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Cecil Kim, Creative Director/CCO

Cecil Kim has been working as a concept artist and illustrator in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years. Cecil received his BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design. After graduating, Cecil was employed at Square USA, Inc., where he worked on the Parasite Eve and Final Fantasy IX projects. He later moved on to Sony Santa Monica, where he worked for over 11 years. Cecil worked on several hit games including the “God of War” series and was the Visual Development Lead for “God of War 3″. Cecil also teaches at various institutions such as Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design where he serves as Concept Art Area Head. In early 2011, Cecil was awarded the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ “Artistic Achievement Award.”

Justin Yun, Creative Director/CCO

Justin Yun has been working as an art director, concept artist and illustrator in the entertainment industry for the past 6 years. Justin received his BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design. Since graduation, his work has ranged from television commercials, video games, music videos and film. Justin has been involved with projects such as Thor: God of Thunder, ESPN’s Monday Night Football, The Ultimate Fighter and more. In 2008 Justin co-founded Bluecanvas, Inc. and resides as Creative Director/CCO.

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Thomas Willeford

With degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone) would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing a piece, one does not ask “Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure”.

Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for more than 20 years. He and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, Castle , Oddities ), online (Wired, BoingBoing, Popular Mechanics, Playboy TV), and in print (Art Donovan's The Art of Steampunk , Morgan Spurlock and Stan Lee's Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope , Bizarre Magazine, Hustler Magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Marquis Magazine, Leg Show Magazine, Pirates Magazine, DDI Magazine, Culture Asylum Magazine). Satisfied customers include David Silverman (The Simpsons), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Virginia Hey (Farscape), and bands Abney Park, Ghostfire, and Beautiful Deadly Children. Thomas also contributed to the design of Alchemy Gothic s Empire Collection, a line of steampunk jewelry and accessories.

Thomas’ artwork has also been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including Penn State’s “STEAMpunk!”, Dr. Grymm’s “Steampunk Bizarre”, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation’s “Steampunk: Form and Function”, and the Ashmolean Museum of the History of Science at Oxford's “Steampunk”, 20,000 Leagues at Patriot Place, and Mobilis in Mobili at The Wooster Street Social Club (home of TLC’s NY Ink). His clockwork spider “Arachnae Mechanica” is currently housed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

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Tom Banwell

Tom is a self-taught artist who began working with leather in 1972 in Lake Tahoe, making belts, purses, and sandals. In 1976, he started his own business designing and crafting Western leather hats which sold throughout the United States. Tom sold that business and dabbled in woodcarving for a number of years, which led to him learning how to cast in resin.

For many years Tom created custom resin trophies and figurines, much of that work consisted of imitating other materials, such as bronze, marble, and wood. In 2008, he discovered leather mask making; it became Tom's passion and livelihood. He draws on his experiences with resin and incorporates resin components into his Steampunk artwork, giving it its unique look.

A majority of Tom's work today consists of making fantasy masks and helmets. He loves how masks and helmets instantly transform the wearer into a whole other character.

He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California.

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Joey Marsocci

Dr. Grymm's alter ego, Joey Marsocci has been a freelance designer of theme park attractions, toys, puppets, graphic marketing, film props, and private consignments for over 20 years. Originally part of the initial design crew for the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea walk thru attraction at both Tokyo Seas Disneyland and Paris Disneyland, which is what launched him originally into the world of Steampunk Design.

Dr. Grymm is the Author of "1000 Steampunk Creations" by Quarry Books as well as "How to Draw Steampunk", by Walter Foster books, as well as the upcoming book 1000 Incredible Cosplay Ideas. Most recently he can be seen on BBC America, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, The New York Times, and HGTV's Selling New York. He is also featured in the documentary I AM STEAMPUNK, the Independent films Steam Driven and Adventures in Science, and as one of the Art Designers behind the upcoming film Jesus Hates Zombies. Grymm will also be Co-Director, Writer, and Lead Art Director of the upcoming short independent film "Prediction" (2013).

Dr. Grymm Laboratories currently provides custom designs of props and creatures for film production companies across the US. Dr. Grymm's custom contraptions and sculptures have been seen in Steampunk exhibits including the Steampunk Exhibit held at the Oxford University History of Science Museum in 2010 and the Form and Function Exhibit held at the Charles River Museum 2012, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the Historic Hudson Valley. Various publications that showcase the work of Dr. Grymm include; The Art of Steampunk, and The Steampunk Bible, the French publication Steampunk, as well as several trade magazines and websites such as Tor.com, Make, Fangoria, and Boing Boing.

Together with his business partner and wife, Allison DeBlasio, (Mrs. Grymm), Dr. Grymm hosts the annual Award Winning Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit located in Hartford CT, which recently completed its third year at The Mark Twain House and Museum and is working on Plans for the 4th Annual Exhibit "Salvaged Beauty". Currently in the works, Marsocci is working on plans for an interactive Haunt, possible television reality show, a series, and numerous custom designs for clients including 5 Wits and General Cigar Company.

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Art Donovan

Born and raised in New York City, Art Donovan is an artist, designer and museum curator with 33 years of full time experience in the arts. From 1980 to 1990 he was the senior designer and head illustrator for Donald Deskey & Associates, NYC. (Mr. Deskey was the Art Deco master and creator of Radio City Music Hall).

Since 1990, Mr Donovan has specialized in hand crafting custom lighting and illuminated sculptural objects for his company, Donovan Design.

Art Donovan is now widely considered to be the world’s foremost authority on the genre of Steampunk art and design. Recently, Mr. Donovan organized, developed and curated the world’s first exhibitions of Steampunk Art and Design. The first exhibition was held in August, 2008, at the Hamptons Antique Galleries in Bridgehampton, New York. The second exhibition was held at the Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK. This exhibition featured 18 artists from 8 countries and ran from October, 2009 through February, 2010. It proved to be the most popular and widely attended show that the Museum had ever mounted. While at Oxford University, Mr. Donovan gave lectures on the genre of Steampunk art, it's theories and practitioners.

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