The Power of Olympus on Your Gaming Table

Make Me a God by Durrilion We have all been there, walking through the vendors hall when suddenly something unexpected catches our eyes.  For me, at Gameon Expo it was a huge banner saying in large print “Make Me A God”. I had to know more, but did not have time at that moment.  So the next day I made a point of finding that booth again.  It took some…

It's Kiba Master Chief!!!

Kiba’s Master Chief Cosplay by Durrilion The completely adorable, and hardworking Kiba the Cosplay Corgi was out in his brand new cosplay at Game On Expo.  His mom (Nicole) made him a Master Chief’s armor set in 24 hours, from start to finish (not counting breaks).  Nicole began working on the outfit the Thursday before the convention.  By Saturday afternoon she was done! She did the blackwashing at the table,…

Cosplay: Concept & Construction Part 3

Becoming Lord Elrond by Durrilion With all the construction finally completed, I went to a friend for help with hair and makeup.  As she labored on my hair, and the wig, as well as the makeup, I ceased to be Durrilion the Freelance Writer and became Durrilion the Cosplayer. As she pulled, twisted, and pinned my own hair, I tried not to wince.  Every now and again it was painful….

Cosplay: Concept & Construction Part 2

  The Struggle to become Lord Elrond By Durrilion It took a lot of time to gather all the components of what would eventually be my version of Lord Elrond.  I needed the pattern, fabric, thread, paint, and lots of patience! With my awesome pattern in hand I went to work on the first layer.  My fabric choice for this one was a medium weight upholstery cotton brocade in a…

Cosplay: Concept & Construction Part 1

Formulating the Idea by Durrilion Since I was a child I have always loved costumes.  My personal favorites often seem to reflect historical and/or fantastical themes. In my 20’s I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism which provided opportunities to wear Medieval style clothing. Several years later I became friends with people in Amtgard, an organization that allowed more fantasy elements in one’s character and wardrobe.  Thanks to my friends…

Cosplay Spotlight – Phoenix Comicon 2016 – What to wear? What to wear?

Cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon 2016 by Durrrilion They take a step, they stop for a pic.  They take another and stop again.  From the first day to the last of any convention, cosplayers of varying skill levels do The Step and Pose Shuffle. Despite my busy schedule I managed a few shots and a couple of interviews. Starting off is ‘Cersei’ from Game of Thrones.  Casey Renee Cosplay from Chicago…

Cosplay Spotlight – The Women of Middle Earth

  Ladies of the Rings by Durrilion I love an unusual or unexpected twist to just about anything.  When my editor told me about a chance to speak with a team of female cosplayers doing the entire Fellowship of the Ring, I jumped at the chance.  Sadly due to technical issues, we missed our scheduled interview time.  Fortunately, I ran into three of the Ladies by chance at Sean Astin’s…

Walk the Dead – The Adventures of Zombie Dog

  Zombie Dog by Durrilion While roaming the halls of Phoenix Comicon 2016, I came across a peculiar poster.  Closer examination told me I HAD to know more.  Zombie Dog, published by The Plush Cartel, is a child friendly comic book about JJ, a former bomb sniffing dog and his vegan zombie family.  According to their promo card, “the zombie apocalypse has ended.  The humans and zombies have formed a…

Phoenix Comicon Author Spotlight: Tonya Adolfson

Tonya Adolfson: Author Spotlight by Durrilion One of the biggest draws for a convention are the guests.  Actors, artists, writers, and cosplayers bring their fan base where ever they go.  I had the great fortune to not only attend several panels conducted by the incredibly talented Tonya, (also known as Tanglwyst de Holloway) but also to speak with her about her book series ‘Souls of the Saintlands’. She describes it…

Phoenix Comicon 2016 Highlights

PHXCC 2016!!! by Durrilion In the last two years I have attended Cons large and small.  PHXCC2016 has to be the craziest (in a completely good way)! The panel schedule was packed with so much awesome I desperately needed three clones of myself to do to all the things.  By the way that doesn’t even include all the celebrity spotlights! I did my best, but wow! The variety of exhibitors…