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Friday, May 15
 

4:30pm

Steampunk Poetry and Steampunk Prose
New England Art Mercenary, Brett Kelley, will perform, present, discuss and explore Steampunk Art in the form of spoken word and slam poetry.

Presenters


Friday May 15, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salon E Radisson

5:00pm

Contraptions: The (Rube) Goldberg Variations
This session includes bizarre Victorian inventions which were patented, manufactured and marketed but never quite caught on. These are the ‘pocket fisherman’ and ‘shake weight’ of their day.

Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.

He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.



Friday May 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon C Radisson

5:00pm

Steam Powered Giraffe Photo Op Session


Friday May 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Centennial Room Embassy

6:00pm

The Victorian Asylum
The Victorian mental asylum is an institution that continues to capture the imagination. If the book you are reading or the show you are watching is set in one, the ambiance and atmosphere are immediately established. However, these were real places, occupied by real people; not simply literary tropes.

Why did they come into existence? What did the people who operated them think they would accomplish, and how? Who went there, and what did they do while there? Why did the asylums look the way they did? And, can we learn anything from them of use today?

Professor Verdigris Wetware, MS, MD, the Medical Superintendent of the Mechanicsburg Asylum will take you on a tour of the idea that was the Asylum; and also, for your added fascination, will demonstrate a small collection of generally harmless electrotherapeutic devices.



Friday May 15, 2015 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Salon D Radisson

6:30pm

Edison’s Bright Idea
Everyone knows that Edison invented the light bulb… except that he didn’t. But if he didn’t, then who did and how is Edison remembered by history as the man who deserves the credit? This presentation is based on material from my book Inventors and Impostors: a sordid history of innovation and imitation which will enjoy its world debut release at SPWF.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.



Friday May 15, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Salon C Radisson

7:00pm

What Big Teeth You Have – The Darker Side of Fairy Tales
Delving into the monsters and brutality lurking within the pages of fairy tales and folklore, and presented by renowned artist Abigail Larson, this panel will dig well past the depths of children’s bedtime stories and into the fears that shaped these cautionary tales.

Presenters


Friday May 15, 2015 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Salon D Radisson

8:00pm

Edgar Allan Poe and 19th Century Pseudoscience
Presented by Chris Semtner of the Poe Museum, this panel will present an open discussion regarding the Master of Horror and the influences of science and pseudoscience as understood in the 19th century.

Presenters


Friday May 15, 2015 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Salon D Radisson

8:00pm

Book Launch– Inventors and Impostors: a sordid history of Innovation and Imitation
Official book launch of Inventors and Impostors as well as Book signing of any of Professor Donnelly’s other available 23 titles currently in print.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.



Friday May 15, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Courtyard Piste Radisson

9:00pm

Freakshow
Sinister stories and hellish historical accounts of freaks, fakirs, illusionists, snake oil salesmen and all matters odd. Modern day practitioners of the art of the circus sideshow “Karnevil” will guide you through the crowded tents of yesteryear, full of mummies, spinsters, six legged men and other circus freaks! Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Presenters


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Salon D Radisson

9:00pm

Conventioning on a Budget
Do you want to go to more cons? Are there tumbleweeds rolling through your bank account? Author of the up and coming ebook – Concraze: How to Convention on a Budget will teach you how to get more bang for your buck at conventions!

I will present a sample of how much the average person spends on cons, then break down the major costs (Food, Travel, Hotel, Cosplay ect.) and show ways to reduce these costs, ending with an edited budget of how much a person could save using the tips (50%)

Katherine Russell AKA Broken Mirror Cosplay has been attending conventions since 2006 and over the years she figured out ways to get around spending hundreds on this expensive hobby. Thus the book “ConCraze- How to Convention on a Budget” was born! She also runs a kigurumi shop on the side.

Presenters


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Boardroom C Radisson

10:00pm

Crowley in Context: Victorian London and the Beast
This Salon will explore the social, spiritual and political climate of London during the life of Alistair Crowley and his impact on the cultural landscape. We will examine his involvement in fraternal societies, his body of work and his relationships with other occultists of the day. Time permitting, we’ll take a closer look at the The Book of the Law, new aeon magick and how they resonate with (and break away from) the ideologies of the day.

Professional adventurer Soror L.V.X. wears many hats (most of them fancy). When she’s not digging for the past as an Archaeologist, performing burlesque throughout the mid Atlantic or crafting wearable art, she’s investigating the history of modern magick. Her presentations for the Nightshade Society will focus on western occultism in the Victorian/Edwardian and current contexts. With a decade of experience in the modern movement, her perspective is that of a practitioner with a background in history.

Presenters


Friday May 15, 2015 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Salon D Radisson

10:30pm

Poison Apples & Pretty Witches
Gather round for Lilith's wickedly salacious retelling of classic stories from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault. Be prepared to see your favorite fairy tale heroes and heroines in a whole new light once you’ve heard her take on wolves, witches and, of course, poison apples.Classic fairy tales retold for adults, and with a steampunk twist. Be prepared to see your favorite fairy tale heroes and heroines in a whole new light once you’ve heard Lilith’s take on wolves, witches and, of course, poison apples.

Classic fairy tales retold for adults, and with a steampunk twist. Be prepared to see your favorite fairy tale heroes and heroines in a whole new light once you’ve heard Lilith’s take on wolves, witches and, of course, poison apples.

Presenters
avatar for Lilith Lore

Lilith Lore

Storyteller, Burlesque Dancer, Improvisor, Witch, Personal Trainer, Geek, Gamer, Goth



Friday May 15, 2015 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Salon E Radisson

11:00pm

Low Lives: Thugs and Criminal Culture in Victorian London
Explore the seedy underbelly of Victorian culture- Beyond the veneer of etiquette and propriety thrives a host of gangs, brothels, saloons, and gambling dens. Meet some of their denizens, from thugs to confidence men and bank robbers, and learn how they lived and diedÖ Presented by Michael Locascio of Dellamorte & Co.

Friday May 15, 2015 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Salon D Radisson

12:00am

The Ingenious Mechanical Devices: A Reading and Discussion
Kara Jorgensen is an indie steampunk writer. The Earl of Brass: Book One of the Ingenious Mechanical Devices is her first published work. Her plots involve science, medicine, LGBT characters, magic, and adventure. Jorgensen, a first-time published steampunk author will present a reading from The Earl of Brass, and give a reading/sneak peak of the second book, The Winter Garden (to be released in 2015).

The audience will be able to ask questions about steampunk, the books’ content, and the author’s process.

Presenters
avatar for Kara Jorgensen

Kara Jorgensen

Kara Jorgensen is an author and professional student from New Jersey who will probably die slumped over a Victorian novel. An anachronistic oddball from birth, she has always had an obsession with the Victorian era, especially the 1890s. Midway through a dissection in a college anatomy... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Salon E Radisson
 
Saturday, May 16
 

11:00am

The Song Collectors
From the 1800s through the mid-20th century music scholars traveled through rural areas collecting and compiling traditional songs, many of which have since made their way into the popular idiom. This talk will give a history of some of those song collectors and how modern musicians are using them, as well as some resources for performers interested in exploring these traditions.

Matt DeBlass is a harpist who specializes in covering modern popular and rock songs in a celtic style; he is also, in true Steampunk spirit, a builder of his own instruments, and a bicycle repairman, too- when he carries gears and a wrench, it’s because he plans to use them!

Presenters
avatar for Matt DeBlass

Matt DeBlass

The Matt DeBlass of Matt DeBlass, Matt DeBlass
Matt DeBlass is an acoustic musician, occasional instrument builder and all around swell guy. While he plays a wide variety of instruments, some of them even competently, he is currently best known for his work on the mandolin, which he uses to play Celtic folk, classical and acoustic... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon E Radisson

11:00am

Votes for women – or else! ‘Suffragitsu’ and the ‘Amazons’
The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Were it not for the efforts of the “Amazon’ Bodyguard, as trained by members of the Bartitsu Club, the movement would have been delayed by decades.

Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.
Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.
He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.



Saturday May 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon C Radisson

12:00pm

The Eterna Files: Reading, Part 1
Leanna Renee Hieber is on book tour for her latest Gaslamp Fantasy novel with Tor books, THE ETERNA FILES! From Tor: Imagine The X-Files meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series and set in Victorian London and New York City–welcome to The Eterna Files, where the race for immortality touches off a far greater danger than two misguided offices of stalwart paranormal detectives could have bargained for. That which frightens death is cause for terror indeed.

Presenters
avatar for Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber

Author at Tor Books, Actress, Playwright, Perky Goth
Leanna is an actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Gaslamp Fantasy) for adults and teens, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the Eterna Files saga with Tor books. Her Strangely Beautiful saga won... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Salon D Radisson

12:30pm

Steampunk Archaeology
The Victorians were fascinated by archaeology, and many great finds were made in Victorian times – the most famous to us being, perhaps, the tomb of King Tut.
Featuring panelists Gail Carriger and Dr. Brad Hafford.

Presenters
avatar for Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger

Author
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Brad Hafford

Dr. Brad Hafford

Archaeologist, Penn Museum
Brad Hafford is an archaeologist, writer, and traveler. He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania and has excavated in the U.S., U.K., Greece, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. His archaeological research primarily concerns ancient economics and he is particularly interested... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Salon C Radisson

12:30pm

Thinking Outside the Music Box
Steampunk-Music.com founder Mark Rossmore and other musicians ruminate on why steampunk music is so instantly recognizable, yet so bloody hard to define.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Salon E Radisson

1:00pm

Beauty Beyond the Veil
The most beautiful expression of love and grief in the Victorian era was the tradition of post mortem photography. To capture a last glimpse of a loved one forever on film became an art form. Come take a look at examples of this art while learning the ins and outs of recognizing post mortem versus living subjects. The symbols used to convey loss and grief, the props of mourning, and the deep beauty of a love that passes beyond the veil of death. After the panel, there will be the opportunity to take your very own “post mortem” pictures. We will be setting up a tableau including some of the symbolism discussed.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon D Radisson

2:00pm

Fairy Farts & Goblin Brains: Descriptive Writing for Fantasy
Come and enter the dungeon of trials where you will be put to the test! Taste a fairy fart and find out the best descriptive words to use. Touch goblin brains and tell me what you feel. Be blinded down a dark hallway and figure out what that putrified smell is. Come and learn what new ways there are to describing the fantasy world you want to create!

Presenters
avatar for Esther Wheelmaker

Esther Wheelmaker

Author, Third Broom on the Left Press
I have grown up traveling around the world and getting to know all sorts of wonderful people. I love writing because I can't seem to shut off this imagination of mine. The people I get to meet and places I get to go really help to inspire me. My writing is my passion and in turn is... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Boardroom C Radisson

2:00pm

Gender in Steampunk
A Panel discussion on Gender issues in the Steampunk genre.

Presenters
avatar for Caitlyn Mazzacano

Caitlyn Mazzacano

Mazz is an actor, performer, artist, and activist originally from New York currently living in San Diego, CA.They've been an activist for feminism and LGBTQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) rights for several years.Since moving to San Diego she has participated... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Embassy Mainstage Embassy

2:00pm

Learn to Navigate the Luminiferous Aether That is the Law: A Crash Course in Copyrights, Trademarks, Rights of Publicity, and other Pernicious Legal Issues for Artists
Perhaps you’ve written a SteamPunk novel or comic book and are now ready to meet with publishers, or maybe you’ve taken photographs of conventioneers in cosplay and want to make merchandise from your pictures. How do you protect your creative work? What are the limits of such legal protection? What kind of permissions do you need? What kind of rights should you keep? In this presentation, we will explore legal topics critical to creators such as the protection of ideas; copyrights and “copy wrongs”; work for hire agreements and model releases; and a multitude of unseen legal traps waiting to ensnare the unsuspecting artist.

Don’t let the icy waters of the law extinguish the Promethean spark of your creation! Join entertainment attorney and law professor Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. in a one-hour quest to demystify those shadowy areas of copyright and contract law that most impact creators.
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Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is an entertainment attorney and author of the best-selling legal guide: “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers.” His newest book, The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators is the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry. In addition to his private practice, where he represents comic book creators and filmmakers, he also teaches film, media, and intellectual property law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell has been a legal lecturer at New York ComicCon since 2008.


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Centennial Room Embassy

2:00pm

Steampunk as Metaphor
Samantha Stephenson, singer and percussionist of the globetrotting Steampunk Folk Cabaret duo Frenchy and the Punk, will be conducting a panel on reinventing your life Steampunk-style.

Samantha has been touring with Frenchy and the Punk for the past 10 years. Her path to her present life was not a direct one. She not only has experience in the world of dance; having studied dance since the age of 4, exercise training; as a certified aerobics instructor, the healing arts; as a certified Polarity Therapy practitioner and the visual arts but once led a life in the corporate realm after earning her Masters in Business Administration. Her journey has taken many twists and turns and she understands full well the meaning of transforming your life and finding the courage to walk your true path.

Through principles of energy work, guided meditation/creative visualization and discussion, join this exploration on how what attracted you to Steampunk can be used as a metaphor for your life. Explore the possibility of taking a more active role in shaping and reinventing your present by tuning into what you always wanted your life to be and what you envision it could be in the future.

Presenters

Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon C Radisson

3:30pm

O Gothic Novel How I Cannot Help But Love Thee
The guilty pleasure novel, this genre has had all our collective knickers in a twist since the 1700s. Why? Oh, come on, you know you want to run crying out into a rainstorm in your nightgown and throw yourself upon a tombstone. It’s okay. Let’s talk about it.

Presenters
avatar for Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber

Author at Tor Books, Actress, Playwright, Perky Goth
Leanna is an actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Gaslamp Fantasy) for adults and teens, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the Eterna Files saga with Tor books. Her Strangely Beautiful saga won... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Boardroom C Radisson

3:30pm

Setting Limits in Relationships
Caitlin is a third wave feminist and social justice advocate concentrating on sexual education, gender equality, and relationship communication.

“Setting Limits In Relationships” helps to provide insight in cultivating a difficult skill; setting a limit to the relationships in your life.. Whether it’s from saying ‘no’ to walking away from toxic behavior in the pursuit of a happier and healthier relationship with yourself and others.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Salon C Radisson

3:30pm

Shoestring Cinematography
Got that film idea in your head, but you don’t have a budget or a crew? No worries! Here’s a panel covering various techniques for making your own videos and films on zero or no budget, with a walkthrough of the pre-production, production, special effects, and editing phases. 

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Salon E Radisson

3:30pm

Victorian Mathematics: James Joseph Sylvester
In this talk, we discuss the life and many strange starts and finishes of the mathematician James Joseph Sylvester. We then go on to discuss some of his serious contributions. The proofs and details will be provided, so come ready to math.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Centennial Room Embassy

5:00pm

Vampirism & Premature Burial in Early Modern London
Come learn about a time in English history where the lines between life and death were blurred due to medical misunderstandings. You’ll hear about the fear and commonality of being buried alive, and the lengths people went to in order to control that fear.

History of medicine scholar, Nicole Salomone, regales us with tales of the undead and the mostly dead in Early Modern London. Come on a journey to some of the darkest areas of the Enlightened Age.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Salon D Radisson

5:00pm

Steampunk Literature
Join a bevvy of our authors, including Guest of Honor Gail Carriger, Leanna Renee Hieber, Dr. Brad Hafford, and Nikki Woolfolk, for a rousing discussion of Steampunk literature. And/or zombies, absinthe, and whatever other oddities may strike. Because when you get several Steampunk authors together, who knows what can happen?

Presenters
avatar for Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger

Author
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Brad Hafford

Dr. Brad Hafford

Archaeologist, Penn Museum
Brad Hafford is an archaeologist, writer, and traveler. He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania and has excavated in the U.S., U.K., Greece, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. His archaeological research primarily concerns ancient economics and he is particularly interested... Read More →
avatar for Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber

Author at Tor Books, Actress, Playwright, Perky Goth
Leanna is an actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Gaslamp Fantasy) for adults and teens, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the Eterna Files saga with Tor books. Her Strangely Beautiful saga won... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon C Radisson

5:00pm

Under Cover- A fashion history of umbrellas and parasols
The history of sunshades goes back thousands of years, but it was during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century that umbrellas and parasols were introduced to Europe. During the 1700s parasols had already evolved into a woman’s fashion item, designed and decorated to match each promenade dress or walking suit.
At the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign the parasols were quite plain, but by about 1850 tassels and frills grew in popularity. In each ensuing year the adornments became more ostentatious. If a dress had bows or flounces, the parasol could be adorned with the same decoration.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

Sponsors


Saturday May 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon E Radisson

5:00pm

The Munchausen Society: Celebrity Charity Project
The Munchausen Society brings together some of its members and various of SPWF's performers in one place to tell stories, provide laughs, and raise some money for a worthwhile cause.

We are the Munchausen Society, a group of gentlemen, and rogues, who have traveled the world and gone on great adventures. Every now and again we get together to tell our tales for a good cause. We guarantee laughs, we guarantee shenanigans, we guarantee that every story we tell is the honest truth, especially the lies.


Saturday May 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Centennial Room Embassy

6:00pm

The Occult Renaissance of the 19th century
The Victorian era was not only a period of scientific and technological advances, but also of metaphysical and occult awakening. Come hear about the movers and shakers of the Victorian occult (including the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley) and the stories that didn't make it into the history books. Presented by Starwolf of Foresight.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Salon D Radisson

6:30pm

Swordplay for Writers and Writing Swordplay
This talk is about how swords work. About the forces that govern the shape and use of a sword, and – most importantly to you – how that relates to your story, and how that can be used to assist in your drama.

Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.
Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.
He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.



Saturday May 16, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Salon E Radisson

7:00pm

Paranormal Panel
Join us for another lively discussion of popular topics in the paranormal today. Bringing together helenistic pagan Holly Abair, demonologist and paranormal investigator Kevin Meares, Omnimancer Arthur oyer, Historian Dru Rusanski, ordained priest Father Joe Broz and paranormal investigator Matthew Tierney this will prove an interesting look at the paranormal side of life and what really is out there in the dark.


Saturday May 16, 2015 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Salon D Radisson

7:00pm

Fashion from Victorian through 1950s: creating costumes with a historic base
This panel will cover the different silhouettes from the Victorian era through the 1950s and how to work those styles into your costumes.

Presenters
avatar for Aleta Pardalis

Aleta Pardalis

Costume Designer/ cosplayer, Aleta Pardalis Designs
Aleta Pardalis is the daughter of a clothing designer. She designed her first Edwardian style dress in 7th grade and had designed a Tudor style gown by 10th grade. After graduating high school in Florida the early 90’s she discovered comic, sci-fi and anime conventions and started... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Centennial Room Embassy

8:00pm

Edgar Allan Poe and Victorian Mourning
Presented by Chris Semtner of the Poe Museum, this panel will open discussion and present how Victorian Mourning relates to the works of Poe. From burial and funerary practices to the obsession that Victorians held with death and aspects of the macabre to better understand the workings of the great writer.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Salon D Radisson

8:00pm

Problematic People in Personal and Professional Lif
Robert Gearhardt is a Nurse Practitioner working in Psychiatry.
Rosalee Patterson MSEd. is a Educator working in the Technology Industry.

Ever lend someone tools or some money and then not get it back? Have that friend who keeps talking about their “Big Plans” and yet always seems to have some “Bad Luck?” We are going to talk about some of the patterns we have noticed both as people in fandom and our careers in Healthcare, Education, and Technology. Healthy boundaries, limit setting, and mindfulness will be discussed.



Saturday May 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon E Radisson

8:30pm

Steampunk Weapons 101
Ever wonder how some people make those gorgeous Steampunk weapons? Think that you cannot do it yourself because it is too expensive or you don’t think you have the skills or tools?Steampunk Weapons from Beginner to Intermediate is a one hour panel discussion regarding creating and modification of weapons to the Steampunk esthetic. The panel will discuss beginner and intermediate level modifications, types of weapons, parts, tools, and techniques, from the basic repainting of available plastics weapons to the more complex modification of wood and steel firearms. Topics covered will include late 19th and early 20th century examples of real weapons to draw inspiration from. Where to find items for modifications, tools needed, and skills required. The different Steampunk firearm types from, gunpowder to electricity to steam powered.  Examples, in various stages of build and creative levels will be shown.
 Presenters:Kevin M. Houghton is a Steampunk author and costumer, who has applied several years of weapons and armor reconstruction for medieval living history groups towards the crafting of weapons and costume.H. Brevard Howard is a Steampunk costumer and fabricator who combines his love of history and weapons into crafting and creating unique steampunk weaponry.Ever wonder how some people make those gorgeous Steampunk weapons? Think that you cannot do it yourself because it is too expensive or you don’t think you have the skills or tools?
Steampunk Weapons from Beginner to Intermediate is a one hour panel discussion regarding creating and modification of weapons to the Steampunk esthetic. The panel will discuss beginner and intermediate level modifications, types of weapons, parts, tools, and techniques, from the basic repainting of available plastics weapons to the more complex modification of wood and steel firearms. Topics covered will include late 19th and early 20th century examples of real weapons to draw inspiration from. Where to find items for modifications, tools needed, and skills required. The different Steampunk firearm types from, gunpowder to electricity to steam powered. Examples, in various stages of build and creative levels will be shown.
Presenters:
Kevin M. Houghton is a Steampunk author and costumer, who has applied several years of weapons and armor reconstruction for medieval living history groups towards the crafting of weapons and costume.
H. Brevard Howard is a Steampunk costumer and fabricator who combines his love of history and weapons into crafting and creating unique steampunk weaponry.

Saturday May 16, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Centennial Room Embassy

9:00pm

To Our Dearly Departed: Victorian Mourning Attire and Custom
An Enthusiast’s Guide to the appropriate etiquette of how best to fashionably express your anguish. The Victorians truly were remarkable in the many strict rules and rituals surrounding every aspect of their daily lives. Naturally, Death shall be no exception.

In this Lecture we will offer up guidelines straight from the grandest funeral customs of the Victorian Era, complete with the discussion of the stages of mourning in fashion as well as how to properly participate in a formal funeral procession.
Mourning Attire is encouraged. Somber reflection optional.

Saturday May 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Salon D Radisson

9:30pm

Framing Steampunk: An exploration of Steampunk Art in the Second Dimension with an Art Mercenary
Costumes, Props, Vessels and Mechanical Beasts….Many of these wonders are birthed on the drawing board!

Freelance Artist and Illustrator Brett Kelley will discuss Steampunk from the viewpoint of the second-dimension and it’s various applications and contributions to the genre. From industrial, conceptual and prop design to fine art, graphic novels and even body art, we will explore the many applications of the 2-D artist in this multi-dimensional world.

Presenters


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Salon E Radisson

10:00pm

The Murder Castle of the World’s Fair
Three miles west of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair stood a building, known to locals as “The Castle”, and advertised as The World’s Fair Hotel.

The man who owned, as well as designed it, built it for one purpose, to draw in women traveling to the bustling city of Chicago for the fair, and murder them all.

Join professional ladykiller J.R. Whitcomb of “Karnevil” in a dissection of Herman Mudgett a.k.a. Dr. H.H. Holmes, his methods, his madness, and his Murder Castle.



Saturday May 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Salon D Radisson

11:00pm

Virtue and Vice: Gilded Age Sexuality
Modesty was a public virtue in the gilded age, behind closed doors was another matter entirely. This 45 minute panel explores the vicious side of Victorian sexuality. Visual aids, live entertainment, medical devices, brothel “menus”, notable perpetrators of immorality and film will be discussed and viewed. The presenters have diverse interests and backgrounds and look forward to sharing their research with the deviants of the Nightshade Society. This panel is strictly rated 18+.

Saturday May 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Salon D Radisson

11:00pm

Stroke Your Descriptions
Tease your senses and build your stimulating descriptions of the erotic variety by coming to this workshop. Learn how deeply you can penetrate your mind by arousing those hard to reach spots by walking down the dungeon of desire and figuring out what that delectable scent is. Become blinded while you fondle a piece of leather, not knowing what part of the body it could belong to. Learn how to use the correct descriptive words to arouse when sliding that crop down the chest of a fresh submissive. All of this and more when you become unchained in this writing workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Esther Wheelmaker

Esther Wheelmaker

Author, Third Broom on the Left Press
I have grown up traveling around the world and getting to know all sorts of wonderful people. I love writing because I can't seem to shut off this imagination of mine. The people I get to meet and places I get to go really help to inspire me. My writing is my passion and in turn is... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday May 17, 2015 12:00am
Salon E Radisson

12:00am

Field Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos
Grimm Investigations presents THE FIELD GUIDE TO CTHULHU MYTHOS. Topics covered will range from Abd Al-Hazred to the Mi-Go to Nyralayhotep to possible defenses (if any) which you could hope to rely on if encountering one of the unspeakable horrors of the night.


Sunday May 17, 2015 12:00am - 12:45am
Salon D Radisson
 
Sunday, May 17
 

11:00am

The Eterna Files: Reading, Part 2
Leanna Renee Hieber is on book tour for her latest Gaslamp Fantasy novel with Tor books, THE ETERNA FILES! From Tor: Imagine The X-Files meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series and set in Victorian London and New York City–welcome to The Eterna Files, where the race for immortality touches off a far greater danger than two misguided offices of stalwart paranormal detectives could have bargained for. That which frightens death is cause for terror indeed.

Presenters
avatar for Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber

Author at Tor Books, Actress, Playwright, Perky Goth
Leanna is an actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Gaslamp Fantasy) for adults and teens, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the Eterna Files saga with Tor books. Her Strangely Beautiful saga won... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Salon D Radisson

11:00am

Consent and Safe Space Q&A
The tides of Fandom are changing. Providing an environment where all people can participate safely is essential for the continued health of the subculture and for its continued growth. Join us for a lively discussion on this topic with all the presenters from the Safe Spaces track.

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon C Radisson

11:00am

Steam Powered Giraffe Autograph Session

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Centennial Room Embassy

12:15pm

New Jersey’s Forgotten History
New Jersey has a history much deeper than popular thought. The Garden State is Ground Zero for the American Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and the birth of the Modern Era. Small State, Big Impact: New Jersey has offered this world many unimaginable contributions. From small inventions to the Industrial Revolution, New Jersey has greatly impacted the Modern World.

Fred Eckert is an Educational Speaker who expounds upon New Jersey’s vast history. Fred has spent countless hours researching the truth behind New Jersey’s past and has made discoveries that other historians are unaware of. For Fred, it is all about Education & Inspiration.

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Sunday May 17, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Salon C Radisson

1:00pm

Dark Continent
A special conversation on how a lesser explored and in some ways misunderstood Dark Continent of Africa plays into the Steampunk genre. An entire continent cannot revealed in one hour. Therefore, El Corsario Negro will focus on the nature of those things most common to us... The things we have watched on screen and read over the last 200 years or so. Zombies: walking dead or more? The mojo missing from Harry Potter? When Africa meets Pirates in the Caribbean. Moreover, how this is not so different from the not so Dark Continents everywhere else.

Presented by Doyaun Chavez De Valda aka El Corsario Negro.

When he is not busying himself in his IT Company where he has been a Managing Partner for 7 years, El is normally about developing a number of side projects involving the creative arts. With over 25 years of Acting, Dance, Production, Design, and multiple talks on world history and culture, he has turned up for SPWF 2015 to introduce his personal brand of Speculative Fiction, which has spawned a number of successes in various venues and crews. El has worked with Spoleto USA, Produced and Directed “A Series of One Act Plays”.

He has performed on stage with a number of acting troupes, as well as performed vocally in an Off-Broadway Operetta. After surviving a life-threatening cancer, he took a major break from performance and still maintains a wide vocal range when not dealing with side effects from treatment. He was last caught dabbling in the famous or infamous Khalwa of NERO LARP, which he created and designed to introduce multicultural world thought for a group he mentored. You will still find his work in their world setting. Currently his company Starwatch Omega Enterprises, LLP., has finally begun a production subsidiary called Jaha Studios to pursue his own world setting called Alternate Aerth of which his group The Steampunk World Order (facebook link https://www.facebook.com/SteampunkWorld )plays a major role.

You will not find him often without his right hand man Dr. Gerrard Evans. When they are not fighting for whatever is in that coffee cup...not coffee, they are constantly discussing how to bring history and politics into the discussion. During the 2012 debate cycle they played truth tellers to the statements of the candidates, often to rousing exchanges and external commentary.

Foremost is his need for success but his passion for exploring themes and ideas that push the envelope. The creed of Starwatch is “Great minds seeking to accomplish the extraordinary.” And he hopes he will be able to inspire you to do the same.



Sunday May 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon D Radisson

1:30pm

Bataireacht- Shillelagh and Irish Stick Fighting: Panel
The Irish have used various sticks and cudgels as weapons of self-defence for centuries. The shillelagh is still identified with Irish popular culture to this day. By the 18th century bataireacht became increasingly associated with Irish gangs called “factions”. Irish faction fights involved large groups of men (and sometimes women) who engaged in melees at county fairs, weddings, funerals, or any other convenient gathering.
As the faction fights became increasingly repressed and other sports were promoted such as hurling, bataireacht slowly faded away and by the turn of the 20th century.[Although still documented sporadically- it had became mostly an underground practice, saved by a few families who still handed down their own styles.

Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.

He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Canes Enable
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.


Sunday May 17, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salon C Radisson

2:00pm

Edgar Allan Poe Poe and Visual Arts
Presented by Chris Semtner of the Poe Museum, this panel will present the influences of Visual Arts on the great writer and how great the artistic interpretations would deliver a deeper understanding of Poe’s work during his time.

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Sunday May 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Salon D Radisson

2:00pm

The Nature of Nikola Tesla
PanOrpheus presents a discussion on the always intriguing Nikola Tesla, a genius who spent his life exploring the nature of Nature. From Fire (Electricity, lightning), Air and Earth (Remote Control, the concept of the Wardenclyffe Wireless Power Transmission Tower…his patents that led to Radio…and more) and Water (The harnessing of the Niagara Falls) he contributed over 700 patents, and countless inventions that have helped to shape our modern world. We’ll explore the life and world of this fascinating man!

PanOrpheus is on the Board of Directors of the Tesla Science Foundation. Tesla or the Spirit of Tesla, has been a character in the books he has written, such as Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower. He has been a presenter at the Tesla Memorial Conference in NYC, and has promoted Tesla outreach events at libraries in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Presenters
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PanOrpheus

I have a new Facebook page PanOrpheus Author. Check it out! I'm the author of six books: One of which is the Award-winning 'The Antikythera and The Source'. Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Eleusis and Atlantis Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Egypt Phoebe... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Centennial Room Embassy

3:00pm

Superhuman: Stories of Houdini
The name Harry Houdini is legendary, as one of the great magicians, and as the greatest escape artist to have ever lived. The tales of his life sound more like myth than history, yet many of them truly happened. Houdini aficionado, J.R. Whitcomb of “Karnevil,” will take you on a whirlwind tour of the life of Houdini, from his humble beginnings as a traveling magician, to his rise to fame, to his battles with false mediums, and lastly, his untimely demise. These tales will be supplemented with demonstrations of some of the effects that made Houdini’s early career, along with explanations of the methods behind them.



Sunday May 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon D Radisson

3:00pm

The Art of Millinery
If clothes make the man, then a well-made hat makes a trendsetter! This seminar will acquaint the viewer with the time honored techniques of the Milliner’s art by demonstration of the tools and materials that go into well-made headwear.

Headgear is crucial to any well to do outfit. Why settle for factory made, when you could join in the Do it yourself revolution?

Presenters
avatar for Erik Teague

Erik Teague

Designer and Haberdasher, Opergeist Haberdashery
Quality handmade hats for the darkly minded.



Sunday May 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon C Radisson

3:30pm

Gail Carriger: Autograph Session
For The Steampunk World’s Fair 2015: Announcing a rare East Coast Appearance of Author Gail Carriger!

The Steampunk World’s Fair will be shortly after the release of Book #1 of The Custard Protocol, and we are thrilled to have her join us!

Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit.

Her books are urbane fantasies mixed with steampunk comedies of manners. They have now been published in over a dozen different languages and she received the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award and was nominated for the Compton Crook, Campbell, and Locus Awards. All five in the Parasol Protectorate series (including Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless) plus manga adaptations Soulless Vol. 1-3 were New York Times Bestsellers. Her most recent release is Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third in her critically acclaimed Finishing School series for young adult. She will release the first book in her new adult series, Prudence, in 2015.

Presenters
avatar for Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger

Author
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many... Read More →

Sponsors
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Corvus Creations

Owner/Designer, Corvus Creations
We at Corvus Creations are the purveyors of fine Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, and Pagan jewelry and sundries.



Sunday May 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Centennial Room Embassy

4:00pm

What is Wrong with Romantic Vampires?
Seems like vampires get a bad repute now a days. With Twilight, True Blood, even some recent movies with Dracula himself. But is it really all so wrong? Join Ahmetia Campbell (movie buff), Katerina Campbell (occult buff), and Kevin Meares (demonologist and vampire buff) in a look back on the history and tropes of the vampires!


Sunday May 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Salon D Radisson

4:30pm

The Art of Adapting Characters
Learn tips and tricks for Adapting popular characters into a steampunk or other style while still being recognizable. This will be an open question and answer style panel.

Presenters
avatar for Aleta Pardalis

Aleta Pardalis

Costume Designer/ cosplayer, Aleta Pardalis Designs
Aleta Pardalis is the daughter of a clothing designer. She designed her first Edwardian style dress in 7th grade and had designed a Tudor style gown by 10th grade. After graduating high school in Florida the early 90’s she discovered comic, sci-fi and anime conventions and started... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salon C Radisson