Members of regular MCM Comic Con guests the Steampunk Emporium come on the MyM Stage to reveal how creating your own steampunk costumes and props can be easy and cheap.
Have you discovered Steampunk yet? If not, be sure to head on over to the Steampunk Emporium at any MCM Comic Con to find out more (we have all the steamy goodies!)
So what is Steampunk we hear you cry… it has been described as Downton Abbey meets Meccano by some (well one and we don’t let him out that often), but in reality Steampunk is a cultural and social movement that has been around since the ’80s (just like leg warmers, but much much cooler).
The term Steampunk originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk. It was coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers, James Blaylock and himself, all of which took place in a 19th-century (usually Victorian) setting and imitated conventions of such actual Victorian speculative fiction as HG Wells’s The Time Machine.
So taking its name from literature, if you imagine Victorian time travel, with the steam and engineering of a bygone age, but with the influences of modern life, you are in the right region to discover Steampunk.
The goggles are a motif, that show you are a maker, a creator and that steam and smoke are something you deal with on a daily basis.
- You will enjoy the manners and etiquette of Queen Victoria, as well as her cake.
- You will dress in a splendid fashion, although there will be people from all class structures, so a Steampunk boiler man is as welcome as a grand lady or gent.
- You will enjoy talking with people, making new and interesting friends, but always within your own comfort zone. You will drink tea and all disputes will be solved with a simple round of tea duelling, which is the extreme sport of choice for your average Steampunk.
- You will follow only one rule; Be Splendid, and be encouraged and supported to create new outfits, gadgets and creations by a huge community of new, aspiring and professional makers.
- You will drink gin (if you are over 18 of course, this isn’t the 1800s!), but tea and rum are also acceptable
- You may enjoy music, gaming, making, painting, photography (with a box brownie of course) and all manner of other pastimes, this is a diverse community after all.
- In many parts of the world Steampunk communities create personas, crews, back stories and lifestyles to live out at events. The UK Steampunk tends to be less formal in their approach, but we also believe that people should enjoy Steampunk in their own way, so you can become a different person, or just celebrate the already magnificent one, with new outfits, events, friends and memories.
- There are hundreds of Steampunk events happening throughout the UK each year, so wherever you are there will be a place you can go to find out more. Don’t worry about attending your first event in jeans and a t-shirt, you will not be uncomfortable and the bug will soon take hold. Many events will have excellent markets, where you can buy things to create your first outfit.
You can also Steampunk on a budget and with very little in the way of making talents. Come along to our upcycling talks to see how you can source items, make them easily and tweak garments you may already have to become something amazing.