|Even the Fair Patrons Brought Real Ingenuity to the Event This Year!|
|This Steampunk Patron is armed with a Starburner Standard model 42, "Enforcer." created by Kim Hutsell|
|Hard working "Vamps" at the Biting Booth!!! (No flash used because... well you know!)|
|The Spanking Booth!!!|
|Psyche Chimere of Psyche Corporation dancing at the Goblin Market|
I also was able to hear, meet, and interview The Clockwork Dolls, Platform One, Strange Artifact, and Frenchy and the Punk, so I am working putting together those interviews as separate articles, but that will link back to the series on the SPWF 2012. Some of the other bands I was privileged to hear perform included the Hellblinki Sextet, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, This Way to the Egress, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Victor Sierra , Voltaire, Psyche Corporation, Eli August, and Igor’s Egg, but there were many more besides. There was simply not enough time to see and hear, much less interview them all. I was also spending some quiet time just talking with my friends in Victor Sierra and Psyche Corporation, so I will share some of that (with their permission of course) at a later date as well.
|Strange Artifact's Mary and Yuki with Kraky and Adm. Ramon at the Midway|
Other aspects unique to this event included “Vendors Row” where an entire hallway of the hotel was dedicated to vendors selling a great variety of wares and supplies to make steam punk items, directly out of their hotel rooms converted into a long row of boutiques. There were also more typical vending areas, but there were so many small to mid sized vending rooms that I had trouble even locating all of them, much less seeing everything they had to offer. As a writer, the most interesting for me was actually meeting the staff of Steampunk Magazine, who are now accepting submissions again and moving back into full production, but I was also able to meet writers, as well as craftsmen, vendors, and artists, from all walks and genres and spend as much time as I wished truly learning about them and their favorite forms of art.
|Not only is Heather Hutsell a Steampunk author, but she makes lovely garments from recycled parachutes!|
The highlight of the event was probably the performance by Voltairre Saturday night! He was funny, dark, twisted, and incredibly entertaining. In short, I found Voltairre to be all he was reputed to be and incredibly fun! In fact, the band opening right before him, this way to the Egress, was pretty fun as well. If you were in a bad mood for any reason on the way in, it was almost impossible to stay that way around so many people having so much fun, simply blowing off steam, stress, and anything other remaining inside them leaving only a sense of pure fun!
|Aelus Kristof von Stadberg guitarist of the Extraordinary Contraptions|
|Hatton Cross Steampunk's David Lee|