I have some convention reports overdue — namely, I’d like to take New York Comic Con to task, the good and the bad — but I’m waiting until the full media coverage of my panels from NerdCaliber comes out before posting (so readers can get the full experience!)
But until then, giving a shout-out to a few more events I’ll be at before 2013 ends.
First event up is a promotional event for Katherine Gleason’s Anatomy of Steampunk!
Come celebrate the history and mystery of the holidays at Haunted Hautery: A Neo-Victorian Fashion Networking Event! Join us as we showcase new and imaginative styles that evoke the sophistication and glamour of the Victorian Era, Steampunk. Steampunk envisions the future with a lens from the past. It takes the elaborate, crafted style of the industrial era, and re-imagines it for the modern age.
Featuring a Steampunk Fashion Show by Kristin Costa (Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show wings, Ugly Betty, Fela on Broadway), Berit New York (NY Times, London Fashion Week), and menswear designer Richard Ngo. DJ Professor Kaos!
The festivities include writer/author Katherine Geason, author of “Alexander McQueen: Evolution” and “Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism”. Also hosting will be NY Times and London Fashion Week designer Berit New York, and Couture Fashion Week designer Kristin Costa. Network with these accomplished professionals from 7pm – 11pm. 9:30pm fashion show.
Special book release by author Katherine Gleason. Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism. New from Race Point Publishing. Illustrated throughout with color photographs of the dazzling creations of numerous steampunk fashion designers, Anatomy of Steampunk is an inspirational sourcebook. In addition to presenting the looks and stories of these creative fashion artists, the book also details ten steampunk projects for the reader to try at home. Allow steam to power your imagination! Look for it—wherever books are sold.
Next we have my last scheduled convention of the year, Teslacon: The Congress of Steam! I’ll be mostly on the writing track this weekend, and I’ll also be taking appointments with writers and agents for Tor Books. So, if you’re interested, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 1st
LGBTQIA Issues & Steampunk
Panelists: Nick Picard, Diana Pho, Ashley Rogers, Kevin D. Steil, and Scott Velasquez
Panel discussion with an emphasis on how LGBTQIA issues intersect with other identity categories in steampunk culture, cosplay, creative objects.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Grim Realities: Writing for the Market
Panelists: Karina Cooper, Austin Sirkin, Diana Pho
Is steampunk dead? Join traditionally published authors, an indie author, and a steampunk scholar in a wake-up panel designed to teach writers the grim truths of writing for market. If you walk out still hungry to write, you’ve got what it takes to make it.
Saturday, November 2nd
9:00 am – 10:00 am:
Writing About Steampunk
Panelists: Austin Sirkin, Lisa Hager, Diana Pho
We love to write about Steampunk, either informally online, or formally for academic articles. We’ll discuss how to do both, including topics such as how to explain Steampunk to a non-Steampunk audience, what topics have already been covered and where, how to cite your fellow Steampunks’ work, etc.
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:
World Building in a Steampunk Setting
Panelists: Kevin Steil, Karina Cooper, Emilie Bush, Diana Pho
Lost? Navigation charts leading you astray? Not to worry! Join steampunk authors in a discussion about effective world-building in a steampunk setting. Come with questions or eavesdrop to your heart’s content; leave inspired and prepared to work.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm:
Getting Through the Slush Pile
Panelists: Sarah Hans, Diana Pho, Emilie Bush
With steampunk falling through the industry’s cracks, it’s more important than ever to pitch your best work. In this panel, you’ll learn how to polish your manuscript so brightly, it’ll stand out from the rest in the slush pile.
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Found in Translation: International Steampunk Literature
Panelists: Diana Pho, Sarah Hans, Lisa Hager
Where has steampunk literature been and where is it going? We’ll discuss steampunk writers worldwide and whether themes in these books translate between different languages and cultures of their readers. Sarah and Ay-leen will also give a sneak-peek of the upcoming Steampunk World Anthology.
Sunday, November 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Multiculturalism in Steampunk
Panelists: Diana Pho, more to be announced!
Steampunk, as you can tell by the Congress of Steam, is a global phenomenon. Check out this panel discussion and presentation about how this community works around the world, and how you can contribute to this!
And finally, I have the pleasure of speaking at Eastern Connecticut State University‘s Women’s Center about “Steampunk & Social Issues.” on Wednesday, November 13th at 3 PM.
My presentation is open to the public and will be at the below address:
Eastern State Connecticut University
83 Windham Street, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 USA