S.T.E.A.M. Fest 2012

(B-Squad at S.T.E.A.M.Fest; photo by Betwixt Photography)

By Meredith Placko

This weekend Atlanta welcomed back the S.T.E.A.M.Fest, a two-day festival celebrating steampunk costumers and anachronistic performers, creators and mad scientists from around the United States. Costumed wayfarers and locals alike strolled through the festival’s vendor tents and took in the sights and sounds of musicians such as the Unwoman from San Francisco and Play It With Moxie, a truly 20s-themed big band.

Experts and informed fans hosted an array of panels that taught, educated and wowed attendees. Megan Maude, an Atlanta based fashion designer and Director of Fashion Track at Anachrocon, lead a discussion on a very hot button issue in the costume world: the role of women and sexuality in costuming. She sought to show people that there is more to dressing up than dressing down. It was one of the best panels I have ever sat on that talked directly to women about the parts they play in how we are viewed in both the steampunk and costuming world.

The talented and delightful people from the League of S.T.E.A.M. sent some of their The Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M to be shown at the event. Penny Dreadful Productions screened the third installment of their Remnant web series to an entranced audience. For fans of the dystopian show who missed the screening, it will be live on their site later this week.

Dr. Q, a staple in the Atlanta steampunk scene and one of the festival’s promoters, spun steamy favorites as the crowd danced well into the night on Saturday. With a constant source of well done events like S.T.E.A.M. Fest, it is no wonder Atlanta is quickly becoming the steampunk hub of the US!

Thanks to Matt S. of Betwixt Photography for documenting the event!