Friday, August 28, 2009

Abney Park and a Very Special Shock Treatment

Everytime Abney Park puts on a show it just gets better and better and better. This time around the Manticore Society (check out our myspace) met up before the concert for some drinks and grub before running into Captain Robert, Daniel C., and Nathaniel Johnstone for a big group picture.

The opening act was Zoe from the Vermillion Lies with a wonderful blend of folksy bluesy tunes. At first she announced that she felt a bit out place with all the wonderful steamys out there in the audience but being the gentleman that I am (pttf...yeah right! Me a gentleman?), I offered her my own pair of goggles to wear while she played her set and all was well in the factory again!

And when Abney Park got on stage...well they just blew the roof off the place like they always do. Sadly Finn wasn't able to make it but the crew of the H.M.S. Ophelia did bring along a very lovely talent as they always do. And if that wasn't all the band introduced on stage the steam busting ghost hunters...the League of S.T.E.A.M.!!! Sadly my equipment cut out was I tried to record them on stage while Abney Park played 'Airship Pirates'. But later on when they asked for volunteers to test out their rendition of a taser...and lo' and behold...yes I volunteered to be the first guinea pig. Before they had us all join hands in a circuit I was the one who held both prongs with his bare hand to see if it worked, it went a little something like this.

Me: "Nope...not working...not working...I think it might be broken...not working...not working...not wor...OH @%^$!!!"

Yeah...I'll just let you guess what I said.

Check out the Manticore Society Myspace for more pictures and videos.
Also check out the League of S.T.E.A.M. at their website.

- Captain Wong Wei -

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Merci's Birthday Shindig

One of our founding members Ms. Merci's birthday is coming up and is making it an open invitation to all members of the society. This Friday we will be having drinks and conversations at the Edison at 7:30pm. Afterward around 11:00pm we will be making our way to the Recency Theatre for the shadowcast of Repo! the Genetic Opera. Tickets for this event will be about ten dollars. Dress should be anywhere along the club/goth/punk/steam punk/rock look but if you don't have an outfit, don't worry. Character dress-up is encouraged!

The Edison
108 W 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 291-3247

Recency Theatre
7907 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-4010

- Captain Wong Wei -

Saturday, August 22, 2009

AnimeLA Potluck Cosplay Picnic

This Sunday (August 23rd) AnimeLA will be having a potluck cosplay picnic at Yorba Regional Park. I myself will hopefully be in attendance to promote their Steampunk Sunday event during AnimeLA. The regional park has a $5 parking fee. The picnic itself is free. Some Anime Los Angeles department heads and managers will be on hand to answer any questions you have about Anime Los Angeles 6. Hope to see you there!

Location: Yorba Regional Park, Anaheim/Yorba Linda CA
Come in main entrance of park, turn right, then find a place to park in parking areas 6 or 5.
Date: Sunday, 23 August 2009
Time: Noon to 5:00 pm.
Group Photoshot: Planned for 2:00 pm.

- Captain Wong Wei -

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Abney Park Concerts on the Horizons

Once again the good ship Ophelia shall be docking down nearby pretty soon. But not just once but twice! Once in the City of Lost Angels at the Knitting Factory on August 15th and again at Long Beach's very own Queen Mary on September 19th.

The performance on board the Queen Mary will be for a special event known as Pyrate Daze quite fitting for those vagabonds of the air. The Pyrate Daze event is for two days both the 19th and the 20th. And on the 20th there will be a steampunk costume contest where winners get tickets to SteamCon '09.

Below I shall link the event venues where you can learn more and procure tickets. I hope I see you all there!

Knitting Factory
Pyrate Daze

- Captain Wong Wei -

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Comic-Con 2009 Report

Ah...another year and another Comic-Con, what more can I say? As always every time I suit up and have fun with my fellow steampunks it has always been an absolute pleasure and at Comic-Con it was no difference. As always being able to hang out with various friends and making many new ones what can be better?

We said it once and we'll keep saying year Comic-Con has to give us a bigger room for our panel. There was a line of three hundred steampunk enthusiasts for the panel which was in a room for a hundred or so people. It was just mind boggling. Oh and I seriously think that the big photoshoot we had on the steps outside the convention center was one of the biggest gatherings of steampunks in a photo ever.

Afterward the Ventricular Engine with the Unextraordinary Gentlemen and the fantabulous steambusting contraptions of Nicholas Bauman? All I gotta say is that it was like finding a new use for steam...absolutely amazing.

Photo by Jerry Abuan
Photo by Jerry Abuan

- Captain Wong Wei -