The 7th Annual Starburner Galactic Courier Service Award Ceremony was held July 11th during San Diego Comic Con. Steampunks from across the globe attended to reunite with old friends, meet new and marvel at all the inventive costumes and gadgetry.
Starburner Galactic Courier Service came about as the result of the need to publicly recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Steampunk community. Beginning in 2009, members of the steampunk community have been singled out at Comic Con in San Diego and presented with achievement metals or Starburner Awards from the House of Hutsell for contributions in areas ranging from leadership and events coordination to gadgetry, costuming, music and general support of the community.
This year was no exception with 13 awards and the induction of a new Agent into the ranks of the Starburners.
The League of S.T.E.A.M dominated the beginning of the awards with 5 members, many of whom we recognize from the web series, live performances and appearances in the steampunk community. The underlying note for each League of S.T.E.A.M member was their overwhelming contributions behind the scenes without which the amazing imagery we devoured would not be possible.
Robin Blackburn recognized for directing, performing and costuming.
Katherine Walsh (center) recognized for production design.
Sheyne Fleischer recognized for directing, editing and performing.
Glenn Freund recognized for directing, preforming and sound design.
Russell Isler recognized for directing, performing and visual effects.
Daniel Fernandez and Tony Quirk
One cannot open a Comic Con costume gallery with out running across the creations of Daniel Fernandez and Tony Quirk. Pillars of the costuming community, Daniel and Tony continue to amaze us with new creation and extend a warm welcome to all they encounter.
Ramona Szczerba Photo by Jerry Abuan
Known by many as Winona Cookie, Ramona Szcerba’s unique style of art has become a staple in the Stemapunk community. Her collages capture the whimsical assemblage many of us love about the Steampunk aesthetic.
An Intertemporal Man of Mystery, Gene Forrer is recognized for his outstanding contributions to Clockwork Alchemy, grabbing international attention as the “Celebration of All Things Steampunk” and to his continual involvement in the Bay Area Steampunk community.
Nautilus expert and Disney historian Scott Bordeen is recognized for his love and dedication to all things 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. As a master model maker he has worked to remake history with many historically accurate versions of the Nautilus.
Veronique Chevalier Photo by Jerry Abuan
An award winning mistress of ceremonies, singer-songwriter, music producer, comedienne and parodist, Veronique Chevalier astonishes us with her amazing costuming and unique style. Veronique is recognized for her astounding costuming in the Steampunk community and performance art or self described production of steam.
Hailing from New York Jerry Karpe, known to many as Steampunk Teddy Roosevelt is recognized for his outstanding costuming. His historical American roots in costuming remind us all of our love for history.
Jerry Karpe and Tony Quirk Photo by Chief Geek Photography
Katherine Steward Photo By Chief Geek Photography
Katherine Steward is recognized for her performing arts and ability to completely transform her look in costuming. Katherine’s attention to detail and exquisite execution of her costumes leaves us in anticipation of what she will bring next.
The Starburner’s Galactic Courier Service welcomes new Agent #35, Mercy Baron. aka Ophelia Pane. Mercy brought Steampunk to the front pages in the San Diego Reader with her cover story, “Steampunk Junction” http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/jun/25/cover-steampunk-junction/ whose story highlighted the makers, writers and fans of the San Diego Steampunk community. Mercy continues to use her quill and involvement to support the Steampunk community and its many projects.
The day would not be complete with out turning about an recognizing our roots, the man who without all this would not be, Agent number 1 Lithobius Quick, Kim Hutsell. After a surprise hijack of the ceremony, The Judge, Jeffery Vaca presented Kim with a small token of the community’s appreciation for all he does. Most of us can hardly express in words how much Kim has inspired us. His supporting guidance of makers, his enthusiasm for the new, the old, the different, his wondering creative spirit and marvelous creation, all are why he is recognized as a beacon of the Steampunk community.
Kim Hutsell photo by Jerry Abuan
Congratulations to all those recognized with Starburner Awards, our new Agent and a special thanks to all those who came out to our Starburner Galactic Courier Service Award Ceremony at San Diego Comic Con. We hope to see you all next year and in the spaces between.
Photo be Jerry Abuan
Photos by Lindsay Rae, Chief Geek Photography and Jerry Abuan.
Special thanks to Jerry for photographing at this event, see more of his work at http://jerryabuan.zenfolio.com/