Steampunk Events at A-Kon 21

Today is the start of registration for A-Kon here in Dallas, TX. Fortunately, my friend and I have already pre-registered and have our badges in hand. I’ve been pouring over the programing schedule and my, am I surprised by how many Steampunk events are happening here this “Anime Convention.”

I was initially attracted to A-Kon 21 by the singular knowledge that Abney Park is playing this Saturday at 10PM. The last time Abney Park was in Dallas, I was out of the country and therefore missed the concert. I refused to miss this latest opportunity to see Abney Park, and decided to take the weekend off to laugh at all the Anime nerds while I hung around waiting for Abney Park’s performance. I assumed that this would be most of the weekend.

My, was I incorrect. There’s almost always some Steampunk event going on at A-Kon. On Friday afternoon, there’s a panel called, “Steampunk 101: What is Steampunk to You?” I’m very excited to hear what people have to say about this and how it differs (if at all) from the discussion going on at present at The Great Steampunk Debate.

Friday night, there is a Steampunk Tea Social (squee!) and then a Steampunk Ball immediately following the Tea Social. I just hope that Steampunk music is played at the ball. I’ll be really disappointed if they anything other than that. Techno, rave music and anime music is all a no-no. We’ll see what happens and hope for the best in the meantime.

Saturday night is the Abney Park concert *happy dance* and the band will be avaliable later for autographs. I think I will have to get a poster or something equally exciting signed. Sunday there’s a session on Steampunk Couture with the Sky Dogs.

Sounds like a busy weekend! Just as a reminder, there won’t be any more Kon related posts for a while. I won’t have internet connection at the Kon hotel, so updates between now and the end of Kon will be spotty at best. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll do my best to update the blog with the limited internet that I might have, but if you miss my posts that much, come find me at the Kon! You can count on my presence at all of the events I’ve mentioned above!

A-Kon 21, Dallas, Tx

Ladies and gentlemen, I know that I have spent a considerable amount of time discussing my excitement for the upcoming SteamCon II to take place between the 19th and 21st of November in the beautiful city of Seattle. But all this talk of far-flung lands and dates have caused a request to be placed by my local cohorts here in Dallas to present some Texan Steampunk events, preferably in our fair city of Dallas.

And while Dallas is far from the Steampunk capital of the world (in my book, it’s Seattle) I have for you Dallasites the next date that Abney Park will be in Dallas: June 5, 2010, for A-Con.

Now, I know that this is not an expressly Steampunk event. I must admit that I’m not that much into Anime. But Abney Park is going to be Saturday Night’s concert, which is sure to bring out the local Steampunks, at least for their performance.

I’ve bought the three day pass to this event, just so that I can be completely assured that I can see Abney Park’s performance. It cost me a paltry 45 dollars for three days of events which I will probably attend despite my indifference to anime just to see the nerds and geeks of Dallas come out of their hidey-holes for a few days.

Anyone else thinking of going?