Steampunks to Gather at WhimsyCon

The Denver area’s steampunk and costuming convention returns for its third year of geekery

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Costumes at WhimsyCon
Costumes at WhimsyCon in 2019. Photos courtesy of WhimsyCon.

Creature fabrication artist Kristin Dalleske and singer-songwriter Unwoman are among the guests set for WhimsyCon, a steampunk and costuming convention scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 in Aurora, Colorado, near Denver. Also appearing will be author guest of honor Maxwell Alexander Drake and artist guest of honor Peri Charlifu. This will be the third year for the event.

The program includes author readings, film screenings, gaming, teapot racing, an art show, a facial hair competition, and workshops on many aspects of costume and prop design. Panels will cover a multitude of topics for steampunks and other geeks, including history, science, writing, music, and social issues such as multiculturism. The programming schedule is already posted on the website.

Teapot Racing
Splendid Teapot Racing at WhimsyCon in 2019. Photos courtesy of WhimsyCon.

Dalleske is a freelance artist who specializes in creature and puppet fabrication as well as costume design. Her short film, The Promise, was the grand prize winner in the Dark Crystal Fan Film Competition sponsored by The Jim Henson Company. Her work has also been seen in dance and theater productions.

Drake is the author of The Genesis of Oblivion Saga, a popular fantasy series. He was also a writer and consultant for Sony’s EverQuest Next online game. He has sold two movie scripts that are under development.

Charlifu is founder of the Arts and Artisans of Colorado guild. His work consists mostly of porcelain and white stoneware.

Unwoman probably needs no introduction as she frequently appears at steampunk events. The singer/songwriter/cellist will perform on all three days of the convention. She will also host a demo of her on-stage looping techniques and a Q&A session in which she discusses her work.

The special guests will participate in a VIP Speed Chatting session on Friday night in which they visit fan tables.

It all happens at the Radisson Denver-Aurora, 3155 South Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014.

Full weekend passes cost $35 and can be purchased online. Day passes will be sold onsite: $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday.

WhimsyCon is presented by Shiny Garden, a non-profit that also produces HexaCon, an annual gaming convention in Denver. See the website and Facebook page for more info.

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