July 27, 1960 |
|Other names||Tron Guy|
|Occupation||Computer programmer, system administrator, project maintainer|
Jay Maynard (born July 27, 1960) is an American computer programmer, system administrator and the volunteer project maintainer for Hercules, a free emulator of IBM mainframe hardware. He is known for his self-made electroluminescent costume based on the film Tron, which resulted in his nickname Tron Guy.
Maynard created a revealing electroluminescent costume, inspired by the film Tron, that he could wear at the science fiction convention Penguicon in 2004. He has said that he "hasn't missed a Penguicon, and doesn't intend to". He created a web page of photos of the costume, and of himself wearing it. His page of photos quickly gained a lot of attention on the Internet, after it was posted on Slashdot and Fark.
In 2006, Maynard appeared in a music video entitled "We Are the Web", for the website of the same name. The video advocates the concept of network neutrality. In it, Maynard appears alongside several other Internet celebrities, including Leslie Hall and Randy Constan. He was also parodied in the 2008 South Park episode "Canada on Strike". His likeness appeared alongside those of such other Internet celebrities as Gary Brolsma, Star Wars Kid, Chris Crocker, and Tay Zonday.
In 2009, Maynard was the focus of the "Web Redemption" segment on an episode of the TV series Tosh.0; in this segment, an Internet celebrity answers both serious and mocking questions from host Daniel Tosh, then re-enacts their original act.
On June 8, 2011, Maynard appeared on America's Got Talent. He received a "no" vote from all of the three judges and did not make it past the audition round. Howie Mandel had him restart his introductory speech over several times, so it was left unclear what his act was going to be.
In 2011, Maynard appeared in Duck Products' "Stuck On Duck Video Project", a commercial for duct tape. The ad, made by Ryactive and produced by Tongal, recreates the light-cycle race from Tron using stop-motion animation, followed by Maynard's appearance in the Tron Guy outfit. The video was featured in Wired Magazine as a "genius idea" and like many of Maynard's previous videos went viral, becoming the tenth most viewed video of all time on Vimeo.
On August 26, 2015, Maynard was interviewed by the Scene World Podcast in a live video podcast, hosted by Olympronica for the Film & Games Interactions exhibit at the Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt, Germany. The interview was presented live on Twitch.tv, and later published as both a video interview on YouTube and audio podcast.
On Apr 30, 2017, Maynard stated on his Medium page that due to social policies started at the convention that are progressive in nature but off-putting to him as a conservative, his appearance at that year's Penguicon would be his last, saying "I would return the con explicitly to being nonpolitical. Those known as being strongly on one side of the culture wars would not be invited at all, or if they were, would be balanced with someone on the other side. Panels would not be politically controversial, or else there would be opportunities — explicitly solicited as such — to present opposing views. Ideally, the con would leave the culture wars completely outside. Mere disagreement would explicitly be excluded from the harassment policy." 
- What is Penguicon?, YouTube Video (May 4, 2013)
- "Another Fan-Made TRON Costume". Slashdot. April 18, 2004. Retrieved July 12, 2006.
- "Fighting for Net Neutrality". wearetheweb.org. Archived from the original on August 21, 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2006.
- "TRON Guy's Costume – Banned from Movie Theater". TMZ.com. December 12, 2010.
- "America's Got Talent - Jay Maynard - The Tron Guy Audition - Season 6". America's Got Talent. June 8, 2011.
- "$5,000 Ad Contest Yields The Ultimate 'Tron' Cameo". Advertising & Marketing. Adweek. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- "Duck Tron Races On Vimeo, Quickly Gets 268K Views". ClickZ Marketing News & Expert Advice. Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- "Tongal Timeline". tongal.com. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
- Watercutter, Angela (August 22, 2011). "Video: Genius Idea for Tron-Themed Duck Tape Ad". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
- "Podcast Episode #10 - Jay Maynard: The Tron Guy". Scene World Magazine. August 28, 2015.
- https://medium.com/@jmaynard/mpga-d4b72ec08ed4, Make Penguicon Great Again
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