Gen Con Indy 2011 Goes Steampunk

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…

Maker Faire Detroit & Steampunk Hatter

Sore feet, a bit of dehydration and, I am afraid, a bit more sunburn than I would have preferred.  Despite that, Maker Faire was a hit for me this year.  I was a bit concerned at first because the show looked smaller than it did last year.  Surprise, the added space in The Henry Ford (Museum) was a perfect touch.  What a better place than a museum dedicated to the greatest makers of the past.

I think the highlight of the show for me was meeting the nice folks from Steampunk Hatter.  They had a decent sized tent and the most extraordinary hats that I have ever seen.  All leather with varying amounts of steampunk decoration to your taste.  Of course, I couldn’t pass up getting a hat.  Call it a celebratory gift for finishing the first draft (ok, still a bit pre-mature, but it is going to be done this before I head off to Gen Con blast it all!).  I passed on the top hats and went for the black stoker.  If you have the chance to get one of these hats online, or in person from the fine folks at Steampunk Hatter… you will not be disappointed!