Thursday, March 31, 2011

GUEST POST: The Rising Phoenix Takes Flight! Help Japan Fundraiser Update

Cross-posted with permission from Beyond Victoriana.

Click image to purchase from Button Me Up’s Etsy Store. 
A week and a half into our fundraiser, and the steampunk community has really been out there pushing our cause. Thank you to everyone who’ve signal-boosted our fundraiser on their blog, Twitter, Livejournal, website, through word of mouth, etc. I also want to thank the good congoers of Nova Albion who opened their hearts and their wallets to buy a button for Japan when I visited California last weekend.

Wondering about our progress so far? See that nifty button on the left-hand corner with the golden Phoenix? That leads to our Rising Phoenix Circle page, which features a list of participants and the amount raised thus far.

Not only that, but I can start dropping some hints about the FREE STEAMPUNK GIVEAWAYS that are open to anyone who gets a button. Read on after the jump.

I’m very happy to announce that we will have THREE PRIZE PACKS that will be raffled off to a trio of lucky donors at the end of the fundraising period in September.

These gift packs will have some wicked cool stuff donated by these fine folks—

Jake von Slatt
Cherie Priest
Phil & Kaja Foglio
Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett
Gail Carriger
Scott Westerfeld
James Ng
Vernian Process
…and more to be announced later this summer!

So just remember, with every donation on Etsy or in-person, please let us know these two things:

1) Do you want to participate in the giveaway?

2) Do you want to have your name added to the Rising Phoenix Circle?

We are psyched that we have been incredibly successful so far, and we’re looking forward to seeing where this fundraiser will go in the next coming weeks!

And hint, hint, I will be selling buttons at The Anachronism at Webster Hall this Sunday. Be sure to find me at these two locations that day:

The Anachronism Literary Brunch!
Sunday, April 3rd at 11 AM – 1 PM
Le Pain Quotidien on Broadway and 11th
801 Broadway
NYC, NY 10003
Corner of Broadway & 11th Street

Webster Hall for The Anachronism!
Sunday, April 3rd at 3 PM – 11:30 PM

RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BBC America Features Steampunks!!

A few weeks back, I was invited to attend Steampunk Stylin' in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, I couldn't get away in order to make it down to the wondrous City of New York. This disappointed me because it meant I couldn't hang out with awesome Steampunk pal Ay-leen the Peacemaker or any of the other NYC area Steampunks.

It's also bothersome because BBC America filmed a story on the event, which was all kinds of cool. I mean, I could've been on the same network that I watch Doctor Who on! Awesome right?

Anyway, I have to be content with watching this video on the story instead:

STEAMPUNKS 2011 from Andy Gallacher on Vimeo.