We’re pleased to celebrate the queer side of this retro-futuristic fandom with our “Steampunk as Superculture” panel. To that end, we have some wonderful speakers attending the event. Check them out below.
Veronique Chevalier, aka The “Weird Val” of Dark Cabaret, is a woman of many hats. Literally, as well as figuratively. She’s an Entertainer/MC/Panelist who’s plied her trade at Steampunk & Comic Book events the width and breadth of the US.
A self-proclaimed “Mad Sonictist“, she’s gained notoriety for her parodies on the theme of Steam, & she roguishly appropriates the tune-age of everyone from The Beatles to Thomas Dolby.
MAD Veronique also holds the dubious distinction of originating Gothic Polka, with her recording “Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-tacular Compilation” which was an Official Selection on the 51st Annual Grammy Ballot.
She shall soon be releasing a book based on her wildly popular panel, entitled “Steampunk As A SUPER-culture: Symbiosis Between Various Subcultures & Fandoms“; and she was also the 2012 Recipient of The Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Award for “Best Dressed Female Steampunk“.
My introduction to The SteamPunk subculture was six years ago at a party where I design a time machine based on the novels by Jules Verne. That is where I heard the term SteamPunk for the first time. Whiteout knowing I designed an outfit that exemplify the genre. As I developed an interest in the subculture I learned that I was not just attracted to the dressing up side but I was having a real fascination with everything Victorian.
Back in those days there was not a lot of Steampunk clothing so I had to fabricate and developed most of my wardrobe and accessories. As I built some of my gadgets and Costumes(I Love to make wings) I found a new appreciation for all hand made products. As an artist I have incorporated SteamPunk into some of my Illustrations. And The SteamPunk movement is moving the creativity gears into new horizons for me(Keep an eye for my children’s books)
I have been really fortunate to have displayed some of my SteamPunk Art in many different venues including the Automotive Museum in San Diego. Where my hats, time machines and gadgets were in displayed during the summer of 2012. And in galleries in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Sonja Lund is a university student from Orange who has been slowly falling into a steampunk black hole since she was sixteen. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies while trying to find time to sew all of the things. Favorite authors are Diane Duane, John Green, and Cherie Priest; favorite bands are Abney Park and The Decemberists. Her current jam is Norfolk and Western’s “A Gilded Age”.
Nathaniel Oles was not born; he was found resting under a tree as an infant by curious explorers investigating a forbidden grove, and since that first sighting by human eyes, has grown rather impressively. Although his tastes in self-expression have always leaned towards the darker and more eccentric, he first discovered Steampunk while taking a college Theatrical Design course as a sophomore in High School, and was immediately besotten. Now thoroughly entrenched in the subculture, his specialties therein are costume creation and worldbuilding. He currently attends university in Southern California, where he is studying both Graphic Design and Fine Art. In his spare time, he works on costuming, avoids sunlight, and wears many wonderful hats.