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”

Comic Con Gent

Comic Con Gent Belgium
Steampunk enthusiasts at Comic Con Gent, Belgium, July 9 (Hilde Heyvaert)

Comic Con Gent, formerly known as Starcom, struck down in the ICC for the third year in a row. And boy, what a convention it was!

This is one of these conventions that started slow but pleasant and have kept improving. And it not only shows, it works.

Stick with this review and find out just why Comic Con Gent is one of the best conventions Belgium has to offer. Continue reading “Comic Con Gent”

Nantes Castle France

Nantes Castle and Musée d’Histoire de Nantes

Le Château des Ducs de Bretagne, or Nantes Castle for short, is not just the medieval home of the famous Anne de Bretagne (yes, the one from the Musketeer novels), but also a veritable source of history.

The castle has has been completely renovated and turned into a museum depicting the history of Nantes: the Musée d’histoire de Nantes. Continue reading “Nantes Castle and Musée d’Histoire de Nantes”

Unexpected Steampunk Music: Pan de Capazo

Pan de Capazo
Pan de Capazo perform in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium, May 21 (Hilde Heyvaert)

There are these rare, very rare moments when you find yourself sitting at a local festival that couldn’t be further away from anything steampunk or dieselpunk if it tried and you realizes that the band that just started to perform on stage is, in fact… a steampunk band.

That was what happened when I attended the annual Heist-op-den-Berg sheep-shearing festival in Belgium on May 21. (I go for the food, the food is amazing) Continue reading “Unexpected Steampunk Music: Pan de Capazo”

The Hague Peace Palace design by Willem Kromhout

Designs for the Peace Palace in The Hague

In 1903, the American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $1.5 million (almost $40 million in today’s money) for the construction of a Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The building would become known as the Peace Palace and eventually house several international courts.

An architectural competition was held for the design. Renowned architects from around the world, including the Netherlands’ own Hendrik Petrus Berlage and Willem Kromhout, submitted ideas. France’s Louis M. Cordonnier Neo-Renaissance palace won. Continue reading “Designs for the Peace Palace in The Hague”