Archive for the ‘Steamcon’ Category
First off, if you’re lucky enough to be going to Steamcon III in Seattle, Steamed is up for an Airship Award, so please vote for us.
Speaking of voting, here’s a rather shameless plug. You all know how much I love cupcakes. Well, please vote for me, so I can be a judge at the Cupcake Love In, in Arizona in late October. (You can vote daily and if I win, I will show up in Steampunk gear).
Also, Dr. Fantastique’s Show of Wonders Magazine is a huge supporter of Steamed and they’re off on an adventure to offer their terrific steampunk magazine in print. Check out their kickstarter campaign.
Finally, I have a copy of The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer to give away to one of you. The anthology is based on the fictional story of Thackery T. Lambshead and the odd assortment of things supposedly uncovered beneath his estate. In this rather large book of strange and fascinating tales, each author explores the story behind each discovered item.
All-new stories and art from the doctor’s wondrous collection
After the death of Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead at his house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England, a remarkable discovery was unearthed: the remains of an astonishing cabinet of curiosities. Many of these artifacts, curios, and wonders related to anecdotes and stories in the doctor’s personal journals. Others, when shown to the doctor’s friends, elicited further tales from a life like no other.
Thus, in keeping with the bold spirit exemplified by Dr. Lambshead and his exploits, we now proudly present highlights from the doctor’s cabinet, reconstructed not only through visual representations but also through exciting stories of intrigue and adventure.
A carefully selected group of popular artists and acclaimed, bestselling fantasy authors has been assembled to bring Dr. Lambshead’s cabinet of curiosities to life. Including contributions from Alan Moore, Lev Grossman, Mike Mignola, China MiÉville, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn, Greg Broadmore, Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, Michael Moorcock , Holly Black, Jeffrey Ford, Ted Chiang, and many more.
Want it for your very own? Just leave a comment below on what Steampunk object you’d like to uncover. Contest ends October 2nd, 2011, at 11:59 PM PST. Open Internationally.
In the last two weeks I’ve come across more references to Steampunk in the mainstream than I have all year. One was the episode of the ABC show Castle, where the main character, who’s a writer happens to stumble into an exclusive steampunk club as part of a murder case he’s following. The second is this clip by the band Sugarland, in which they describe their influence for their latest album–Steampunk of course! Check out their costuming and stage set up, it’s just awesome.
There’s also steampunk fashions at your local mall. Check out Wet Seal and the “military” look popping up in fall fashions. All of these show me how Steampunk is merging more and more into the mainstream. People are beginning to get a glimpse of the amazing Victorian idealisim, romanticism and creativity that is inherently part of what we love.
If you haven’t explored Steampunk, now’s the time to check it out! There are a dozen or more steampunk conferences and conventions all over the country, several in Canada and even more in Europe. Some are a weekend, some are just a day, all are a dip in an absolutely amazing font of creativity.
Right now (as I finish writing up The Hunter – my paranormal steampunk due out in Nov. 2011) I’m using the costumes I want to create for Steamcon II as my carrot to get my daily pages finished first. I’ve got my science assistant costume complete with a modified tan raincoat I’ve modded into a spencer length in the front with two long tails in the back (and replaced all the plastic buttons with gold ones – naturally), that I’m going to pair with brown knee breeches, brown boots, a white peasant blouse, a mini underbust corset from Clockwork Coture and my first set of goggles! I’m still at work on sewing the Lady Vampire high society outfit (taken from my vampire countess in the second book of the series – The Legend). I’ll admit I had my tophat made for me, but I’m sewing the dress (with bustle, overcoat, skirt and underskirt) myself. And because Steamcon II’s theme this year is Wild Weird West, I’m working on a western outfit as well that’s got a fringed black leather jacket with beading on it, a high-necked white blouse, a longer skirt and of course a cowboy hat and boots. I’ve still yet to completely figure out how to mod a gun into a replica of my sting shooter in my stories…but I’m working on it!
Where else have you seen Steampunk showing up in the mainstream?
By Diana Vick
And Then There Was Steamcon
I’ve been in science fiction fandom for a lot more years than I am going to cop to right now. I’ve attended well over two hundred conventions.
They have always been a great source of wonder, creativity and surreal adventure for me that I have never found anywhere else. My husband and I met at a convention. It’s still a shared love of ours. We had been talking about getting more involved in running cons or maybe even beginning one, when we found ourselves swept up in a new community… steampunk .
We knew that we had found the perfect new subject for our convention. Up until that point, most steampunk events that I had heard of, had been music festivals or one day events or the theme of an existing general science fiction convention. I saw a huge potential for a bunch of like minded folks to spend a weekend completely immersed in the world of Victorian science fiction, or steampunk.
Steamcon was born.
We based our convention on the armature of a science fiction convention, but we fully intended to expand the model. Having attended anime cons, goth cons, furry cons and lots of general science fiction/fantasy cons, we had seen many different ways of running things. We felt we could select some of the best aspects and combine them to the best advantage.
We began to gather a crew made up of old con runners and some complete newbies. We swore that the words “because that’s the way it’s always done” would be seldom heard. Of course we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel either, so we got advice from many old hands at this. Having not much starting budget, I went the route of viral marketing, using social networks on the internet, and creating communities specifically for Steamcon.
I taught myself the skills and posted everywhere I could think of. The veteran con runners told us not to expect to big a crowd. First year cons in this area usually attract about 500 attendees, they said. When our pre-registration numbers were almost double, we began to worry. We suddenly found ourselves in the awkward position of needing to cap the membership so the space wouldn’t be too crowded.
Our final numbers were 1350, which includes the small amount we could take at the door. Amazing and gratifying. The result of all our hard work was a bustling, lively, successful steampunk convention. We had gotten the word out far and wide, and folks came from so many places. New York, Texas, California… all over, even Europe.
My greatest fear was that as the “face of Steamcon”, people would approach me to solve their problems all weekend long. As the first few came up to me, I internally cringed, but they just wanted to say “Thanks!” I spent the entire weekend meeting people and hearing about how much fun they were having. Despite the things that went wrong behind the curtain, the audience was well pleased. They were having fun. The best outcome a con runner can hope for really. I am so proud of my fabulous staff and my wonderful husband, the convention chair. I was the creative director or visionary but he was the details person. It’s an unorthodox teaming, but it works for us.
As we gear up for yet another Steamcon, we are aiming even higher. There were so many ideas that we simply didn’t have time for last year. This year, with two hotels and twice as much space, I imagine we can be more than twice as entertaining.
Our theme this year is the weird, weird west, a nod to our western roots, and it’s got so much potential. From clockwork sharp shooters to Indian shamans, we expect the eye candy to be spectacular and that’s just the attendees. Many fun schemes are in the works. Steamcon has come a long way from the fanciful idea we had to a fully fledged steampunk convention. And we couldn’t have done it without our attendees. You beautiful, creative, steamy folks! Hope to see you all again in November at Steamcon II! www.steamcon.org
(If you want to see some of the amazing attendees from last year: http://www.flickr.com/groups/steamcon/)
Diana Vick is vice chair, creative director, and co-founder of Steamcon, the largest steampunk convention held thus far. For the past several years, she has been speaking on the topic of steampunk at many conventions across the country, beginning with the infamous “guerilla steampunk panel” that she instigated at Dragoncon in Atlanta. She has been interviewed by Women’s Wear Daily Fast, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and Marie Claire, and appeared on King Five News. She has written many articles and guest blogs on the subject of steampunk and has many more in the works. She has a few short stories and serials in the works as well. One of her steampunk costumes took grand prize in the masquerade at Orycon in 2009. Even her art has taken a decidedly steampunk direction lately and you can find examples of this on her Zazzle site at http://www.zazzle.com/artvixn*. To find more of her art, costumes and articles, you may go to http://www.dianavick.com.
Posted in costumes, Lolitas, Steamcon, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian fashion, Winners!, tagged Contest, costumes, Deborah Schneider, Elizabeth Darvill, Marie-Claude Bourque, Steamcon, Steampunk, suzanne lazear, Winners! on November 24, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Thank you so much to everyone who entered the photo contest. I let the tot (the kid in the goggles in the last contest post) pick her personal favorite…
…and the winner is…
The “SteamCon Hussies” from SteamCon in Seattle, (Lolitas Deborah, Elizabeth, and Marie-Claude) as entered by Deborah Schneider.
Deborah, as the one who entered the photo, you’re the one who gets the prize! Please email me at suzannelazear (@) hotmail.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Posted in Books, Brass goggles, costumes, Dieselpunk, Friday fun, Lolitas, Steamcon, Victorian fashion, tagged Deborah Schneider, Elizabeth Darvill, Marie-Claude Bourque, Steamcon, Steampunk on November 20, 2009 | 1 Comment »
What is Steampunk style? I am probably the last one to know. That’s why when I headed for Steamcon in Seattle, I didn’t really know what to expect, expect for a bunch of brass goggles and a few corsets.
So it’s with my own corset (laced tight and rescued from the Romantic Times Convention) that I sat down in the lobby of the Seatt;le Marriot and sipped my venti nonfat latte doing what I like best (after writing) and… people watched.
I was glad I had read about all the various Steampunk spin-off in Suzanne Lazear blog post at Steamed! Dieselpunk, Monsterpunk, Oilpunk, Clockpunk, coompleted with Steampunk fairies, I think I saw it all.
What striked me the most was that really all goes. As you long as you have your goggles on, you are good to go. I did expect the clockwork and victorian look but I have to say that I was surprised by the intrincacy of it all and by how well dressed everyone was.
I saw plenty of victorian ladies and gentlemen in full regalia, top hats and elaborate googles and ornate canes, beautiful skirts and expensive corsets (mine is a cheap one, be warned) but also feather in upswept hair, parasol and yes, fans! So many things I want (need?) to buy!!!
Beside the victorian look, was also the western look. Think of the movie Wild Wild West, with variation on steampunk guns, cowboy hats. Some were on the goths or dark side with black and spooky outfit closer to MadMax that is probably what they would call Dieselpunk. And some ladies had on simpler dresses that wouldn’t have been out of place in Anne of Green Gables.
All in all, I think the rule is to let your imagination run, and yes get those goggles and that corset! Can’t down too many lattes with it on but your waistline may thank you!
Steamcon 2010 is on! Get your tickets as soon as they come on sale! I bet they will fly really fast! (yep, stood in line for four hours to get mine!). I’ll be there
Hello everyone! I am excited to be here guest blogging at Steamed! They asked me here because I had the amazing opportunity of attending Steamcon 2009 in Seattle, WA. What could be better than a whole weekend devoted to all things steampunk? It was FABULOUS!! Every aspect of it was so much fun! If you wish to read my overview of the whole event you can read all about the insanity at my blog. Today however I am just going to talk about the amazingly awesome tea and couture event. The feature of the tea and couture event was the steampunk fashion show and it was inspiring! I almost didn’t get to attend since procrastination is my middle name and I didn’t buy tickets before they sold out. However I met a very nice gentleman, the Lord Baron Joseph C.R. Vourtequ who kindly offered me his extra ticket. We were seated with a wide variety of fascinating and lovely people including an Emperor, seriously how can you not love that? Before tea was served an etiquette lesson was given and I realized how very unsophisticated I am….oh well! I most definitely would have been shunned from polite Victorian society. Then tea was served and the fashion show began! There was a wide range from sophisticated to sexy and everything in between for every age and both the male and female steampunk enthusiast! I have included a smattering of pictures, but if you follow this link….there are many more!! I had my camera glued to my eye the whole time!! There was even an adorable little steampunk child and you could hear the collective “awwww” sweep the room as he charmed his way down the runway. There were several different designers and it was fascinating to see their individual and distinctive take on the trend, each unique and FABULOUS!! I gravitated towards loving the darker, sexier take on steampunk and there were several lovely specimens! The tea and food provided was delectable and beautifully presented, all in all it was well worth attending and I can only foresee it being bigger and better next year! I am going to shamelessly plug Steamcon now and say if you get the chance next year…GO!! It is so worth it, you meet amazing people and have a ton of fun!! Thanks for letting me ramble! ~Elizabeth Darvill