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Vendors & Exhibitors Update: Oct. 31

The list of vendors and exhibitors for the Steampunk Empire Symposium’s is beginning to fill up. Over the course of the next month we shall be announcing our confirmed merchants from whom you can buy pretty things and our exhibitors who will will amaze you with their displays.

Today we are proud to introduce these three . . .

For the literary ladies and gentlemen, the Rosswyvern Press will have some delightful reads with which to tempt you, such as Geoffrey Mandragora’s The Thunderbolt Affair.

From many different time periods, the White Pavilion will find the right outfit for you.

And to feed your sweet tooth, War Pony Candy Forge will have many tempting treats.

Apparition Abolishers join the Symposium!

Whom Shall One Telegraph? The Apparition Abolishers!

They were a fabulous hit at the inaugural Steampunk Empire Symposium and we are thrilled to announce that they will be returning to Cincinnati in 2013 to provide mirth, mayhem, and protection from the paranormal.

A group of steampunk costumers, artists, prop-makers, and performers based in Nashville, TN. They won Dragon*Con’s 2009 Masquerade Best Overall Costume award during their inaugural year. Their artistic endeavors include unique costumes, a web comic and various oddities and contraptions. Dr. Torque’s Traveling Exposition of Curious Contraptions and Fantastical Oddities launched at Geek Media Expo in late 2010. This traveling Exposition features the alluring and quizzical romp of Clocktease Burlesque founded by our talented resident burlesque dancer Bettie B. Cupp.

2013 Guest Author: John White

We are pleased to announce John White as one of our a guest authors for the 2013 Symposium.
John White has worked as a courtroom artist, served with the United States Air Force, lived in three countries, climbed to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, was privileged to be the Art Director for the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.  John  turned his hand to the world of Steampunk in 2010 with The Airship Neverland Trilogy.
His first Book Tales of the Airship Neverland: a steampunk fairy tale was released in 2012,and was nominated  for the 2012 Steamcon IV  Airship Award  in the written category.  The second book in the series Captain Hook and The Pirates of Mars is slated for a May 2013 release.

2013 Guest Props Master: Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone

Joining the line up of distinguished guest of honor to join us in April 2013, we proudly present our guest props master, Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone . . . sometimes known as Thomas Willeford.
With degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing one of Thomas’ creations, one does not ask “Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure.

As the owner of Brute Force Studios, Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for over 20 years.  Thomas also contributed to the design of Alchemy Gothic’s “Empire” Collection, a line of steampunk jewelry and accessories.  Much to his surprise, he also became a published author with the release of his first book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts (McGraw-Hill), which quickly became the number one best-selling steampunk how-to book on

Thomas and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, “Castle“, “Oddities“), online (Wired, BoingBoing, Popular Mechanics), and in print (Art Donovan’s “The Art of Steampunk“, Morgan Spurlock and Stan Lee’s “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”, Bizarre Magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Engine Magazine). Satisfied customers include David Silverman (The Simpsons), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Virginia Hey (Farscape), and bands Abney Park, Ghostfire, and Beautiful Deadly Children.

Thomas’ artwork has also been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including Penn State’s “STEAMpunk!”, Dr. Grymm’s “Steampunk Bizarre”, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation’s “Steampunk: Form and Function”, and the Ashmolean Museum of the History of Science at Oxford’s “Steampunk”, “20,000 Leagues” at Patriot Place, and “Mobilis in Mobili” at The Wooster Street Social Club (home of TLC’s “NY Ink”). His clockwork spider “Arachnae Mechanica” is currently housed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

More recently, Thomas has been commissioned to design and build for Bruce Boxleitner’s upcoming steampunk series Lantern City.