interesting to others and using it as leverage in accomplishing your Great Work. This fun romp of a book helps you use glamour to accomplish total world domination . . . or to revolutionize your magical practice if ruling the world isn’t your thing.
Glamour Magic encourages you to be crafty, cunning, and unafraid to want something fiercely. Learn how historical figures used glamour in their campaigns for greatness. Discover experiments, exercises, and rites for your Craft. Glamour is your secret weapon—your guide to finding what you want and getting it, too.
How to Hostess Your Own Tea Party
Tea is so fun to attend, but it can feel completely overwhelming to hostess your own tea party. Learn about the difference between High Tea and Low Tea, how to serve tea, recipes for your party and different party styles.
Manners Matter: A Lively Discussion About Con Etiquette
The Steampunk Community is known for impeccable politeness, but what about the finer points of how one should behave during a convention? What is the most polite way to chat someone up? How do you ask someone to remove their gear wings from your personal space? An interactive discussion!
The Language of Flowers comes from the Victorian time period where handing someone a small bouquet of flowers (or tussy mussy) could be laced with intrigue, secret longing or the brush off. Come learn about tussy mussies and make your own!
Montague Jacques Fromage
Cog-father of steampunk, international performer, past candidate of “Britian’s Got Talent”, originator of steampunkFunk/Victorian rap…
From Sweden to New Zealand, London to Berlin to Vegas and back again, Monty has spread deliciously infectious Steampunk musical madness and mayhem to thousands of devotees of the world’s most high-profile subculture, Steampunk.Steampunk Funk Bizarre Facebook
Montague Jacques Fromage/Steampunk Funk Bizarre
Monty is the creator and international purveyor of SteampunkFunk Bizarre, Victorian Rap and assorted lyrical conundrums.
He mixes patter, Victorian subject matter and rap, all with a danceable funk backbeat.
Add “music hall” audience participation and stand-up comedy, and the evening’s entertainment unfolds as a delicious comedic confection of funk, soul and just plain fun!
From their earliest days doing shows before Rutgers “Rocky Horror” screenings to their recent performances of the steampunk rock operas: “Absinthe Heroes” and “What Sharp Teeth” to their collaborations on “The Freaky Mutant Weirdo Variety Show”, a Halo Called Fred has a proud two decade history of collaborations with Jeff Mach events.
The Halo has filled the time between playing music in various incarnations, releasing several albums and producing films and videos: from the feature “Everything Fred Tells Me is True” to the one-episode web serial “Barry the Steampunk Monster“.
The Halo can be seen all over the Steampunk World’s Fair, playing the geekiest sounds to ever spring from guitar, bass, violin and Tupperware.
Featuring The Eternal Frontier!
More details on the celebration are coming soon.
What is Cogsday and why do we need to celebrate it? (Why Steampunks MUST celebrate Cogsday):
The Steampunk phenomenon itself, has long been celebrated by magnificent events hosted by magnificent people. They have all, either only touched upon or completely overlooked one very important Steampunk frontier, THE BRINY DEPTHS OF THE SEAS!!! Sure you will see the obligatory cephalopod displayed
here and there at conventions! But, our fellow Steampunks, does anyone know where the earliest known example of a gear wheel (A.K.A. Cog), was discovered? If per chance you guessed, the briny depths of the sea, you are 20,000 % correct!
The Antikythera mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck, near the Greek island of Antikythera in April 1900 by Greek sponge divers, who retrieved numerous artifacts A wealth of bronze and marble statues, pottery, unique glassware, jewelry, coins, and THE MECHANISM! Thought to be a mere a lump of corroded bronze and wood at the time.
The Mechanism went unnoticed for two years, while museum staff worked on piecing together more obvious artifacts. Then, on 17 May 1902, archaeologist Valerios Stais was examining the finds and noticed that one of the pieces of rock, had a GEAR WHEEL embedded in it! The largest gear it contains is approximately 5.5 inches in diameter and originally had 223 teeth. It has since been argued that The Mechanism, dates back to 323 B.C. and it has been called, “The Portable Cosmos!” While we may never know the absolute birth date, of the superlative creation known to us as, “The Cog”. We do know it’s earliest known incarnation was discovered at the bottom of the sea and identified between April 1900 and May 1902! So I ask you my fellow Chronoauts, does it not make absolute sense to celebrate, “Cogsday”as the simultaneous birth and/ or discovery of the Cog???
YES!!! Of course it does!!! That is precisely why Cogsday, THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER STEAMPUNK HOLIDAY, will be celebrated, in force, annually in May, at the world’s largest and most prestigious Steampunk event, “The Steampunk World’s Fair!”
Accept no substitutes! Dates for the second annual Cogsday will be announced soon!
Attendance will be granted to Luminary Ticket Holders only, so buy your tickets while they are still available!!!
Your host, Professor Adam Smasher
(with edits by Mr. Ben Walker)