Matt Solberg Talks Changes, Staff and the Future of Phoenix Comicon

It’s been a rough month for Phoenix Comicon, and no-one knows that better then the man at the top. Matt Solberg is the Convention Chair of the 5th largest pop culture convention in the US and he’s aware more than most on the changing landscape that is the national convention scene. But the road to change is a slippery one and in a world where fans take both pride and…

Professional Passes to No Longer Be Offered at Phoenix Comicon

There are sure to be more changes announced in the coming weeks as Phoenix Comicon restructures to combat protests over their volunteer staffing practices. This has set off a domino effect inside the organization and we have found out that as part of the coming changes Phoenix Comicon will no longer be offering passes to professionals. This email was recently received by our contributor, Douglas Monce, who had inquired into…

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….

An Interview With Reynolds Advanced Materials

For the professional or hobbyist in costuming and mask making you might want to look up Reynolds Advanced Materials      

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 Interview With Shapify My Life

If you’ve ever wanted to be your own action figure you’ll want to pay close attention!