This weekend, travel between dimensions, do a bit of time travel or explore your ability to create a signature style and dabble in mad science.
OctopodiCon 2012 takes over the Magnuson Hotel and the Meridian Convention Center, 737 S Meridian Ave., Friday through Sunday.
OctopodiCon is a Steampunk event.
Steampunk is an alternate reality where the industrial revolution and science fiction collide, generally in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A lot of technology is steam powered and it seems a lot of the cogs, wheels and widgets used to build machines are also used to beautify them.
Wikipedia uses the late 1960s TV show “The Wild Wild West” as an example of the inventions available, but the work of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Shelley are also used.
More modern versions of Steampunk are the movie “Brazil” and the sci-fi Western “Firefly.”
Clothing for this convention will run the gamut from Victorian finery to current street clothes, because, as the convention chairman of OctopodiCon says, time travel is real.
“People will be here from all times,” said Chairman Noddy Brothers. “Steampunk is an attitude.”
Brothers attended a Steampunk convention two and a half years ago and knew it was something she wanted to get involved in.
“I had $200 in my pocket when I started planning this event, which was right after the first convention I attended,” she said. “I want this to be the first of many.”
Steampunk also differs from other fan-based conventions because most of the breakout events are educational. If you participate in the correct number of workshops or lectures this weekend, you can start your journey to a novelty bachelor's degree in Steampunk.
Brothers is serious about the education. Classes are taught by real professors, many with doctorate or post-doctorate degrees.
Each of OctopodiCon's events will provide paths to become freshmen through seniors until there is a graduating class. After that, Brothers plans to extend classes so enthusiasts can get a master's, then a doctorate in Steampunk.
To keep the “education” theme going, every person who registers for the event will be assigned to a pod, which is similar to a Greek house on campus, or a house at Hogwarts.
Every event you attend and get credit for gets points for your pod and the winning pod gets an award and special recognition at the next event.
Since this is a family affair, children can spend time in areas with activities designed for them. Junior Sprockets are children ages 6 to 11. Children ages 12 to 16 are in the Artifact Club. Check the program for their events and locations.
Children must have a parent with them, and because registration is over for these programs, they can watch and learn how to do the projects involved but cannot get supplies.
Of course, this is not a real school. There are no grades and anyone is welcome to audit any event. Since they're all already full, again, you can watch, but you won't have supplies of your own.
OctopodiCon 2012 starts at 2 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. One-day tickets are $25 for adults. A three-day pass is $50 per person. Children ages 6 to 16 are $10 a day or $25 for all three days. Children younger than six get in free.
Sponsors of OctopodiCon include the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma Metropolitan Library, the Oklahoma Museum of Osteology and the Society of American Military Engineers.
For more information, visit www.Octopodicon.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OctopodiCon.