Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium

The inaugural meeting of Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium (whew, that’s a mouthful!) was the grandest event Drake and I have attended so far this year. It was held on the Queen Mary for four days, and was a non-stop steampunk party. For us, there were two really cool things about the symposium. First, the venue: it was on the Queen Mary(!), which is permanently docked in Long Beach. Perfect for such an event!

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McTrowell at the Helm of the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary’s architectural style is head-to-toe luscious art deco, and Drake’s a huge fan.

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Art Deco Fanboy Heaven


The second is that we were recognized by our first “new” fans, i.e. people who don’t feel obliged to read D&McT just because they’re our friends. They actually came up to us at the masquerade ball and asked, “Are you Drake and McTrowell?” I think I was even more excited than they were.

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Lady Amethyst and Her Mysterious Gentleman Admirer


I was going to refer to them as “non-friend fans” because they weren’t our friends before. But that’s not right because they’re our friends now and we see each other all the time at the multitudinous San Diego Steampunk events.


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Drake in His Sunday Finery


We hope to see you all in January 2013 at
Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium.