The Wings of Steam / Steamcon Timeline
September 14th 2008 - Wings of Steam is found
Wings of steam is founded at Nan Desu Kan, a an anime convention in Denver. You can see the first blog post here.
October 31st 2008 to November 2nd 2008 - California Steampunk Convention
California Steampunk Convention took place in San Fransisco from October 31st to November 2nd. Next year proves to be even better than the last, with the coming of Seattle’s Steam Con.
October 23–25, 2009: The First SteamCon
The first Steamcon is held October 23rd – October 25th 2009 at the Seattle Airport Marriott in Seatac, Washington. The convention in its first year had 1,350 people attend, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, steampunk devoted conventions in North America.
- Author Guest of Honor: Tim Powers
- Artist Guest of Honor: Paul Guinan
- Musical Guests of Honor: Abney Park
November 19–21, 2010: 2nd Steamcon
The second annual Steamcon was held November 19–21, 2010. The host venues were the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and the Seattle Airport Marriott. The theme was “Weird Weird West.” Approximately 1,950 guests were in attendance.
- Author Guest of Honor: James Blaylock
- Artist Guest of Honor: Jake Von Slatt
- Games Guest of Honor: Shane Hensley
2011: The Decline of Wings of Steam
2011 saw just one blog post in April. This would turn out to be the last blog post made on the site. It was also right around when the Steampunk scene began to die, I’m not sure if the two were related. The site and forums would remain up for a while, but the site would eventually die. Steamcon would later suffer the same fate.
October 14–16, 2011: 3rd Steamcon
The third annual Steamcon was held October 14–16, 2011. The host venue was the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The theme was “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. About 2,250 guests were in attendance.
Guests of Honor
- Author Guest of Honor: K.W. Jeter
- Artist Guest of Honor: Gary Gianni
- Musical Guests of Honor: >Vagabond Opera
October 26–28, 2012: 4th Steamcon
The fourth annual Steamcon was held October 26–28, 2012. The host venue was the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. The theme was “Victorian Monsters”.
Guests of Honor
- Author Guest of Honor: Kim Newman (unable to attend)
- Artist Guest of Honor: Joe Benitez
- Musical Guests of Honor: Rasputina
- Monster Hunters of Honor: The League of S.T.E.A.M.
2013: Wings of Steam goes Dark
The last known archive taken according to way back machine is August 14th 2012. The domain resurfaces on way back machine in July of 2013 as an expired domain for sale on Godaddy. Wings of steam went dark sometime between these two dates.
October 25–27, 2013: 5th and final Steamcon
The fifth annual Steamcon was held from October 25–27, 2013. The theme was “Around the World”. The venue was the Bellevue Hyatt Regency.
Guests of Honor
- Artist Guest of Honor: Brian Kesinger
- Writer Guest of Honor: S. M. Stirling
- Musical Guest of Honor: Professor Elemental
2014: Steamcon goes dark
On March 9, 2014, a post on the Steamcon official Facebook page revealed that Steamcon VI would be cancelled due to a debt of at least $41,500 to Bellevue Hyatt Regency and other organizations.
The 6th annual Steamcon was to be held on October 3–5, 2014. The theme was to be “Mechanical World”. The venue would have been the Bellevue Hyatt Regency.
This was the end of Steamcon as we know it.
2015: Wings of Steam rises from the ashes
In January 0f 2015 when the domain expires for the second time, it is purchased by a guy named Steven who completely redesigns and restores the website. Videos, pictures, and audio are archived into the website and all original blog posts are restored. Wings of Steam is reborn.