This website, then known as The Gatehouse, gained some notoriety in 2010, when we dedicated an issue of our webzine, the Gatehouse Gazette, to “Victorientalism”.
I subsequently defended this choice in a blog post that now strikes me as insensitive and in some places wrong.
My assumption — that it is safe to recreate stereotypes from colonial times because those stereotypes, and the power imbalances they sustained, have gone — was flawed. I have learned that such stereotypes and power imbalances are in some cases still with us and in others have a lingering effect. I should have listened to the people (of color) who tried to tell me that eight years ago. Continue reading “Changing My Mind About Victorientalism”
Exhibitions at the Cinquantenaire Museum have a lot of live up to. While it is one of the least known museums in Belgium, and often gives the impression of being grossly underfunded (most general admission halls don’t even have heating in winter, be warned), it generally puts up exhibitions that can easily rival with those in big museums of international renown, such as the British Museum.
This time they teamed up with the Museum for Middle Africa, which means they had access to more pieces than just their own collection.
In the second volume of Lady Mechanika, we learn more about our partly-mechanical heroine and the world she lives in.
When a dear friend of Mechanika finds himself in peril across the globe, she sets off to his aid with both new and old friends, leaving her home town to traverse deserts and jungles. Only to encounter a fan-favorite enemy of the dieselpunk genre, out to get the fabled tablet of destinies. Continue reading “Lady Mechanika, Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies”
Many a steampunk is familiar with the sights of not only Nautilus in Tokyo Disney Sea, but the entire scenery of Mysterious Island. While many Disney parks have a castle at the center of the park, Mysterious Island boasts Mount Prometheus of Mysterious Island. Literally, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Comic Con Antwerp had some big shoes to fill. It’s not by the same team that used to organize the Antwerp Convention, but it’s a good thing there was a veteran organization behind it because people were looking at it as the con to replace that other, much-beloved convention.
Once Upon a Time at the Cinquantenaire Museum was probably the clockpunk exhibit extraordinaire.
For those not familiar with the term, it coins all manners steampunk style before the start of the late Regency, which is the starting era for steampunk.
That geekery aside, it was amazing. This exhibit was almost entirely about pocket watches from 1650-1850. Not just any type of pocket watch mind, no, enameled pocket watches. Continue reading “Once Upon a Time”
I didn’t attend the first edition of Elftopia last year, so I can’t compare. I also only attended the Saturday of this year’s edition, so this review will be focused on that. What I can say, however, that it was really fun. Continue reading “Elftopia”