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What is Steampunk?

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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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Sleepovers: A Slightly Steampunk Poem

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Why, exactly, do we associate squid with Steampunk? My guess is that Kraken scene from that one “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” movie.  It may be peculiar, but it’s canon: tentacles are Steampunk.  So in that spirit, I present to you this Steampunk poem. It’s sort-of a kid’s poem. Depending on the kid. What kind […]

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Theodore Rorschach

Theodore Rorschach

Theodore Rorschach is a Steam Punk performer specializing in Prestidigitation, Juggling and Fire Handling. Theodore’s list of accomplishments include street and stage shows in venues and fairs across the USA, as well as a recent performance at the 2016 Steam Punk World Fair

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Coveilance Dance Project

Coveilance Dance Project

Coveilance Dance Project is a group of mad scientist belly dancers who blend various costumes, music, and other dance forms to create a hypnotic and sensual experimental dance for your pleasure. Headquartered in the Delaware Valley, the project utilizes a variety of materials from cultures all over the world for extensive experimentation. This year they […]

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V Is For Villains: LIVE!

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Mr. Agitator and Fallon Flynn are bringing their new show to SPWF!! For the first time since 2012 The Villains will be performing songs off of the upcoming release “Murder In The Art” ! Come see the material that sepiachord says “Grabs my attention and holds it!”!! V Is For Villains is a new breed […]

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Steampunk Poetry Slam

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Come and join the three round third annual Steampunk poetry slam! Bring your original poetry and your performance chops. Bring your judgemental markers and 3×5 cards. Bring your hands to clap and your voice to cheer for your favorites! Please fill out this form if you’re interested in participating in the Poetry Slam this year!

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Sharon Knight and Winter

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Neofolk Romantique: Fantastical Folksongs from a Bygone Era Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sound […]

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Events are home

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There’s a simple goal I have for every Jeff Mach Event: I make weekend-long homes for unusual people. What does that mean? The second martial arts school I attended was literally in the back of an alley, up a long flight of stairs. And leading to the school door, there was a pair of signs. […]

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Cosplay is not consent

To my surprise, this is one of the more controversial memes I've ever made. Even now.

It’s probable that if you’ve hung around fandom, science fiction, or  like-minded communities – like the Steampunk universe – you’ve heard the phrase  “Cosplay is not consent”.  If you haven’t, I can give you a thumbnail definition: If one dresses as some sort of fandom or fantasy character with what is considered to be sex appeal […]

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Eli August

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The music of Eli August is akin to the waters of a great river. It’s always moving and pushing forward, whether through percussive guitar and banjo, or the urgency of delicately crafted lyrics; the music never looks back. The Dark Americana music is, at its roots, devoted to romantics and those who reflect upon their […]

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Three Great Steampunk Webcomics

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The total number of incredible Steampunk webcomics is, of course, “Lots”.  Webcomics and Steampunk, in many ways, grew up together, and it’s not surprising that some of the oldest and flat-out best webcomic tales are of Steampunk universes and spirit. Here are a few for you to consider: 1. Girl Genius. Girl Genius is perhaps the […]

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Vicks, Sky Sprite

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Magic Takes To The Skies Vicks, Sky Sprite creates a magical array of characters as she navigates the corridors of our gathering. Watch for her to appear and mystify you with her beauty and grace!

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Audie & The Daughters of HetHaru

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Audie and The Daughters of HetHaru fuses exotic traditional Belly Dance with the modern flair. Their dances that once delighted the Pharaohs will open wide the eyes of the genteel Victorian Ladies.

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Shoestring Scientists

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Shoestring Scientists is a group of hobbyist makers and creators with a diverse skillset who enjoy building and teaching others how to get started with their own projects. Shoestring Scientists focuses on hands-on building to teach people that it’s okay to experiment, have fun, and get their hands dirty. Don’t miss our many shows, which […]

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History of 19th Century Opera Concert and Lecture

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History of 19th Century Romantic Opera Concert and Lecture Soprano Nicole Oliva joins this year’s event to give you an entertaining and educational experience with her concert and lecture on 19th century romantic operas. Nicole will give us a glimpse into the history of popular operas and their composers throughout the Victorian era that are […]

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Three ways to make any Convention or Festival experience better.

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I’ve been running conventions, festivals, and events for well over two decades now. There have been tremendous changes within that time, unsurprisingly – for example,  quite relevant to my own life and career, it’s not like there were really any Steampunk events 20 years ago.  Not anywhere in the entire world. But there are a […]

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Steampunk as a cultural force

It's a door.

“My parents became cyberpunks and all they left me was this dark future.” – R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” Culture is a technology; it’s a massive, crowdsourced technology.  All culture is that way; but Steampunk is a unique tool, and we have the opportunity to use it in unique ways. Regardless of its scale, culture is […]

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Scranton Steam

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I make handmade steampunk jewelry and accessories for every day wear. Vintage watch movements are used along with modern components to make whimsical and unique pieces that can be shown off every day. I use a variety of natural gemstones, crystals, and various mediums to create my bobbles. There is always something new, and nearly […]

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