First, Makeshops will be arranged so there are brief breaks between them so people can get food and drinks and tend to other needs.
Second, you can pre-enoll or pay at Registration to take the Makeshops. There are some that have maximum enrollments and those will be available on a first come basis. We will mark the ones that are limited enrollment.
There are 9 adult Makeshops this year. Not all of them are confirmed at this point, but we can say that the following Makeshops are available:
Thomas Willeford (Brute Force Leather): Steaming Up a Squirt Gun
Bev Hale (Otherwhen Oddities): Tiny Top Hats
Lynn Yates: Make an Autograph Book
Larry Ledbetter: Drafting a Leather Holster Pattern
Several Professors: Making Goggles
Makeshops are $20 each for supplies.
The Junior Sprockets will have their own Makeshops as well.
Make Leather COGS
Make a Science Journal
Make a Jet Pack
Build Your Own Frankenstein’s Monster
Junior Sprockets is $30 for the entire weekend and includes supplies and Badges.
We will have badges for OctopodiCon, both for Junior Sprockets and for the Pods.
Pod badges can be worn on anything – I have one sewn on my purse that I carry everyday (Pod Pride!) and plan to put one on the awards sash I will wear at OctopodiCon.
We currently have ArthroPod and OctoPod badges ready. We should have the other Pod badges ready soon – CephaloPod, GastroPod, OrnithoPod, PolyPod, SauroPod, and TetraPod. We’ll have the Pod badges at OctopodiCon ($2 each), nd we might have all of them ready far enough before that you can order them – $2 if you’ll get them in person and add 50 cents for shipping and handling.
The first Pod Badges:
The Junior Sprocket Badges have to be earned. We have about a dozen badges that can be earned at OctopodiCon during the Junior Sprocket Programming. We will also have a booklet available for others who can’t make it to OctopodiCon to work on and earn these badges themselves. After OctopodiCon, the booklet will be available to order on line. At OctopodiCon, the cost of the badges is included in the supply fees. If you (or your Junior Sprocket) earns the badge(s) outside of OctopodiCon, the badges can be ordered for $2.00 each (includes shipping and handling).
To display the Badges, we have a pattern available for parents and friends of Junior Sprockets to sew a badge sash – I don’t know if we will have ready-made sashes available this year. Maybe next year. The pattern is available for the cost of postage (75 cents), and is adjustable for the youngest to the oldest Sprocket.
The color of the sash declares the level of Junior Sprocket:
light purple – children under the age of 6
light blue – 6 – 11 year olds
black – 12 – 18 year olds
green – Captains
red – all other adults interested in working with Junior Sprockets
CeCe won the lovely steampunk top hat centerpiece and a 3 day scholarship to OctopodiCon 2!
The following people won a 3 day scholarship to OctopodiCon 2:
11:00 am – Kelly
12:00 pm – Rebecca
1:00 pm – Scott
2:00 pm – Andrew
They are receiving emails with the details of their prizes!
Thank you everyone for braving the chilly weather and winds to come out to Free Comic Book Day and stop at our table. We loved meeting you, and hope to see you at the Tea on May 19th at the Bethany Public Library in Oklahoma at 2:00 pm for the story of Steampunk and Egyptomania, and a mummy unwrapping (no real mummies will be harmed – the amulets and mummy will be an astounding 12,096 minutes old!
If you attended last year and liked OctopodiCon, please go to Steampunk Chronicle and vote for OctopodiCon as Best New Steampunk Convention.
There are also a great many other interesting categories, so be sure to follow the links and see all the amazing steampunk out there, then go back and vote.
(Psssst – OctopodiCon for Best New Steampunk C0nvention!)
Thomas Willeford, Lord Montague Jacques Fromage, Veronique Chevalier, Dr. Grymm, and other people who were (or will be) at OctopodiCon are also on the list – some in more than one category!
You will have to register to vote, but it’s worth it.
(Don’t forget – OctopodiCon for Best New Steampunk Convention!)
It looks like this year, we’ll be able to have official T-shirts available at OctopodiCon itself, but we know how eager so many of you are to show your support for OctopodiCon – and we sincerely appreciate it! – so we are making an advanced and special version available for you.
Plus – we now have Junior Sprocket t-shirts available!
Please visit their Kickstarter Campaign! They only have 8 days left!!!!
The Extraordinary Contraptions were formed in the Summer of 2007 by four geeks with an interest in epic storytelling and more musical chops than are usually allowed in a rock band. After some experimentation, they came home to the Atlanta steampunk scene where they developed their musical ideas into an all-encompassing storytelling form. They combine any and everything their creativity fancies in the service of spinning their yarns of scientific romance and gaslight fantasy. Three albums and an unexpected drummer later, the Contraptions are hitting their stride as they set their sights on bigger, more ambitious artistic endeavors. Where will they go and what will they do next? Just wait and see!
In anticipation, here is a link to their video!
And a picture showing them going places:
Embassy Suites Norman-Hotel and Conference Center
2501 Conference Dr.
Norman, OK 73069
You can also make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 405-364-8040 and providing the group code of OCT
If I can figure it out, we should have an Enrollment Page up really soon.
We have signed the contract, and have a date and place for OctopodiCon 2013!
It will be November 1-3, 2013, at the lovely, lovely Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.
It is a beautiful facility, brand new in hotel years – just 5 years old. We will have the loading dock (the Art Gallery and Mercantile folk will love that), and all the parking on the north and east sides of the building (the main entry is on the south side).
It’s located right off of I-35 on 24th Avenue North, between Tecumseh and Robinson in Norman.
Embassy Suites offers many conveniences: there’s a lovely restaurant inside, and a bar, and a delightful coffee shop called Caffeina’s that will stock special teas just for us. Those teas will be the Queen’s Tea. They will also have Tazo Teas and Starbuck’s coffee. For lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday, they will place a concession stand serving lunches of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, chips, soda, and fruit ($10 for a boxed set, and a la cart for individual items) just outside the Mercantile.
If you reserve a room, we will offer a $5 discount on your enrollment (just send us your room reservation confirmation number). The number of rooms available is limited, though, so if you want to be in the Embassy Suites, you’ll need to reserve as soon as we have the codes (by Friday, we hope!). We have made arrangements for an overflow hotel, and the Embassy Suites will provide a shuttle service between the overflow hotel and the Embassy Suites (one trip each direction is free).
Reserving a room gives you a free hot breakfast, and if you were at OctopodiCon in 2012, well, this breakfast blows that one away! And that one at the Magnuson was pretty good.
Each room is a suite, with sleeping space for up to 6 people and a mini kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink, countertop). Our lovely Registrar checked the rooms out for scooter accessibility, and even the non-handicapped rooms were roomy enough for her to move around in her scooter, so these rooms are large. Half the suites are double beds with a double bed sleeper sofa, and the other half are single king sized beds with a double bed sleeper sofa. Rooms are a flat $109 (plus taxes) per night.
As for OctopodiCon itself! We have some very exciting plans, more makeshops, more contests, more demonstrations, and the space for the Airship Race is 10 stories high!
We have changed the rules so the fish, shark, and even the Angry Bird remote control airships are allowed, so buy them and bring them! We will have extra helium for you to buy to fill your ships and race – remember, there is a cash prize and an awesome trophy. Do it for your Pod! We’d love to see each Pod field an airship team! Go OctoPods! Go ArthroPods! Go CephaloPods! Go GastroPods! Go OrnithoPods! Go TetraPods! Go SauroPods! Sport your colors, cheer your Pod! It’ll be fun!
The Junior Sprockets Program has much more to offer this year, and we’ll have badges! books! makeshops! uniforms! for the Junior Sprockets.
And the Spectacularium is now under the direction of Toxic Dragons. You know that the lights and sounds will be amazing.
Visit often to discover all the exciting things we plan.
And if you can’t wait for OctopodiCon, we have Monthly Teas at various libraries throughout the Oklahoma City area, and other special events at bookstores, museums, and other venues all year long, and will hold a mini-convention at the Main Library in Oklahoma City.