I know when I am interested in something, I start to see it everywhere. I also know that I pick up on trends, some quicker than others.
In short, maybe it is just me. Then again, maybe not.
My point (I was getting to it…), I am amazed by the amount of steampunk I am seeing at Gen Con this year. Some truly amazing outfits and much more variety
Past years it seemed like you couldn’t swing a vorpal sword without hitting someone in D&D, Star Trek, or Star Wars costume. This year, I don’t think you could unholster a raygun without having several lords and ladies pointing theirs back at you. Next to the cosplay folks over at the Westin, it seems as if steampunk fashion is truly enjoying it’s turn in the spotlight.
Many more clothing booths featuring steampunk clothing. Many more booths adding accessories. Lots of people sporting goggles. Abney Park has a RPG (sold out of course. Gah. Limited shipment for con. I get it.)
Of course I couldn’t be more excited.
But I do somehow sort of miss the stormtrooper checking badges at the exhibit hall entrance…