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OctopodiCon & New York Comic Con

This October, I’ll be kicking off the first two weekends doing the con thang once more– the first being OctopodiCon, from October 4th – 6th in Oklahoma City!

6:00 – 7:00 – Steampunk in Anime
A media presentation about different steampunk animes and how each anime incorporates its steampunk elements. We will conduct a powerpoint presentation, show video clips, and encourage audience discussion about how steampunk manifests itself in anime. We will talk about several series and films including Fullmetal Alchemist, D.Gray Man, Last Exile, Steamboy, Samurai Seven, Steam Detectives and more! We’ll also discuss the history of the steampunk aesthetic in Japan and why it is so popular.

2:00 – 3:30  Envisioning a Better Steam Society: Beyond Victoriana (with Lucretia Dearfour)
One of my standard discussion panels and race, class, and gender, in the nineteenth century, in steampunk today, and what we can do to make steampunk a more positive movement concerning social justice issues.

4:00  – 5:00  Scriptorium signing
I will be signing a very limited number of copies of Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style for those interested. But I will also be holding an impromptu Q & A about steampunk in publishing for those interested and giving away stuff from Tor.com and Tor Books.

10:00 – 11:30 – Steam Around the World (with Lucretia Dearfour)
Beyond Victoriana, what steampunk possibilities exist? Come join us as we take you on a trip around the world to see how steampunk manifests in the minds of those who don’t think within an Eurocentric context, whether they blend Western influences, or use recognizably steampunk elements within a distinct flavor outside of Europe. We will also approach the ethical challenges that come up when engaging in multicultural steampunk and discuss matters of race, privilege, and cultural appropriation.

Also, I will be presenting at NYCC on the publishing side of things on Saturday, October 13th–

Ladies Who Steam: The Publishing Industry on Women in Steampunk
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Location: 1A01

The steampunk subgenre has attracted lots of attention–especially for women writers. Join Tor editor Liz Gorinsky, Orbit Books art director Lauren Panepinto and authors Leanna Renee Hieber, Anina Bennett, and PJ Schnyder to talk about what steampunk offers for the ladies. Moderated by Ay-leen the Peacemaker of Tor.com.

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Beyond Victoriana wins “Best Blog” in the 2012 Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers Choice Awards

Click for to see the list of full results on the Steampunk Chronicle's website

Wow — quick announcement here. I checked my email this morning to find out a delightful surprise about the results from the Steampunk Chronicle: Beyond Victoriana had won in their Reader’s Choice Awards.

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The Anachronism 4.5 Tonight

A brief announcement to throw my weight in promoting an NYC event tonight to help support one of the key event coordinators here in the area: Gil Cnaan. I first met Gil several years ago — a tall, bearded fellow always with a sense of humor and a pair of goggly eyes on his top hat — who has always been welcoming to people in the community. He’s currently being hospitalized and so several artists, including Voltaire, Platform One, and Psyche Corporation are gathering together to play & raise money for him at The Anachronism 4.5.

From their website:

Our beloved longtime artistic director, Gil Cnaan, is currently in the hospital with heart failure. Gil has worked pretty tirelessly to support the Steampunk, Gothic, and Geek communities. We want to to give something back.

“Dracula Meets The Clockwork Man” was created to honor all of those communities, and to fundraise for Gil’s recover…and, importantly, to throw an absolutely fantastic event and party. This is NOT just a benefit – we’re not asking you to come out just because it’s a good cause. We have an absolutely incredible lineup of shows; we have an amazingly friendly wandering cast; we have some fantastic and unique cocktails; we’ve got some spectacular artwork on display; and we’ve got death-defying sense of fun. Our friend Gil has spent the past decade creating amazing shows; we can honor him best if we make an event that you’re going to flat-out love. So those are our twin goals.

If you are in the area, hope to see you there!

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New & Upcoming Conventions: TempleCon, PCA/ACA National, Octopodicon

Announcing some new and regular conventions I’ll be attending in the coming months, including some post-apoc fun in Rhode Island, my first-ever, red-blooded academic conference, and a future trip to Oklahoma this fall.

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New Events: TeslaCon, Anachronism IV & Steampunk Empire Symposium. Plus, Indigenous Identities Series

Explanation about my scarcity here the past couple of weeks: midterms.

I also wrapped up the first giveaway for Beyond Victoriana’s 2nd anniversary, and give a big confetti-laden congrats to our winners:

Maria B. of California, USA
Archee S. of Queensland, Australia

Watch this space for more to come!

In the meantime, between classes, there are a few events that I’m looking forward to attend as winter approaches.

TeslaCon II is just around the corner, happening the weekend of November 18-20th, and I’m thrilled to be able to check them out after missing it last year. For folks unfamiliar with this convention, it’s claim to fame is being the first immersive steampunk con experience in the US. I’m actually quite interested in finally meeting Lord Bobbins after working with him for Tor.com’s Steampunk Week, and doing work that will go towards my current grad school project. I’ll also have the pleasure of panelling with Austin Sirkin on two panels about literary Orientalism — with one panel being “in-character” and one being “out of character.” Austin has given me permission to punch imperialists in the face at either one. ^_~

In December, I’ll also be at Anachronism IV: Dinosaurs! Think Dinotopia, or pterodactyl jet wings. This should be fun.

And, for those in the Midwest planning their cons in advance, I’ve recently been announced as a guest speaker for the Steampunk Empire Symposium, running April 27 – 29th, 2012 in Cincinnati, OH. They even wrote a nice spotlight too. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Aloysius Fox, one of the co-founders of the Empire, during NYCC and I’m quite excited to head out there next year.

In the meantime, over on the blog, we’ll be doing a brief spotlight series for Native American Heritage month, with the theme of “Indigenous Identities.” This series will be feature various accounts from history and today about native identity & NA notables in North America and Latin America. This has been a topic that’s been on Beyond Victoriana before (with guest blogs from Michael RedTurtle and Monique Poirier). I have a few particular posts lined up, but guest bloggers interested can still contact me with proposals.

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