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What is the aether?

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Steampunk Weekend at Old West Fest

As the steampunk weekend at the Old West Festival was to coincide with the Pandora Society's Steampunk Salon, even though I am running low on funds I decided to combine the two, splurge, and get a room for the night. There had been some talk about a local hotel having favorable rates for the event…See More
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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran of the late unpleasantness. After serving in the US Aeroship Cavalry and as special agent to the President, Pike left government service to travel the world. When not saving civilization as we know it from science pirates, abominations of nature and invaders from the beyond, Professor Vitruvius occasionally lectures on topics of interest in history, science and technology.


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Steampunk Weekend at Old West Fest

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 9:19am 0 Comments

As the steampunk weekend at the Old West Festival was to coincide with the Pandora Society's Steampunk Salon, even though I am running low on funds I decided to combine the two, splurge, and get a room for the night. There had been some talk about a local hotel having favorable rates for…


Pittsburgh Comicon 2014

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

I have been costuming for too long and have won enough awards to not generally concern myself with costume contests. But I was so pleased with my high-concept Steampunk Django, and especially the coffin/carbonite/freezer unit that I decided I was going to give the contest at Pittsburgh Comicon a try.

I also typically go on Saturday but because I am becoming increasingly broke, I went for just the one day on Sunday for the…


Steampunk Django: Helmet Build

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:56am 1 Comment

For my Steampunk Django cosplay concept, I initially just photoshopped a Jango Fett helmet onto a picture from the “Django” film. I looked around at comic shops and comicons for a Boba Fett helmet that was cheap and I could repaint but didn't like the price tags on what I found. I wanted to talk to the stormtroopers at…


Steampunk Django: Coffin Build

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:35pm 3 Comments

The opening credits of “Django” play over an extended scene of the title character dragging a wooden coffin along a muddy and desolate stream bed. He drags this coffin around through much of the movie, about a third of the way through you discover that it contains a machine gun instead of a body. And just as the coffin itself is a plot device, the machine gun drives much of the rest of the story, killing…


Steampunk Django: High Concept

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Cosplay is often driven by the concept of the “mashup,” taking one genre or character and combining it with another. Mashups are even more popular within steampunk and can be made high-concept by merely tacking on the word “steampunk” before any other genre or character name. For example: Steampunk Star Wars or Steampunk Boba Fett. You don't really need to explain much beyond that.

But that's the idea I came up…


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At 10:39am on July 21, 2014, Dr Douglas Trebuchet Hemmingway said…

Dear Mr Pike,

It is you who has been struck by a  bad case of the defencibles, not I.

The reasoning behind my removal of the post was in acceptance that I had added a comment that did not contribute to the larger argument.

Please be assured it was not due to some percieved slight. I wholeheartedly agree with the point you make, and make well.

I endeavour to hold myself to a standard of correspondence that, I confess, I often fall short of. That post was one of those lapses. I hope I have clarified my situation? I would hope that we may be friends amongst the aether.

The kindest of regards.

Dr Douglas Hemmingway Trebuchet.

At 12:19am on April 16, 2014, Samuel Keystone Sprocket said…
Greetings my friend and thanks for answering my request to friend you here on the Empire. Looking forward to seeing you (and your panels) at the Symposium next week.
Blue Skies & Best Wishes,
* Sam Sprocket
At 2:00pm on December 31, 2013, patrick said…

thank you .how long have you been invoved in steampunk?

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