Lots of major celebrities, but the main draws for us were the indie artists and cosplayers
One of the big draws of a pop culture convention is the chance to see TV and movie stars. Fan Expo San Francisco had plenty of those, but we were more interested in meeting independent artists and cosplayers, steampunk and otherwise.
19th century figures real and fictional gather for an immersive event near San Francisco
Once again, the South Hall of Cow Palace near San Francisco has been transformed into a re-creation of Victorian-era London as the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party takes place each weekend through Dec. 17.
Leonardo da Vinci paid a visit to the Sacramento Steampunk Society’s annual formal dinner
The Sacramento Steampunk Society held its annual Top Brass formal dinner on Saturday, Nov. 11, this time with a trip to Italy. Given the theme, it was no surprise that one of the guests was Leonardo da Vinci.
Steampunk and goth cultures intermix at the semi-annual gathering in North Yorkshire
Twice a year, Whitby Goth Weekend draws crowds of the darkly inclined to the North Yorkshire seaside town known for its association with Dracula. With all the crossover between goth and steampunk, lots of steampunk fans also attend.
An open-air museum in Luxembourg offered the perfect backdrop for steampunk cosplay
Minett Park Fond-de-Gras in Pétange, Luxembourg once again hosted Anno 1900, a steampunk festival noted for its historic setting and spectacular costumes. And once again, photographer Dominique Linel was there.
Steampunk cosplayers converge at an open-air transportation museum in the U.K.
Crich Tramway Village, an open-air museum in Derbyshire, U.K., would appear to be the perfect location for a steampunk event, and sure enough, it hosts a steampunk weekend each September with entertainment, tea dueling, traders, and more.
This year’s gathering broke attendance records, according to the local visitor’s bureau
The Big River Steampunk Festival took place over Labor Day weekend in Hannibal, Missouri, and our correspondent described it as one of the best yet. It was likely the biggest ever, as the local visitor's bureau pegged total attendance at 21,500.
Cosplay, Nerf dueling, and more at the free “Steampunk Happening” in Illinois
Steampunk fans in the Midwest braved 90-degree temperatures as Cogs & Corsets: A Steampunk Happening, took place June 2-4 in Bloomington, Illinois. Fortunately, many activities were held in the air-conditioned Bloomington Center for Performing Arts.
Cosplayers and artists at the large anime convention run “by fans, for fans”
You had to wonder what folks in downtown San Jose were thinking over Memorial Day weekend as groups of colorful sci-fi and fantasy characters streamed to the convention center. It was time for FanimeCon, the region’s largest anime gathering.
Cosplay, tea dueling, dancing, and more at the steampunk festival in Quincy, Illinois
The second annual Big River Time Travelers Convention took place May 19-21 in Quincy, Illinois, and once again our Midwest correspondent was there to take photos and file a report.