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OctopodiCon Sponsored Events

Below is a schedule of events that are sponsored by OctopodiCon, LLC.  Some of them involve making things, some have prizes, and all are fun.  Attend one or attend them all! With the exception of the conventions SoonerCon, FenCon, and OctopodiCon 2012, they are all free and they are all fun!

Saturday, April 14:  Air Transport Tea at OSSM (enter at NE 10th and Stiles, between Lincoln Blvd and I-235) from 2-4pm – we will discuss various steampunk methods of air transport and build mini hot air balloons to race. Come see if your balloon will win!

Saturday May 5: Get Your Derby On at Remington Park, Clubhouse Level North, 4-6 pm.  There is a Kentucky Derby Hat competition and Tea, with $2,000 in prizes.  We’re going in steampunk with awesome hats.  Join us!

Saturday May 12:  Guthrie Photo-Shoot at the Apothecary Gardens with tea in the Victorian Tea Room across the street, 1-5 pm.  We’ll pose prettily in the Gardens, tour the Apothecary Museum, and film short videos. Come in full on steampunk for a very lovely afternoon.

June 15-17: SoonerCon Room Tea at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel – the room number and time to be announced as we get closer to the event.  We’ll have games and prizes and tea!

Saturday June 30: OctopodiCon Tea and Games at the Edmond Public Library 1-3 pm.  We’ll have board games and card games, both Victorian and Steampunk’d to play, with instructions for more games available.  Come play with us!

Sunday July 15:  OctopodiCon Tea: Forming an Airship at the Midwest City Library 2-4 pm.  We’ll discuss the history of steampunk and how to join or form an airship or other steampunk group. There will be representatives of some local airships and groups there, so come join us!

Saturday August 25:  OctopodiCon Tea: Steaming Up the Future at the new Northwest Library 2-4 pm. We’ll talk about some of our Visiting Professors, and how steampunk directed their careers along with ways and means to do research for your own backstories and histories and how to bring that believably into today and tomorrow. Come travel through time with us!

September 21-23:  OctopodiCon Room Tea at FenCon.  The room number and time will be announced as we get closer to the event (and maybe at the event itself as we won’t know what room we’ll be assigned until then). We’ll have games, prizes, tea, and more!

October 5-7:  OctopodiCon 2012! at the Meridian Convention Center from 2:00

FenCon Report

FenCon is our favorite convention to attend. It is always well run. As both a participant and an attendee, FenCon is the sort of convention everyone likes.

The new layout this year was nice. It took a few moments to re-orient because memory and reality conflicted a few times. Other than that, the best thing about the venue is that everything is all on one floor and all close together so getting lost is hard to do.

We arrived early and the hotel allowed us an early check in (yay!). We were able to load in quickly and relax a bit before we presented the panel on Tea. It was unfortunately held outside in the direct sun and I got a bit heat sick towards the end. Fortunately, this is FenCon and the fen are wonderful people. Judging by the number of cups used, there were 39 people in attendance.

Then it was off to Opening Ceremonies, and a dash to the room to host the OctopodiCon Room Tea. We handed out many flyers and pre-registration forms, 238 cup of tea, 300 cookies, and 36 fairy cakes.

I had to leave briefly to present a panel with Bev Hale, Michael Finn, and Steve Liptak on Aether Aesthetics – an excellent panel with lots of participation, especially considering it was at 10:00 pm. I’m wondering if we should extend our programming hours at OctopodiCon?

Saturday was less hectic in that we weren’t presenting any panels or Teas. We attended several, and spent our day alternating between the bar (where the real networking of the con gets done – meeting and greeting old friends and making new ones), the Admirals’ Suite, and assorted panels. We talked about OctopodiCon (a lot), discussed modern monsters and if all our congressmen were fen, and costuming, and books, and art, and more.

Then we wandered around the room parties.

The result of wandering to all the room parties is that we – OctopodiCon – will sponsor a steampunk programming track at SoonerCon this next summer. And present a few panels at other local conventions (not all worked out yet, but getting there).

We got to meet many of the guests and panelists and had a great time together – everyone is always wonderful at FenCon.

Sunday, we went to a panel on Steampunk Abilities about making steampunk more accessible for those with mobility devices and other assistive devices. Sadly, the presenter never showed. Happily – Steve Liptak and Jennifer Cinocco were there and the three of us had a great discussion on steampunking up assorted assistive devices and discussed accessibility.

Also, Jennifer and I volunteered to present the panel on Plus Sized Costuming as the same person who was supposed to do the Steampunk Abilities panel was supposed to present the Plus Sized Costuming panel. Becky Demonja and Lady Mercuria also helped us with the panel which was packed full of people with all sorts of information and ideas and we agreed to do a far better panel next year, the 4 of us, with props and tools and patterns and all.

Then we bailed to go shopping at Whole Foods because we don’t (yet) have a local one and make the long drive back home.

It was a very successful and very fun convention.