Knights of Steampunk

Not long ago, the Steampunk World’s Fair announced that their very own Queen Victoria would be knighting five deserving Steampunks at this year’s festivities in Somerset, New Jersey! Our Captain, Cedric “Greyhawk” Whittaker, is in the running.

According to the site, the ceremony is one meant to honor and recognize those who have contributed to the Community during their time in the limelight.

Please, choose wisely, and vote your heart. Vote for the person you feel has given the most to the Community as a whole, who you respect and look up to, and who you would be proud to have as a Steampunk Knight at The Steampunk World’s Fair!

– Steampunk World’s Fair Website

Voters have before midnight on May 1st to cast their votes.

Over the past year, we of the Isabella have followed our Captain through thick and thin. We have been there through all of the sacrifice, the work and endless road dogging, and together we have seen the amazing spectacles of what we can do when we just put our minds to it. If it were not for him – none of this would be here. We deeply appreciate any and all support, and while all of the runners are deserving in their very own rights, we hope to see your vote. 🙂

Vote for Cedric Whittaker!

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Out of the Wild Wild West…

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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.

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Ikkicon V

I hope you all had a merry christmas/happy yule/Hanukkah/jolly whatever-the-dickens-you-people-celebrate… As I well know that I and the rest of the Airship did.

Egg Nog and fat-men in red aside, the end of 2010 draws near, as does the dawn of 2011. With the turning of the year also comes Texas’s fifth annual Ikkkicon and the Airship Isabella’s official “one year” anniversary! So get your resolutions in order, tie up this year’s loose ends, and meet us out at the Hilton Austin for a way to ring in the New Year you’ll nay soon forget.

Friday night, join us from 9:00-11:00 PM in “Salon F” on the 6th Floor for the official ASI Birthday Gathering. There will be music, dancing, prizes to be won in a dueling tournament, and of course a little something to help commemorate where we’ve been in the last year, where we’re going, and the amazing people who have supported, inspired, and encouraged us along the way.

Dickens on the Strand

Words cannot possibly describe the experience that was Galveston’s 37th annual Dickens on the Strand this year. The only one that truly comes to mind time and time again is plain and simply: “Wow.”

Just. Wow.

Steampunks from around the U.S. joined the Isabella and Neo Dulcimer this weekend, united under one common banner of camaraderie and friendship. Young and old alike walked side-by-side, regarded one another with respect and dignity, and showed the world what our passion is all about. It’s more than snazzy clothes and props clad with clockwork – it’s about sharing artistic ideas and forging life-long friendships that never would have come into existence otherwise. It’s about parents suddenly finding a common interest with their children that everyone can enjoy, and experiencing a renaissance of age-old morals, ideas, and aesthetics.

The Airship Isabella and her crew would like to thank all who attended the events this weekend, though a mere thanks hardly describes the unanimous feelings and gratitude we all feel. Airships Archaeopteryx, Edelweiss, Aurora, and so many, MANY more helped our crew in so many ways this weekend. And, as Captain Lazuli Delacru himself said, even those who were unable to attend were in our hearts. We are more than just a group of like-minded individuals… We are comrades and we are family.

We hope to return to Dickens on the Strand next year – and hope to bring even bigger, better, more spectacular of a showing. That, of course, can only be done with YOUR – the community’s – help! You all have warmed our hearts and given us the drive to continue on doing what we are doing… And we would be nowhere without you.

In the mean time, let’s celebrate! The year’s end approaches fast, as well as ASI’s final destination for 2010: Ikkicon V in the Austin, Texas aerodrome. Last year’s Ikkicon saw the start of a cacophony of new opportunities for ASI, and was what helped mold the crew to be what it is today. Thus, we have chosen this destination to hold the Isabella’s official one year birthday celebration! Come on out and help ring in the new year with new and old friends alike, with a steampunk flair to boot!

Stand by for more information while the event is scheduled. Also, keep your eye on the horizon as many new and exciting announcements may be on their way…

Updating log…

Straight from our station at Yule Con, Commander Leroux here. Our stay in the Dallas Fort Worth area for this joyously holiday-rific event has been one wrought with…. interest. Long story short, we’ll be walking away from this one with a few new tales to tell. Nonetheless, it will be a memorable one, and an enjoyable one at that. Spending time with our good friends Christopher and Greg Ayres, their many VA and musical brethren, our very own Patchwork Santa, the Marquis de Vaudeville, Kimberly and Junior of One Eyed Doll, and many many MANY more who deserve mention but it would take forever and a day to do so… was a blast in and of itself.

Our next gig? The one and only Dickens on the Strand T minus three weeks….

Countdown to Houston

Oni-Con is on the horizon! Look for us this weekend in Houston, TX at the Marriott Westchase hotel and convention center. We’ll be selling Steampunk goods and modifications, hosting panels, Club Oni’s Steampunk night, the Steampunk Museum and Bazaar, and much more!

Then, Halloween Night, come on out and see us at The Meridian where we’ll be attending The Deadman’s Ball for a HELL of a Halloween Bash! We’ll be hosting an Oni-Con after-party and Costume Contest. If you don’t come out for us, at LEAST come out for the one and only Voltaire, Razorblade Dolls, and DJ iENIGMA!

Realms

Something was wrong, something was terrible, she just knew it. They weren’t themselves… They had always been darker than the average person, always more volatile and dangerous, but this was something different. She saw it, others saw it, but how could they make it better? She had once been told of a concept called sickness, where the “infected” would change and suffer. Doctors would help them, treat them, but something told her no pokes or magic capsules would help her now.

The infection continues, and They become more incoherently vicious by the moment.

Who will help her?

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Post con report!

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