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World Steam Expo put indefinitely on hold amid speculation of the cause and questions of its future...
By wilhelminaframe on Aug 07 2012 Category:Editorials, Events, Conventions, Steamlife
Per a statement cross posted in the Steampunk Revolution and Steampunk Convention Groups on Facebook, Arthur Geissler, Organizier of World Steam Expo, has has announced that the convention is on hold indefinitely. The Dearborn, Michigan Steampunk event was in its third year, with the most recent Expo held May 25 - 28, 2012. Throughout its history, World Steam Expo was a premiere event in the midwest and had the pleasure of hosts many notible musical performers including Abney Park, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Sunday Driver and Steam Powered Giraffe.
Steampunk Chronicle first became aware of the breaking news through a comment placed by "A Member of the World Steam Expo Facebook Group" at the end of our recently published review of this year's Expo. The comment was a cross post of Mr. Geissler's Facebook statement:
This statement appeared in the Steampunk Revolution Group on Sunday afternoon, August 5, 2012. Immediately, comments of sadness and support began to appear but other comments of question and concern were noted as well. Earlier on Sunday, William Thorson MacLeod of Anachro*Con, posted "An Open Letter to Steampunk Fandom", also in the Steampunk Revolution Facebook Group. This letter was then cross posted to other Facebook, blog and convention sites. The letter was signed by several prominent Steampunk convention organizers. The absence of World Steam Expo from that list immediately caused conjecture that Mr. Geissler's announcement was in response to the "Open Letter". As the afternoon and Monday continued, the length of the Facebook thread became unwieldy as various member weighed in and the focus of the commentary unravelled. Statements alleging World Steam Expo's relationship with Evelyn Kriete, a subject of a recent scandal, as the main reason for Mr. Geissler's decision were refuted.
"There are a score of reasons why I am withdrawing, and it is not because of the actions of one person, least of all Evelyn Kriete." Mr. Geissler stated Monday morning, replying to the original post in Steampunk Revolution.
In a later post in the thread, Mr Geissler also stated, "The message of this alliance is "it's my way or the highway", or "you will do this or there will be consequences", and I will not stand for this kind of bullying."
Steampunk Chronicle contacted Arthur Geissler for a statement to contribute to this article. He declined to offer a comment.
The Steampunk Revolution Facebook thread quoted above can be accessed via this link.
*UPDATE* August 7, 2012 -- While Mr. Geissler declined to comment on this article at press time he has since e-mailed Steampunk Chronicle a statement. This statement has been published as an independent article.
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