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Steampunks At Comic-Con International, 2009

Steampunks gather at Comic-Con to show off their finery.

Steampunks waiting to get into the meetup at Comic-Con. You can see the gadgetry featured in their costumes.

Steampunks waiting to get into the meetup at Comic-Con. You can see the gadgetry featured in their costumes.

Photo by Angela Carone

Nick Baumann is one of the founding members of the Steampunk Ghostbusters.  Period goggles, like Nick's, are a key accessory to steampunk fashion.  Though during the meetup, it was noted that steampunks shouldn't be "goggle nazis."  If someone wants to start dressing in the steampunk style, they don't necessarily need goggles.

Nick Baumann is one of the founding members of the Steampunk Ghostbusters. Period goggles, like Nick's, are a key accessory to steampunk fashion. Though during the meetup, it was noted that steampunks shouldn't be "goggle nazis." If someone wants to start dressing in the steampunk style, they don't necessarily need goggles.

Photo by Angela Carone

San Diegan Cindy Piselli is one of the organizers of local steampunk events.

San Diegan Cindy Piselli is one of the organizers of local steampunk events.

Photo by Angela Carone

Corsets are a common feature in women's steampunk fashion.

Corsets are a common feature in women's steampunk fashion.

Photo by Angela Carone

It's common to have belts around the waist for holding gadgets, tubes, telescopes, magnifying glasses, and tools.

It's common to have belts around the waist for holding gadgets, tubes, telescopes, magnifying glasses, and tools.

Photo by Angela Carone

Apparently, steampunks need Sharpies too.

Apparently, steampunks need Sharpies too.

Photo by Angela Carone

San Diegan Heather Hutsell created this dress out of a military-issued parachute.  She started with a pattern but then strayed and now has an original design.

San Diegan Heather Hutsell created this dress out of a military-issued parachute. She started with a pattern but then strayed and now has an original design.

Photo by Angela Carone

The dress includes 25 different pocket watches fastened to the front and back of the dress as well as medals, all from different sources.

The dress includes 25 different pocket watches fastened to the front and back of the dress as well as medals, all from different sources.

Photo by Angela Carone

Detail of the elaborate boots worn by a gentleman steampunk.

Detail of the elaborate boots worn by a gentleman steampunk.

Photo by Angela Carone

Kato is a model who specializes in steampunk fashion.

Kato is a model who specializes in steampunk fashion.

Photo by Angela Carone

Steampunk couple.

Steampunk couple.

Photo by Angela Carone

Scott and Gail Folsom visiting the Comic-Con convention floor.

Scott and Gail Folsom visiting the Comic-Con convention floor.

Photo by Angela Carone

Steampunks on the convention floor.

Steampunks on the convention floor.

Photo by Angela Carone

Hundreds of people dressed in steampunk garb gather on the stairs of the convention center.

Hundreds of people dressed in steampunk garb gather on the stairs of the convention center.

Photo by Angela Carone

Though the color scheme of steampunk attire tends to be browns and blacks, a splash of red is often used as an accent.

Though the color scheme of steampunk attire tends to be browns and blacks, a splash of red is often used as an accent.

Photo by Angela Carone

Accessories really do make some of these costumes.  This woman has a parasol, hat, jewelry, goggles, belts and watches, in addition to the signature corset.

Accessories really do make some of these costumes. This woman has a parasol, hat, jewelry, goggles, belts and watches, in addition to the signature corset.

Photo by Angela Carone

Gears and goggles are the signature items of a steampunk. Here you can see a belt with gears fastened across the chest.

Gears and goggles are the signature items of a steampunk. Here you can see a belt with gears fastened across the chest.

Photo by Angela Carone