For more info on Steampunk and Aetherfest, visit the San Antonio Neo-Victorian Association’s website!
The best compliment I can give to AetherFest is that I should have set aside more time for it. Unfortunately, I ended up being a very busy nerd that weekend (to say nothing of stupid work on Friday) and thus, could I only make it out on Saturday. I had a good time, though. Like last year, (actually, like most of these things) I spent a significant time hanging out at my friend Chris Holm’s table, shooting the breeze and watching the festivities unfold before us.
Unlike last year, I did not try to dress the part. I really should put an outfit together, or at least jazz up the half-baked one I currently have. The opportunity was certainly there at Aetherfest, because there were a good number of vendors and dealers there selling all sorts of clothing and accessories. The spirit was there, but alas, the funds were not. Indeed, I felt just a slight twinge of guilt over besmirching the proceedings with my uncouth presence.
Aetherfest was greatly improved over last year, not that there was too much wrong with the event itself. There were more vendors, some of which were put in the main area, and the panels were held in bigger rooms that were located on the first floor, so they were easy to find and could accommodate more attendees. I attended a panel on the history of burlesque and learned some interesting things in addition to being entertained by the presenters and their tales. While I did not attend any of the main events, I heard lots of good things about them.
In conclusion, Aetherfest appears to have fixed the little issues that I had with it the first time around and ended up being a really good event, at least from my limited perspective. I really need to just go ‘whole hog’ next year; take some time off from work, get a proper outfit together and take in all that Aetherfest has to offer.