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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.

History

It was started in 2011 by Ryan McMann, who ran the first year's event. He handed over the operation of the second event 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 have run it ever since.

The convention has had a lot of consistency over the years, with favourite events finding regular slots. One recent change has been to move from two evening concerts to one, but bulk up the programming at the host hotel (not at the venue) at the same time. Many guests 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; or years 4 and 7, which tasked attendees with voting for their preferences in Land vs. Sea and Dinosaurs vs. Robots respectively.

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History

Chronology of Arizona Conventions | Index of Program Books

# Date Location Chair(s) Guests 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
Ryan McMann Abney Park
Steam Powered Giraffe
Professor Elemental
The Silent Stills
3 2014
7 Mar
9 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman
Diana Given
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
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
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
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
Abney Park
DEVM

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

16 MB
9 2019
6 Mar
8 Mar
Old Tucson Studios
Tucson
Jason Drotman

Program Book Covers

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Last update: 17th October, 2019