Steampunk Symposium 2014

We had barely recovered from our Parisian adventure than it was time to pack up the Dr. Sparky-mobile and head north to Long Beach for Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium.


Chief Inspector Drake Investigates the Queen Mary’s Engine Room

Relieved of presentation duties, we sampled various entertainments. I’m not sure what the highlight was.

Was it
Aiden Sinclair’s amazing illusions? That’s Aiden there in the middle. He entertained us for hours with his amazing skills.


I Feel a Magical Conspiracy Coming On

I like to think of myself as a skeptic, but I was the subject of one of his illusions and neither I nor any of our friends in the audience could figure out how he did it.

Since there were no actual adults present, Drake engaged in a little tentacle-y sock puppetry during the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast.


Sock-re Bleu (and a Little Orange)

And we helped arrest some of the


...In Slow Motion

Mellivora Rathbone; she’s nothing but trouble.

Lee Presson was there with The Nails giving his usually swinging concert, but the next day he gave the most inspired, energetic Poe reading I’ve ever heard.


Who Knew He Had This Skill?

Dyno Staats was there and up to his usual shenanigans. As you can see, he was very concerned about our pushing the buttons on his contraptions.



Okay, I’m pretty sure it had to be the off-the-hook party in the Suite de Vacas.


It’s Not What it Looks Like

What you can’t hear is the loud music that Drake’s “dancing” to and you can’t see the crush of people at the party. I swear. Really. Lisa Vaca took this picture and she’ll swear to it, won’t you, dear?

I really have to come up with an acronym that means “Thank Lisa,
yet again, for the awesome pics.” Nope, it just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

Well, it was a fantastic time. Going back to the day job was really, really tough. Need sleep...