Tuesday, April 24, 2012

steampunk empire symposium

As some of you may have noticed, I've been completing many small projects rather recently.  Why the sudden neo-Victorian accessory rush? 

That is because I will experience my first steampunk convention in a few days' time.

Several of us members of the Steel City Steam Society will be attending the Steampunk Empire Symposium in Cincinnati, OH this weekend.  This particular event was chosen by yours truly more so for its close proximity to the city of my habitation, although it is also wonderful to know that I will know several of the other attendees ahead of time.

The Steampunk Empire Symposium will take place at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center from April 27 to April 29.  With steampunk merchants, special guests, musical performances, independent films, panels on steampunk and Victorian sci-fi issues and interests, as well as games, prizes, and even Children-geared programs, there's plenty for 19th century nerds of all ages to appreciate.

Special guests include Lord Bobbins of TeslaCon, steampunk author Emilie P. Bush, Steampunk Boba Fett, and musicians such as Veronique Chevalier and This Way to the Egress.  

Workshops, panels, and presentations on bartitsu, sword-cane handling, calling card etiquette, neo-Victorian men fashion tips, theology in steampunk literature, steampunk dance, prop making, history of 19th century science fictionand space travel ideas, and Victorian fan language will be available to all.

There will also be a masque at midnight, Sunday, April 29 for attendees.  And for registered "airships (i.e. steampunk groups who will be attending together) there are the Symposium Games in which to participate.  These competitive "Games" against other airships include the strenuous steampunk sports of umbrella dueling, tea dueling, formidable mustaches, tiddly winks, verbal dueling, and airship races.  I'm signed up for croquet and tea dueling myself- more information on the latter in tomorrow's post.

Check out the rest of the goodness in the Symposium's program by clicking on this link.

It sounds like a very educational and inspiring weekend for a novice convention goer like myself.  I am so stoked! Will anyone else here on Blogger be attending?


  1. How did I not know about this? I live in Cincinnati. Oh well, it's kind of expensive anyway. Sounds fun though, hope you have a nice time :)

  2. @ Claire- You should come out anyway!They have day passes for only $20!

    If you do come, I hope to see you there.