Event Review: Bull City Robotic Rodeo

We’re happy to have started our year with an all new adventure in Steampunk, and a new local show! This show had its good and bad, but I hope the team that put it together tries again next year.

First, huge compliments to the organizers of this event. They had all sorts of awesome things going on all hours of the event, and a bunch of amazing creators. Honestly, it was one of the best dealer’s rooms for quality that I have ever seen. We had fun reunions with steampunk creators that we usually see up north.

I even ended up on TV!

 

 

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On Wicked, Steampunk World’s Fair, and JME

Over the last week, serious allegations came out against Jeff Mach and Jeff Mach Events, organizers of Wicked, Steampunk World’s Fair, and several other events in New Jersey. We have taken a few days to consider our response and see how the event company would handle the situation. Last night we received the official response from the new event CEO that Jeff will no longer be involved with any of their events or allowed to be at them.

We’ve been talking about it seriously here, so here is our response for you, our fans and fellow convention goers.

  • We will still be vending at this year’s Wicked Faire and Steampunk World’s Fair. These events are paid for well in advance and we can not afford as a small business to let that money be a wash or scramble to find another show at this point in time.
  • While we personally have never had any problems with Jeff or JME, we do not dismiss or disbelieve those who have. You have our support and we wish you had felt more comfortable to speak out sooner.
  • We will be watching to see how the new management handles this year and evaluating whether we will do these shows in the future.

Conventions, events, and faires are supposed to be places of fun and escape. We all try to watch out for each other, and we hate to see when something like this poisons any part of our greater community.

This is our promise to you:

  • If you are at any event where we are vending, and feel harassed, followed, or otherwise unsafe, we will happily give you shelter. If you feel ill, we will give you a seat. We will stand by you until you find a friend or a member of event staff who can help you.
  • If for any reason our behavior ever makes you uncomfortable, please let us know. We want events we attend to be enjoyable and safe for all.

Our sympathies are with all effected, and we hope that we will all be able to move forward to a good year of events.

Thank you.

Catching Up – What a Year It’s Been!

Hello everyone! It’s been quite the crazy year and we’re way behind on sharing what we’ve been up to. And there is awesome news to come!

So, let’s start with catching up on a year worth of incredible shows and a huge thank you for everyone who came out to see us.

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First to kick off the summer was Awesome Con! Cynthia squeezed a lot into one little table. Next year, we have a full booth to share our geeky armor designs!

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It was the weekend of Wonder Woman! This amazon came back to show off the bracers she bought from us.

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Blerdcon was a first year convention in DC, dedicated to underrepresented groups in pop culture. It was one of the most welcoming events I have ever been to, and we are happily looking forward to next year.

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A closeup of our extreme colorfulness for Blerdcon.

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Scares That Care! This was our third year at this event, one of our favorites every year.

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Our awesome artist friend Kat joined us in our room this year, and made these awesome signs to help people find us.

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…and then she became part of the room decor…

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…until we had a little building emergency adventure.

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But all was well and we kept on having fun for charity!

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Next was our first time at FanExpo Boston. A decent weekend, though we definitely learned from it if we choose to do it again.

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Our endcap booth at Boston. The artist section of this one really is print and comic artists, so we’d be better off in the dealer area.

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Dragon Con! Another crowded tiny table. I am hoping for more space for next year.

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These bottles continued to be a huge hit – almost all of them sold day one!

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Entering fall with Frederick Pagan Pride. A beautiful, brightly sunny day.

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Nathaniel put out a great display of new bone knives for the fall.

That’s it for the shows that I remembered to take pictures of this past year! Check out our show schedule to see where to find us next.

Event Review: Steampunk World’s Fair 2017

This was our second year doing Steampunk World’s Fair, and we were happy to move to an inside hotel room space. This set up is unique as far as shows we have done – the first floor hotel rooms become vending space, small boutique shops that have creative set ups. Fortunately a vendor friend pointed out we would need to bring more lights, because hotel rooms are not meant to be bright. We also thought to buy a lot more vertical displays, because this was not a good space to try and bring multiple tables in and have multiple customers at a time.

Only things we’d change for next year? Confirm all details with the hotel so we don’t have any check-in issues like we did this year, get something eyecatching to put outside our room, and make some advertising posters including that we do costume repair.

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First wall you see when you come in – our refinished water guns, the popular flasks, and more.

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Fully into the room – waist cinchers and masks.

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The grid wall and extra lighting really made a difference in our display.

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My first holsters, and a continuation of my leather and lace series.

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More swords and the giant flask. Our eye catching corner.

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One of the takers on our repair services. Love to corgi themed costumes!

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The costumes are definitely one of the highlights of Steampunk World’s Fair.

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Nathaniel’s plasma caster – huge steampunk mod. Can you guess what this started as?

Show Review: Glimmerdark 2017

Yeah, I am way behind. Glimmerdark was in February, a fantasy and dark fairy convention that took over from Wicked Faire. It had it’s issues as a new/revised event, but I look forward to seeing what it becomes.

So to catch up more easily, I’m just going to sum it up in pictures. Enjoy!

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All set in the ballroom. We had to be a little creative since our booth opened on three sides.

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My new lightup cloak! Playing with sheer materials for the fairies.

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Masks and light up blades. The light ups were a hit – one area where occasional darkness was to our benefit.

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New sign, and lots of cloaks.

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Green fairy backpack flask.

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Happy barbarian fae with her new club!

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A view down the aisle, for a bit of the show feel. We don’t get out of our booth much.

Show Review: Scares That Care Weekend

Hello again! We are entering our slow time between shows, so I’m getting caught up on all of my show photos and such from this past year. Then it’ll be time for year in review and fun planning for next year!

Scares That Care Weekend is one of our favorite events. It is not our most profitable, but it’s a weekend of awesome people who love horror and trying to do good for charity. This year, we got a whole conference room to fill with our stuff however we wanted. Up side – we could show off a lot of stuff and be creative with our display. Downside – the second floor gets less traffic and the room we chose was… well, more hidden than we realized.

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Come on boney, help us show people where we are…

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So, leave the haunted house, then take a sharp turn…

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…down the skinny hidden hallway…

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… and into room 14! We posted lots of these posters to try and help people find us. Plus, first show with our new logo!

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Nice and open room to show lots of different products!

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Room was an unusual shape, but that meant we could set up a nice sales and work table.

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More shadow box kits! People got a good laugh out of these.

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Swords, props, bottles… so much to shop through!

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Costumes around the event were awesome. The Chanels and the Red Devil came for a visit.

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Even out in the parking lot people were having a silly, fun, horror time.

Huge thanks to all of our helpers who showed people where we were!

We are already paid up for next year. We will be on the second floor again, but in a more obvious room next time. And we’ll go even further on atmosphere and display!

Shore Leave 2016 – After Show Report

Shore Leave was one of my first conventions I did regularly. I have a lot of early convention memories from this show – volunteering with the art show, hanging out with Klingons, getting some of my first celebrity autographs. But, after a couple of hit or miss years of sales, I hadn’t vended at this convention for a while. Looking for more shows this year, and now that I am selling completely different things than I used to, it was time for another try.

All told, it was awesome to be welcomed back. Sales weren’t amazing but weren’t bad, good staff and fun to see people again.

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Getting ready for a show is always interesting. Here is what going through the inventory looks like.

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No need for a mirror – there’s a huge one behind us! We got creative with splitting a six foot table, which is a small display for us these days.

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We were given a table by a ballroom door, so we were able to hang cloaks on a chain for people to look through.

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Light up Death Star fascination with tie fighters! I loved it.