As you know, on 7th January we were thrilled to publish the press release of ‘Steampunk Hands around the world’ on our blog.
I.- What is ‘Steampunk hands around the world’?
In Kevin Steil’s own words:
Steampunk is a global community filled with vitality and creativity.
With more than seven dozen steampunk creators – bloggers, authors, event organizers, and others – also participating, this month long project is a multi format media presentation about the international connections and communications in the community, for steampunks and non-steampunks alike.
Beginning Sunday, February 2nd, and continuing until Friday, February 28th, the group will show and share through blogs, videos, and events, that steampunks everywhere are linked together and that new friends are waiting in every conversation.
Steampunk, in its many forms, brings people together in an inclusive and helpful network of similar mind. From sharing book and music review opinions, to playing the newest games and sharing DIY information on fashion and props, the steampunk community easily and comfortably brings together people ages eight to eighty in ways not often seen in other communities.
II.- Seven questions and answers about ‘Steampunk hands around the world’
Now it is time to share with you our vision about the Steampunk community around the world and, for this purpose, we are most pleased to answer some questions addressed by the true and only Airship Ambassador, Kevin Steil.
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.