American Southwest Boom in Steampunk

Steampunk has been a minor attraction at anime conventions in the American Southwest at best but that is all changing now. In the last twelve months, twelve new and different steampunk events have been announced in the region.

The incredible growth of¬†steampunk conventions in the United States and especially the South is the fastest and most pervasive change in convention fandom I have ever seen.¬†Why is this happening? Continue reading “American Southwest Boom in Steampunk”

Antwerp Convention

Antwerp Convention Belgium
Poster at the Antwerp Convention, Belgium, May 6 (Hilde Heyvaert)

The second edition of Antwerp Convention, or in full: Antwerp sci-fi, fantasy and horror convention really did not disappoint. As is the thing with conventions there was a lot of merchandise available, but contrary to other cons there was a very wide diversity and a lot of things at this event was stuff not seen at others. The sales focus is not just on the current hype, but on entire genres, which is a great change from many other events. Continue reading “Antwerp Convention”

Gala Nocturna

For those who are not familiar with Gala Nocturna, it is a Gothic gala organized in Belgium by Daila Laika that attracts guests from literally all over the globe. I believe it actually has more foreign visitors than Belgians present. It is held yearly, in a fantastic location that adds to the atmosphere and is known for its fantastically outfitted guests, themes, on site photo shoots, acts (which have ranged from fashion shows by Viona and Vecona to dance recitals, dance and musical performances) and absinthe bar. It’s one of the few Belgian events, that actively welcomes the steampunk aesthetic, so you can always see a couple present. Continue reading “Gala Nocturna”