Steampunk Symposium 2014 Guests of Honour

Hieber 2Leanna Renee Hieber 

Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. Her debut novelThe Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, landed on Barnes & Noble’s bestseller lists, and The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess, prequel in the Strangely Beautiful series, won the 2012 Prism Award (Best Fantasy).


Sillof Fett ThumbSillof’s Workshop

It is pronouced  “Si” (like Psi or Sci-fi ) and “llof” (like cough or pilaf) and no it is not his real name. In 2005, Sillof presented the Aether-net with his Steam Wars series, custom Steampunk Star Wars action figures which were to become an inspiration for many costumers, and now his work is part of the inspiration behind the theme for Steampunk Empire Symposium MMXIV . . . The Steampunk Empire Strikes Back! 


Ashby ThumbSteampunk Boba Fett (Danny Ashby)

Danny Ashby is a Sculptor, Actor, Special Effects Artist, Performance Artist, Visual Artist, and Set Builder living in Atlanta, GA. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Outland Armour, a small but world famous fabrication, props, and special effects company operating since 2004. Danny’s creations have won awards at conventions across the country and with Outland Armour, he travels the country making appearances at media conventions, hosting panels, and judging costume contests.


Steampunk Boba Fett (John Strangeway)

Steampunk Boba Fett (John F. Strangeway) is one of the most recognized figures in both the Steampunk and Star Wars fan communities. The idea originated in John’s lifelong love ofStar Wars and in particular the cult figure of bounty hunter Boba Fett.  He had the idea for a Steampunk variation for quite some time but lacked the resources to build the suit to match his vision. That changed at AnachroCon 2009, where he met Matt Silva of Penny Dreadful Productions. A few months later the two began work on the suit, which debuted at Dragon*Con 2009 to overwhelming acclaim.  John and Matt are featured prominently in the PBS documentary “Four Days at Dragon*Con.”

Steam Vader ThumbSteampunk Vader (David Lee)

David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester VA. David’s Steampunk  art has been featured at the “Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit” with Dr. Grymm and has had exhibits in various Steampunk conventions and festivals from Ohio to Atlanta. The Steampunk Empire Symposium is excited to have David Lee as a guest of honour this year.


Cindy_0069_web2-180x285Cindy Spencer Pape

Pape is the award winning author of the best-selling Gaslight Chronicles, and has released 16 novels and more than 30 shorter works. When not working on her next novel, or nose buried in a book, Pape is a regular at many Steampunk and Renaissance events. Her Gaslight Chronicles are the perfect blend of her Romance writing background and her love of Steampunk. Pape will leading several panels on writing and Steampunk as well as giving readings from her latest works.

SP Mark Twain 2Steampunk Mark Twain (Quine Brengle)

Mark Twain said “If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.” Well, it must be the end of the world because Steampunk Mark Twain is in Cincinnati this coming April to talk about his adventures piloting airships through the aether. Learn everything that your English teacher forgot to tell you about this remarkable master of wit and tall tales.


Apparition AbolishersThe Apparition Abolishers

Whom Shall One Telegraph? The Apparition Abolishers! The Apparition Abolishers are a group of steampunk costumers, artists, prop-makers, and performers based in Nashville, TN. The Clocktease Burlesque and Dr. Torque’s Traveling Exposition of Curious Contraptions and Fantastical Oddities were launched in 2011 at Geek Media Expo. Their artistic endeavors include unique costumes, a web comic, a short film, music video collaboration, and various oddities and contraptions.

Capture Darcy sunglasses smallEmilie P Bush

Former Host of Georgia Public Radio’s “Georgia Gazette” Emilie P. Bush has traded in writing the news for writing Steampunk. Her debut novel, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, sends Chenda and her companions up in the air, across a desert, through a mountain and under the sea in a thrilling adventure. Emilie P. Bush lives and writes in Atlanta. Currently, Emilie is writing the follow up to Chenda – Called The Gospel According to Verdu, and a modern mythological fantasy entitled Cryptid.

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