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Up next: Our Steampunk Vacation, Steampunk In The Catskills! We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s event.  We’d love your feedback; please feel free to give it to us via our feedback form! Next year’s event will be at the Radisson and Embassy Suites of Piscataway, New Jersey, May 4-6th, 2018. Hotel rooms […]

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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.

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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

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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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Did Steampunk come from Goth?

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Why do I think Steampunk descended, at least in part, from Goth?  Lots of reasons.  And not just because this weekend is the opening of our collaboration with Vampire Freaks – “Dark Side Of The Con: America’s 3 Day Goth / Dark Alternative Convention“.  There are reasons why we get along so well together – […]

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Care And Feeding Of Jeffs At Events

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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

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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?

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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?

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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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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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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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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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Steampunk & Goth have a common enemy

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In preparation for our collaboration with Vampire Freaks – Dark Side Of The Con, America’s only 3 day Goth festival – I thought I might put together a bit of conversation about whether or not Goth and Steampunk truly to go together. Steampunk and Goth have a number of differences, as well as an extraordinary […]

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3 Essential Tips For Evil Mad Scientists

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Sure, we’ve all been there.  You’re crawling out of the wreckage of your latest laboratory, watching your Monster go make friends with the people who’ve just destroyed years of your work, and picking little bits of adamantium, mithril, and frozen aether out of yet another utterly ruined labcoat, and you’re thinking, “Why?  WHY did this […]

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Why You Should Read This Steampunk Blog

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There are lots of reasons to follow the many Steampunk blogs out there.  But this one, of course, is the best, because it comes with the best benefits.  Let me tell you of just a few of them: I will teach you how to turn lead into gold. I’m just waiting ’til I get enough […]

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4 Reasons We Adore Steampunk

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Steampunk! There’s just so much to love! From the endless creativity, to the excuses to eat splendid things, to the the way people continue to surprise and awe us with how they take Steampunk culture and do unexpected things with it.  Here are four of my personal reasons for loving Steampunk: 4.  Some people SAY […]

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The Top 5 Steampunk Songs To Get You Pumped

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As the co-creator of one of Steampunk’s first major music festivals, I have loved Steampunk music for a decade and a half now.  The range of creativity, passion, and musical ability within Steampunk’s musical culture is, like Steampunk itself, limitless, brilliant, and inspiring. After a long winter, we’re coming towards what looks like a beautiful […]

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