Cosplay Burlesque was founded in early 2008 by Holly Ween (then Victoria Belmont).
Holly felt that conventions had let their "adult" offerings fall to the wayside as they
worked to become more "family friendly". "I remember seeing Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue
at the first anime convention I attended. It was R-rated; you had to have ID to get in"
says Holly. "Since then many cons have reoriented their programming to attract younger
attendees, which is all well and good, but they haven't done much for the older crowd. I
was hoping to add something new and different to the lineup."
Cosplaying for years, Holly saw the connection between the pageantry of cosplaying
and the spectacle that is burlesque. She contacted Anime NEXT, a convention she had been staffing at for years prior, and asked them to take a chance on her pet project.
Once the finer details had been hashed out, she collected a motley crew of performers,
offered them a stage and a badge, and Cosplay Burlesque was born!
Over the last 7 years, Cosplay Burlesque has performed over 35 shows at more than 15
different conventions to ever growing crowds. They've expanded their offering to include
Drag acts, musical numbers, sideshow, and comedy skits, but their first love is
We're a group of friends with bizarre hobbies that we decided we wanted to get together
and share with the world. Real circuses rejected us, so we became Circus Rejectus! We
combine stunts, dance, and comedy to give you a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Lights Out have been traveling down a long, forked road. On that road, there are
branches of you splitting off with every decision you make. Each branch is a different
you, living a different version of your life, in a whole other world. The Lights Out have
seen every color and every shape of your parallel lives. They're as real as this one. And
now, they're taking you on a TRIP. They're breaking through the void that separates this
reality from the others. It's dark out there, so follow their lights, or you won't make it
In this reality, The Lights Out have showcased at music conferences from SXSW to
CMJ, released multiple albums, had songs on MTV, appeared in Billboard and played
an arena and a dome
Jason Fry is a writer, editor and digital consultant based (inevitably) in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He is the author of The Jupiter Pirates, a young-adult space-fantasy series, and has written more than 40 books and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy. Notably the Last Jedi. Besides fiction for adults and young readers, he writes essays and articles about technology, sports, online media, music, travel, history, and anything else that interests him. He also keep my eye on the world of digital publishing, with a particular interest in sports and sportswriting.
He spent nearly 13 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where he was a columnist, editor and projects guy. In Web years, 13 years is basically forever — or at least long enough to accumulate more than 1,000 bylines and learn a heck of a lot about how journalism works online. His duties included writing daily and weekly columns (“The Daily Fix” and “Real Time,” respectively), editing writers and coaching them to write effectively for the web, serving as WSJ.com’s first blogs guru, and representing the editorial department on numerous projects in partnership with Dow Jones business strategists and software developers. After leaving the Online Journal, he consulted with news organizations forEidosMedia, a maker of cross-media editing-and-publishing software, before hanging out his shingle as a full-time writer and editor.
He has been a baseball blogger atFaith and Fear in Flushing since 2005 and a former adjunct faculty member at thePoynter Institute, where he spent a year as an ombudsman for ESPN. That role grew out of a weekly digital-sportswriting column he wrote for Indiana University’sNational Sports Journalism Center. He collected 19 of my best NSJC columns (along with new material) as an ebook,Sportswriting in the Digital Age. It’s got lots of practical advice about writing for the web and creating a journalism career in today’s swiftly changing media world.
Kuta Marler is the Amazon bestselling author of Eden’s Outcast. She has lived all over the
world. Erika is innately curious, and has picked up an assortment of facts and anecdotes over the
years and researches anything she has a passing interest in.
Erika takes every opportunity to improve her craft. Her critique group involves wereslugs, she
volunteers at author signing, and has been known to sneak into Masters level writing courses.
Kuta Marler has a unique perspective into the publishing world. As the executive assistant to the CEO of
Rabid Fanboy Marketing and Promotions. She assists publishers, agents, and authors in creating,
promoting, and selling books. Her focus at Rabid Fanboy is Bard’s Tower the traveling celebrity literary
experience that tours the nation helping readers to connect with their favorite authors.
You can find her wandering around the internet on the following platforms. Twitter: @EAKM,
Facebook: @KutaMarler, and http://www.kutamarler.com
I’m a novelist living in the Rocky Mountain west. My training is in law, and I worked as a
securities lawyer at a major international firm and inhouse at two multinational semiconductor
manufacturers before setting up in solo practice. I’m a consultant and corporate trainer,
teaching business acumen to employees of world-class companies.
I am a lover of language and languages, a guitarist and self-recorder, and a serious reader. I
am married to a powerful and clever woman (also a novelist) and we have three devious
children, but they don’t appear much in this blog (they do recur with some frequency in my
social media posts). This blog, with all its meandering and changes of pace, is about writing.
I have been writing fiction since 2010. I write speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, space
opera, steampunk, cyberpunk, superhero, alternate history, dystopian fiction, horror and related
genres) for all audiences. I have written and am writing novels for middle grade, young adult
and adult readers. I’m published byKnopf (The Kidnap Plot),WordFire Press(City of the
Saints,Rock Band Fights Evil,The Buza System), andBaen (Witchy Eye). I am also
Acquisitions Editor at WordFire.
I tweet: @DavidJohnButler. I’m also on Google+ and Goodreads (both somewhat passively),
and you can reach me at david-dot-john-dot-butler-at-hotmail-dot-com, or via the Contact
Me page of this blog.
I am represented byDeborah Warren ofEast/West Literary.
My writing group is theStory Monkeys: Platte Clark, Michael Dalzen, Erik Holmes and Eric
Patten. I perform semi-improvised interactive theater at sci-fi and fantasy conventions with
theSpace Balrogs: Holli Anderson, James Wymore, Jason King, Craig Nybo, and David J.
My wife Emily is also a novelist, and sometimes she and I work on projects together. Learn
more about her and her writing atemilyhbutler.com.
Brian Lee Durfee is an artist and writer raised in Fairbanks Alaska and Monroe Utah. He
has done illustrations for Wizards of the Coast, Tolkien Enterprises, Dungeons &
Dragons, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (Denali National Park) and many more.
His art has been featured in SPECTRUM: Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art #3 and
Writers of the Future Vol 9. He won the Arts for the Parks Grand Canyon Award and
has a painting in the permanent collection of the Grand Canyon Visitors Center-Kolb
Brian is the author of the fantasy series Five Warrior Angels. He lives in Salt Lake City.
New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells writes a little bit of everything, but is best known for his
thriller series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, and his post-apocalyptic teen series PARTIALS. His other novels
include THE HOLLOW CITY, about schizophrenia, and A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS, which will debut
as a stage production in October 2015. His novella "The Butcher ofKhardov," based on
theWarmachine tabletop game, was nominated for a Hugo Award--the first piece of media tie-in fiction
ever nominated in a prose category. He has received many other Hugo nominations for his podcast
Writing Excuses, including one win in 2013; the podcast has also received several Parsec Awards, runs its
own writing retreat, and in 2014 published a combination anthology/textbook called SHADOWS
BENEATH. Also in 2014, Dan compiled and edited an anthology called ALTERED PERCEPTIONS, designed
to raise awareness of mental illness. Dan's novel I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER is soon to be a major motion
picture, filming in Spring of 2015, to be released sometime in 2016. The latest in the Mirador Series
Active Memory comes out in 2018. Dan lives in Utah with his wife and five children; he has also lived in
Germany and Mexico, and loves to travel every chance he gets. He owns more than 350board games,
which makes it more of an addiction than a hobby, but he loves the symptoms and refuses to seek help.
Keith R.A. DeCandido is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of his first novel
(Spider-Man: Venom's Wrath, written with José R. Nieto), which mostly makes him feel old. He
has more than 50 novels to his credit, as well as more than 75 short stories, more than 60 comic
books, and a ton of nonfiction that he's too lazy to actually count. He's written fiction in more
than thirty licensed universes from Alien to Zorro, including TV shows (Star Trek,
Supernatural), movies (Cars, Serenity), games (World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons), and
comic books (Spider-Man, Thor). He's also written bunches of work of his own creation, taking
place in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and in the somewhat real cities of New
York and Key West.
Recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel's Tales of Asgard trilogy (prose novels
featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three); the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified
Clone Report; Mermaid Precinct, the fifth novel in his fantasy/police procedural series; fiction in
the world of the videogame Summoner's War; short stories in Aliens: Bug Hunt, Nights of the
Living Dead, TV Gods: Summer Programming, Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Mine! and both
volumes of Baker Street Irregulars; three new novellas in the Super City Cops series; and A
Furnace Sealed, the first book in his new urban fantasy series that takes place in his home
borough of the Bronx, New York. He also writes regularly about pop culture for Tor.com and
also on Patreon.
In 2009, Keith was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International
Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever
again. He's also a third-degree black belt in karate (he not only trains regularly, but also teaches
to both kids and adults), a professional musician (currently percussionist for the parody band
Boogie Knights), and a professional editor of more than 25 years' standing to clients both
personal and corporate. Find out less at his mediocre web site at DeCandido.net.