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Are there real-world communities of diesepunks, or is it an internet phenomenon, where people do it in RL, but only congregate online?

 

Or do I just live in an area with so few dieselpunks that there's nothing here?

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Unfortunately those that identify themselves as dieselpunk seem to be connected largely by the internet. Hopefully as the word grows more people who already have this interest but just don't know it has a name, like I was not long ago, will grow and then we'll start seeing Meet-ups and conventions like steampunk is currently seeing.

The key is that we all need to do our part to spread the word. Dressing dieselpunk is one of the best advertisements for it. Support dieselpunk bands by purchasing their music. When people ask you about either then that gives you a chance to talk about it. Those are just a few ideas.
Underground swing clubs are still on the go around the country, as is the jazz scene. Unlike steampunk, there aren't a lot of "dieselpunk" branded events out there that I know of, so we're charged with finding like-minded people in the already established communities.

The second part of this comment is the harder path. If you like dieselpunk, support it! Start a weekly/monthly meet up in your area. It doesn't have to be anything big. The steamrats in Seattle started meeting at a local coffee shop every Monday at 7pm. It was an hour they had set aside in their schedule to get dressed up and promote the scene. These days, it's a hopping place to be for steampunks of all ages, and it's self-supporting.

You could start something similar at your local bar or coffeehouse. Get a schedule going, make it consistent, continue to spread the word here and on the social networks, and see watch it grow.

Don't believe me? I'm one guy, and I started this website. All it takes is a little time and a lot of love to keep it going.
Tome Wilson said:
Don't believe me? I'm one one awesome guy, and I started this website. All it takes is a little time and a lot of love to keep it going.

There...fixed that for ya. :)
Like Larry I'd been into this "scene" long before I knew it had a name. I'd been into flying boats since childhood thanks to Indiana Jones and Tales of the Gold Monkey (another of those brilliant TV shows like Firefly that got strangled by the network while still in the cradle). I'd unwittingly written a "Dieselpunk" novella without realizing it. I'd even pitched an idea for a retro-futurist RPG based on pulp-era sci-fi to Palladium Books a couple years ago (Kevin wasn't all that enthused). I started wearing Panamas and Fedoras a few years back, after neo-swing's brief mainstream flirtation but before the current "hipster" hat craze.

So I owe a hearty "thanks" to Tome for starting this site and to every one of you for letting me know I'm not the only one who wants to resurect Pan Am flying boat clipper service to some Art Decco Rio de Janiero.

If DC has hope for a Dieselpunk scene I'd like to help start it, but frankly having the chance to post here is blessing enough with my schedule. Still, if anyone's ever in the DC area (or Richmond area...I live near Fredericksburg) drop me a line.
I agree completely. Tome is one cool guy.

Athenaprime said:
Tome Wilson said:
Don't believe me? I'm one one awesome guy, and I started this website. All it takes is a little time and a lot of love to keep it going.

There...fixed that for ya. :)
People, please. You're making me blush.
So are any of you going to Dragon*Con and helping set the scene there?

Atlanta has a certain southern flavor that I think could lend itself to the scene. We like a good reason to dress up.
I'm shooting for family vacation to our first Dragon-con. It's a 7-hour drive and school is in session, so I'm not sure just how much costumage we will have going for us.

Lady Katza said:
So are any of you going to Dragon*Con and helping set the scene there?

Atlanta has a certain southern flavor that I think could lend itself to the scene. We like a good reason to dress up.
When is Dragon Con? I have a group of friends heading down, but they're not the costume type.
Labor Day weekend - Sept 3-6

Tome Wilson said:
When is Dragon Con? I have a group of friends heading down, but they're not the costume type.
And don't forget the Unofficial Parties on Thursday night. ;) I'm pretty well connected for D*Con, as its something that my friends have been doing or a working part of for over a decade.
If we manage to get rooms at the Marriot, we'll be at DC in 2011. I look forward to doing a little dieselpunk then.

Lady Katza said:
And don't forget the Unofficial Parties on Thursday night. ;) I'm pretty well connected for D*Con, as its something that my friends have been doing or a working part of for over a decade.

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