Here we are at the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention in Tucson and we are having a great time.
This is the first Steampunk convention here and it is cool. The hotel we are at is the Hotel Tucson. Nice place. Big courtyard in the center of the place. The evening events have been there. The daytime events are at the Old Tucson Studios, which is freakin' awesome. These studios were used for many of the old John Wayne movies as well as other old western films. it is a big lot with a lot of cool old buildings. There is a large open town square, they do stunt shows, stagecoach rides, miniature train rides and more. Superb place to visit even without the con going on.
Steampunk everywhere. This is great. The Wild West theme and the Steampunk theme fit together perfect and the venue is perfect. There have been workshops, and shows and vendors of all sorts.
For being the first time, the organizers did a superb job and everything seems to be running very smoothly. The hotel staff is friendly and attentive and the staff at Old Tucson Studios was superior. Down to earth and friendly, they really make the event nice. Unlike some other venues where the staff can be, well, dicks, these guys are great and still solve the problems that arise.
There is a concernt of Abney Park going on as I type, but alas, me lovely wife Salma Gundy is feeling under the weather. I suppose we will catch them in San Diego.
Another band which was fantastic to watch was Steam Powered Giraffe. These guys are fun and great performers. They perform as automatons built to entertain. Fun show.
The classes were a little weak, but for a first go, they weren't too bad. Actually, the Fenzygals put on a workshop at 11 pm on Thursday on how to make Military medals for your costume. Top notch class. Go to these gals' site. They are talented and nice. And cute. Some other classes consisted of The League of Steam talking about how they made some of their gear. Very informative. There were also some jewelry
making discussions and round tables.
Many many cool vendors and frankly, the prices aren't horrible. We picked up a couple things. We have one more day to go before hitting the dusty trail to California.
So far, this has been a really nice event. Looks like we will be hitting this one next year as well.
Any other suggestions? Let me know.