Nova Albion steampunk convention was going on in the same hotel at the same time. And even for those of us that were not already massive Lego steampunk fans like my buddy Guy Himber, this was an opportunity not to be missed!
The exhibition space for BBTB was several times larger than last year, providing most themes with a veritable orgy of display space. The Bricks of Character theme was present once again (hosted by yours truly) and our 'piece de resistance' this time was the 8-foot long Santas Workshop scene by rising talent Carl Merriam.
This is the first time the entire thing has been on display since it left the store window at Macys in Fresno. And quite the sight it was to behold!
I particularly liked the elf that's all hopped up on coffee from the little coffee machine, and the fact that these elves are able to fabricate videogame consoles!
Museum of Curiosities. All manner of brassy, leathery, 'punked-up' artifacts and gadgets, from weapons to gas masks to medical devices to dead fairies and even a steam powered tricycle (...nah, that'll never catch on).
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Our duties at BBTB meant than Guy and I had to yo-yo continuously, in full cosplay regalia, between both conventions. The highlight of the Steampunk con were the evening balls. As far as we could tell, the objective was to get your photograph taken with as many young ladies in corsets as possible. Well I don't know if that really was the idea, but we certainly made it our mission! And that wasn't particularly difficult since Guy had fabricated an amazing brass top hat, which meant we basically got stopped every 30 seconds to get our picture taken or explain how it was made or let people fondle it. It was quite the head turner, I can tell you!
Along the way we also got to show Guy's steampunk Lego weapons to the League of Steam, who were demonstrating a working net gun and plunger shooter. Then later on a bunch of shadowy figures inducted us into the League of Proper Villains (details of which I cannot divulge as I am sworn to secrecy). Erm, so how many times is that for the word 'league' now exactly?
And for those of you that get all squishy when you think about the combination of steampunk and Lego, make sure to check out the forthcoming summer steampunk issue of BrickJournal magazine, guest edited by Guy Himber, and featuring a ton of Lego steampunk related articles, including a full writeup of the Bricks by the Bay / Nova Albion 'mashup'.