Thanks so much for supporting our “Love Steampunk Hate Colonialism” fundraising effort. Our aim is to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns, a Kenyan NGO protecting pastoral women and girls from retrogressive cultural practices.
We are proud to say the first payment has been sent to Kenya, but there’s so much more we can do to help.
Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, but this does not mean Steampunks celebrate colonialism.
“We love the creativity of steampunk, playing with fiction and elements of Victoriana and history to create vibrant fantastical worlds. But one of those elements is colonialism, and colonialism has caused harm”.
We have created a badge to reflect the ongoing fight for social justice. 100% of all funds raised will go to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns (NGO), who protect young Kenyan girls (Kajiado Girls) from being robbed of their basic human rights and forced into child marriages, and FGM.
It was another great year at SDCC, where I not only met Bootsy Collins – one of my all time favourite musicians, but launched our new book – Clockwork Watch: Evolution Two, alongside Corey Brotherson, and Megan Bradbury.
San Diego was hot as hell again, but thanks to careful planning and a lot of Uber rides, I was able to sidestep the annual heatstroke dilemma that has plagued many of my trips to the West Coast.
We’d booked a two bedroom apartment on the outskirts of the Gaslamp District, which was within a 20 min walk from the convention Centre, and perfectly quiet. Corey, Mon and Claire raided the local Costco and packed the fridge full of goodies, but as usual we all ate out every night. It’s hard to cook when you’ve been standing on your feet in the conference hall, trying to get the attention of people walking past your booth for almost 11 hours. We sold well, but as usual, it was hard.
Halfway into the convention I shot off to Las Vegas to DJ at a corporate event, which meant leaving Corey to manage the table, but I was back in San Diego for a conference call at 8am the following morning. This was a year where I juggled four projects, while on location in the US with jet-lag.
One of the best things about the event is cosplay – the amazing costumes created by people, many based on characters from film, TV and comic. Here are a few from SDCC 2018, for more head over to the Clockwork Watch production blog.
Evolution Two was well received, books were sold, Megan had her very first comic published – which was quite emotional – as you can see in the little video posted online, and the team has been invited to help produce an immersive theatre piece for a new comic arts festival in Huntington Beach outside Los Angeles.
This is the best way to read a comic – the #script to one side, and art on the other, but without the speech / thought bubbles. Welcome to Clockwork Watch: Evolution Part II (@clockworkwatch). Great work by Megan Bradbury (@BusyMatches) and awesome editing by Corey Brotherson (@CoreyBrotherson). We are creating a proper #Steampunk for #London. Some of this narrative is based on live events hosted at Weekend at the Asylum (Lincoln), and the Make Believe Festival (London).
After a year of plotting, planning, research, and painting – I wasn’t involved in the build – my first public art project launched last week.
Longitude Punk’d at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the finding of Longitude. A group of Steampunk artists, including myself, were invited to explore the history of longitude, and invent devices that could have been created to win a cash prize offered to the first person who could stop ships being lost at sea.
Wyn Griffiths, and I came up with the idea for the Globe of Dislocation, a crashed Steampunk airship’s navigation module, that now stands alongside the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory.
The manufacture was done at the Middlesex University, under the careful eyes of Wyn, Colin and Spike.
Other artists involved in this amazing project are, Dr Geof, Jema Hewitt, Ian Crichton, Major Thaddeus Tinker, Robert and Rachel Rankin, and Lady Elsie.
“Longitude Punk’d celebrates the creations of wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and extremely elegant explorers of the 18th century. Royal Museums Greenwich has commissioned eight UK steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828. Alongside them will be the winning works from our Longitude Punk’d competition for the encouragement of the arts of longitudinal steampunking.”
I’m part of the team bringing Steampunk to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The project is called “Longitude Punk’d”, and it’s part of the bicentenary of Longitude. There MAY be an element of the Clockwork Watch story embedded in the year long celebrations.