Steampunk Magazine at Maker Faire

Steampunk Magazine at Maker Faire

At this year’s Bay Area Faire, we’re pleased to be joined by two of the editors of Steampunk Magazine, Magpie Killjoy and Libby Bulloff. Steampunk Magazine has become something of a house organ for those interested in the whole steampunk scene and related memes. It’s one of my favorite zines, one you can still get in the old school format of print, no less! (as well as a PDF download for free/donation).


When not publishing Steampunk Magazinej, Magpie Killjoy is a professional vagabond and busker who’s been drifting across two continents for years before recently settling in Cascadia to pursue publishing and radical environmentalism. Magpie is also a musician who occasionally plays drums in the dark electronica band Ego Likeness, keytar for synth-metal band The Illawen, and programs for a near-solo industrial project called Attack Attack Attack.


Libby Bulloff, from Seattle, WA, describes herself as a “creative conceptualist.” She does steampunk-themed jewelry and other wearable art, photography, graphic design, and has worked as a club/event promoter. Her projects have been featured on Boing Boing,, Diesel Sweeties, Craft: Bog, Make: Blog, Street Tech, and Etsy’s The Storque, as well as in Weird Tales and BusinessWeek.


The Contraptors’ Lounge is an outdoor Victorian sitting room and cabinet of curiosities being set up at Maker Faire. Such steampunk/retro-tech icons as Jake von Slatt, Datamancer and Abney Park will play host. As one of the on-site activities, Datamancer and Jake von Slatt will be double-teaming the build of a special Maker Faire edition retro/steampunk keyboard in the Lounge. It may be raffled off or auctioned for charity at the end of the Faire. The two will also be giving a talk, on the main stage, about their work.

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Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset May 3rd and 4th at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, CA ( It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. Buy tickets now and save, discount ticket sales end on April 25th, 2008.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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