What can you expect from a steampunk convention? As I've not been to one (yet), I'm going by the word of the internet. I hear that things on the internet are occasionally true. Look for guests of honor that include authors, artists, and costume and prop makers. Cherie Priest will be at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition, and the gentleman in the below image - Nick Baumann - will be at the Gaslight Gathering. You will find musicians like Abney Park and entertainment including stage shows and street artists. I also found that every convention has extensive paneling on costuming and props. You will find more than just one panel titled "not just about gears," and from my experience meeting steampunk bedecked folks, they will be more than happy to share their knowledge and provide how-tos. Other panels I browsed were focused on literature, making calling cards, and character creation. TeslaCon even has dueling and fencing classes.
You know that every convention will have a vendor's hall too. You will be surrounded by more top hats, bustles, and curiosities than you can count. The venues for the cons range from hotels to places like the Old Tucson studios where movies like Tombstone were filmed (Wild Wild West Con).
The best part of attending a convention like this though? If you enjoy Victorian culture and costumes, you will be surrounded by hundreds or thousands of people who think the same way. Imagine the conversations you'll have at 2am over glasses of absinthe!
List of Upcoming Steampunk Conventions in the US
November 5-7, 2010
November 19-21, 2010
Wild Wild West Con
March 4-6, 2011
Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition
March 25-27, 2011
Santa Clara, California
May 6-8, 2011
San Diego, California
Steampunk World's Fair
May 20-22, 2011
Somerset, New Jersey
World Steam Expo
May 27-30, 2011
I'm going to try to make it to Wild Wild West Con. Have any of you been to a steampunk convention before?
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