The League of Extraordinary Ladies Invade WonderCon Anaheim!


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!



3rd Annual LxL WonderCon Happy Hour

Hilton Anaheim, Mix Restaurant and Lounge

Friday: 6:00pm – ?


Single Geeks Mixer/Happy Hour

Saturday: 7:00pm

*Hosted by Dina Kampmeyer*



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*



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  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:

SG:LA (Single Geeks in L.A.): on Twitter @singlegeeksinla

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

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!

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.


6)      They have awesome gadgets that totally work.

7)      Their vampires don’t sparkle.

8)      They have their own interactive fan-club.

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).

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

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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.)

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

PANEL: Steampunk 101

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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

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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

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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

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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!



*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.


*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)



*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.


*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:

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!

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

 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.!/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

Steampunk 101

Following up a successful panel at WonderCon, I thought I would do a quick write-up of what Steampunk is and provide some resources for those of you looking to get more involved.

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Steampunk isn’t always easy to define, but here’s a few things that might be helpful to know:

-Steampunk does not mean just painting something brown and gluing some gears on it as hilariously sung in this video.

-Steampunk can be defined several ways, but I think the perfect catch-all description is “Victorian-era science fiction.”

*Just to help clarify, the Victorian-era time is the period spanning the reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities, creativity and scientific and technological innovation. Many Steampunks have chosen to extend their interests beyond England (particularly to the American Old West), so we use the term Victorian-era vs. just Victorian to cover this.

To get into more detail, here are a few more detailed definitions of steampunk:

1) Steampunk is science fiction written during the Victorian era. Some well-known examples include HG Wells’ The Time Machine, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Robert L. Stevenson’s the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
2) Steampunk is a subgenre of modern science fiction often set during the Victorian time period and which usually features steam-powered, mechanized machinery rather than electronic technology.
3) Steampunk is speculative fiction that envisions an alternate Earth where we now use Victorian steam-powered technology.
4) Steampunk is an aesthetic often characterized by materials like copper, leather, gears and clockwork.


Steampunk first began to take form in the 1980s literature scene. KW Jeter (who first coined the term steampunk), James P. Blaylock, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Tim Powers were all large players in the field.

Today, there are countless steampunk book series out there and several anthologies of short stories have also been published. Even the comics and graphic novel publishers have gotten into the game since the aesthetics of steampunk lend themselves so very well to the visual artform of the media.

There are too many authors to individually list here, but if you do a search on Amazon for steampunk or use this Wikipedia link, you’ll find many titles that you can and should read.


I think many people are first exposed to steampunk through fashion. If you attend conventions, you’ll often see countless cosplayers dapperly dressed and strolling the exhibit halls. Booths selling hats, corsets, accessories and more have popped up at most conventions I’ve been too and several big-name websites now exist to cater to the steampunk crowd. The steampunk aesthetic has become so popular, you can even see it on the runways in New York, Paris and Milan. If you’re just starting out, it might be useful to get a basic idea of what people wore during the Victorian-era. Here is a very helpful timeline of women’s silhouettes during this time.

As you can see, styles changed drastically during those 65-years, so you can have plenty of options to choose from. Gentlemen’s styles didn’t change quite as much, but a quick google search will show you all sorts of styles of hats, cravats, vests and facial hair. These are all good ways to reflect your personal style.

Here are just a few of my favorite steampunk fashion sites, including a shameless plug for my own Etsy shop. On that note, there are countless small artisans selling steampunk items on both and, so please support them whenever you can:

Clockwork Couture:
Gentleman’s Emporium:
Damsel in this Dress:
LadySteam Designs:


Baron Andrew VonFogel of the League of S.T.E.A.M. very kindly put together a very nice list of TV shows, movies, short films and video games that all have some important steampunk elements to them. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a place to get started if you want to start consuming all of the fun steampunk entertainment content out there.

Movies, TV, Video Games and webseries:

-20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Film, 1954)
-Around the World in 80 Days (Film, 2004)
-Around the World in 80 Days (Film, 1956)
-Back to the Future Part III (Film, 1990)
-Castle in the Sky (Film, 1986)
-City of Lost Children / La cité des enfants perdus (Film, 1995)
-Cowboys & Aliens (Film, 2011)
-Howl’s Moving Castle (Film, 2004)
-Hugo (Film, 2011)
-Jonah Hex (Film, 2010)
-Journey to the Center of the Earth (Film, 1959)
-Sherlock Holmes (Film, 2009 & 2011)
-Steamboy (Film, 2004)
-The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Film, 2003)
-The Prestige (Film, 2006)
-The Time Machine (Film, 1960)
-The Time Machine (Film, 2002)
-Wild Wild West (Film, 1999)
-The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV, 1993-1994)
-The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (TV, 2000)
-The Wild Wild West (TV, 1965-1969)
-A Gentlemen’s Duel (Short, 2006)
-A Trip to the Moon (Short, 1902)
-The Amazing Screw-On Head (Short, 2006)
-The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (Short, 2005)
-Bioshock: Infinite (VG, 2012)
-Myst series (VG, 1993-2005)
-The League of S.T.E.A.M. (Webseries, 2010)

Music Videos:

-Alkaline Trio “Help Me” (2008)
-David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj “Turn Me On” (2012)
-Justin Bieber “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (2011)
-Panic! at the Disco “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” (2011)
-The Smashing Pumpkins Tonight, Tonight (1996)

There is also a thriving community of steampunk live performers such as Abney Park, Vernian Process, Veronique Chevalier, Unwoman, Steampowered Giraffe, Jon Magnificent, the League of S.T.E.A.M and much, much more. If you ever get a chance to see any of their live shows, please check them out.

Art, Technology and the Builder Community:

Having no technical skills myself, I am always amazed by the incredible work put out by steampunk artists and builders. The creations they come up with are breathtaking and I so admire those who can create such magic with their hands. Do a google search for steampunk gadgets, art or creations and you will see countless examples of these works. There are a few books out there as well that are anthologies of art and creations, one that gives you a step-by-step guide to creating some of your own gadgets and one that covers the whole genre and more:

*Here’s a link to a great article from GD Falksen on steampunk*

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Well, I hope this information was helpful to some of you and will start you on the path of the Steampunk. For those of you in the Southern California area, please join the SoCal Steam group on yahoo. You’ll find listings for events in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles here.

For those of you living in LA and Orange County, please join The Manticore Society on Facebook. We organize quite a few events in the area and we’d love to see you soon.

Best of luck everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Holidays Indeed

I’ve had my Etsy shop up and running for a few years now, but never have I had so much attention as I’ve gotten in the last month or so. Thanks to so many generous friends and customers, I have sold more than a dozen items in the last few weeks. In fact, I’ve sold so much, I need to get some more product up! Thanks to the overwhelming demand for the TARDIS stockings I made, I have purchased more of the fabric and will have some non-holiday items up and ready for sale in January. I’ve also got some fun cuff and bracelet ideas too, so keep an eye out for new stuff soon. Happy holidays!


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