Sew & Tell

Premiere DateApr 13, 2012
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Last Life Doseone)
03:08 Interview with Holly Conrad
10:04 DJ Marie
11:25 Wait Up Eight And A Half
15:16 Honeysuckle Xiu Xiu
18:25 Hundred Hearts Zambri
23:47 DJ Marie
24:50 Interview with Holly Conrad
31:50 DJ Marie
33:09 The Owl Tongue Ero Gray
35:27 Fire Ant Alex Winston
38:25 Shake Hands Birthmark
43:13 DJ Marie
44:10 Interview with Holly Conrad
56:46 DJ Marie
59:12 I Get Ideas M. Ward
61:51 Finish

We’ve got a very special guest for this week’s Video Game edition of Sew & Tell! Holly Conrad has loved making costumes ever since she was five years old, and has turned her passion into a career. Holly has worked creating costumes for everything from haunted houses to an animatronics company, but perhaps most spectacular has been her personal work for San Francisco’s internationally renowned comic book and gaming convention, Comic Con. She’s been attending and competing in the Comic Con Masquerade for years, and it was her participation there that caught the eye of documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Holly is featured as one of the main stories in his most recent documentary, “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Dream,” which has led her to even more exciting opportunities in costume design and construction.

On this week’s show, Holly will talk about some of the design challenges she’s faced in creating creatures and armor, her passion for improved female character costuming, her involvement in the documentary, and her dream to one day “green” the special effects industry.

Plus, great music on the show today from Alex Winston, Ero Gray, Zambri, Xiu Xiu, and another new track from M. Ward’s latest release. So get your sword in hand, and prepare for a design battle of the fittest, here on BreakThru Radio!

Holly Conrad, Costume Designer & ArtistME3 Suit 2012
(Photo courtesy of Holly Conrad, via

Holly working on Husk Suit for ME3 Live Action Trailer
(Photo by Jon Michael Kondrath)

Holly as ME2 Shepard
(Photo by Ljhinto)

ME2 Commander Shepard
(Photo by Ian Travis Bernard)

Hawke vs. Shepard
(Photo by Ian Travis Bernard)

Airship Alchemist
(Photo by Mark Berry)

Detail shot of Wrex for Comic Con 2011
(Photo by Holly Conrad)

Holly’s work on Lady of Pain for Comic Con 2009
(Photos courtesy of Holly Conrad, via

Comic Con 2010 ME2 Costumes
(Photo courtesy of Holly Conrad, via

You can now get “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Dreams” as a rental or download through iTunes! Watch the trailer here, and check out this great interview with Morgan & Holly, who talk about the film.

Holly was also recently featured in an interview for Paste Magazine, where she talked more about growing up with video games!

You can see the amazing costumes Holly worked on for Mass Effect 3 in this live action trailer – the game came out on March 6th, so you too can be Commander Shepard, and save the world!

Here’s a great article from G4, featuring some of Holly’s opinions on female costumes from various games.

Last but definitely not least, be sure to check out the trailer for “Blue King,” the awesome indie mockumentary about the adult film industry, brought to you by Louisville-based Evan Lee Pack & co!

Xiu Xiu
(Photo courtesy of Xiu Xiu, via
May 1 – King’s Barcade – Raleigh, NC
May 2 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
May 3 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
May 4 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 5 – The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
May 7 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
May 8 – Space Gallery – Portland, ME
May 9 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Quebec
May 10 – Le Cercle – Quebec City, Quebec
May 11 – Mavericks – Ottawa, Ontario
May 12 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
May 14 – Pike Room @ The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
May 15 – Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
May 17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
May 18 – Memorial Union Terrace – Madison, WI
May 19 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
May 20 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
May 21 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
May 22 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
May 23 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 24 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
May 27 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
May 28 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 29 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
May 31 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA

Alex Winston
(Photo by Guy Eppel)
April 19 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.
April 24 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
April 28 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
June 18 – Hafenkneipe – Zurich, Switzerland

M. Ward
(Photo by Autumn de Wilde)
April 13 – 15 – Coachella – Indio, CA
April 14 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
April 16 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
April 17 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
April 18 – Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ
April 20 – 22 – Empire Polo Field – Indio, CA
May 5 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
May 6 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
May 7 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
May 8 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 11 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
May 12 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
May 13 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
May 15 – Duke University – Durham, NC
May 16 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 17 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
May 18 – 20 – Nelsonville Music Festival – Nelsonville, OH
May 22 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
May 23 – Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI
May 24 – First Ave – Minneapolis, MN
May 25 – 28 – Sasquatch! Music Festival – George, WA
May 26 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…