When I excluded events from my analysis in “Who Killed Steampunk?“, critics said I was overlooking the most thriving part of the steampunk movement. Book sales may be down; blogs and magazines may have closed; Hollywood may have lost interest in the genre, but conventions, some said, are booming.
I’m not much of a convention-goer, so I wouldn’t know. But if conventions and other events are where steampunk lives now, I ought to look into it.
So I did.
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Elftopia fantasy faire has grown during its four years into an event that can easily compete with others of the same nature.
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Summer Geek Festival is a small, and with its second edition also relatively new, convention in Mons, Belgium.
It’s not a steampunk event, but it is so incredibly diverse that it does a really good job catering to the whole of the pop culture spectrum, from cosplay and geek stuff to Japanese fashion and music to steampunk — and pretty much everything else. Here are some steampunk photos for you to enjoy.
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The eleventh edition of Made in Asia was the first one run by Easyfairs, meaning there were quite a few changes, and not always for the better.
Frankly, the only change for the better I noticed is that it wasn’t freezing cold inside like last year.
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Last weekend, it was time for Comic Con Brussels in its traditional venue, Tour & Taxis. The event has in recent years become Belgium’s largest and most popular pop culture convention, and the dense crowd of this edition proved it.
Regardless of the masses of people, it was great fun, and, just like always, quite a few steampunks had flocked to it. Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.
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On September 15 and 16, Comic Con Antwerp, the annual pop culture convention, was held once again at Waagnatie in — you guessed it — Antwerp, Belgium.
While it is not a steampunk event per sé, steampunks (and any other ‘punk aficionados for that matter) are more than welcome and you can always find at least a handful among the visitors.
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It was already the third edition of Elftopia, but this was undoubtedly the one where the Belgian fantasy fair confirmed that it can compete with the big fantasy fairs of the Netherlands, most notably Elfia. Continue reading “Elftopia”
Comic Con Gent took place last weekend at the ICC in Ghent, Belgium, and was, once again, the annual place to be if you enjoy a smaller and less crowded popular culture convention that is very welcoming to steampunks and dieselpunks.
While it is a popular culture event in general, offering the usual fair of fandoms, cosplay, famous guests and delicious food (they really do have a good food variety!), Comic Con Gent always has a fair number of ‘punk visitors and stands catering to them.
Without further ado, here are the photos from another splendid edition!
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Last Sunday was the very first edition of Japan Con at Park Loods Noord in Antwerp, Belgium.
As the name suggests, this convention’s focus was Japanese (popular) culture, but there was some steampunk! Here is a taste.
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There wasn’t a lot of steampunk at this year’s Made in Asia, the tenth edition of Belgium’s annual Asiamania convention, however, we didn’t want to keep the little steampunk we did find from you. Here is a small gallery.
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