Speakers

Poppy Appleton – is the other half of a husband/wife Steampunk duo. Poppy has been costuming for 6 years, and together Poppy and Cog love Steampunk in costume, literature, and consider it a way of life. Poppy and Cog’s favorite theme is “cowpunk” a mix of western Steampunk. Poppy makes all of her own jewelry and the majority of her props.

Michael Arocho – After traveling the world, while in the United States Marine Corps, Michael married his wife Monique and began his Steampunk adventure. Michael has always had an appreciation and love for Science Fiction and Comic books, with The Uncanny X-men being his favorite. He loves props design and coming up with new creations from upcycled, old discarded, broken items. Michael is the founder of Steampunk Public.

Dee Astell – is the Steampunk Programming Coodinator for Phoenix Comicon and the Costuming Manager for Wild Wild West Con, and performs these similar assisting with steampunk programming at many other southwestern conventions. As Countess Chaos, Dee is an adventuress extraordinaire and a visual chronicler of the world of steampunk.

Hal Astell (aka Count Chaos) – is a film critic and award-winning author of five books, who runs the Apocalypse Later Empire, celebrating ten years in 2017. This includes a movie review site, a publishing imprint and a film festival. He hosts mini-film festivals at cons across the southwest. He co-founded the Arizona Penny Dreadfuls and runs the Apocalypse Later Steampunk Film group on Facebook.

Atlantean Foundation – The Atlantean Foundation is a not-so-secret society composed of Scholars, Explorers, Scientists, and other adventurous types. While the primary goal of the Foundation, as stated in their charter, is the “location and rediscovery of the knowledge and wonders of the fabled lost city of Atlantis”; they are in fact, and eclectic and far-reaching organization who travels the globe in search of all manner of unexplained mysteries and daring adventures. Some speculate that the fantastical tales of authors such as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells are merely retellings of actual exploits of members of this august Foundation as recounted to the authors at Atlantean social gatherings. Legendary as much for their hospitality as their knowledge of historical and mythological minutia, the Atlanteans welcome both the intrepidly intellectual and the casually curious to drop by and view their extensive collection of artifacts and be regaled by songs and tales of their amazing adventures. Technomancers may also seek them at https://www.facebook.com/atlanteanfoundation.

Debra Berl – is the “Redhead in Charge” at Wired Redhead Jewelry. She creates jewelry for “overly responsible adults” who want to reconnect with their wild, whimsical and playful true selves.  Debra’s discovery of Steampunk style has allowed her to add a unique twist to many of her designs.  She is known by the steampunk community for her wire Elf Ears.

Evie Betz – After years of resistance, Evie finally succumbed to invitations and finally entered the world of steampunk a few years ago. As a costumer and maker, she is joyous to have found a group of people with similar insanity. She particularly adores the group shenanigans we all get up to.

Hannah Black –  is a costumer and sewing enthusiast from Los Angeles. She loves designing original costumes based on popular media, and her costumes have been recognized at multiple competitions. Hannah’s career in Creative Costuming for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has brought her around the world to work on exciting projects. She’s passionate about an ethical clothing lifestyle to sew, thrift or fair trade purchase all her clothes and costumes.

Ariane Brandt is one of the moderators of the San Diego Lolita community. She has been wearing Lolita fashion for over ten years, and loves understated Gothic styles with a pirate flair. Her favorite part about Lolita fashion is the creativity and individuality of the style. In addition to wearing and sewing Lolita, Ariane also enjoys cosplaying, baking, and spoiling her cats.

Scott Brodeen – is a master model and prop maker who has worked on various versions of the Nautilus, from Jules Verne’s epic Steampunk (Victorian scientific romance) novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Scott’s has used his detailed knowledge of movie props to be an expert for the Prop Store Auction House based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Shawn Crosby – is most well known for his two Star Wars art cars, the H-Wing and current 350Z, but his passion for making imagination come alive did not start there. A long time master model maker, Shawn’s ability to fashion incredible builds like his Steampunk Ghostbuster proton pack out of the random bits he has laying around his garage guarantees you will be inspired to start shopping at your local hardware store for your next steampunk creation. Shawn is also the one of the hosts of the geek-centric Thursday night radio show Docking Bay 94 on http://www.holonetradio.com/ and http://www.kryptonradio.com.

Denise Dumars – (aka Rev. Dee) helms Reverend Dee’s Apothecary, a New-Orleans style botanica online. She is also the author of many works, too many to list here, and teaches college English courses.. oh, hell, just say she is a Professor of the Invisible College!

Matt & Rebecca Eusey – (aka Lady Babette Fett and Sir Chewy of Bacca) travel the galaxy hiding from the law. Rebecca and Matt have been making custom costume creations for over twenty year. They got their start in the Society for Creative Anachronism and have been participating in cosplaying at conventions since being stationed in the US, courtesy of the US Navy, in 2009.

Daniel Fernandez – is a member and former president of the San Diego Costume Guild, and member of SD Steampunk.  He was awarded the 2015 Starburner Award for Costuming Excellence.  Designing steampunk outfits since 2011, he has created an eclectic wardrobe ranging from Steampunk Pancho Villa to Plucky Man Servant Sabu.

Bridget Fitch is an moderator for the San Diego Lolitas, a local group for wearers of the Japanese style, Lolita and has been wearing the style for nearly 10 years. She’s most interested the history behind the style and neighborhood it originated in. She loves sewing everything from cosplay to cute dresses, watching anime, and playing video games.

John and Sabrina Floyd – live in Southern Arizona with their daughter Ryleigh, their cat, Miles, and the Chihuahua pack: Jake, Jenna and Blizzard. Their love affair with Steampunk costuming started in 2010 at Phoenix ComicCon, where a lovely couple, dressed in the oddest fashion, caught their attention. 7 years later, John’s persona, the Gentleman Robot, reigns as the current President of Wild, Wild, West Con. They serve on the board for the Tucson Steampunk Society with Madame Askew and have won multiple awards for their costuming. They participated in short films: How To Best a Gentleman, Gentleman Robot VS Iron Man 1889, and Forging the Battle Armor MK1. The Tempe Arts Center displayed their Red Riding Hood and the Robo Wolf and John’s Diving Bell was shown in the Scottsdale Library and Phoenix Airport Steampunk Exhibits.

Allen Freeman – spent 30 plus years working in graphic design, an artist in the video gaming industry, comicbook industry, and he currently brings all his aesthetic talents and experience into his professional photography work.  www.afreemanphotography.com   Both Dean and Allen have an affection for the world of Steampunk and are co-creators of ‘Dr. Artemus Peepers’, a Steampunk character portrayed by Dean LeCrone.  Over the years, they have collaborated on many projects – film, graphic design, comics, and photography.  You can see some of their combined work here:  www.slambangmedia.com

The Grand Arbiter – is the authority on compliments, wit, and Tea-based Justice.  Not only is the Grand Arbiter an enthusiast for the fine art of Tea Duelling and the splendors of Splendid Teapot Racing, but he is also a proponent for extraordinary waistcoats paired with the perfect coiffure. He is also a Chaotic demi-god, but one rarely mentions that at a proper tea. With his penchant for entropy, tumult, and cunning, it can be no surprise that the Grand Arbiter spends some portion of his time away from the tea table creating table games. When he is not walking his widow’s walk in far off Cascadia or judging matters of honor, he can–normally–be found living a deeply hedonistic lifestyle.

Lindsay-Rae Harold’s – art is a mixture of vintage, assemblage, metalwork, fibers, and uycycling. She started her creative business, Rae Wolf Designs in 2010 after obtaining degrees in design and photography. As a 3rd generation jeweler with a love for rust the ideas of Steampunk was already taking root. Her first experience with defined Steampunk was Gaslight year one and she has been involved in the community ever since. You can see her work in the vendor hall and at RaeWolfDesigns.com.

Erik Hendrix – World builder, writer, and evil genius, Erik has a number of graphic novels under his belt ~ The Steam Engines of Oz, Gene Simmons’ Zipper and Dominatrix, and Deadly Harvest just to name a few. He lives the quiet geek life in Wildomar, CA with his family, buried under piles of comics, records, and project ideas he promises to finish.

Madeleine Holly-Rosing – A TV, feature film and comic book writer, Madeleine is the winner of the Sloan Fellowship  for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film. She also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting. Having run a number of successful crowdfunding campaigns for her comic, Boston Metaphysical Society, Madeleine now teaches a crowdfunding class for independent creators at Pulp Fiction Books in Culver City as well as guest lecturing at Scriptwriters Network and Dreamworks. She has also published the book, Kickstarter for the Independent Creator.

Anastasia Hunter – has enjoyed volunteering at conventions since the early 1990s. She has been fortunate to give several presentations at various conventions, plus enjoys taking photographs of fellow steampunks and fan friendly events across the Southwest. When she is not busy organizing steampunk events for fellow shenanigators, she occasionally moonlights as a Tusken Raider at libraries in the greater San Diego area.

Richard Ingalls – is a many faceted hobbyist with an interest in auto restoration, pottery, music, electronics, photography, and model building. A true jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Be sure to check out his full sized Time Machine on display in the Vendor Hall.

Bridget Landry – has worked on robotic space missions for over 25 years, including the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars Pathfinder and the Cassini mission to Saturn.  In addition, she has been attending and working cons since she was 13 and is a Master-level costumer with a twisted sense of humor.

Dean LeCrone is a cartoonist and actor.  He was the president of the Southern California Cartoonist Society for several years, and a long time participant and exhibitor at Comic-Con.  He currently has a small role in an upcoming independent film “Resilient Hearts”, directed by his frequent creative collaborator – artist and photographer Allen Freeman. Over the years, they have collaborated on many projects – film, graphic design, comics, and photography.  You can see some of their combined work here:  www.slambangmedia.com

Sophia Lesinska is a literature librarian and the Head of the Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California.  A native of Poland, she holds an M.A. in English from the University of Warsaw, Poland and a Ph.D. in English and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Iowa. . She has worked at the University of Southern California since 2002, specializing in reference, instruction and collection development. Relatively recently, in October 2016 she assumed the responsibility for the Cassady Lewis Carrol Collection.

Monique Little – Southern California native,  Monique truly found her love of Steampunk from her fondness of Pin-Up and Rock-a-Billy style. When she married her husband Michael, who has a love of Science Fiction, she found her place in Steampunk. She enjoys creating Steampunk Mashups, new personas, teaching panels on Steampunk and the importance of upcycling old, discarded items. Monique is the Co-Founder of Steampunk Public.

Madame Askew – is a time traveling tea aficionado, obsessed with tea, fashion & the proper uses for headgear. While she is often the center of tea inspired escapades, especially Tea Duelling and Splendid Teapot Racing, and a great advocate of Compliment Duelling, Madame loves nothing so much as meeting charming and talented individuals across time, throughout the universe, and in tea houses wherever she may appear. When Madame is not preoccupied with tea or training interns in the laboratory, she operates a small atelier where she creates fanciful and charming bespoke garments for ladies and gentlemen.

Doug Marsh is a member of the Board of Directors of the Carolwood Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to Walt Disney’s railroad hobby and the creative legacy it inspired. A set designer and performer, Doug’s fascination with Disneyland led him to a happy lifetime of studying, collecting, and sharing.

Bob Mogg – The Iron Tailor, is an avid historian, and trained engineer, and an all around mad scientist! He creates a variety of Steampunk gadgets, and share the instructions with everyone at TheIronTailor.blogspot.com.

Treb Padula/Cog Bane – is half of the husband/wife Steampunk duo. Treb has been costuming for 6 years along side his wife. Poppy and Treb’s favorite theme is “cowpunk” a mixture of western Steampunk. Treb loves creating unique costume accessories, dabbles in leather work, and enjoys incorporating arduino and LED electronics into his costumes.

Dru Pagliassotti’s – works include the steampunk novels Clockwork Heart, Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind, and Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire and the horror novel An Agreement with Hell. She’s a professor of communication at California Lutheran University and recently wrote a book chapter about female mad scientists from 1800s literature to steampunk comics.

Scott Paulson & The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra – return to Gaslight Steampunk Expo with a steampunk-friendly show  that the press has aptly described as follows: “An out-of-the-ordinary cinematic experience.”  (Los Angeles Times);  “Paulson seems to have channeled Spike Jones, Harpo Marx and  Victor Borge, but the mix is clearly his own.” (SD Story); “Scott is an avant-garde vaudevillian. Think Samuel Beckett meets John Cage.”  (Union-Tribune); “Unique and popular: Scott Paulson’s merry band of eccentric nightingales is an inspired notion.” (Union Tribune); “This madcap ensemble is reinventing an art form.”  (Los Angeles Times); “Classically trained and charmingly twisted.” (San Diego CityBeat); “Madcap and somewhat in the Spike Jones/Dadaist tradition.” (Union-Tribune); “Paulson’s brand of G-rated fun, a sort of modern day morphing of Captain Kangaroo and Spike Jones, is always lively and at times wonderfully chaotic.” (Los Angeles Times); “Weird and wonderful.” (San Diego CityBeat)

Gordon Permann – is an aviation researcher with over 35 years at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Former Navy helicopter rescue swimmer and door gunner, now retired. He is a designated Naval Courier, has visited 32 countries and 6 continents, and was the 1988 Sailor of the Year. His lifelong study of aviation  with the San Diego Air & Space Museum as their artifacts expert has given Gordon a broad base of experience with astronauts, fighter aces, and test pilots. He is currently the local presenter on topics including the Space Race, Cold War, WWI, and Airships. Gordon is divorced and raising two kids.

Richard Potthoff – has been playing and collecting board games for over 50 years. He is active in several SoCal board game clubs and has attended almost every Strategicon since 2005, frequently serving as a tournament Game Master. More often than not, he chooses to run games that are, shall we say, out of the mainstream.

Lisa Root – has been costuming for most of her life, really getting serious about it when she met the San Diego Costume Guild 12 years ago. Her current costume focus is fantasy/historical mashups. Last year, she devised the Victorian Ghostbustlers, that she and several friends debuted at Comic-Con 2017.

Lady Shadow – San Diego’s Only Vampire Mistress of Ceremonies is a Vampire Performance Artist, model, and lecturer.  For several decades, she has vamped/performed/lectured throughout the U.S. and Japan, entertaining audiences at comic/costume conventions, burlesque/exotic shows, fashion shows, trade shows, and festivals.  Join her at Gaslight Expo as she “opens up” about the Dark Underbelly of Fantasy.

Trillainna Stanton is often more commonly known in the Lolita community by her online handle, ghostintheforest. She has been at the forefront of popularizing Lolita’s princley counterpart style, Ouji, in the west through blogs, events and panels. Her favorite pastimes are getting lost and taking care of her many pets.

Kimmy Tran is a talented, budding graphic designer who loves all things cute and sweet. She joined the Lolita community in October of 2015 and has been an active member ever since. When she’s not making digital art or jewelry, she loved playing games like animal crossing or Pokemon.

Brian Uiga -is the head of engineering / lead designer for the motion picture restoration firm Lasergraphics Inc, but on evenings and weekends he builds fantastic sci-fi contraptions and full size movie cars for charity work or indie films. He specializes in time machines, including restoration of the only BBC TARDIS prop in the United States (from the 1996 film), and creation of all of the Time Travel hardware for “Inspector Spacetime”. Brian is one of the subjects of the upcoming documentary “InDoctornated”, following four people whose careers and passions inspired by Doctor Who are changing the world.

Vernor Vinge is a  science fiction writer. He has won 5 Hugo Awards.

Karina Walsh – has been knocking around steampunk since Comic-Con 2010 when she fell into the Saturday meet-up and was blown away by all the creative and nice and helpful people. Various incarnations of Karina include a film critic, an improv performer, a musical theatre geek, a FatCat, and a Potterhead. She is currently trying to learn how to do a bunch of things she didn’t know how to do before.

Colonel Malcolm Weatherby – spends a lot of time creating rayguns other steampunk weaponry when he isn’t about in his time travel adventures which are documented in great detail in his YouTube series Advebtures with Weatherby. Col. Weatherby enjoys creating items from found objects and from scratch fabrication.

Carol Whaley – is a professional costume and makeup designer with over 20 years experience.  She holds an MFA in Theatre Design and Technology.  Favorite design projects include The Last Unicorn, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion, the Witch,and the Wardrobe, and The Drowsy Chaperone.  Carol has worked on 3 productions of The Wizard of Oz, one as a performer and two as makeup designer.

Asp Zelanzy – Previously fuming about the rudderless state of emergency medicine, Asp Zelazny now steams about learning to drive a Splendid Teapot Racer, and beats the drum about spreading the sport.  He also is known to fulminate on various other topics, with and without invitation.

 

Updated: October 5, 2017 – 8:19AM