For many Phoenix pop culture fans the terms ‘Steampunk’ and ‘Brose Brothers’ are synonymous. The ultra-creative triplet siblings have been Arizona ambassadors of the Victorian era’s science fiction offshoot before most of us had ever heard of it, luring new fans with their fascinating costumes and gentlemanly demeanor.
The brothers, Casey, Ben and Mitch, have embodied everything from robotic cowboys to audacious airship crewmen and swashbuckling pirates, always mixing their creations with sci-fi flamboyance and nineteenth-century panache.
If you’ve been to a comic convention in San Diego or Phoenix in the past several years, then odds are you’ve seen and probably photographed the Brose Brothers. These amazing artisans are even seen in director Morgan Spurlock’s book, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.
The Brose Brothers have become mainstays at the Phoenix Comicon and have evolved from costumed attendees to panel experts, to venders with one of the coolest booths on the exhibit floor as Brose Brothers Productions (BBP).
Mitch Brose is away at the Make-up Designory (MUD) school of special f/x make-up, but we talked to the brothers, Ben and Casey, about their big plans for the 2015 Phoenix Comicon, the ever-increasing interest in the Steampunk genre, and the growth of the Phoenix pop culture convention.
How many years have the Brose Brothers been attending Phoenix Comicon as Steampunk ambassadors? How many years have you been vending at PHXCC?
Casey: This will be the 4th year the Brose Brothers have attended Phoenix Comicon as Steampunk ambassadors. 2015 is the second year Brose Brothers Productions has vended at PHXCC, but the first year in a 10’x10′ vendor space. Woohoo!
What are your thoughts on the popularity and growth of the Steampunk genre at conventions over the last few years?
Casey: Steampunk has grown significantly over the years in conventions. It’s amazing to see the popularity over the last few years as more and more people recognize the Steampunk genre and decide it is something they would like to be a part of. It is really cool to watch how people become excited about this genre as new ideas appear with artists creating their own pieces and inspirations.
Ben: I think it’s exciting that the genre is exceedingly growing fast. We are riding on the front wave of the steampunk creations and inventions for this genre. It gives us a chance to get ideas to create things that fans have never seen.
I know that Brose Brothers have been busy for months now, preparing for Phoenix Comicon. What kinds of new gizmos will you have on hand at PHXCC?
Casey: This year at PHXCC Brose Brothers Productions (BBP) will have everything from buttons, art prints of original drawings, steampunk inspired jewelry, to a beautifully redesigned “Time Capsule” top-hat. Our arsenal of prop grenades is also included along with a refurbished steam-powered shotgun and a new long range rifle named, “Patience.”
Ben: I am looking forward to debuting a piece of our original steampunk armor for ‘what is to come in 2016’ from BBP.
I see that you are going to have a “creation station” within your booth. What can you tell us about that?
Casey: Inspired by an event from Wild Wild West Con, the creation station is where Comicon guests will be able to watch as Brose Brothers, Ben and Casey, will be hand-crafting original pieces of art. Guests have the opportunity to commission a drawing from Casey or watch as Ben pieces together a fine piece of Steampunk Jewelry. While at the creation station fans can ask questions about the creations of BBP.
Brose Brothers participated in the popular Steampunk Artifacts exhibit that has been displayed at the Phoenix Airport Museum over the winter. Will you be bringing any of those items to PHXCC?
Casey: Unfortunately none of the artifacts from the Phoenix Airport Museum will be at PHXCC. BBP was asked by the airport to showcase their artwork until June, 2015.
Ben and Casey will be at the Con this year, while Mitch is away at f/x make-up school. Who else will be on the BBP team at PHXCC?
Casey: First BBP wants to thank everyone who has helped thus far in the creation of the booth and products that will be at PHXCC this year. Along with the Brose Brothers, Ms. Shelby E. will be attending as our booth shopkeeper; Robert E. will be assisting the Brose Brothers moving the big stuff to the convention hall, along with additional costumers and volunteers to help show off their pieces inspired by the Brose Brothers. We are excited to see what Mitch brings back from his studies.
What are your thoughts on the growth of Phoenix Comicon over the past few years?
Ben: I believe it is a fantastic thing to be happening locally. It gives the community something to look forward too and attend. As conventions continue to grow it is great to see the progress of PHXCC and the attendance it is receiving from people all around the U.S. We look forward to being a part of PHXCC for many years to come.
Are Brose Brothers participating in any panels this year?
Ben: Brose Brothers’ Productions will not be attending any panels this year. With big things coming next year and the exciting new booth we constructed this year we have been busy preparing for this year’s convention. We have focused on new things to bring to the fans!
What are you guys most looking forward to at PHXCC?
Ben: We are looking forward to bringing a whole new look from Brose Brothers’ Productions to PHXCC. We have so many new exciting things to show the fans. I am also looking forward to getting the chance to interact with the fans. We will be available to talk to in person so people get to know who we are as creators.
Casey: I really am looking forward to seeing the fans, both returning and new. Their feedback on our items gets us excited to create new things. It’s an honor to have people look forward to seeing what we have made for them to enjoy and purchase.
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