1.- The interviewees
Araceli Rodríguez (aka Von Marmalade) and Paulo César Ramírez (aka Negro Inmunsapá) are the founders of ‘Mercenarios de Dios’. Deeply involved in the Mexican Steampunk scene, they spread Steampunk worldwide through initiatives like the monthly magazine ‘El Investigador’, the podcast ‘Radio Metronomik’, literary compilations (‘Ácronos’, ‘Planes B’), etc.
2.- Steampunk: from México to the world
Dear Araceli and Paulo, welcoming you to our brief interviews’ series is a great satisfaction for us. No wonder Irene and I have been following El Investigador magazine from its very beginning and all we can say is that your endeavors as members of Mercenarios de DIOS have become a referent in the Steampunk scene worlwide and, more specifically, in the Spanish-speaking community.
Decimononic (D).- In any case, let’s go from local to global. We know that Mercenarios de DIOS members are very involved in the development of the Mexican Steampunk scene (in fact the logo of the forum Steampunk México is one of your works). Tell us a bit about it, please.
Araceli Rodríguez (A).- The logo you mention was made by Mr. Xpk (a.k.a. Gorgonzola666), the same who makes the layout of El Investigador.
Paulo C. Ramírez (P).- As Araceli already said, it was a work that the administrator in that time, Sir Lukyan Corvinus, asked for to Alejandro Pérez Cobos, also known as Xpk. The community already had the idea of mixing nationality with a Steampunk touch and when that idea came to Xpk he simply used his skills to make what we all identify as the symbol of Steampunk México. I must say that’s an adaptation of Mexican flag, without snake, with the intention of giving it an imperialist touch like some flags used in our country during the 19th century.