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Steamcon: The first steamposium in the Pacific Northwest

Updated on February 14, 2013

A gathering of steamfolk

Steamcon, the first steamposium in the Pacific Northwest was be held in Seattle, October 23-25, 2009 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. It was a great weekend filled with art, music, talks, demonstrations, camaraderie and much more.

Author Guest of Honor: Tim Powers

Secret Historian

One of the fathers of steampunk, the esteemed Tim Powers author of "The Anubis Gates" joined us for a fun weekend of banter and readings. Tim has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his novels "Last Call" and "Declare". Tim refers to his work as "secret histories", researches historical facts to use as a basis and then uses supernatural forces to explain the events.

"I made it an ironclad rule that I could not change or disregard any of the recorded facts, nor rearrange any days of the calendar - and then I tried to figure out what momentous but unrecorded fact could explain them all."

-Timothy Thomas Powers

Artist Guest of Honor: Paul Guinan

Victorian Robot Authority

Paul is a Chicago-born multimedia artist whose eclectic career includes stints as a storyboard artist, cinematographer, ad-agency illustrator, kinetic sculptor, mural painter, production designer, radio DJ, model maker, silkscreener, and even wax-figure restorer for a Ripley’s Museum.

An architecture and history buff, Paul prides himself on being one of the few illustrators in comics who does research and renders fully realized backgrounds. He feels that environments are just as important as characters in visual storytelling: "For me, the way somebody decorates their living space says as much about their personality as any actions or dialogue could say." As if to drive home his point, Paul crammed Chronos full of detailed depictions of apartments, museums, warehouses, and the obligatory prehistoric swamp. He drew authentic renditions of Renaissance Italy, the Old West, and a mysterious city called Chronopolis. He then upped his own ante on the graphic novel Boilerplate, obssessing on time as well as place. He aimed to produce the most historically accurate depiction of late-nineteenth-century settings ever seen in comics. He considers this unpublished work to be among his best in comics.

Musical Guests: Abney Park

Airship pirates

They're the only airship pirates and they docked at Steamcon to perform for us. Just keep your purses close at hand... to buy their CDs and t-shirts.

Abney Park comes from an era that never was, but one that we wish had been. An era where airships waged war in the skies, and corsets and cummerbunds were proper adventuring attire. They've picked up their bad musical habits, scoundrelous musicians, and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras that they have visited in their travels and thrown them into one riotous dervish of a performance. Expect clockwork guitars, belly dancers, flintlock bassists, Middle Eastern percussion, violent violin, and Tesla powered keyboards blazing in a post- apocalyptic, swashbuckling, Steampunk musical mayhem.

You can find out more about this amazing band here: http://www.abneypark.com/

Abney Park's Music

Events at Steamcon!

  • A Vendor's Bazaar packed with exotic wares
  • An Art Exhibition showcasing the finest steampunk art and gadgets
  • The Perpetual Teatime and Hospitality suite
  • The Magic Lantern Theater
  • Talks and discussions on all matters steampunk
  • Gun modification demonstrations
  • Lessons in etiquette
  • Steam technology presentations
  • Games and diversions of a role playing nature
  • A dizzying array of cabaret acts presented by the esteemed Mr. Bodewell
  • And much more to be announced

    Including several limited capacity events like our

  • High Tea and Fashion Show
  • and a special concert featuring Unwoman, Vernian Process and Abney Park!!!

Our hotel, the Seattle Airport Marriott is gorgeous!

Our hotel, the Seattle Airport Marriott is gorgeous!
Our hotel, the Seattle Airport Marriott is gorgeous!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Sounds like a good time. Great lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I can't WAIT for SteamCon. This is going to be so much fun. I was at another con at this hotel earlier this year and can attest to it's beautiful spaces.