Denver’s annual Anomaly Con celebrated steampunk culture this past weekend Mar. 25-27, 2016. As always, the attendees to this convention brought their very best in cosplay and enthusiasm. This year’s theme was called the “Dark Underground: Supernatural Steampunk Around the Underworld.” Some fans really explored their inner dark creativity with fairies, gremlins, and other evil characters. One of the purely glorious aspect of Steampunk cosplay is the range of outfits. There was even a “rum fairy and a moonshine fairy. A badass Mad Max version of steampunk looked her best, and a quite lovely lady in the dealer’s room serenading the shoppers with her drum. One of the coolest set of cosplayers were these two adorable little kids who helped build their own costumes. This family is part of something called an “Airship” based out of Colorado called Airship Iron Opal. This group is an example of the sense of community found in the sci-fi/fantasy convention world. Fans from all around the Rocky Mountain region, of all ages and backgrounds, all come together to share a passion.
The Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center hosted the annual event with a setting of elegance and beauty to this fabulous convention. Their grand staircase couldn’t be any more perfect for a gathering such as this. For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the Steampunk sensation, the best way to describe it is a Victorian Sci-Fi “what if.” What if we lived in a world where steam technology was the norm? Based on movies such as Will Smith’s ‘, Wild West’ film, and the ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,’ people create this amazing costumes that are inspired by an alternate universe 19th century style of the British Victorian era or American Wild West.
As always there were plenty of activities at Anomaly Con. One of the popular panels this year was the “Evil Panel of Evil” hosted by a theatrical group out of Fort Collins, CO. This hilarious and evil bunch fielded a Q&A with such villains as Dr. Evil, Dr. Horrible, Lady Morgana, Plankton, Dr. Kurt Connors, Minion for Hire, Poison Ivy, Deadpool. They discussed everything from who their role models were to how to build a ray gun to get rid of every boy band on the planet. There were contests and other things to do such as a costume contest, a Victorian swimwear competition, a LEGO contest, a murder mystery, tea dueling, and even a facial hair contest. Authors and artists were also on hand. The entertainment was great with bands such as Frenchy and the Punk and Colorado’s own Pandora Celtica. Now that the event is said and done, there is no doubt that fans are already sketching their costumes for next year.