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Comic-Con's Steampunk Revolution, It's Coming

Comic-Con's Steampunk Panel
Comic-Con's Steampunk Panel
Shannon Cottrell

The panel itself was a fairly information session. There was mention of an upcoming steampunk film called HMS Victory from screenwriter Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek, Deep Space Nine) and several major steampunk gatherings this year, including Steamcon in Seattle and a Steampunk versus Pirates party at the Queen Mary, both occurring this fall.

 

World's Largest Steampunk Photo Shoot
World's Largest Steampunk Photo Shoot
Shannon Cottrell

People shared their stories about steampunk and gave costume tips ("Don't be a Goggle Nazi," being the catchphrase of the day). Afterward, the crew, including those who couldn't get into the panel, gathered on the back steps of the San Diego Convention Center for the world's largest steampunk photo shoot, which was apparently documented for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Crackitus Potts Demonstrates His Ghostbusting Gear at The Radio Room
Crackitus Potts Demonstrates His Ghostbusting Gear at The Radio Room
Shannon Cottrell

Later that night, the steampunks congregated at San Diego nightclub Radio Room for The Ventricular Engine. Featuring a live performance from L.A.'s The Unextraordinary Gentlemen, DJs Synexx and Professor Greyshade playing tracks from up-and-coming steampunk artists and an interactive equipment display from League of S.T.E.A.M., the event reinforced what we saw at the afternoon panel, steampunk's popularity is growing and it's only a matter of time before those outside of the underground take notice.

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