As we had to cancel out on going to the World Fantasy Convention, Cheryl and I planned to go to Steam Powered, the California Steampunk Convention. Imagine our surprise when I went to the web site this evening to buy
memberships "VIP Event Passes" and found them labeled SOLD OUT. Having a convention actually turn people away wanting to give them money is a rare and odd experience for me. I know ComicCon has run out of space at the jaw-dropping 125,000 people, and OryCon at one point had to impose a membership cap while out on Hayden Island, but this is surprising, especially for a first-year, start-up convention. I certainly didn't expect it.