Steampunk at Japan Expo: An Event Review

Japan Expo 2014 review
Event: Japan Expo
What: Japanese culture convention
When: July 2 – 6
Where: Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord-Villepinte, Villepinte, France

Japan Expo is known as _the_ J-culture convention of Europe, and with it’s 15th edition they proved once again why.

For the first time in years the convention was operating without it’s twin Comic Con Paris, and whilst several people had expressed some worry about this, the event held up fabulously on it’s own.

All the great big stands of Comic Con had returned, some in full force, some obviously reduced in size compared to last year, but the people that came for properly geeky things rather than Japanese culture in all it’s aspects were not left disappointed.
And that brings us to the best point of Japan Expo: it literally has something for everything, going as far as a children’s area so parents have a space where their offspring can have a good time in a spot devoted to them.

There was gaming, both vintage and contemporary; shopping of both the Japanese (inspired) and geeky persuasion, all kinds of art, exhibits, manga, anime showings (including global premieres), concerts of many different musical genres, introduction to traditional Japanese arts, travel, martial arts, plenty of different kinds of food to keep the foodies happy, and of course for the J-fashionista: the Kawaii Area, and much, MUCH more. If someone didn’t find something to do at Japan Expo, they simply put in the effort to not have a good time. Continue reading

When Black Is a Challenge

Event: Wave Gotik Treffen
What: Gothic Festival
When: June 6-9
Where: Leipzig

Victorian Picnic

The 23rd Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT) was the hottest one ever. Even the weather forecasts said that it was the hottest first June weekend since record began with temperatures around 36°C and more. So wearing black in that hot oven was really a challenge unless you went for a nearly-no-fabric-look and even then you had to be careful not to catch a sunburn.

Due to the weather circumstances it was no wonder that places in the shadow were much sought-after at the almost traditional beginning of WGT on Friday: Viona’s Victorian Picnic at the Clara-Zetkin-Park.

Although it was so warm the guests dressed up in their fanciest historical gowns and enjoyed the big get together.

This year was the first time the organisers divided the place into two areas: A picnic zone where photographers were forbidden and the peacock zone for everybody. This division lead to a more relaxed situation for everybody as you could picnic with your friends without having a lens in front of your face all the time. And there still where more then enough beautiful people to photograph.

On Saturday then the Steampunk Picnic took place for the third time. This year the location was moved from the park near the Moritzbastei to a more quiet park right behind the main festival area agra, near the Parkschlösschen (Park castle). Like the Victorian Picnic the Steampunks had to deal with too many photographers in the past which lead to the decision to move the location. Continue reading

Event review: FantastyVal, Fantasy in Wonderland

FantastyVal 2014
Event: FantastyVal
What: Fantasy fair
When: June 14 – 15
Where: Estate Wouwse Plantage, Wouwse Plantage, The Netherlands

FantastyVal is one of the smaller fantasy fairs that takes place in The Netherlands. Unlike the big three (Elfia Arcen, Elfia Haarzuilens and Castlefest) this one doesn’t take place on castle grounds, but rather at the estate Wouwse Plantage, in the town with the same name.

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Tyson Vick’s Steampunk Photo Book

Tyson Vick Steampunk cover

Cover of Tyson Vick’s Steampunk, Volume I

We featured Tyson Vick’s steampunk photography at The Gatehouse before and are glad to point you today at his most release: the publication of a first volume photo book that can be purchased online for as little as $2.

The book is on sale at MagCloud and consists of twenty-four pages of Vick’s steampunk pictures. A print version is available for $10.

Click here to check it out. There is a preview available, so you can see if the photos are to your liking and decide if you want to see more!