Over het algemeen konden we vaststellen dat toch een goed aantal mensen interesse hadden in steampunk en bijgevolg werden we verscheidene keren aangesproken met vragen, die we natuurlijk met plezier beantwoord hebben. Het was ook fijn om te zien dat verschillende verkopers de moeite deden om toch ook waar voor steampunks te voorzien. Zelfs al was de keuze verspreid en niet zo heel groot, toch was er al een goede variatie en keuze uit pins, stripverhalen, t-shirts, tassen en zelfs bracers. Ik kan enkel hopen dat dit zich verderzet en groeit zodat we volgend jaar met nog meer zullen zijn op Antwerp Convention. Ik kijk alleszins zeker en vast uit naar volgende editie. Indien u meer fotos van de conventie wil zien, gewoon even klikken op deze link.
Tekst door Hilde Heyvaert. Fotografie door Babs Barning en Hilde Heyvaert.
EnglishAntwerp Convention, we were there. On Sunday the 28th of April the third edition of the annual sci-fi, fantasy and horror convention, simply known as Antwerp Convention (probably because they realised the original name was too long) happened at Antwerp Expo. Traditionally this has always been the Belgian con where steampunk was best represented. The first edition was at that point the one where we had most steampunks gathered on a convention and it kept on steadily holding that record. Even though the numbers are still small, especially compared to conventions in the Netherlands where our parent group The Steampunk Objective, is often present, but we're getting there and had a lot of fun together, and that's what counts. Not only were all three members of Artifakt present, in different kinds of steampunk, but also Laurens, Glenn and Elles of Steamnation as well as a bunch of other steampunks who had come to check things out. Generally we found that quite a few people were interested in steampunk, and thus we were approached several times with questions, which we were of course happy to answer.It was also nice to see that several vendors had done the effort to cater to steampunks and even though the merchandise was still few, there was a nice variety in pins, graphic novels, t-shirts, bags and even bracers. I can but hope that this continues to grow, and that next year there will be even more of us at Antwerp Convention. I am definitely looking forward to the next edition. Should you like to see more photos of the convention, you can do so by clicking here.
Text by Hilde Heyvaert. Photography by Babs Barning and Hilde Heyvaert.