A New Sky

NOVUS CAELUM

There comes a time when your outlook on life changes drastically…. or you just simply have new options and opportunities sprout that makes the outlook feel like something new to fill the void of ‘I don’t know where I’m going with this’. I can’t exactly settle on which it is for me or if it’s both but nonetheless, this feels like a turning point. A big one.
I realize I’ve been practically neglecting my poor lonely artistic talents which I’m sure alot of artists do at one time or another. Well tada! Here I am- Odysseus hath returned from the fray after years and years only to find his dog had waited for him long enough to see him one last time and die there on the spot… Doesn’t that make you all warm and fuzzy? I’m joking about the connotation, there is none and no I didn’t come back to anything bad. But I have come bearing gifts of sorts.

The Neo Dulcimer has grown exponentially in the past year, especially this past quarter. In doing so we have not only grown but grown close to another airship crew that found themselves in distress. With what crew was on hand at the time, we came to their aid to the best of our abilities and together pushed through a fight. There is now a blood pact between us and we are now tight knit family. Brothers and sisters ready to face anything. That airship is christened Airship Isabella. There will be no place they go that you won’t see us by their side and vice versa. I’ve found a family in the midst of the chaos that is life, ASI to me aren’t friends, they’re brothers and sisters I was never able to have before. They came and filled in that void and with them came a wave of inspiration and feeling that I myself can be like them and make something of myself and my talents. They have given me hope where I had none.

We have taken the Con circuit by storm in just a short time. After the tiny Anime Overload convention in Austin this past weekend, through networking we are booked solid through for the next year. It’s a daunting thought, but chillingly exciting just the same. We are dealing with part time jobs that are stingy with our time but have no problem with mistreating us, whereas the con lineup IS a job. There is so much preparation that goes into each one and with the guest perks comes the merch tables. Any free time that can possibly be scrounged up, I’ve dedicated to the production of merch for these events.

It’s funny, in just the last quarter of this year I’ve grown so much in respect to my skill sets. Dear God, constructing the Steampunk Mad Hatter alone was monumental for me. I had one month and one month alone to build the costume from scratch. I’ve never done woodworking, metalworking, resin casting, LED and electronics wiring, any of that. In a month I not only learned and had to learn really quick, I constructed that beast of a task. I’m proud of it. I believed in something and I did it. Completed it to my own satisfaction which is something I haven’t ever done before. Yes, I’ve never been satisfied with a work of art I’ve produced before this. More pictures are on the way of the costume btw.

All of those things aside, I’ve found what I feel is my true calling. Cedric Whittaker, Captain of the Isabella, took me on as a leather working apprentice. Sure I’ve had a bit of experience in leather work before but it was nothing compared to his 17 plus years of skill. In just a few days, he opened up my knowledge and craft with this medium to endless possibilities that has practically no limits to applications. Keep your eyes on my gallery, it’s about to be dusted off again. Slowly but surely my set of leather working tools has been growing. I feel free when I’m set loose on constructing a project now. I guess I’ll close with this… The possibilities of what I could have been have now become what I am and more beyond what the horizon can hold. Look out world, here I come.

— Captain Lazuli Delacru
Airship Neo Dulcimer

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A few updates…

Thought I’d drop you folks an update on a few recent endeavors.

Animefest in Dallas is still pending. Though we have confirmed that we will NOT be making a full appearance (IE No sales booth), final word on attendance remains uncertain.

We will now be attending Dallas’s Yule Con on November 12-14. Unfortunately, that means we will NOT be attending the Emerald City Steampunk Expo that same weekend.

Keep an eye on our Event Schedule for confirmed events and continuous updates.

~ Commander Leroux

Louisianime confirmed and more!

That’s right, boys and girls, the Airship Isabella is making course for Baton Rouge’s second annual anime convention, Louisianime! We will be coming out full force, and even staying an extra day for a steampunk-filled trek around the New Orleans French Quarter! The event is set for September 10-12, and we will be attending with booth, workshop, and full crew. You kids in Louisiana are in for a real treat – and those close enough ought to come out and see us!

On a similar note, Dallas’s AnimeFest is on the horizon for September 3-6. Stand by for a full confirmation on the crew’s attendance. If we’re lucky, we may just take a detour through Dallas before hitting up the Bayou…

~ Commander Leroux

Anime Overload

Welcome to the Airship Isabella‘s new blog! Commander Amarante Leroux here with our first installment of news. We hope to use this as a reliable place to not only keep you voyeurs updated on the crew’s activities, but to also provide articles, tutorials, and stories of particular interest for the curious and like-minded.

We’ll start off with the latest news concerning our most recent mission in Austin, TX. Anime Overload. It was a small convention held in the Austin Events Center, perhaps the smallest I have ever had the pleasure to personally attend. Nonetheless, the consensus among the crew was a positive one, as the experience was an overall good one. During the weekend, we had the opportunity to work more closely with the crew of the Neo Dulcimer, our sister ship. We held a total of three panels (‘History of Steampunk’, ‘Steampunk modifications’, ‘What IS steampunk?’), and while they proved to be a challenge considering the constant noise in the convention center, we had a good number of loyal attendees who were happy to bare with us and were at each one. (Much appreciation goes out to those who stuck it out with us!) Saturday night, our friendly neighborhood First Officer – Javert Marchand – was even pulled on stage by the lovely and talented Kimberly of One-Eyed Doll and promptly had the gumbo knocked out of him. The convention was also a great place for connections, so…. well…. keep an eye out for updates on our Events Schedule. September will be a busy month.

To wrap this post up, I’ll leave it at this: Keep your eyes on the horizon… and this blog.

~ Commander Leroux

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