The convention will return in a somewhat reduced form, but attendees will still have plenty to keep themselves busy, including panels, workshops, social activities, live music performances, multiple costume contests, and more.
Attendees can look forward to an extensive program of presentations covering all aspects of geek culture, including steampunk. If you can’t make it to Atlanta, this year’s convention will offer multiple tracks of virtual programming.
As the COVID-19 Delta variant causes a surge in outbreaks, several large fan conventions, including TeslaCon and Dragon Con, have announced stricter health policies that will require all or most attendees to show proof of vaccination.
Fans can vote for their favorite works in 15 categories covering novels, comics, TV series, movies, and games. Two categories will be of particular interest to steampunk fans. You can register to vote even if you’re not attending Dragon Con.
The organizers will also reduce room capacities, eliminate onsite membership sales, and limit the audience for the Dragon Con Parade. They expect attendance to be half that of earlier conventions. But they’re also offering streaming memberships.
Marquis of Vaudeville, Valentine Wolfe, Jess-O-Lantern, and The Cybertronic Spree will take the stage at the geek culture event. The organizers expect a lower turnout this year and will have online programming to accompany the in-person convention.
Organizers plan multiple channels of streaming content, including music, panels, and more
Dragon Con is happening online, and steampunk fans will find lots of programming for their entertainment and edification. The schedule includes musical performances as well as steampunk-themed panels and workshops. Content will stream for free.
The online version of Dragon Con will have three channels of programming. One will include the Alternate History Track, which is home to most of the convention’s steampunk activities.
Dragon Con organizers cancelled this year’s event, but are planning a free virtual happening in its place. “Trust us, we are just as bummed as you are, but know we did not make this decision lightly,” they stated.
The King’s Regret, a steampunk novel by Philip Ligon, is a finalist for the 2019 Dragon Award in the “Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel” category.
Most of the steampunk action happens in the Alternate History Track, where activities will include an Alternate History Museum, a “Lords & Ladies Coiffure Contest,” Splendid Teapot Racing, and “Mechanical Masquerade.”