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Changing My Mind About Victorientalism

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”

Oceania

Cinquantenaire Museum Belgium Oceania exhibit
Oceania exhibit at the Cinquantenaire Museum, Belgium, January 21 (Hilde Heyveart)

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.

So was Oceania on that same level? Stick with this review and find out! Continue reading “Oceania”

Lady Mechanika, Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies

Lady Mechanika, Volume 2
Lady Mechanika, Volume 2

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”

Tokyo Disney Sea Japan

Steampunk in Tokyo Disney Sea

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.

Is this all there is that makes Tokyo Disney Sea so worth it for ‘punks? Or is there more to the park than meets the initial eye? Continue reading “Steampunk in Tokyo Disney Sea”

Lady Mechanika, Volume 4: La Dama de la Muerte

Lady Mechanika, Volume 4
Lady Mechanika, Volume 4

You may find it strange that I’m not reviewing the second volume of Lady Mechanika after reviewing the first, but I feel it’s better to read volume 4 next.

As the cover suggests, we find Lady Mechanika traveling to Mexico, where she finds herself caught up in events that will change her forever. Continue reading “Lady Mechanika, Volume 4: La Dama de la Muerte”

Comic Con Antwerp

Comic Con Antwerp Belgium
Cosplay competition contestants at Comic Con Antwerp, Belgium, September 23 (Hilde Heyveart)

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.

So stick with us to find out whether or not this was Antwerp Convention 2.0 or not. Continue reading “Comic Con Antwerp”

Once Upon a Time

Cinquantenaire Museum Belgium Once Upon a Time exhibit
Once Upon a Time exhibit at the Cinquantenaire Museum, Belgium, August 13 (Hilde Heyveart)

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”

Atsusacon

Atsusacon Ghent Belgium
Atsusacon in Ghent, Belgium, August 5 (Hilde Heyvaert)

Over the years, Atsusacon has become a staple in the summer convention season as one of the more fun, smaller conventions to attend.

They always make a real effort, more so than many other events, to put on a varied program, with workshops, vendors, often even concerts and more.

This year, however, the convention seemed to really have found its niche as a cosplay convention, which seemed to work. Continue reading “Atsusacon”