Archive for May, 2013

The ‘Guide to Creating and Protecting Fictional Characters” by Cynthia Gayton with illustrations by Jason Edwards was released at the 2013 Steampunk World’s Fair. This guide is for those who want to protect fictional literary and illustrated characters, generally, in the comic book and graphic novel fields, specifically. Here is an excerpt:

“This is an exciting time to be a creative in any enterprise. You can develop stories, illustrate and publish your work with great speed and minimal expense. Doing things on your own is both liberating and inhibiting. Yes, you can do it all – from start to finish, the product, distribution, display, advertising and promotion are all controlled by you. On the other hand, it could be a problem that all these things are controlled by you. Do you have the skills necessary to bring your product to market, including the knowledge to protect your creations?”

Guide Cover

The guide is available for purchase at Steam at Harper’s Ferry.

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Steam at Harper’s Ferry Resident Artist, T. Jason Edwards, will be showing pieces from his “Aware Amusings” collection until June 23. If you have been to the gallery, you may have seen samples from this collection, but this will be the first time that five pieces from it will be shown together.

Some pieces are steampunk parody while others are a modern twist to famous paintings. What do you see?

From the "Aware Amusings" Collection - showing through June 23

From the “Aware Amusings” Collection – showing through June 23


For over ten years, Jason has been a professional scenic artist, graphic artist and visual artist.  While working in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, he has been associated with some of the most well-known organizations in the performing arts industry, including The Shakespeare Theater, Washington National Opera, and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He is a graduate of University North Carolina School of the Arts, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jason also  participated in scenic artist apprenticeship programs at the Skylight Opera Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Santa Fe Opera and Cobalt Studios.

Come by and take a look – and maybe even meet the artist!


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The steampunk world, that is. This weekend at the 2013 Steampunk World’s Fair, I noticed that not only are there more people in attendance, but that the steampunk “canon” is becoming both refined (more people are familiar with what things are considered steampunk) and broadened (now that folks have a basic understanding, it is taking on even more eclectic elements). The costumes are just as outrageous, but here and there are subtle clues in some outfits which bring a knowing chuckle. As usual, music is everywhere.

I’ve met some folks interested in coming to Steam at Harper’s Ferry to show their work or talk about their projects. My way of bringing the Fair to the Ferry!



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Around the World – Next Exhibit

Watch this space! The next exhibit at Steam will have an “Around the World in 80 Days” theme. A “Call to Artists” will be posted soon.

What’s New at Steam

Steam’s next installment “Of Steam and Spring” under its new SciFi/Steampunk imprint, Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press, was released on April 27. Here is an excerpt:

“A full moon rose between the mountains. Its light reflected from the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at The Point. A crowd gathered on the Hill Top House veranda, bundled in furs, scarves, gloves and hats even though it was early Spring. … The chimes at St. Peter’s Church rang out at midnight, just as the moon completed a triangle above the uneven peaks. … Lights flickered into being on the newly installed carousel which began to turn. A song began to play on the calliope. Its mournful noise was in sharp contrast to the joyful tunes with which people were familiar who visited the Park.”

The Steampunk World’s Fair is this month, from May 17 – 19, 2013. Cynthia M. Gayton is scheduled to speak about protecting literary and illustrated characters on Sunday, May 19 from 1:15 – 2:15 at The Radisson in Boardroom A. Looking forward to it!

Big Top Steam – Exhibit Ended

The Big Top Steam exhibit ended this past weekend. The artists are Leigh Anne Cassell and Lindsey Donaldson. In addition, there are  two special installations by Eric Holstine and Phil Berneburg. This was one of the most ambitious and varied exhibit Steam has had to date. Thanks everyone for taking the time to view this wonderful collection!

Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Community Art Walk – April  27 and 28, 2013 – A Success!

At final count, there were over 50 artists at 21 venues participating in the Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk over this past weekend. Despite the rain on Sunday, about 150 people received commemorative goodie bags and letterpress prints, along with coupons and gifts from local merchants. The Hill Top House was especially gorgeous on April 27. The grounds were decorated with flowering plants and freshly mulched. Special thanks goes out to the volunteers, Kenzie Allen, Teresa Barth, and Jason Edwards. If you attended, thanks for coming! If not, please come next time!

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