I live in Belgium, as quite a few people reading the Gatehouse Gazette already know. Despite the cultural heritage of the country (history, architecture, booze, lack of government and general recalcitrance) steampunks and dieselpunks seem few and far between. There is a steampunk presence in this country the size of a handkerchief, the question is just where.
I know there are about twenty of us in Flanders for sure (hopefully more) and more in Brussels and Wallonia, but when I go to large(r) conventions such as Antwerp Convention or F.A.C.T.S. (which even goes as far as claiming it’s the largest of it’s kind in the Benelux) the record of number of steampunks present seems to firmly rest on eleven.
That’s the amount of actors that has played the Doctor in Dr Who. I’m sure we can do better than that!
So I would like to ask all of my fellow countrymen to go to Smoking Lounge and leave a message there or right here via the comments. Get in touch people! Especially with EuroSteamCon being organized it would be most excellent to get together. It doesn’t mean whether you speak French, Flemish, German or another language, just come and say hi!