First Steampunk Store & Workshop in America!

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The Boiler Room Opens In Duluth, GA

Penny Dreadful Productions Creates
A Workshop and Retail Location
For Growing Steampunk Community

The Steampunk world has long benefited from the work of the folks at Penny Dreadful Productions (PDP), the artistic design and fabrication studio.  Not only have they created spectacular costumes and contributed to some of the most dynamic and innovative film and TV in recent years, they have become true leaders in giving back to the community and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Matt Silva and some of The Crew of Penny Dreadful Productions

Now, Penny Dreadful is making a brick and mortar home for their fans and customers!  For months now they have been building out a workshop and store they call simply: The Boiler Room.

The Boiler Room will be officially launching on Saturday, May 21.  Talking to some of the folks at Penny Dreadful, they have assured me that this will be an amazing day of performances, music, costuming, and food!

Downtown Duluth, GA is a undergoing a surprising revitalization. In some ways the explosion of commerce on the Duluth Square goes against the general economic malaise of this down economy.  The Boiler Room will be part of this renaissance. The PDP Steampunk motif  fits in well with the surrounding  Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

“The best thing about the boiler room is that you will find items there that you won’t find at any other store,” said  John Strangeway, a PDP member who is known on the internet as Steampunk Boba Fett.  “The unique merchandise includes custom-made accessories and props such as hand crafted canes, unique jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind items.  And, of course, there will be lots of great Steampunk gear.”

Erin Bushko, Matt Silva and Pan's Labyrinth star Doug Jones

A Festive Event For Historic Opening

The Boiler Room officially opens with an exciting celebration.  Obviously there will be stellar costuming, but there will be live performers with music, juggling, and puppets.

There is no official word on who will be performing, but rumors are flying.  “We can’t tell you who is coming but we have been talking to local acts with ties to the Steampunk community,” PDP founder Matt Silva explained.

There will also be food and drinks available.  With a family friendly focus during the day, it will be a great outing with the kids.  In the evening, Adult beverages will be served to the friends and well-wishers who have been supportive of PDP.

For those who love the Steampunk aesthetic, expect costumers from Atlanta’s AnachroCon, Xadune, The Steampunk LARP, and the Artifice Club.

Dim Horizons, the Southeast’s premiere Steampunk Photography Studio, will be providing free Steampunk portraits on site for the first 100 people during the opening day festivities.

And What is Steampunk Again?

Drawing on inspiration from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, the contemporary Steampunk movement is growing in popularity. Steampunk has its roots in the alternate history literary genre, but has expanded beyond that into a blooming sub-culture that mixes Victorian fashion and sensibilities with fantastic, imaginary technologies.

PDP's Famous Costume: Steampunk Boba Fett Photo By Dim Horizons Studios

Under the inspirational leadership of founders Matt Silva and Erin Bushko, Penny Dreadful Productions has contributed to the aesthetic of Steampunk. PDP has created a wide variety of Steampunk costumes including original one-of-a-kind designs and notable Steampunk version of popular characters including a Steampunk ensemble of The Wizard of Oz, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Steampunk Iron Man, and Steampunk Boba Fett. PDP craftsmanship has been seen on TV and in films including The Walking Dead, Ben10- Alien Swarm, The Candy Shop, Heartless, and the recent Blood on My Name.

Event Information:

Where:

The Boiler Room

3067-B Main Street

Duluth, GA 30096

 

When:

Saturday May 21, 2011

10 AM – Midnight

 

PDP Website: http://www.getdreadful.com

Dim Horizon’s Studio Website: http://dimhorizonstudio.com/

 

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One Comment

  1. GreenEggsNSammNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    This makes me so excited for my next visit to Atlanta. I can’t wait to check out the shop and all of the great things they have!

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