Loki Dagger Resin Kits Now Available!

My Loki dagger resin kits from Thor: Ragnarok are now available! These are raw resin kits but they are tinted (the hilt) and cold cast (the blade), so they are practically usable as is! Check out the dagger listing in my shop.

I’ll be posting some tutorial videos and behind the scenes walkthroughs on prepping a master, making a mold, and casting in the near future!

Loki Debut

I’ve been slowly working on a Thor: Ragnarok Loki, and I somehow managed to get my Loki horns (it was a raw resin kit from Know One’s Designs) finished about 30 minutes before leaving for Jet City Comic Con last Saturday. Since I’m still working on my daggers and full costume, I threw on my best suit and went as formal Loki.

And I am so glad I did! Not only was it a fun, small con, I got a bunch of great photos courtesy of Triple Click Photo!

I also made the cut in this EagleRockets video!

And now I’m back to work on the full costume, planned to debut at ECCC 2018.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in printing your own Loki daggers, or grabbing a 3D printed kit, head over to my shop!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Giveaway!

A new giveaway! This time its all Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 related!

The Guardians of the Galaxy Prize Pack includes:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo pack
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trucker hat
  3. Billythebrick Cosplay cold cast Ravager Badge (Movie replica)
  4. Billythebrick Cosplay Limited Edition Aluminum cold cast Ravager Badge

So what are you waiting for? The giveaway winner will be chosen on November 30th! Good luck!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Giveaway

Jet City Comic Show

So I wasn’t planning on any other cons this year, but I was invited to be on a panel at Jet City Comic Show!

I’ll be on the “2nd Skin” panel at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 4th. The panel is a Q&A, demo, and intro for prosthetics for beginners. And since I don’t know the first thing about prosthetics, I’m actually going to be the model for the prosthetics demonstration! If you’re coming to the show, come watch me get something on my face!

 

Sirius Black As Seen on SyFy

When I was at San Diego Comic Con, I got interviewed by the SyFy Channel for about 20 minutes while in my Sirius Black cosplay. They’ve been snipping up those interviews into little video vignettes on their YouTube channel. So far I’m in 3 of the 12 that are up there, but in latest one, not only am I in the video thumbnail, but I get to talk about my cosplay quite a bit!

Make sure to check out all of the videos and keep checking back as they are slowly rolling them out!

Rose City Comic Con 2017 Line-up and Schedule

What Cosplay Do I Have Planned

Here is my currently planned line-up for this weekend! As always, things happen and plans change, but for now this is it! Old Man Keith, Jessica Jones, and Sirius Black! I may do a cosplay change on Saturday, but I’m not sure yet. Keep an eye on social media!

Where Will I Be

I’m also going to be on two panels at RCCC. The first one is “From Screen to Cosplay: Making Fantasy Into Reality.” It is on Saturday at 5pm in Panel Room 7. The fabulous and talented Downen Creative Studios, Harbeastie, and VivSai Cosplay will be joining me.

The second panels is “The Art of Family Cosplay: Survival Tips from the Experts.” It is on Sunday at 3:30 pm in Panel Room 8, and I’ll be joined by the wonderful Queen Bee Cosplay, Avalyn Cosplay, BH Cosplay, and AJ Cosplay.

I will also be at the Harry Potter meetup on Sunday at noon in the lobby (there’s a map on the event page with the exact location and details.)

Are you coming to RCCC? Please say hello if you see me! Not only do I not bite, but I’m a hugger, so you can even get a hug if you’d like.

September Newsletter

Halloween is Coming

It’s time to start thinking about Halloween! My availability is filling up fast so if you, your kids, or someone you know want to order a custom prop make sure to contact me soon! My four-year-old finally decided on a costume for himself and his little sister, and they’re going to be adorable. I can’t wait to share the full thing, but for now here’s a sliver. Any guesses?

Cons, Cons, Cons

September is the MONTH OF CONS. I will be attending a con almost every weekend this month, and I can’t wait! I’m participating in a lot of cosplay related events, especially those that match my biggest interests–cosplaying as a family and translating on screen and animated objects into real life.

PAX West : 9/1-9/4
From this Friday to Monday I’ll be attending PAX West for the fourth year in a row. I’m looking forward, as always, to seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and playing games. This year I’m also privileged to participate in a few exciting cosplay events that are open to the public. If you’re in Seattle, I hope to see you there!

  • I’ll be one of the Cosplay Heroes for Cosplay, Tech, & Beyond. Find me and snap a selfie to participate in the scavenger hunt raffle and win cool prizes!
  • I’ll be hosting the ‘Screen to Cosplay: Making Fantasy Into Reality’ Panel at Cosplay, Tech, & Beyond from 3 to 4pm on Saturday at The Hello (720 Seneca Ave, right across freeway park from the convention center).
  • I’m one of the judges at the NW Nerd Podcast Cosplay Contest and PAX Afterparty at Raygun Lounge from 7:30pm to midnight on Saturday.

Rose City Comic Con : 9/8-9/10

The following weekend I’ll be in Portland for Rose City Comic Con. I’ll be moderating two exciting panels at the Con:

Renton City Comicon : 9/15-9/16

The next weekend it’s right through to RenCon. I’m excited to return to this convention for its second year, especially since last year I won their costume contest with my Ashitaka! I’ll be participating at a lot of events at this con, so hopefully you’ll be able to find me there. The final schedule is still TBD but keep an eye on my site and social media for final details.

  • VIP Party Friday Night
  • Pre-judge for the Cosplay Contest on Saturday
  • The Art of Family Cosplay Panel
  • Vlogging, Blogging, and Podcasting Panel

GeekGirlCon : 9/30-10/1

I get a one weekend break and then it’s GeekGirlCon 9/30-10/1. I’ll be on one panel there, 3D Printing Nitty Gritty! A primer for designing for and creating with 3D printers on Saturday from 1 to 2pm. And I’ll also be unveiling a brand new father-daughter cosplay (our first)!

New Products!

Finally, I wanted to announce some exciting new additions to my shop–the Ring of Lucii from Final Fantasy XV and a new Version 2.0 Bayard from Voltron: Legendary Defender. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact me about a custom order!

Work in Progress

I’ll sign off with a sneak peek of an upcoming project, look for it to be available in the store next month!

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Billythebrick Gear

In case you missed it, I now have a bunch of BTB logo gear up in my shop! T-shirts, tank tops, and hats in tons of colors, sizes, and both unisex and women’s cuts!

If you’re a maker or cosplayer that also has swag, I’d love to swap with you! I like wearing shirts from other makers in photos and videos. Just leave a comment or email me or ping me on social media.

If you don’t have your own gear, I highly recommend checking out Printful. I found them through my friend Eric (at Coregeek Creations) and they are great! They make it easy to setup and while you don’t even have to have your own storefront, they integrate with a lot of existing storefronts, like StoreEnvy.

PAX West Schedule

PAX West is only a couple of weeks away! I am still figuring out my exact cosplans for the weekend, but I did want to share some of the events I’ll be at that I know about so far!

First of all, Key Tech Labs is doing another Cosplay, Tech, & Beyond event that is ongoing all weekend! Not only will I be one of the Cosplay Heroes as part of the Instagram Scavenger Hunt, but there will also be all kinds of cool stuff going on around the convention center and at the Hello–a green screen for awesome cosplay photos, a cosplay repair station, live podcasts with local hosts, and workshops with some of the local Cosplay Heroes.

Secondly, GeekDad and GeekMom will be hosting our GeekDad and GeekMom: Raising Generation Geek 2.0 panel in the Sandworm Theater on Friday at 1:30pm. Come by and chat with us about gaming with your kids! We might just have a few prizes to give away as well!

And last, but certainly not least, I’m one of the guest judges at the NW Nerd Podcast After Party and Cosplay Contest at Raygun Lounge on Saturday at 7:30pm! Come hang out, play some games, drink some beverages, and enjoy the cosplay!

I’ve also updated my appearances page with all of the events and panels I know of so far for my next three cons as well. Are you coming to PAX West, Rose City Comic Con, RenCon, or Geek Girl Con? Hope to see you there!

Sirius Black Cosplay Debut!

Awesome photos by York in a Box!

As you may have seen, my secret cosplay that I debuted at SDCC 2017 was none other than Sirius Black from Harry Potter!

I’ve been planning to do Sirius for several months but didn’t actually plan on being ready for SDCC. And then, two weeks ago, with my wife’s help and urging on sourcing some of the clothing, I decided to go for it!

For this first version of Sirius, none of the clothing is made. It’s either stuff I already had (the pants, shirt, pocket watch, and shoes) or stuff I bought (the vest and jacket). I figured that as long as it had the Sirius style and flavor, being an exact match for one of his movie costumes wasn’t critical for a first attempt (though I do plan on an updated version with more movie accurate clothing in the future).

Obviously, I had the hair and beard down already which only left two things to sell the look – a wand and tattoos.

Top row – Freehand Ink applied and developed. Bottom row – second coat a week later and developed.

For tattoos, I went with Freehand Ink from Inkbox. This stuff is amazing! It comes in a little bottle with a steel tip and the temporary tattoos last about a week or two (depending on how well you moisturize it and how much you wash it). I printed out a full-sized version of Sirius’ chest tattoo, taped it to my bathroom mirror and then freehanded it in the mirror. Once you let the Freehand Ink dry, you wash it off and there is no trace of your tattoo! It takes about a day for it to fully “develop.” I have to admit to being quite anxious while waiting to see how it came out, but thats also why I did a test a week ahead of time. I reapplied the tattoo the Tuesday before con to make sure it wasn’t too faded or coming off by the time I actually wore Sirius.

Sirius Wand made with Apoxie Sculpt.

As for the wand, I decided to do my second Apoxie Sculpt project (the first being the Sword Art Online laser sword I made recently). I used a length of armature wire, rolled it into some Apoxie Sculpt and then spent awhile molding it to the correct shape. I took a stab at carving the runes and details while it was still soft, but I kept deforming the overall wand shape so instead waited for it to fully cure and then carved them out using several files and carving tools. Once I had everything carved out, I did a wash of black to get down into all of the runes, followed by several dry brush coats of multiple shades of brown to give it a wood texture look. Not bad for a wand I made in 24 hours!

Sirius was a huge hit at SDCC, almost even bringing one girl to tears. Apparently not many people do Sirius cosplay and seeing one is fairly rare (though I did find two others). I even found a large Potter group based in SoCal that was in need of a Sirius. Too bad I don’t live closer! I’ll close out this post with a gallery of myself as Sirius with folks at con!