|Me on Friday|
At any rate, Comicpalooza is one of those weird con hybrids where it's ostensibly comic book oriented, but the guests tend to be TV stars, and the fans are all over the place. In general it is more of a con for the general public than for the dedicated geeks, I feel. The cosplay isn't as prevalent or as skilled as at an anime specific con, for example.
Last year Comicpalooza reached out to the steampunk community and devoted a lot of money and effort into attracting and entertaining steampunks. Abney Park, Professor Elemental, Frenchy and the Punk, and Marquis of Vaudeville all performed at a steampunk ball Saturday evening.
This year, not so much. I believe the attitude was that the steampunks had their event and this year it was going to be sort of fend for yourself for the steampunk community. So there still were a lot of steampunk panels, presenters, vendors, and attendees, but there was no uniting event or location. Marquis of Vaudeville and Frenchy and the Punk returned as performers, but they were placed in a horrible location and at awkward times.
|Teddy Roosevelt and some buddies|
I also have to admit I didn't attend a single steampunk panel. Between being overheated and physically exhausted I didn't have much energy to trek to the third floor and the other end of the convention center very often. I was invited to sit in on a Corset Safety panel and that was great. On Monday I also made it to a James Marsters Q&A that was wildly entertaining.
Wearing the Steampunk Darkwing Duck was fun on Saturday, although I had problems overheating in its layers and could only really wear it for 20 minutes at a time. The vast majority of people had no idea what I was dressed as and I got a lot of confused/pondering looks. But the people who did get it REALLY appreciated it. My favorite comments included "I see what you did there," "omg, that's never been done," and being chased by two different people yelling "DARKWING!".
Unfortunately, since I was honestly having a rough time that day, I totally failed at getting pictures. So I am aware now of three different photos of the outfit. One camera phone pic by my husband, one taken at the Weird West Fest Booth and one that showed up on Tumblr. I'm going to have to iron the damn thing and put it back on soon to take semi-decent shots for y'all.
The best part of the convention for me was talking to lots of people about corsets and getting 4 custom corset commissions. So I have a huge amount to do now and don't really get a break. Although CORSETS!
So I apologize for such a complaining and poorly put together review, but I'm still brain dead. And frankly I'm missing friendlier, smaller, steampunk cons. And anime cons. I'm really looking forward to some of my upcoming events.