Steampunk at Comic-Con International 2014

Steampunk at SDCC ArtworkIt is time once again for Comic-Con International in sunny San Diego, California. As always, there are a ton of steampunk happenings throughout the city during the convention and I’ve compiled a list to make things easier on everyone. I will continue to update this list as I hear about more activities. Hope to see everyone there!

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Comic-Con Steampunk Villain Night

Wednesday, July 23: Starts at 7:00pm

At Star Bar (423 E. St, San Diego)

Description: Taking over 2014 couldn’t come at a better time! Join Baron Von Gunter Zeiss in your best villain costume and let’s take over the world; one bar at a time.

https://www.facebook.com/events/662586333836279

 

When Steampunk and Pop Culture Collide

Thursday, July 24: 12:00pm-1:oopm

At the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A

Description: Room 29A at San Diego Comic Con – Featuring Pop Artist Karen Hallion, Costumer CJ DeAngelus, Graphic Novel Writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Maker Brian Uiga, and moderated by Anastasia Hunter – Chair & Director of Programming of the Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention.

https://www.facebook.com/events/576550322454405

 

Comic-Con Steampunk Hero Night

Thursday, July 24: Starts at 7:00pm

At Star Bar (423 E. St, San Diego)

Description: Colonel Malcolm Weatherby and the Chronological Enforcement Division will be on patrol in 2014 searching for clues as to the whereabouts of the evil Huns and their Martian Conspirators! This is another bar hopping event that will explore, through the democratic process, the top drinking holes in the gaslamp.

https://www.facebook.com/events/309999275830647

 

Is It Steampunk? panel

Friday, July 25th: 12pm-1pm

At the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A

Description: You’ve heard of Steampunk, but what exactly distinguishes this unique sub-genre from other branches of Science Fiction? Join an all-star panel of Steampunk experts as they dissect and debate pop culture examples of literature, movies, TV, video games, comics and more in a rapid-fire showdown that will push boundaries and defy expectations in a quest to finally answer the question, “is it Steampunk?” The panel will include Andrew Fogel (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade), Claire “Shoom’lah” Hummel (BioShock Infinite), and Thomas Willeford: Brute Force Studio

https://www.facebook.com/events/333067363515722

 

The Witty Women of Steampunk panel

Friday, July 25th: 2:30pm-3:30pm

At the San Diego Convention Center, Room 24ABC

Description: While the Victorian era was known for its constraints on morals, behaviors and bosoms, steampunks have turned things on their head by reimagining a history that never was. Women creators have loosened those traditional corset laces and have begun to explore multiculturalism, science, sexuality, class politics and much more. Come join us for this always lively third-year panel as we explore just how liberating the age of steam can be with witty women Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Editor for BeyondVictoriana.com & Tor Books), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Sarah Hunter (Steampunk Model/Performer), Sheyne Fleischer (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs).

https://www.facebook.com/events/280464935469820

 

Steampunk Costume Contest sponsored by Steam City Pirates

Friday, July 25th: 7:00pm-9:00pm

At Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House (835 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego)

Description: With grand flair, there shall be a Steampunk Attire Contest in the old Upstart Crow Book Shop on Shelter Island. Jim Musgrave, the author of the Steam City Pirates, shall be awarding the chosen winner $100 cash for his or her imaginative costume. Second prize will be a $20 book shop certificate, and free access to the enhanced online version of Steam City Pirates.

https://www.facebook.com/events/662586333836279

 

XYZ-Punk panel

Saturday, July 26th: 12:00pm-1:00pm

At the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A

Description: As Steampunk becomes increasingly popular with the masses, many of its long-time devotees have begun to discover new genres to focus their creative energies and explore new time periods and mash-ups. We will discuss the origins of Steampunk, delve into the popular Dieselpunk and Cyberpunk movements, and then start exploring some new niche areas like Nerfpunk, Rococopunk, and any other fun styles that we and our audience can dream up! Join moderator Glenn Freund (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) and XYZ-Punks Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs), Royden Lepp (Creator of the GN series Rust), Russell Isler (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) and Shawn Strider (Sypher Art Studios) for this discussion and Q&A.

https://www.facebook.com/events/280464935469820

 

Starburner Galactic Courier Service Awards 2014 and Annual Steampunk Meetup

Saturday, July 26th: Begins at 12:00pm

At the San Diego Convention Center, Back Mezzanine Area

Description: The Steampunk Meetup will start at 12 Noon. The 6th Annual Starburner Awards will begin at 12:30. The Event will be in the same place as in past years on the Mezzanine Level, North Side, at the stairs and under the trees. Immediately following the Awards and photo op, there will be a 2nd meetup at 1:30pm by Joe’s Crab Shack (directly behind the convention center) for those that could not get into Comic Con this year. There are other groups wanting to make use of this spot so Awards will start promptly at 12:30 with photo opportunities directly after awards.

https://www.facebook.com/events/280464935469820

 

Starburner Galactic Courier Service: Birth of a Steampunk Graphic Novel

Saturday, July 26th: 6:00pm-7pm

At the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A

Description: Aaron St. John (artist), Paul Bailey (writer), and story creator Kim Hutsell (Starburner Galactic Courier Service founder) discuss the process of taking the Starburner Steampunk Saga from mythos to graphic novel with teaser pages from the first issue in progress. Moderator: Jeffrey Vaca (Maker)

Thoughts on Chemistry and Dating

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Events this week have had me thinking hard about the oh-so-tricky topic of chemistry and dating. When we’re young, our hormones turn us into wild beasts that can’t think clearly. We get epic crushes and fall madly in love with people we hardly know (and who may just be terrible for us). Let’s be honest, while this phenomenon may wane as we grow older, it never really goes away. I think we’ve all fallen for someone who’s not right for us because of those pesky hormones. They can still cause us to act a little crazy and get us into situations that aren’t good for us.

As any good geek knows, chemical reactions are vital to life. Without it, we would have no sunlight, no plants, no life. On the other hand, chemistry in the wrong hands can lead to poisons, shoe bombs and nuclear weapons. The lesson here? Use chemistry responsibly.

I hear so many of my friends worry that they’re never going to find a nice guy that they’re attracted to. One thing I have learned in my own dating life is, chemistry can be a tricky thing and sometimes you have to be patient. I have been on dates where the chemistry is instantaneous and it often causes me to act like a bit of an idiot. I’ve had the opposite happen, where the guy is as sweet as he can be, but I shy away at the very thought of him touching me (not good). Somewhere between these two things is a potential sweet spot. Maybe he’s not 6’ tall, with piercing blue-green eyes and a melodious British accent (sorry, got distracted by thoughts of Benedict there). Perhaps you will need a few dates to decide whether or not there is some attraction there that wasn’t instantaneous.

Let me be clear, you can’t create chemistry if the basic ingredients aren’t there. Just know that sometimes a slow burn can lead to the brightest fire. Be patient and give things a chance, but also don’t lead someone on if you’re still not feeling anything after a few dates. As in all things, always remember to treat others the way you want to be treated yourself. Also remember that if someone isn’t attracted to you, you can’t take it as some sort of personal insult. This is a really hard lesson to learn, but absolutely vital. You can’t force chemistry and if someone isn’t attracted to you, then it wasn’t meant to be. It’ll be there when you find the right person, trust me.

I think this is really an issue when it comes to online dating. If you’re in a larger city especially, you can find 1,000 people (or more) who fit your basic dating criteria. With so many people out there, how do you narrow your search? What catches your eye while browsing profiles? Let’s be honest, it’s their photos. It’s the easiest way to make a quick decision on someone. We all make instant decisions on our level of attraction to someone based on a single photograph and not knowing much (if anything) more about them. This can lead to so many issues when trying to find a serious relationship and what if you’re not real photogenic (like myself)? Well, sometimes we just have to try a little bit harder. As I have said before (and will say again), do something to make yourself feel more attractive. Have a makeover, go buy a cute new top, whatever makes you feel more beautiful on the inside. All of that will come across in photos. When you’re browsing your own OKCupid matches tonight, remember the anxiety you feel about people judging you only on your photos and take a closer look at that guy’s (or girl’s) profile that you’re not quite sure about. Maybe they love Sherlock and Game of Thrones too. Maybe when you meet them, that connection will be there. You never know till you go out there and try. In this case, chemistry isn’t an exact science. It’s something intangible that we create, together.

The League of Extraordinary Ladies Invade WonderCon Anaheim!

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The League of Extraordinary Ladies is so excited to be returning to WonderCon Anaheim for the 3rd year in a row! Here’s a wrap-up of a few special events and panels that the LxL Founders will be involved with. Make sure and follow us at @leagueofladies and stop and say hi if you see us!

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**SPECIAL EVENTS**

3rd Annual LxL WonderCon Happy Hour

Hilton Anaheim, Mix Restaurant and Lounge

Friday: 6:00pm – ?

https://www.facebook.com/events/602447016514252

 

Single Geeks Mixer/Happy Hour

Saturday: 7:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1412647565660809

*Hosted by Dina Kampmeyer*

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**PANELS**

Publicizing Your Project

Friday: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 210BCD

*Amy Ratcliffe*

 

The Battle For Multicultural Heroes

Saturday: 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 208

*Dr. Andrea Letamendi*

 

XYZ-Punk

Saturday: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 207

*Dina Kampmeyer*

 

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode III

Saturday: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 213

*Dr. Andrea Letamendi*

 

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Batgirl Begins Again

Sunday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 210BCD

*Dr. Andrea Letamendi*

Advice from Lady Steamy: Learn the Fine Art of Flirting

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Advice from Lady Steamy: Learn the Fine Art of Flirting

It is has been a long, LONG time since my last dating column, but the arrival of 2014 has filled me with purpose, so off we go! Lots has changed since I last wrote. I am single again and after taking a few months to recover, I have started dating. It’s strange getting used to things again and starting to use some skills that I hadn’t had an opportunity to utilize in a while. My favorite? Flirting! I know this word can be very intimidating to folks (especially those with some social anxiety), but it’s a very valuable skill both in life and especially in dating.

Do you find yourself slipping into the dreaded “friend zone”? Learning how to flirt can certainly help keep you in the zone you want and my goodness is it fun. Let me clarify that flirting does not mean being too pushy or sexual. It’s about exuding confidence in yourself and putting your focus onto the person you’re talking to.

-Rule #1-Confidence: This is so very important for dating all around. If you want to attract someone worth dating, you need to know in your core that you are worthy of them and have something to contribute to a relationship. I am no more objectively attractive now that I was 10 years ago (and now I’m 10 years older!), but I get much more attention from the opposite sex now that I am truly comfortable and confident about who I am. Don’t feel confident yet? Well there is no time like the present. Go accomplish something you’ve been wanting to, learn a new skill, write a comic book, shop for some new clothes, take a hike, learn how to sing, do anything that makes you feel like the fabulous geek that you are. Nothing is more attractive than a geek who feels confident in who they are. *Warning: Arrogance is the worst, so don’t get too cocky. We’re aiming for humble confidence here.*

-Rule #2-Focus on who you’re talking to: People are endlessly fascinating to me. What they do, who they are, where they’ve been…If you’re talking to someone you find attractive, truly listen to what they’re saying, ask questions and share something interesting with them. They will hopefully find this attention flattering and help make them feel attractive and more comfortable with asking you out if they’re interested. *Warning: Make sure you learn how to read body language and signals from people. Don’t be a stalker. If someone isn’t responding to you and seems uncomfortable, move right along. They’re not the right one for you, I promise.*

That’s it from me for now. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at ladysteam@thelxl.com.  If you’re single and in the Los Angeles area, also make sure you follow SG:LA (Single Geeks in L.A.) on FB or Twitter. We’ll be hosting quarterly events this year and would love to see you there!

Best of luck out there everyone!

-Lady Steam

You can find my past posts at: http://thelxl.com/category/loveadvice/

SG:LA (Single Geeks in L.A.): https://www.facebook.com/singlegeeksinla on Twitter @singlegeeksinla

UDPATE: Just had to share this epic gif from the oh-so-clever  @CapSteveRogers

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Steampunk 101 on the #PTMG Podcast

I had the pleasure to be on Bin Lee’s Part Time Movie Guy podcast this year and I talked steampunk with my fellow guest, Josh Rubinstein. This was too much fun and made me realize how bad I am at remembering things without my trusty PowerPoint and notes. I hope you enjoy and make sure and check out the other episodes of PTMG!

http://www.parttimemovieguy.com/2013/09/ptmg-podcast-007-steampunk-101-dina.html

Top 10 Reasons You Should Be Watching The League of S.T.E.A.M

The good folks over at the League of S.T.E.A.M. launched their Season 3 Kickstarter campaign this week and to celebrate, I put together 10 simple reasons why you should be watching the show:

1)      Steampunk is cool and the members of the League of some of the original founders of the movement both in LA and beyond.

2)      It’s really fun and silly and couldn’t we all use a bit more of that in our lives?

3)      There are some killer guest stars on the show (and more to come).

Grant Imahara (Myth Busters)

Doug Jones (Hell Boy, Falling Skies) Robin Thorsen (The Guild)

Lisa Foiles (All That)

4)      It’s pretty and shiny to look at. The production values of the show are simply stellar.

5)      There are pretty ladies in it who wear corsets and kill zombies.

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6)      They have awesome gadgets that totally work.

7)      Their vampires don’t sparkle.

8)      They have their own interactive fan-club. https://www.facebook.com/jrleaguewatch

9)      The League has their own podcast chock-o-block full of booze, reviews and special guests.

10)      Darn it, they’re just nice people and now when you run into them at conventions (which you will), you can say, “I love your show!” and actually mean it.

Hope that was enough to convince you and if you like what you see, think about giving these nice folks your support (while getting some fabulous rewards in return). http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leagueofsteam/adventures-of-the-league-of-steam-season-three/

Steampunk at Comic-Con 2013

Comic-Con International 2013 is almost here and there are more steampunk activities happening this year than ever before. Here’s a schedule of all the exciting events, including a record four steampunk panels at the convention!Steampunk at SDCC Artwork

Thursday, 7/18-11am-12pm (Room 5AB)

PANEL: The Witty Women of Steampunk

https://www.facebook.com/events/382340088544703/382340091878036

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Thursday, 7/18-3pm-11pm (Four Points by Sheraton)

Off-Site Event: The Walter Robotics Expo (headline concert featuring Professor Elemental and Steam Powered Giraffe and The League of S.T.E.A.M.)

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/382220

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Friday, 7/19-10am-11am (Room: 25ABC)

PANEL: Steampunk 101

https://www.facebook.com/events/507343119332368/

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Friday, 7/19-1pm-2pm (Room: 25ABC)

PANEL: Arcana’s SteamPunk Originals: All About SteamPunk!

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Friday, 7/19-5pm-6pm (Room: 29A)

PANEL: Steampunk As A SUPER-Culture Panel

https://www.facebook.com/events/478421272236031/

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Friday, 7/19-6pm-11pm (Artlab Studios: 3536 Adam Ave, San Diego, California 92116)

Off-Site Event: 1st Annual Steam Worlds Fair Presented by Gaslight Gathering

https://www.facebook.com/events/348902705238214/

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Saturday, 7/20-12pm (On the Stairs behind the Mezzanine)

On-Site Event: 2013 Steampunk Meet-Up & 5th Annual Starburner Awards

https://www.facebook.com/events/390971047678754/

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Sunday, 7/21-3pm-4pm (Room 24ABC)

PANEL: Steampunk Generations: Views of a Genre from Both Ends of Time

Steampunk at Comikaze Expo 2012

Comikaze Expo is celebrating its second annual event at the Los Angeles convention center this weekend, September 15-16. There will be a strong steampunk presence in the panels, lots of shopping and the big cosplay contest on Saturday. I hope to see you all there!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

11am (Room 308): STEAMPUNK “SUPER” CULTURE: SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN VARIOUS SUB-CULTURES & FANDOMS

*Steampunk began as a literary movement often described as “Victorian Science Fiction”. Certainly the written word is a key ingredient, but Steampunk is showing signs of becoming a multicultural/multidimensional fandom. What’s unique about it is that it has drawn from sub-cultures ranging  from Burners, to history buffs, to costume enthusiasts, to makers & tinkerers, and beyond. This diversity has contributed to making Steampunk something greater than the sum total of its parts. Panelists from various backgrounds come together to describe how and why Steampunk captured their Imaginations and drew them in from other sub-cultures.

Participants: Pop Haydn, DJ Wolfie, Sheyne Fleischer, Baron Andrew Von Fogel and Muffy Morrigan. Moderated by Veronique Chevalier.

3pm (Room 301B): ORGANIZING  YOUR GEEK CULTURE

*Gamers? Cosplayers? Steampunks? Geek Girls? Countless geek communities have formed online around specific areas of geekdom and many have stepped offline to create local geektastic parties and events. Come hear from a few of the experts and let’s discuss how to organize events, parties and online activities to create and develop our geek community. Join panelists Chrissy Lynn (Nerdy-Girlz), Dina Kampmeyer (The League of Extraordinary Ladies), Glenn Freund (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Michelle Nguyen (Bubble Punch), Sheyne Fleischer (Gothic Lolita parties and events) and Yume Ninja-Sovereign (Bubble Punch).

5pm (Comikaze Expo Main Stage): COSPLAY CONTEST

*Hosted by Kit Quinn and Tallest Silver. Our judges are Marisha Ray, Mike Schiffbauer, Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad, Christine Salazar and our very own Steampunk Sirens Dawn Banks and Sheyne Fleischer.  (By own Steampunk X-Men group will be participating in the Group Entry portion)

 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

10am (Room 303AB): STEAMPUNK 201: HOW TO BUILD A STEAMPUNK COSTUME FROM HEAD TO TOE

*Join us for a lively discussion with distinguished members of the Los Angeles steampunk community as we talk about the specifics of how to build a steampunk costume. We’ll be continuing the discussion from last year’s steampunk fashion panel and going more into the how-to of creating or modifying clothing and props to create a specific character. Come ready to learn and to ask questions of Donna Ricci of Clockwork Couture, the League of S.T.E.A.M. members Robin Blackburn, Sheyne Fleischer, Andrew Fogel and Glenn Freund and moderator Dina “Lady Steam” Kampmeyer.

 Noon (Room 306AB): STEAMPUNK “SUPER” CULTURE: SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN VARIOUS SUB-CULTURES & FANDOMS

*Steampunk began as a literary movement often described as “Victorian Science Fiction”. Certainly the written word is a key ingredient, but Steampunk is showing signs of becoming a multicultural/multidimensional fandom. What’s unique about it is that it has drawn from sub-cultures ranging  from Burners, to history buffs, to costume enthusiasts, to makers & tinkerers, and beyond. This diversity has contributed to making Steampunk something greater than the sum total of its parts. Panelists from various backgrounds come together to describe how and why Steampunk captured their Imaginations and drew them in from other sub-cultures.

Participants: Brian Kesinger, M. Incroyable, Sean McCaffrey, Donna Ricci and Shurie Southcott. Moderated by Veronique Chevalier.

 Full Schedule at:  http://comikazeexpo.com/panels-and-programing/

Steampunk Fashion: We Love Fine Steampunk Tees

Today is my first fashion blog and we’ll start with a simple piece of fashion, the t-shirt. There is so much great steampunk art out there, so why not wear it on your chest? We Love Fine Tees has a really fantastic selection of steampunk shirts available and they seem to be adding more all of the time. A lot of the designs are from the incredibly talented Brian Kesinger and they have several of his Tea Girls available and also a couple of steampunk Transformers! They also have a lot of pop culture designs featuring things like steampunk R2D2/C2PO, Hello Kitty and even My Little Ponies. Unfortunately, they do not have fitted ladies tees available yet, but their tees are very soft and fit nicely. Until they start carrying them, you can pair them with a skirt and a sweater and it’ll be adorable for the ladies. I’ve posted a few of my favorite designs here and a link to the steampunk section of the site. Enjoy!

http://www.welovefine.com/131-steampunk

Steampunk at Comic-Con International 2012

Thursday, July 12

*10:00am-11:00am The Witty Women of Steampunk— The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals and bosoms. When you add a bit of sci-fi to the mix, however, those corset laces begin to loosen. The steampunk genre has allowed a new wave of female creators and personalities to explore how liberating, sexy, and adventurous the age of steam can be. Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate Series), Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), Robin Thorsen (The Guild), and moderator Dina “Lady Steam” Kampmeyer (Steampunk LA) discuss literature, fashion, romance, adventure, and more. Room 5AB

Friday, July 13

*6:30pm-7:30pm Arcana Comics— Get a sneak peek of The Clockwork Girl, featuring the voice talents of Jesse McCartney, Alexa Vega, Carrie Anne Moss and others, and Arcana’s new imprint, Steampunk Originals, featuring the most unique steampunk tales around, Arcana is set to explode into the steampunk world. Find out about other special projects, including a new line of books with the one and only Gene Simmons, featuring the return of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons’ House of Horror. Learn more about the ArcanaBenderspink line, being developed with the production company behind The Hangover and The Butterfly Effect. Sneak peeks, special guests, and free comics and posters-don’t miss out! Room 26AB

*8:00pm-12am:  Chrononaut Presents: The 2nd League of Temporal Adventurers Society Gala
On the auspicious date of Friday July 13th from eight in the evening until midnight. The evening features the extraordinary Victorian synthpunk of Unextraordinary Gentlemen, and sad (but beautiful!) songs played on a toy piano, sung by Miss Eliza Rickman. Professor J. S. Greyshade will return to the stage and gramophone as MC and DJ. Inclusive of ones ticket are admission to Steampunk the Exhibit, the museum’s exceptional display of conveyances, gadgets and gizmos, delectable light fare and non-intoxicating beverages. For those wishing to imbibe, exceptional ales and the finest wines known to humanity will be available for purchase.

All ages welcome at the San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan America Plaza, Balboa Park
$15 in advance/$20 at the door – tickets available at http://sdautomuseum.org/

 Saturday, July 14

*12:00pm-1:00pm: Annual Steampunk Meetup

You’ll find the group outside of the convention center on the Mezzanine level on the Harbor Side of the convention center. (You need to take an escalator up to the second floor, then cross to the escalators to the mezzanine level. Once there, you can just exit the bayside doors and look for the steampunks.)

 *1:00pm-1:30pm: Annual Starburner Galactic Courier Awards
Take this opportunity to be a part of one of Steampunk’s biggest gatherings. Join us for the annual Starburner Galactic Courier Service Awards at Comic Con International. This annual awards ceremony honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the steampunk community.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/235175708151/?ref=notif&notif_t=group_r2j#!/events/255592841207462/

 *1:30pm-2:30pm Spotlight on Gail Carriger— New York Times bestselling author-and Comic-Con special guest-Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate Series) and her literary agent Kristin Nelson (president and senior literary agent at Nelson Literary Agency) discuss breaking into publishing, converting a novel into a manga, writing steampunk, drinking tea, and the importance of octopuses. Followed by Q&A. Silly questions welcome. Room 5AB

 Sunday, July 15

*3:00-4:00 Steampunk Attire: From Handmade to Purchased and Everything in Between— Robin Blackburn (League of Steam), Alexis Harlan (Retroscope Fashions), Cat Frazier (costumer), Amy McCain (thrift store afficionado), and Randy Burks (hunter) discuss costuming for steampunk, with hints on patterns for sewing your own, websites for purchasing pieces or whole costumes, stores for off the shelf and thift store finds. Moderated by Thomas Oliver. Room 24ABC

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