Announcing our Maker Guest of Honor!

Just in case y’all are in a hurry, let me get to the big news first, The Maker Guest of Honor is none other than…


Thomas Willeford!


As it was with Gail Carriger, our Author Guest of Honor, I feel that listing Thomas’ many accomplishments to this crowd is a bit redundant, but here’s an excerpt from his bio:

“With degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone) would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing a piece, one does not ask “Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure.

Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for more than 20 years. Thomas is also the author of the critically acclaimed steampunk how-to book “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos” (McGraw-Hill).”

Please join me in welcoming Thomas Willeford as our 2013 Maker Guest of Honor.

Okay now, if you have a second, I’d like to say a bit more on the topic…

Steampunks come to the party for a wonderful variety of reasons. For some, it’s the books and the storytelling, for others, it’s the clothes and the costumes and for others still, well, in the words of Jack Nicholson’s Joker, “Where does he get such wonderful toys?”

By and large, people are drawn to all three elements (and many more I’m not listing here), but in my experience, most of us have one area that especially speaks to them and for me, it’s the makers.

This is why we’ve worked so hard, from the first Nova Albion to now, to create an innovative and inspiring maker track as part of our programming and have had Maker Guests of Honor all along.

Bringing it back to 2013 and this announcement, I couldn’t be happier that Thomas agreed to be our GoH. He’s vended with us since the first Exhibition as Brute Force Leather and he wrote one of, if not the, best Steampunk maker book on the market and is working on another book in the series, which should be released in time to make a wonderful gift choice for the 2013 holidays. But through all of this, Thomas is still one of us, as much a fan of the genre as one of the experts and this, my friends, is why I love Steampunks and the wonderful things they do.

So, please join me in welcoming Thomas as our Maker GoH.


Announcing our Author Guest of Honor!


We are exceedingly proud to announce that the Author Guest of Honor for the 2013 Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition will be none other than…



As someone who is part our far-flung tribe of brass and steam, I’m guessing that you’re more than a little familiar with Gail’s books and lovely presence on the aetheric winds of social media, but for the two or three of you who aren’t, here is a more thorough description:

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award. Her Parasol Protectorate books were all bestsellers. She was once a professional archeologist and is currently working on two new series and overly fond of tea.


Please join me in welcoming Gail as our Author Guest of Honor and…well, now seems like a perfectly wonderful time to remind you all that early-bird weekend passes are NOW available! Only $50 will grant you admission to all the fun and hijinks we have in store for you. 


And, speaking of things we have in store, stay tuned for more announcements of additional Guests of Honor, features and fun.


Maker Guests of Honor: Neverwas Haul

Please join us in welcoming Nova Albion’s 2011 Maker Guests of Honor:

Major Catastrophe

and the

Crew of the Neverwas Haul!

photo: Michael Rauner

Join our esteemed guests for fascinating discussions on:
  • The design and build of the Neverwas Haul and Kristie’s Flyer, the only steam-powered vehicle.  Come listen to the engineers and crew discuss from inception to completion the details of creating the vehicles that have become legend!

    Kristie's Flyer

    [See the Flyer in action!]

  • The creation of steampunk designs from costuming to rayguns.  The crew of the Neverwas Haul includes not only engineers but clothing and prop designers who have created an extensive collection for use during explorations.  See their products displayed and talk to the designers for ideas on how to outfit your next expedition.
photo by Kimric Smythe

Steam Engine Demos


The crew will also give a Live Steam Presentation in the Outdoor Steam and Kinetics Area – come see some of the smaller steam-powered pieces built by the Neverwas Haul crew from parts not originally intended for this use!


* Please note: presentation topics have not been finalized and may change – please check back!

** You are invited to join the Major and the rest of the Neverwas Crew at the first meeting of the Hibernian Hellfire Club, off-site on Saturday night March 26th

Boilerplate Biographers at Nova Albion!

Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet will be our Special Guests of Honor at the 2011 Steampunk Exhibition! Some of us have been reading and enjoying Boilerplate for years now; in fact, soon after the 2010 Exhibition, as we were discussing who could possibly follow Girl Genius creators Phil & Kaja Foglio as Guests of Honor, Paul and Anina seemed the only logical choice. In between then and right now, we’re happy to see that we’re not alone in our appreciation of their work.

Boilerplate with Archibald Campion 1893


J.J. Abrams (Bad Robot Productions) and Deborah Newmyer (Outlaw Productions) have plans to produce a movie adaptation of Boilerplate through Paramount Pictures. Read what the Hollywood Reporter has to say and Watch the Boilerplate trailer here:


You will have ample opportunity to hear and chat with our Special Guests at Nova Albion in March; we will have artwork to show and of course their beautiful graphic novel coffee table book!


For more on Paul and Anina, check out their biographical info page (which, I have to say, is one of the most entertaining I’ve read) and perhaps peruse their Victorian Era Robots page as well! Most importantly, one might ask oneself: How might history have been different, with the aid of Boilerplate? Was it?

Cherie Priest at the Steampunk Exhibition!

Nova Albion is delighted to bring you a rising star in the Steampunk world – the wonderfully talented and quite well-spoken (and well-written) Ms. Cherie Priest –  our 2011 Literary Guest of Honor!
Photo by Libby Bulloff
You will of course know Cherie as the author(-ess ) of Boneshaker, [See what bOING bOING and i09 have to say], which has quite taken Sci-Fi lit by storm and brought many new and unsuspecting folk into the Steampunk fold. You also may have read more of her offerings… perhaps you’ve seen a mention of her forthcoming novel, Clementine (of which the esteemed Warren Ellis, in good company with many other authors, seems to be a fan) or wanted to puzzle out which book really is the “sequel to Boneshaker”. Well, puzzle no more, my friends. Cherie will be here in March, and (while it is a wait, I know, and we are none of us, perhaps, known for our patience), you shall be able to ask her yourself! In the meanwhile, I highly recommend perusing Cherie’s sites in the aether. That way, you can hear what she has to say about her writing, appearances, thoughts and life in general… and better than we can, because, well… she writes for a living…


Photo credit: Libby Bulloff