This coming weekend, I’m honored to be one of the participants in a great virtual event and everyone is invited! The event is the Steampunk CommuniTea Weekend, which is presented by the Tucson Steampunk Society, the Tea Scouts, Madame Askew and the Grand Arbiter, and the Temporal Entourage. This will be a weekend full of virtual panels, performances, and sundry adventures. To register for the weekend and receive a complete schedule of events once it’s available, go to: https://madame-askew.ticketleap.com/steampunk-communitea-weekend/
Registration for the event is free and includes access to the Zoom panels and Discord chats. There will be additional performances that will include an extra charge. You can get all the details on the event’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/336440080917274
Guests for this event include a number of my favorite writers, including Gail Carriger, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Karen Carlisle, and Beth Cato. There are also events with makers, artists, and costumers. I see many familiar faces from other steampunk events I’ve attended in the past such as my alter ego, David Lee, the Airship Ambassador, Kevin Steil, and costumer, Tayliss Forge. I’m especially excited to see that there will be a concert by Nathaniel Johnstone, one of my favorite musicians. The concert does cost extra, but it’s a very reasonable price.
You can see a complete listing of the guests along with information about them at: https://madameaskew.com/covidween-2020/
As of this writing, I will be participating in at least three events this weekend. At 7pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, April 8, I’ll join a discussion called “Libations with Literati.” I gather this will be a social hour where the guest authors and publisher will be on hand to chat about their work and and be available to ask questions. At 9pm, I will give my presentation “Mars: A Land Across the Aether” as Mars itself sits high in the sky. This has been a popular presentation at several steampunk events and this is a great opportunity for folks who can’t ordinarily travel to events to watch the presentation. At 2pm Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, I’ll join some of the other authors for “The Care and Feeding of Great Steampunk Stories.” I will certainly be sitting in on other events as well through the weekend.
I do hope you will join us for this wonderful, virtual steampunk event. It will be an opportunity to connect with steampunks from around the world and learn more about the fun of steampunk literature, arts, craft, and music.
I think it will be. Hope you’re able to join the fun!
Aw, yeah, I don’t have a lot of $$$ to spare… 🙂 But good luck and enjoy!
Ah, but it’s free! You just have to register. The only events that cost money are the special concerts and shows. You can choose to come only to the free panels and discussions and all of mine fit in that category!
Oh, cool! I started a new position, but I will try to mark it down on my calendar!
Totally understand if time proves to be an issue, but yes dropping by and registering will give you the complete schedule so you figure if there’s a discussion you have time to drop in on. 🙂
I’ll try to attend part of it. As it happens, I’m involved in a different online convention on the same weekend. As a kid, I was a fan of Steampunk I think before the term was even invented.
Hope you can make it for some of the events. I think it’ll be a good convention. Steampunk as a term does go back to 1987 and a letter K.W. Jeter wrote to Locus Magazine, but certainly the steampunk aesthetic predates the term by quite a bit.
I just tried to register–looks like I can’t. I got the message “There are currently no tickets available for this date” and “Sales ended 04-07-2021 05:00PM.”
Sorry to hear that. I hadn’t been told about an end date to ticket reservations. I know this has been advertised far and wide and it looks like we’ll be getting an extremely large attendance.
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Bummer. I will miss it this go round.
Sorry you missed it. It sounds like the organizers are planning to have some smaller, but more frequent events after they’ve recovered from this one!