|At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not a word. Check us out online at childrendrivingrobots.com.|
|Charles Dunbar is graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, where he received a BA in Religion and Anthropology and an MA in Cultural Anthropology. His thesis, Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities was published in 2011 and focused on anime convention participation, including spending habits, cosplay, demographics, communal behaviour and convention culture.
Charles has previously given talks before the Joseph Campbell Foundation, has worked in the music industry as an A&R talent scout and promoter, excavated a Roman Villa in the United Kingdom, studied Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, acted as a teacher and mentor for at-risk students in a charter school, shipped books for a comic shop and had his own weekly radio show for 5 years.
These days you can usually find him at a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, working diligently on whatever project is currently occupying his time, or traveling the roads of the East Coast to various anime conventions. In addition to his own site, he also has written for the websites Insert Disc and Real Otaku Gamer.
|The Nerdfit Network (“Nerdfit”) is a Boston-based entertainment group that has delivered hours of laughs and amazement at events since 2007. Nerdfit provides a versatile list of talents including (but not limited to) hosting and performing in panel presentations, game shows, concerts, DJ sets and dance parties. Outside of events, they provide live streams, videos and comedy articles about anime, video games, technology, and silly conspiracy theories. You can find them at www.Nerdfit.com.|
|Robert Picardo is a graduate of Yale University and has been a well-known actor on stage, screen, and television for over thirty years. Mr. Picardo is recognized around the globe for his popular role as the Holographic Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. He also starred as Commander Woolsey on Stargate Atlantis, making him the only actor to play regular roles on both of television’s most enduring science fiction franchises. He is also well known for his roles on China Beach and The Wonder Years (for which he received an Emmy nomination) and countless guest star appearances on other shows.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, unaware that he would one day portray doctors in two primetime television series: Dr. Dick Richard on the landmark Vietnam drama China Beach and the holographic doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. While at Yale, Bob landed the role of the Gospel Preacher in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” and recreated the role in the European premiere of the work in Vienna. Maestro Bernstein encouraged Bob to pursue his passion to perform and, armed with a B.A. in Drama from Yale, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Theater Workshop (fellow alumni include Kevin Bacon and Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Soon, his theater work began to prosper. In 1976, he appeared in David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” followed by “The Primary English Class” with Diane Keaton. In 1977, Bob made his Broadway debut in the lead role in the comedy hit “Gemini” with Danny Aiello. The following year, he co-starred as Jack Lemmon’s combative son in Bernard Slade’s “Tribute” on Broadway and in a west coast run, which brought him to Los Angeles. Other theater work includes “Beyond Therapy” and “Geniuses” at the Los Angeles Public Theater, “The Normal Heart” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (Drama-Logue Award), “A Class Act” and “12 Angry Men” at the Pasadena Playhouse, “On the Twentieth Century,” (Ovation nomination), “Broken Glass” at the Victory Theater and “Cabaret” for Reprise, “Enter Laughing: The Musical” at The Annenberg Center for the Arts.
Bob was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series The Wonder Years and was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder’s Award for his outstanding performances for that role and his military surgeon, Dr. Dick Richard, on China Beach. Bob’s extensive television work includes a starring role opposite Helena Bonham-Carter in NBC’s movie-of-the-week Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, the HBO movie White Mile, and the NBC mini-series Deadly Matrimony. In 1995, he began a seven-year run as the well-loved Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager—two episodes of which he also directed. He has guest starred on countless television series including Taxi, St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, Home Improvement, The Outer Limits, Ally Mcbeal, Frasier, Crossing Jordan, Stargate SG-1, Cold Case, The Closer, Smallville, Pushing Daisies, Chuck, CSI: NY, Justified, United States of Tara, Body of Proof, Castle, Harry’s Law, The Client List, Happy Endings and The Mentalist. He starred as Commander Woolsey in the final season of Stargate Atlantis.
Bob will guest star in the upcoming new “CW” series Significant Mother.
Bob has appeared in over thirty films including The Howling, Legend, Innerspace, Star Trek: First Contact and Small Soldiers. He starred in the psychological thriller Sensored and the family comedy Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure. Bob will be seen in the upcoming Coen Brothers’ comedy, Hail Caesar, starring George Clooney.
Bob is a member of the Hard Hat Council of his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and a long-time member of the advisory board of The Planetary Society.
|Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years. He’s released 11 full length CDs.
|Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.greggosgameshows.com for more information.|