The Alaska Steamposium is hosting this year’s steampunk convention — The Polar Emporium of Supernatural Oddities.
Steampunk is a genre of low-tech science fiction that covers multiple forms of media with the most common being literature. Tess Purvis, an organizer and co-founder of the convention, says it’s where the height of invention was steam power. Purvis said what makes the steampunk convention unique is people dress up as their own original character, instead of one already established like in traditional science fiction conventions.
Purvis mentioned convention goers can expect vendors selling themed goods, attend workshops such as leather working and making perfume. There will also be events where attendees can win prizes. The convention will also host its first-ever guest, well-known steampunk author Gail Carriger. Carriger wrote “Poison or Protect” and “The Finishing School” series.
The Polar Emporium of Supernatural Oddities will be Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 at the Alaska Experience Theatre. More information and tickets, visit the Alaska Steamposium’s website.