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Phoenix Comicon 2013: Building up steam

Posted by on May 1, 2013 – 5:59 pm

2013 Phoenix ComiconThe 2013 Phoenix Comicon is building up a head of steam and is going to be here before we know it (May 23 – 26 to be precise.) And by “steam” we mean that the local Steampunk community is going to have a bigger presence than ever at this year’s con.

What started a few years ago as just a small handful of Victorian-fantasy enthusiasts has now grown into a fledgling community of genre filmmakers, authors, musicians, artists, costume designers and cosplayers who have carved out a large piece of the comicon’s event pie – sliced with a 19th century electrolaser-pistol, of course.

You can peruse the entire gambit of Comicon Steampunk events at the Phoenix Comicon’s Steampunk Programming page, and this year’s schedule includes an appearance by the alluring Steampunk author, Cherie Priest (Boneshaker), and a panel of creators and actors from Arizona’s own Steampunk web-series, Mantecoza.

Want to get involved in the Comicon’s Steampunk shenanigans? Here are a few of the locally sponsored events that you can sign-up to actively participate in.

Steampunk Science ExpositionSteampunk Science Fair
If you’ve designed and built the ultimate steam-powered mouse trap and you’ve just been waiting for the right place and time to unveil your incredible creation, then the Steampunk Science Fair is for you. This event will showcase Steampunk themed scientific contraptions at their daily “Exposition” from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 – 26. The show is sponsored by Infinite Spectrum Productions and Pop Goes the Classroom and you can register to show your invention by emailing: spsf@phoenixcomicon.com. Read the Steampunk Science Fair guidelines for participation HERE.

Steampunk Fashion Show
Have you got your Steampunk costume together and need an opportunity to strut your Victorian-fantasy stuff in front of a legion of adoring fans? The Steampunk Fashion Show is happening Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. and you can sign-up HERE. Both gentlemen & ladies are welcome to participate and you don’t have to be a professional model – just have Steampunk style and a proclivity for performing.

Steampunk Make & Take Workshops
Not quite ready for the Steampunk Fashion Show? No problem, the Arizona Steampunk Society is sponsoring several “Make & Take” workshops where you can begin to piece together your outfit and your Steampunk persona. (Details from the Phoenix Comicon website.)

Steampunk Goggles Make & Take Workshop
Friday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Location: 226
Have fun constructing your own laser-cut leather Steampunk Goggles! These wonderful steampunk accessories will be ready to wear. Limit 50. Cost $20. Email: steampunk.hellokitty@gmail.com for sign-up and to receive the payment link.

Steampunk Goggles for Kids, Make & Take Workshop
Sunday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Location: 226
Make & Take your own pair of kids Steampunk goggles. These fun goggles are made from inexpensive materials. Cost of this workshop is $5. Email steampunk.hellokitty@gmail.com for sign-up and payment link.

Steampunk Fascinators Make & Take Workshop
Friday: 6:00pm – 7:00pm / Location: 227AB
Create a lovely hair accessory to add to your Steampunk collection. Fascinators were popular hair pins worn in the Victorian era. Everything will be provided. Class limit 20. Cost: $15. Email: Talamaasca@gmail.com to sign-up and to get a payment link.

Steampunk Pocketwatch Chains Make & Take Workshop
Friday: 7:30pm – 8:30pm / Location: 227AB
Express yourself and stand out from the crowd! Our talented artist will walk you through creating a unique decorated pocket watch chain of your very own. Cost is $15. Limit 40. Email: Susan@rocinante.com to sign-up and get a payment link.

Arizona Steampunk SocietyMake & Take Workshop: Steampunk Pouch
Saturday: 10:30am – 11:30am / Location: 226
Create your own leather pouch. Instructions on how to hand dye, hand sew, and add your own personal touch. All materials provided. Email steampunk.hellokitty@gmail.com for sign-up and payment link. Cost $20. Class limit 20.

Steampunk Costuming
Thursday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Location: 231
Ever thought of creating your own Steampunk costume but didn’t know what to do? Our panel is here to help! With years of experience creating their own outfits, they are here to help you with questions & tips that can make your gear look amazing!

Steampunk Character Creation Workshop
Sunday: 3:00pm – 4:00pm / Location: 225
Create your perfect Steampunk persona! We will discuss character development, Steampunk names, and discuss costume design. Worksheets and a reference packet included. Cost $5. Limit 40. Email DGWWWC2@gmail.com to sign-up and get a payment link.

Steampunk Ball Presented By Easley’s Fun Shop
Not into walking the fashion catwalk, but still want to make the Steampunk scene? Plan to attend the Steampunk Ball, sponsored by Easley’s Fun Shop. This “steamy” affair takes place on Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel’s Pueblo room. It promises to be an evening of, “aviators and aristocrats, mechanics and militants, pirates and pilots.” Here’s betting there will be plenty of corsets and chicanery as well.

Event times and dates are subject to change, so please follow the official Phoenix Comicon website for the latest information on all of their panels and events. And stay tuned to NERDVANA for all of our 2013 con coverage.