Bryan Little

I have been costuming from the moment my mom gave me duct tape, hot glue and cardboard at about age 8 or 9. She always encouraged me to make things out of found Items and recycled materials and I built everything from tanks, space ships and robots for playing with, to my own costumes for halloween.

Fast forward to college. For my Film and Production class I did a Sci-fi film where my Mom taught me to sew some of the costumes for the Aliens and soldiers and the first armor suit I ever designed also appeared in the film. It was around this time I discovered Bay Area fandom through a Star Trek fan club. It is also where I was introduced to conventions and where I first met my wife Mette. When I went to my first convention all those years ago I was so wowed by all the fans wearing costumes that I felt a little naked without one of my own. I drove home that night and got one of the alien costumes I had made for my film and went back and wore it all weekend at the convention. It was so much fun and the community was so welcoming and diverse.

I tend to gravitate towards armor, weapon and prop construction but I also enjoy doing some sewing from time to time. I really do love the process of picking, designing and building a costume. It is a great feeling to select something that means a lot to me and create it from scratch.

Mette and I have now been costuming together for 17 years and we have built costumes together and solo, some for hall costuming and some for masquerade entries, but we always costume together and will help each other with advice or details. We both like to challenge ourselves, try new mediums, new tools and new construction methods. We find that costuming is a great hobby to express our fandom with the added bonus of creating wearable art. What a long crazy trip it has been to go from building costumes out of cardboard at my mom’s kitchen table to competing at the international level and judging in masquerades!

I love PBR, talking costume shop at a rapid clip and long walks down convention hallways. Come find me at the con!

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Photo Credits: Christine Doyle, Bryan Little, Christopher Erickson

J.M. Frey

J.M Frey is an author, actor, fanthropologist and professional smartypants.  She discusses all things geeky through the lens of academia.

In addition to her novel Triptych, and the Accidental Turn series, Frey’s work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, and short stories. Frey calls herself a “professional geek.” Frey’s fiction work generally follows the conventions of literary fiction mixed with the tropes of science fiction and fantasy, and usually focuses on themes of personal merit, family, queerness, gender, and revisionist literature, as well as genre-deconstruction and meta themes.

Her academic work focuses on gender in science fiction, the anthropology of fandom (fanthropology), fanfiction and fanworks (specifically on Mary Sues and Cosplay), as well as the television programs Doctor Who and Stargate: Atlantis.

Based in the greater Toronto area, Frey works for Accessible Media, Inc. as an on-air personality.  She has appeared at Toronto-area science fiction conventions and is involved with charity and community fan groups and initiatives. She regularly appears on radio shows, television talk shows, and podcasts discussing fandom and genre works.

She has her Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts, and has her Master of Arts in Communication Culture, with her masters project on Mary Sue FanFiction receiving the highest score awarded by Ryerson & York University’s joint program.  She taught English as a second language in Japan, and considers it a life ambition to set foot on every continent (3 to go).

She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related.

Dusty “DustyKatt” Rhoades

Starting in fandoms in 1989 with Anthropomorphics, Dusty quickly branched out into Sci-fi and fantasy works as well as comics collecting and old school anime from his childhood. Finding the My Little Pony show and the Brony fandom in 2010, he dove in hooves first. Creating the viral video “The Manliest Brony in the World” which opened up opportunities for his own livestream show “ Stay Brony My Friends” which then ran for over 100 live episodes interviewing actors, writers and directors working on the MLP show as well as other important fandom personalities. His show generated over 60k dollars in charity donations during it’s run.

He appeared in two documentaries on the Brony phenomenon which lead to an on screen acting roll in a student film. This lead to a featured placement in a Metallica video this year. He has over 220 videos on his YouTube channel and over 22k subscribers and 2.3 million views. Switching his focus to voice acting in 2015, after doing it as an amateur for years on a variety of projects. He has successfully built an infrastructure of equipment, software, and a vocal isolation room building his own noise damping fixtures. He has appeared in several Brony fandom animation and radio play projects from the Analysis Anarchy series to the Fallout Equestria series. He has performed improv on stage at conventions across the country with the “Hooves line is it anyway” troupe.

He just finished and delivered his first audio book “Of Temples and Trials” in the Portals of Infinity Sci-fi/Fantasy series by John Van Stry.

His joy comes from being the Brony Fandom’s choice Charity Auctioneer where he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities across the world.

He has guested or GOH at over 20 conventions in the Brony fandom from sea to shining sea as well as Germany and Japan.

Trendane Sparks

A Star Citizen Twitch streamer, and local voice actor. He has narrated for Escape Pod as well as several novels on Audible. His voice can also be heard in video games and on PBS.

Originally born in Texas, Tren eventually escaped and wound his way through a mystical series of jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has worked as a software QA Tester for both graphics drivers and video games, a freelance mascot performer, and several jobs on a PBS kids’ show. He has narrated for Escape Pod as well as several novels on Audible and an upcoming audiobook for The Ed Greenwood Group entitled “Grayshade”, by Gregory A. Wilson. His voice can also be heard in video games such as “The Journey Down” and “Folk Tale” as well as many characters in “Beyond Skyrim: Bruma”.

 

Website: http://trendane.com/

Twitter: @Trendane

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/trendane

PRE-REGISTRATION EXTENDED

We have extended Pre-Registration for Con-Volution 2017 until Sunday Oct 1st.  Prices remain the same.

Featured Guest: Trendane Sparks

Originally born in Texas, Tren eventually escaped and wound his way through a mystical series of jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has worked as a software QA Tester for both graphics drivers and video games, a freelance mascot performer, and several jobs on a PBS kids’ show. He has narrated for Escape Pod as well as several novels on Audible and an upcoming audiobook for The Ed Greenwood Group entitled “Grayshade”, by Gregory A. Wilson. His voice can also be heard in video games such as “The Journey Down” and “Folk Tale” as well as many characters in “Beyond Skyrim: Bruma”.

 

Website: http://trendane.com/

Twitter: @Trendane

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/trendane

Featured Guest: Dusty “Dustykatt” Rhoades

Starting in fandoms in 1989 with Anthropomorphics, Dusty quickly branched out into Sci-fi and fantasy works as well as comics collecting and old school anime from his childhood. Finding the My Little Pony show and the Brony fandom in 2010, he dove in hooves first. Creating the viral video “The Manliest Brony in the World” which opened up opportunities for his own livestream show “ Stay Brony My Friends” which then ran for over 100 live episodes interviewing actors, writers and directors working on the MLP show as well as other important fandom personalities. His show generated over 60k dollars in charity donations during it’s run.

He appeared in two documentaries on the Brony phenomenon which lead to an on screen acting roll in a student film. This lead to a featured placement in a Metallica video this year. He has over 220 videos on his YouTube channel and over 22k subscribers and 2.3 million views. Switching his focus to voice acting in 2015, after doing it as an amateur for years on a variety of projects. He has successfully built an infrastructure of equipment, software, and a vocal isolation room building his own noise damping fixtures. He has appeared in several Brony fandom animation and radio play projects from the Analysis Anarchy series to the Fallout Equestria series. He has performed improv on stage at conventions across the country with the “Hooves line is it anyway” troupe.

He just finished and delivered his first audio book “Of Temples and Trials” in the Portals of Infinity Sci-fi/Fantasy series by John Van Stry.

His joy comes from being the Brony Fandom’s choice Charity Auctioneer where he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities across the world.

He has guested or GOH at over 20 conventions in the Brony fandom from sea to shining sea as well as Germany and Japan.

Feeling Friskies? Helping the Pets of the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

With the influx of shelter pets from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, shelters need food donations now more than ever. Con-Volution is proud to announce our non-perishable canned pet food donation drive.
We have a goal of 300 cans to be reached by the end of the convention Sunday evening.  Bring donations to Con Ops and place them in the special marked bin. Guests, volunteers, and staff are all welcome to participate!
Here is the wishlist link for the East Bay SPCA: http://eastbayspca.org/get-involved/give-now/other-ways-to-give/wish-list/