2013 Symposium Guests of Honour

The list of Symposium 2013’s Guests of Honour will be updated and expanded as the year draws by; thus far is a list of confirmed special guests.

Guest Academic: Ay-leen the Peacemaker

Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho) is a fandom scholar, activist, blogger, and general rabble-rouser.  She has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues. Her academic published work can be found inSteampunk Magazine: Issues 1 – 7(Combustion Books, 2011), Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press, 2012), and Steaming into a Victorian Future (Scarecrow Press, 2012). Ay-leen has been interviewed about steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber; and the books The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Image, May 2011), Steampunk: Reloaded(Tachyon Publications, 2010), and The WisCon Chronicles Vol 5 (Aqueduct Press, 2010). Ay-leen currently lives and works in New York City for Tor Books & blogs for Tor.com. You can follow her academic work on Academia.edu.

Guest Author: John White

John White has worked as a courtroom artist, served with the United States Air Force, lived in three countries, climbed to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, was privileged to be the Art Director for the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.  John  turned his hand to the world of Steampunk in 2010 with The Airship Neverland Trilogy.

His first Book Tales of the Airship Neverland: a steampunk fairy tale was released in 2012,and was nominated  for the 2012 Steamcon IV  Airship Award  in the written category.  The second book in the series Captain Hook and The Pirates of Mars is slated for a May 2013 release.

Guest Epicurean: Lady Clankington

Lady Clankington will be joining us as a guest for the 2013 Steampunk Empire Symposium. She is a woman of many varied proclivities.  Her lust for life is so insatiable, in fact, that mere mortals can never hope to keep up with it.  In order to avoid injuring her traveling companions, Lady C commissions the mad Dr. Visbaun to construct infernal devices to appease her appetite…for adventure.

Unfortunately, Lady Clankington exhausts each of his inventions at an alarming rate and must commission from him a new product every now and again, in order to remain satisfied.

In her spare time, the lady reads books, explores foreign lands, and peruses the international network of communications.  Dr. Visbaun is far too busy to indulge in any such nonsense.

There are no known photographs or daguerrotypes of Dr. Visbaun.  He does, indeed, exist but avoids the camera like the plague, itself.

Learn more about her at littledeathray.com.

Guest Artist: Bethalynne Bajema

Bethalynne is a Michigan native with 15 years of experience as a professional artist. Her artwork has been featured in magazines such as Dark BeautyDark RealmsReal Detroit, Cthulhu Sex, and Weird Tales, along with contributions to the books Vampire Art NowGothic Art Now and John Santerineross’ two coffee table books, Dream and Fruit of the Secret God. She currently spends much of her time juggling too many projects, attempting to be a writer who doesn’t include squirrel references too often and working along side her fiancee –artist Myke Amend.

See more of Bethalynne’s art at BethalynneBajema.com



The Vagabonds

Lurking out from the shadows, The Vagabonds are a crew of nomadic, crime solving, ninja bandits who have an absurd love for terrorizing Boston, Michigan, and Ohio areas. They’d go farther, but because of their fearless leader’s love for messing with machinery he really shouldn’t be touching, that’s about as far as they’ve been able to get. But stay tuned! A few miles of rope, and this may get fixed.

From terrorizing “The Man” to assembling like minded individuals into coherent masses for posing and picture taking, they do it all. Being conventionally recognized doesn’t really suit their style at times, but being the good hearted individuals they are, they’ll easily be prepared to give creative instruction on any manner of topics.

Remember, when you throw aristocrats, pirates, a cook, and a few outlaws at each other, you can’t help but come up with a bronze and brass encyclopedia whose pages are always changing.

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