A week ago now, we were lucky enough to attend the first ever UK-wide steampunk gathering (christened ‘The Asylum’) which was held in Lincoln between 11th and 13th September. With us, we took the first UK-printed copies of Steampunk Magazine (printed by the lovely Mal at Fallen Angel Media in Bristol). The organisers of the event were incredibly kind to us, and provided us with a table on both the Saturday and the Sunday where we got to talk about the magazine, and speak to the other 400 people in attendance.
We were all hugely excited to be going, and as you can see we had enormous amounts of fun decorating our exhausted old SPM-mobile for what was to be its final trip before it went to be turned into baked bean tins.
At the event itself we were lucky enough to see several of the British steampunk bands which have been evading us for too long, including Sunday Driver, Trousseaux and The Men that Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing as well as our good friends Ghostfire.
Between all the music, we set up shop alongside regular SPM contributor Dr Geof and had a wonderful time meeting everyone. We managed to recoup all of our printing costs, which has set us in good stead for opening our new UK printing operation, which will be up and running within the next few weeks.
The Asylum also gave us the opportunity to get to know some more of the fantastic people who are working to develop the steampunk scene in the UK, including Andrew O’Neill of the Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Stay tuned for news of a very special joint venture between the Men and Steampunk Magazine (as well as other very special guests) in the very near future.