By: Debra Dylan
Photos by: Isbill Photography
The Steampunk Peck Family
For the Peck family, it all started when they attended their first Dragoncon in 2009.
Sean Peck says, “We loved it. We really wanted to get into something fun. We don’t have the body types for cosplay, but we thought steampunk looked fabulous and we wanted to do it.”
Peck admits he’s a bit obsessive. “I don’t do anything halfway.” He is now a freelance “time traveling gentleman journalist” and videographer for the Steampunk Chronicle website. The family attends five to six fantasy/sci fi conventions a year. Peck was also the 2014 Knoxville Steampunk Carnivale emcee.
Peck also outfitted the family’s simple base wardrobe with ornate leather and brass steampunk accessories. His wife Holly sports a dual gunslinger type belt with an attached saddle bag and a unique handcrafted holster containing a china teacup.
Peck transformed a discarded chandelier into wearable video camera holders for himself and Holly. A leather kraken covers the GoPro camera mounted to his shoulder piece.
His teenage daughter Karagen wields a souped up electric guitar.
Peck says, “The guitar was one of my first steampunk projects. I bought it for $35 from Jerry’s Super Pawn.” Peck added skull motif tuning pegs. The guitar’s body was painted and adorned with rivet studded leather. He swapped the controls with porcelain drawer knobs. The output jack was removed and replaced with two LED candles covered with an ornate ink pen stand. “It still plays like a cheap guitar. It does work.” You can watch Peck’s steampunk videos on his You Tube channel: Steam Powered Pecktec.
The Cosplaying Brown Family
Eric Brown and his daughter Savannah Jade Brown began cosplaying together when she was around 11 years old. Now she is on the cusp of beginning college and the family tradition is still going strong. When Brown’s fiancee, Sam Siino, joined the family she quickly became a cosplay reveler too. Brown says the family doesn’t wear store bought costumes.Each of them have cobbled together multiple getups.
Brown’s artistic skills help with makeup and props. He has cosplayed the Joker, a troll, Master Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Skeksis from The Dark Crystal.
Savannah has dressed as Baby Doll from Sucker Punch, Dead Doll, Tinkerbell, Alice from Wonderland, Ta Min from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cruella Deville, and Harley Quinn.
Sam has portrayed Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Poison Ivy, and Day of the Dead.
For the past few years, Brown has been working pop culture conventions as a vendor called Creature Seeker Studios. His wacky and macabra novelties have become so popular he is now pursuing Creature Seeker as a full-time business. A physical retail oddities shop is also in the works!