|A fantastic photo of me |
by Studio Five 0 photography.
Unfortunately it was a very unsuccessful vending experience for me and for a lot of the other vendors. I did not end up covering the costs of vending. Attendance was low on Friday and Sunday, and the people who were in attendance weren't buying. In hindsight, it was perhaps predictable, being right after the holidays. But the lack of sales was quite disheartening. And it wasn't helped by having a fire alarm in the busiest part of Saturday followed by an evacuation of the building. After that the vendors' room was dead the rest of the day.
|Myself and two new friends in great outfits. |
It's too bad you can't see their clear wings.
I briefly attended a panel on low-budget film-making by the makers of the film Frankenstein's Monster, which was filmed locally and which they call "light steampunk." I couldn't stay for the whole panel, but I got to meet and chat with the costumer for the film, J'Nean Henderson, aka "The Victorian Lady." I didn't get to attend the screening of the film late on Sunday because I was busy with finishing up in the vendor's room.
|Otto and Victoria cosplay! Her octopus|
moved on it's own robotic base,
controlled by the attached remote.
|A very nice outfit.|
While the con had a good presence of steampunk attendees, there was only one steampunk event on the schedule, a steampunk LARP. I think it may have also been a victim of schedule changes, but I honestly have no idea if it even happened or how it went. Once again I'm reminded that the steampunk community (definitely including myself) needs to be better at making sure we get something on the schedule.
So ultimately, I have to say the best parts of the con for me were the times spent with some of my con and steampunk friends, and not the actual con itself. It was a reminder that I have to be more choosy about which cons I attend and vend in the future.
|Love this couple, especially her ragged fabric details.|