Recently, the crew had the opportunity to travel further than ever before in order to attend the first annual Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention in Tucson, Arizona. Perhaps the most phenomenal part? The event was to take place at Old Tucson Studios – a living, breathing, preservation of Americana and the Old West. Seeing as a good portion of both the Isabella and Neo Dulcimer are reduced to bouncing, overly excitable ten-year-olds at the mere mention of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, or Old Tombstone, you can imagine the reaction throughout the workshop when it was announced that we would be given the pleasure of appearing there March 4-6.
So after many grueling hours of travel, frolicking about Tombstone, sun-scorched work (including many pounds of sunscreen), a possible alien abduction, and dodging drug cartels along the Mexican Border – The Isabella and her crew have returned to her home port in Houston, calling the trip to an end.
And what a trip it was.
Photo by Bill Nash
Old Tucson Studios proved to be precisely what we had hoped it would be, and so much more. With the perfect venue, which was a sentiment shared among most of the con-goers we had the opportunity to speak to, and a community full of people eager to expand and communicate with others of like-mind, Wild Wild West Con was set up from the very beginning to be a resounding success. We found ourselves in a world long-gone, making new friends and reconnecting with old ones as we walked streets that could only be depicted on the silver screen these days.
A few new panels and workshops were debuted at WWWC, including “Steampunk 102: So you want to be an Airship Captain”, a Jewelry Instruction, and Goggle Workshop – and each were received with much zeal, enough so that each will make appearances at events in the future. We were given the opportunity to meet once again with the phenomena that is Abney Park (who we later spotted taking a
pony ‘horseback’ ride through town), and speak for the first time with the robotic music sensation, Steam Powered Giraffe. The lovely couple of Last Wear awed us with their “fancy pants” and Kyla of Kyla’s Keepsakes showed us an all new way of looking at animal skulls. The Isabella had their first encounter with the very talented League of S.T.E.A.M., who were recently featured in a Panic at the Disco! video, and when the Emperor of the Red Fork Empire experienced a rather politically incorrect malfunction in his mechanical fist – the Isabella was there with her many tools to eradicate the problem (while our new friend Miss Kitty giggled from her sidelines, of course.)! And while our First Officer Javert Marchand toted about his newest creation, we apparently caught the attention of some less than friendly media in the Pheonix New Times… But hey, I suppose a compliment is a compliment!
All in all, the trip was fantastic. It was the maiden voyage for the Isabella outside of Texas and her surrounding states, and will only be the first in a pattern still to come!
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Can you spot us in this television spot?
We were also featured in a couple rather snippy articles by the Pheonix New Times, but do you guys agree with their message?: