View from the Porch of the Kellogg House
It was picnic perfect.
Pickanick Basket Anyone?
Lots of friends were there, enjoying the programming and the shady elegance.
Pausing for a Brief Respite on the Kellogg House Porch
The Wild West Steam Fest added regularly scheduled gun fights (wonderfully played by the Guns and Garters Old West Reenactment group) that were sprinkled throughout the day.
Look What You Done!
What’s that you say? Were there shenanigans? Really, do you even need to ask?
Which One is the Sidekick?
Masks by the Brass Wardrobe. Thanks to Bob Mogg for these comic pics of our masked heroes and for the cool panoramic view of the Kellogg House porch above. And speaking of Bob, also known as the Iron Tailor, he gave an incredibly educational bandolier workshop. It was really clear and informative. Even Sparky got to feeling like she might be able to tackle one of these projects.
The Iron Tailor Explains Bandoliers
The Star Wars Steampunk Universe was out in Force….ahaha. And Sparky won a patch by answering one of Dude Vader's trivia questions. It will straight onto her steampunk denim jacket.
Star Wars Steampunk Universe
Deus Ex Vapore Machina was there playing sets in the gazebo throughout the day, so we stopped by several times in between shopping and panels to hear several songs.
Deus Ex Vapore Machina
And you know we can't resist a few pics of cool costumes we spotted.
New Costume Creativity
Because it was a one-day event, we had a short presentation schedule; we just did Drake & McTrowell’s Theatre of the Historically Improbable™. Thanks to Debra Brunner for being such a good sport and participating in both the skit and the sock-puppet reading.
“Green Grass, Brown Well” and “The Evil Cheesemonger”
Like many steampunk conventions, this one had a costume contest. What was special about this one was the number of girls in amazing adventure costumes. Seriously, doesn’'t the one on the left look like a young Sparky McTrowell? But they all looked incredible and steampunky.
You’re Never Too Young to be a Steampunk Adventuress
Here’s hoping that the Heritage Museum saw the benefit of the event and lets Noelle do it again next year.
Who's Ready for Some Foolishness?
Festival of Fools Poster
We started the festivities by appearing on San Diego Living on the local CW station. We steampunked the hosts, Lynda Martin and Clint August.
San Diego Living
Drake pitched in by creating the brochure and map.
Festival of Fools Brochure
We thought we were in 2016, but it’s possible we were in 1885.
Back to the Future
Because it was outdoors with lots of open space, we took the opportunity for some sporting and busking shenanigans. We broke out the croquet set.
Let the Wookie Win
Even Doc Phineas Paid our Pitch a Visit
We did lots of juggling; Drake even taught a few lessons. We spent so much time busking and performing that we didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures. We’re grateful to Bethany Jackson, Hybrid Realities Cosplay, Michael Watson, and Debbie Boyd for many of the following pictures.
And another in our continuing series, “Separated at Birth…”
Separated at Birth?
We ran not one, but two, full sessions of Drake & McTrowell's Hot Potato School of Writing™. The first one was on the main stage. Judging by the pics, it had more than even our usual level of shenanigans.
Hot Potato School of Writing™ on the Main Stage
The second session was in the more casual setting of the Dreadful Lounge.
Open Air Hot Potato School of Writing™
Of course, no convention would be complete without a little music and dancing, compliments of Frenchy & the Punk.
Frenchy & the Punk
Um, What’s Going on Here?
We hope to see you all there next year!
Until Next Year
Our Names in Lights…Sorta
We were traveling light, so we only did a couple of things. First, we participated in Joyce McCarthy's “Over 30 Cosplay” panel. A lot of our favorite “usual suspects” were there and we had a lively discussion.
Over 30 Cosplay Panel
We did another round of Drake & McTrowell’s Theatre of the Historically Improbable™. Even with a completely different company, it was completely wacky.
Don’t Try This at Home, Kiddies; We’re Rank Amateurs
(Carol Silver, thanks for taking these pictures!)
Okay, we did squeeze in a couple of other shenanigans. We hung with the Atlantean Foundation for quite a bit of the afternoon, complete with singing on the train because…Atlantean Foundation. It’s what they do. The other thing they do is set up an awesomely detailed encampment and bestow superbly gracious hospitality on their friends.
Attending Iron Horse, Atlantean-Style
And it seems like it’s been forever since we managed to catch one of Poplock Holmes’ shows. Sparky danced to her heart’s content, but skipped the "signing directly on the fans" fun at the end.
And it wouldn’t be one of our convention bloops without some nods to the costumes that really tickled our fancies.
It Wouldn’t Be Steampunk Without the Costumes
The Boys Take Old Tucson
We shared an author’s table with David Lee Summers again inside the vendor’s barn. We had a great spot right in-between the refreshment stand and the table for the band “The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing.” David S. was selling his hot-off-the-press book “Brazen Shark,” which is the third in his steampunk series. You should definitely check it out if you missed picking one up at WWWC. Special thanks to his wife, Kumie, and his daughter, Verity, for keeping the commerce in action while we scampered back and forth to panels.
It’s always fun to see our friends exercising their steampunk chops.
Cirque des Bêtes in the Sun
League of S.T.E.A.M. with Their Rock Monster
David Lee Summers Does Victorian Astronomy
Lord Towers Rides Tall
Thomas Willeford is Hot, Literally
(Crackitus from League of S.T.E.A.M. lovingly wipes his nose on Erasmus’ leathers)
Ice Cold Tea Duel Stare Down Cooling Off the Desert
We made some new friends including John Sprocket from The Cog is Dead.
John Sprocket entertained with lively songs and panache
John did us the honor of captaining Team Red for Hot Potato School of Writing™.
Quick — have the story include “The look of love evaporated from his face when he saw his own reflection in the dead woman’s glass eye”
Trip Hope and Justin Andrew Hoke helped us reprise our presentation of “Steampunk as a Global Influence.”
Did Someone Say, “Стимпанк?”
( Russian for “Steampunk” )
There was some creative new costuming including the return of color, particularly in the ladies’ costumes.
Lots of Crossovers
We got to see Splendid Teapot Racing live for the first time thanks to Madame Askew, The Grand Arbiter, and Stephen Chapman. The Texas Terror made a exceptionally fine showing, particularly over the teeter-totter of terror, no surprise there.
Splendid Teapot Racing
Of course, we had a session of Drake & McTrowell’s Theatre of the Historically Improbable™. We continue to be amazed by the willingness of steampunks to jump in with both feet and exercise their campy acting skills.
Chief Inspector / Director Erasmus Drake Shows the Company How It’s Done
Thespis Got Nothin’ on Steampunks
We saved the best for last. First, the League of S.T.E.A.M. screened the final episode of season 3, “The Invitation to Armageddon,” the musical! We’re incredibly honored to be credited as associate producers on this episode for our contribution to the season 3 Kickstarter. You’ll have to settle for a picture of the audience for now because the episode isn’t online yet. “Why,” you ask? Because it’s having its theatrical “work premiere” at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival on April 4th!
The Audience for “Invitation to Armageddon”
She Said, “Yes”
Our regular readers will know that the two of us have a post-con “thing”; we go out for Mexican food. Apparently, we both crave chile after a busy weekend of vending, entertaining, costuming, and hauling. At other cons, it’s usually just the two of us, but for the second year in a row at WWWC we and a bunch of steampunk friends took over the basement of El Charro. We drank a toast to Diana Given for putting on such an amazing con. Someone get that woman a foot massage and a libation; she’s earned them!
El Charro Chowdown
There were only about 20 of us; the wait staff says the basement will hold 70. Challenge accepted! See y’all next year on Sunday night after WWWC6 wraps!