People have been calling the death knell for Steampunk pretty much ever since it exploded around 2002 (yes, I’m well aware it’s been around since 1987, but bear with us). The latest reason for the “death of Steampunk” is apparently the fact that teen pop singer Justin Bieber has decided to use a Steampunk outfit for the music video he’s doing to cover “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” MotherBoard‘s albinobison has the rather amusing statement that “What steampunk has to do with Santa Claus is unknown at this juncture but what is known is that the teenage girls’ wet dream has blown the death knell for the subculture.” Personally, I think Steampunk can survive the Bieber quite well and all the predictable outrage is highly amusing.
In other news around the aether this week, William Gibson tells The Paris Review that Charles Dickens’s story “Bleak House” is the quintessential Steampunk landscape. You’ll recall that Gibson is the co-author of “The Difference Engine,” one of the seminal Steampunk novels of the past two decades. “Dickens really nailed it,” Gibson says, “especially in those proto-Ballardian passages in which everything in nature has been damaged by heavy industry.”
Check out the Metromix Atlanta website for photos from the 2010 Mechanical Masquerade party. Doctor Q, media editor of content partner The Steampunk Chronicle, spun at the event that also offered a performance by the Bonaventure Quartet and burlesque shows from Talloolah Love and Salome Cabaret of Knoxville. The 2011 show is tomorrow night at 5 pm at Blue Mark Studios on Jefferson Street in Atlanta. Check out their Facebook event page for the details.
Today at 3 pm in Fairbanks, Alaska begins the second annual Pop-Con convention being held at the Wood Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. More news on the convention, which includes gaming tournaments in Halo, Call of Duty, and Smash Brothers as well as attend a workshop on how to make Steampunk goggles. The con runs through tomorrow, with events starting at 1 pm in the Wood Center.
Steampunk Street III hits Mesa, Arizona, today at 6 pm local time and includes performances by Steampunk band Jellied Brainz and a Victorian “fantasy” fashion show at the OneOhOne Gallery at 8 pm. The event takes place in conjunction with Mesa Old West Days and the Second Friday Night Out block party in downtown Mesa. For info on the Steampunk side of things, check out www.steampunkstreet.com.
If there’s any weekend events or fascinating Steampunk news around the aether we missed this week, let us know so we can include it!
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