So, Hubby, the kids, and I attended the inaugural year of Steamcon 2009 which was held October 23-25 at the Seattle Airport Marriott.
For a first-year convention, there were certainly a few hiccups, but most of those were a product of the small venue combined with unexpectedly large turnout. When planning a 1st-year event, the only numbers you can rely on are numbers for similar events, in this case, a normal first-year estimate would be in the neighborhood of 400 attendees. Over 1300 attended, and that is not including the number of people who showed up but were unable to get one of the extremely limited number of available day-passes.
Day-pass hopefuls roped a line around a large area of the atrium pool and waited hours for the chance at receiving a badge that would allow them to attend panels, workshops and gaming tables. I suspect many without badges wandered the halls anyway and just soaked up the general atmosphere. Can I even over-emphasize how important it was to pre-register?
Final reminder to self: Don’t forget to pre-register for next year at the earliest opportunity. Even with the convention organizers new hunt to locate a larger venue suitable for next year’s convention, it will likely continue to grow in size, so early registration will be vital!
Now, with that out of the way, was it fun?
This was absolutely worth finding a way to squeeze the price of registration and the two separate ticketed events out of our rather tight 2009 budget. Admittedly, being able to get the room on bonus points helped out immensely.
So, hubby and I attended Steamcon as a sort of unplanned 18th anniversary gift to ourselves (though, what does it tell you that we both realized we had this anniversary coming up…. 2 days after it was past?).
Anyway, the kids were with us on Friday only as we got settled into our rooms (Grandma & Grandpa were working Friday, so we had a big family hotel adventure that day & evening), learned the layout of the hotel, checked out the vendor room, and bopped from panel to panel; generally getting a feel for the people and event as a whole. We dressed in steam for the entire event; shopping from our closets since our budget is closely controlled this year. An eclectic personal wardrobe made this less of a challenge for me than it might for others; vests, skirts, ruffled shirts, even a long cavalry-style coat made the trip to Seattle – just in case.
We were also able to spend time with friends we had not seen for years – a wonderful added bonus.
Highlights of the weekend: Chatting with author Tim Powers while waiting in line at the coffee shop, watching my daughters get dragged onstage by Abney Park lead-singer ‘Captain Roberts’ with the sweeping phrase “Check out the awesome” in reference to their age and outfits, wearing feathered hats without feeling even a wink self-conscious, and of course, just wandering around among all of the amazing and creative people.
(Abney Park‘s Dread Captain Roberts…pardon the blurry focus, it was dark & a bit of a distance shot)
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the one thing most Steampunks have in common is a do-it-yourself attitude that takes many forms but which also tends to cross-over with a Victorian aesthetic. So, these are not cheap Halloween costumes people are wearing; they are truly one-of-a-kind fashion statements.
So, without further ado, just a few of the fabulous and fun people – and outfits – from Steamcon 2009:
(These ladies were so hot; it completely put to lie the idea many modern fashion designers have that you must be a skinny stick-figure to make clothing look good and that curvy women aren’t a worthwhile designer type. I posit that it’s the impeccable tailoring and fit to an individual’s body-type that makes all of the difference…something that we are unfortunately lacking in today’s ready-to-wear culture. Lazy fashion designers who can’t fit a gal with curves are also a bit of a personal peeve. Could you tell?)
(Check out those Fleuvogs!)
These are actually Born’s – here’s a detail:
And a close-up of those spats:
There were simply too many amazing outfits and people to show you in a single article. But, if you are interested in seeing more from me or others – particularly if you love boots and spats, I am posting all of my photos in an album on Shoeblog’s Facebook page for your enjoyment.