September 8th, 2009

Elven Archer

DragonCon 2009

Bad Blogger am I.   It has been such a ridiculously long time since I posted.  I have been crazy busy for so long that I may have lost my mind a while back and just didn't notice. 

Anyway, DragonCon 2009 has been the most awesome time I have ever had at DragonCon for as long as I have been attending.  That is saying a lot.  But there were many factors in making it the best.  I have so many incredible friends to see at this con.  This year, I got to see really how many people there are that I can call friends.  I was overwhelmed, and very humbled by how lucky I am to know so many of you.  A big shout out to AOME!  Finally getting to spend some time with Zeno and Laura - you guys rock!  Mommagorn, Maddy, Kayleigh, Shannon, Kassie, and Dan - best roomies ever!  Jo - always there for me.  Philip made sure I didn't die on my way to con, and on my way home.  Thanks to all of you.

Also, I got to do something this year that I have wanted to do for a long time.  Somehow the stars aligned, and I had the opportunity to make costumes for one of my favortie bands of all time - The Cruxshadows!

Jessica and Holly, the drop dead gorgeous dancers, always wear brilliant fairy costumes during DragonCon.  Last year, I offered my services as a leatherworker and costumer to make them a new ensemble to debut in 2009.  Not to pat myself on the back, but I have to say that the finished costumes look amzing - and of course that has as much to do with how beautiful these models are.  They were happy with the costumes, so you can imagine I was jumping up and down inside like a fanboy.  How many people get to do something for artists that they really admire?  To show appreciation for their craft and their generosity? How lucky am I to have been able to do just that?  Jessica mentioned wanting me to work on another costume for next year - it doesn't get better than this!

My armor panel for the Tolkien track was so much fun to do this year - thanks to Jean for making it happen for me.  I hope that all those attending had a good a time, and that they can feel free to email me anytime with any questions or comments they might have.
I was very excitedd to have the panelists on the costuming track pull me up to talk on some of the panels with them.  They were all so gracious and had such incredible knowledge and skill, that I felt very honored that they wanted me to share the panel with them.  Thank you guys so much.

Probably the biggest highlight of the convention for me was meeting Miss Murder.  She has been a long time friend of Rogue and Jessica, and she and Jessica create the incredible costumes that the dancers wear at DragonCon.  We immediately began discussing ideas for costumes we could collaborate on.  She does wonders with fabric - fabric has always scared the hell out of me, which is why I work with leather :).  I can't tell you how much fun I had just being in her presence.  I am so very excited about working with her on future projects.  Miss Murder, if you read this - you made the Con for me!

Well let me go ahead and post some pics!