Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"whom shall you telegram?" redux

image source: The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Despite my promise to write about the League of S.T.E.A.M. last week, I failed to do so.  Bad blogger! So here is the promised, if belated post.

What is the League of S.T.E.A.M.?

The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a performance group based on a steampunk version of Ghostbusters.  With their steam-powered paranormal investigating and exterminating equipment reminiscent of a 19th century that never was, League of S.T.E.A.M. has become a popular addition to many steampunk and neo-Victorian conventions, events, and festivals. As their website states:
From up on the stage to mingling the crowd, our members engage the audience with proton packs capable of firing blasts of “steam,” zombie manservants on chain-leads, net guns and titillating electro-shock packs and ethereal glowing ghosts. Every piece of machinery is meticulously designed, detailed, and fully functional, from the steam cannon to the extendable “Punchy Fist”.
They have their own YouTube Channel, where their many investigations- from leprechaun-catching to assisting trolls- are documented.  My personal favorite is this "investigation" of reported vampire citings:

If you're on the West Coast, it's easy to see the League of S.T.E.A.M. perform live.  They've been present at events such as Steamcon and Anime Expo as steampunk panelists, and will be appearing at Wild Wild West Con in Tuscon, AZ this March:

If you're on the East Coast like myself and wish to see this group in person, I suggest that you either buy a plane ticket to California or be satisfied with YouTube videos, because it doesn't appear that they will be coming to our side of the country any time soon.