I had a fantastic time at The Watch City Festival this past weekend! I saw some old friends, made some new ones, and had a great time exploring what this festival has to offer. Watch City is a very unique festival because it’s mainly a 2-day, outdoor event that is much more open to the public (i.e. not JUST for Steampunks) than any other typical convention. Watch City is the perfect opportunity for “muggles” who are interested in Steampunk to get their feet wet. Welcoming new members serves to increase visibility of the Steampunk community and further our genre.
Because of this delightful mixing of worlds, some Steampunks may find themselves becoming part of the show. This is fantastic for those of us who have worked hard on our costuming (basically all Steampunks), and it’s a great opportunity to show off. I did happen to encounter a few photographers who didn’t seem aware of basic etiquette, but thankfully I’m used to having my picture taken, and Belladonna has retorts for such behavior ;)
In all it seemed that performers, guests, and attendees alike were having a spectacular time. For an event that poses a myriad of logistical nightmares, it seemed as if the convention was very well-organized with only a few minor hiccups. Props to the Watch City staff for putting on a great event. I do believe this was their best year yet.