The list of Symposium 2013′s Guests of Honour will be updated and expanded as the year draws by; thus far is a list of confirmed special guests.
Whom Shall One Telegraph? The Apparition Abolishers! The Apparition Abolishers are a group of steampunk costumers, artists, prop-makers, and performers based in Nashville, TN. The group won Best in Show at the Dragon*Con 2009 Masquerade Costume Contest with their 1st set of group costumes ( http://dailydragon.dragoncon.
Guest Author: Emilie P Bush
Journalist and writer Emilie P. Bush has written two Steampunk novels. Her first, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, was a “ripping good yarn!” and the tale was a 2010 Semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). New this year, The
Gospel According to Verdu picks up the epic tale where Chenda left off – high in the skies.
In the Spring of 2012, Emilie P. Bush teamed up with illustrator William Kevin Petty for the first ever children’s Steampunk picture
book : Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story. This charming tale topped the BESTSELLER list at Amazon. The follow-up Steamduck Learns to FLY! released October 10, 2012, and also made several bestseller lists at Amazon.
Emilie P. Bush loves to laugh and makes the audience the stars in her wacky convention game shows: The Great Debate: Tesla v. Watt and the all new game Verne v. Wells. Only the audience can decide who’s right, and better yet, who’s FUNNY! Also, she hosts a gathering of kilt lovers – The Men Without Pants Party, and will host the first ever Steampunk Worship Service this Spring.
Steampunk Boba Fett (John F. Strangeway) is one of the most recognized figures in both the Steampunk and Star Wars fan communities. The idea originated in John’s lifelong love ofStar Wars and in particular the cult figure of bounty hunter Boba Fett. He had the idea for a Steampunk variation for quite some time but lacked the resources to build the suit to match his vision. That changed at AnachroCon 2009, where he met Matt Silva of Penny Dreadful Productions. A few months later the two began work on the suit, which debuted at Dragon*Con 2009 to overwhelming acclaim. John and Matt are featured prominently in the PBS documentary “Four Days at Dragon*Con.”
When he’s not portraying Steampunk Boba Fett, John serves as PR/media relations representative for Penny Dreadful Productions. He also works with Dragon*Con Media Relations, appearing on Better Mornings Atlanta and 11Alive in 2010.
Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Miami University, and a focus in the Victorian Era. She adapted works of 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country.
Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely Beautiful saga, landed on Barnes & Noble’s bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy Romance, Best First Book), and is currently in development as a musical theatre production and will be reissued in revised new editions via Tor /Macmillan. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, first in the Magic Most Foul trilogy was named on the INDIE NEXT LIST as a recommended title by the American Booksellers Association. She is currently serializing the finale of this series in the manner of the Victorians at http://leannareneebooks.blogspot.com. Her books have been chosen for national book club editions and have been translated into several languages. THE ETERNA FILES, her new Gaslamp Fantasy saga from Tor / Macmillan will release in 2014 alongside the Strangely Beautiful re-releases.
Leanna’s short fiction has been featured in the anthologies Willful Impropriety: Tales of Society and Scandal, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells and on Tor.com. She is a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon Reading Series in New York City and was named the 2010 RWA NYC Author of the Year. A member of performers unions AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she has a penchant for channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards or Goth clubs, ever in search of finely-tailored corsets. She lives in New York City with a charming gent and their beloved rescued lab rabbit. Visit her at http://leannareneehieber.com. Twitter: @LeannaRenee Facebook: http://facebook.com/lrhieber
Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho) is a fandom scholar, activist, blogger, and general rabble-rouser. She has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues. Her academic published work can be found inSteampunk Magazine: Issues 1 – 7(Combustion Books, 2011), Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press, 2012), and Steaming into a Victorian Future (Scarecrow Press, 2012). Ay-leen has been interviewed about steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber; and the books The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Image, May 2011), Steampunk: Reloaded(Tachyon Publications, 2010), and The WisCon Chronicles Vol 5 (Aqueduct Press, 2010). Ay-leen currently lives and works in New York City for Tor Books & blogs for Tor.com. You can follow her academic work on Academia.edu.
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.
Bethalynne is a Michigan native with 15 years of experience as a professional artist. Her artwork has been featured in magazines such as Dark Beauty, Dark Realms, Real Detroit, Cthulhu Sex, and Weird Tales, along with contributions to the books Vampire Art Now, Gothic Art Now and John Santerineross’ two coffee table books, Dream and Fruit of the Secret God. She currently spends much of her time juggling too many projects, attempting to be a writer who doesn’t include squirrel references too often and working along side her fiancee –artist Myke Amend.
See more of Bethalynne’s art at BethalynneBajema.com
Lurking out from the shadows, The Vagabonds are a crew of nomadic, crime solving, ninja bandits who have an absurd love for terrorizing Boston, Michigan, and Ohio areas. They’d go farther, but because of their fearless leader’s love for messing with machinery he really shouldn’t be touching, that’s about as far as they’ve been able to get. But stay tuned! A few miles of rope, and this may get fixed.
From terrorizing “The Man” to assembling like minded individuals into coherent masses for posing and picture taking, they do it all. Being conventionally recognized doesn’t really suit their style at times, but being the good hearted individuals they are, they’ll easily be prepared to give creative instruction on any manner of topics.
Remember, when you throw aristocrats, pirates, a cook, and a few outlaws at each other, you can’t help but come up with a bronze and brass encyclopedia whose pages are always changing.