Bring On the Gear Con!

I will be at PDX Gear Con this weekend, attending various events and networking with scattered showers of volunteering as required… Ah I love a do-ocracy 🙂

Attended an author read & talk thus far featuring Andrew P. Mayer, Andrew S. Fuller, and Jonathon Burgess reading from current works and talking about the state of the publishing industry and ways they maintain relationships with their audiences. Each of them had very distinctive and intriguing works, even though they were all being grouped under the umbrella heading of “steampunk”.
Mr. Mayer presented a continuation of his Society of Steam trilogy, a straight ahead adventure series starring the plucky Sarah Stanton. While he read a passage describing the central characters in their relation to their mechanical creations, I came to an insight of how Steampunk as a concept could serve as an allegory for the increasingly curious explorations of the average Joe.. Or Jill.. As they struggle to make sense and meaning out of a contemporary landscape that is growing ever more Cartesian and quantified.
Mr. Fuller read from the anthology, “Fish”, featuring a lovely glimpse of one family’s return to the landscape of ancient Pacific NW Natives’ way of life following an (all too probable) apocalyptic environmental collapse.
Mr. Burgess treated us to an excerpt from his tale of a pair of sky pirates and “horrible people”, mortal enemies who… Just happen to be married. Stranded together on a desert island after being unceremoniously dumped by their crew, entertainment–for the reader– ensues…

This year’s Gear Con promises to be lively and full of not only engaging programming, but also plenty of chances for attendees to get their hands on a whole range of interactive activities and instructional workshops, including a graphic novel competition, talent show, and a “maker’s lab” featuring visiting experts from OMSI.

I am looking forward to all of it! If you see me, come say hello…

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RC Steampunk FF FYI

So we just wrapped up the Annual Rose City Steampunk Film Festival this past weekend; if you did not get a chance to see them in person, all of the information on films, vendors and etc. can be found through this site.

It was a slightly smaller turnout than I (and I’m sure Steven, the film event coordinator), would have hoped for. Yet we had a loyal group of Steampunk folk who stayed throughout the entire weekend, and I believe we all found something to entertain us with this year’s lineup.

My favorites of the weekend were definitely the restored version of “The Lost World” from 1925; “Doctor Glamour”, a Rocky-Horror Musical-esque Victorian/Steampunk Mind-Freaky-Blowing-Freakout Short Movie with a Bisexual Polyamorous Twist; all of the “League of Steam” short comedy sketch bits, “Outpost 11”, a grippingly tense paramilitary drama set in the far Arctic wastes, “Beautiful Fish”, a documentary of the contemporary songwriter/cellist Unwoman; and “Airlords of Airia” for its magnificent use of animation and live action.

There are also a couple of local ventures in the works, including “Cities in the Sky” and “Tess The Inventor”. Visit the website for more information about this year’s lineup.

Vendors were also on hand, although not as many as I have seen in years past. To perhaps mollify this, however, the Clinton St. Theater is now serving wine and beer! And cider! No more having to fight a crowd to get to your drinks at the bar before intermission is done. Ahh, Clinton Street, we love you so.