Shop For Your Favorite Geek at the 4th Annual LXL Craftacularstravaganza

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You’re invited to join the League of Extraordinary Ladies and a talented group of L.A.’s best geeky artists and creators at the 4th Annual Craftacularstravaganza on Saturday, December 6th, 2014, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Clockwork Couture in Burbank, CA!

This event has become a L.A. favorite and will feature a wide-variety of jewelry, clothing, pillows, bags, art, comics, soaps, food, and plenty of other items all handmade by local artisans. Eighteen vendors will be showing their wares for shoppers of all age to enjoy (Please see below for a full list of the vendors)

THE DETAILS:

WHAT: 4th Annual Craftacularstravaganza
WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Clockwork Couture
707 South Main Street
Burbank, CA 91506
www.clockworkcouture.com

VENDORS:

  • Lady Steam Designs
  • Geek Fashion Week
  • Marvelously Macabre by Chrissy Lynn
  • Art du Luna
  • Art On Its Side
  • Cobalt & Copper
  • Domestic Goddess Enterprises
  • Fanboy Comics
  • The Handmade Tales
  • Katsy Chappell & Teresa Bruner
  • keep calm KERI on
  • Lady Bird’s Hatberdashery
  • Lil Rae Cakes
  • Lily Absinthe Corsetry
  • Mombie Zombie
  • Rachel & Orion
  • uGeek
  • Whovian Geek

Please remember to bring cash and reusable bags on the day of the event.
Some vendors will be able to accept credit cards, but cash is always best!

 

Please contact Dina Kampmeyer at ladysteam@thelxl.com for more information.

End of Summer Singles Mixer

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Let’s celebrate an end to the summer heat by drinking some craft beer and playing some old-school 80s arcade games. We’ll be meeting up at Angel City Brewing from 5-7 on Sat, September 6th. After we’re done enjoying some brews (and meeting some new single geeks), we’ll head next store to Little Tokyo’s newest geek hot-spot, EightyTwo for games (and more booze if you so desire). Please RSVP with your gender and age to SingleGeeksinLA@gmail.com. Thank you and hope to see you there!

 

If you can’t join us this time around, make sure to Like our Facebook page for notifications regarding upcoming events!

https://www.facebook.com/singlegeeksinla

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