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Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention

Overview

The Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention (wildwestcon.com), colloquially referred to as Wild Wild West Con, is an active annual steampunk convention held at Old Tucson Studios, a Hollywood film set since 1940, outside Tucson.

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Background

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention was started in 2011 by Ryan McMann, who ran the first year's event. He handed over the operation of the second year to Jason Drotman and Diana Given of the Arizona Steampunk Society (steamaz.com), which happened after a gap year in which he tested the waters of Las Vegas instead. They then bought the event from him outright and ran it together until 2019 as Steampunk Society, LLC. As of 2020, Drotman has become the sole owner, through Steamheart, LLC.

The convention has had a lot of consistency over the years, with favourite events finding regular slots. One recent change (in 2018) was to move from two evening concerts to one, but to bulk up the programming at the host hotel (not at the venue) at the same time. Many guests also return, not always as guests, helping to build a community feel.

Each year has had its own theme, with that theme evolving over multiple events, and there's always a new logo to reflect that. These themes are often interactive, such as year 6, which involved electing the President of WWWC (Gentleman Robot won); or years 3 and 7, which tasked attendees with voting for their preferences in "Land vs. Sea" and "Dinosaurs vs. Robots" respectively.

Social Media


Most Recent Program Book Covers

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Cover art (left to right) was by Brian Kesinger, Jason Drotman and Casey Brose.


History

Chronology of Arizona Conventions | Index of Program Books

# Date Location Chair(s) Theme Bands Book Web Notes
1 2011
4 Mar
6 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Ryan McMann Abney Park
The Strand
The Unextraordinary Gentlemen
2 2013
8 Mar
10 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Abney Park
Steam Powered Giraffe
Professor Elemental
The Silent Stills
3 2014
7 Mar
9 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Land vs. Sea Professor Elemental
Steam Powered Giraffe
The Nathaniel Johnstone Band
The Cog is Dead
4 2015
5 Mar
8 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Mad Science Abney Park
Frenchy and the Punk
Steam Powered Giraffe
The Cog is Dead

14 MB
5 2016
4 Mar
6 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Steampunk Around the World The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing
Peculiar Pretzelmen
Steam Powered Giraffe
Dry River Yacht Club

16 MB
6 2017
3 Mar
5 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Election Celtica
Frenchy and the Punk
The Cog is Dead
The Mission Creeps

14 MB
7 2018
2 Mar
4 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Robots vs. Dinosaurs Abney Park
DEVM

13 MB
8 2019
8 Mar
10 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
Galactic Steampunk Federation Professor Elemental
Tommy Spase & The Alchemists

16 MB
9 2020
5 Mar
8 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman Magic & Mystery Poison Garden
The Marquis of Vaudeville
John Sprocket
10 2021
4 Mar
7 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman Over the Rainbow
11 2022
3 Mar
6 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman Over the Rainbow


Notes

  1. Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 10 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Documents

Index of Ephemera

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 1

VIP Badge (131k)

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 3

Restaurants in the Tucson Area (2 MB)
Squid Wars Rules & Information (2 MB)

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 4

Aristocrat Letter (1 MB)

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 7

Aristocrat Letter (196k)
Badges: Explorer (141k) | Guest Services (131k) | Maverick (166k) | Security (129k)
Flyer (169k)

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 9

Commercial (11 MB)


All Program Book Covers

Click on the images below to open larger versions.

Cover art was by Joe Benitez (year 2), Brian Kesinger (years 3 to 6), Casey Brose (year 7), Jason Drotman (year 8), Brian Kesinger (year 9).



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Last update: 7th September, 2020