The year of….so much wrong. I’ll leave most of it to another time except for one thing. As some folks know, I got divorced this past year and it did a number on a lot of my cosplans. Now that it’s mostly behind me, I can refocus on my business and my kids!
What Cosplay Debuted in 2017?
Unfortunately, 2017 was full of a lot of stops and starts on my cosplans, but I still managed to debut a few new cosplays.
Perhaps the biggest and most well received of all my debuts in 2017 was Sirius Black. It was a pretty last-minute decision to attempt a Sirius for SDCC. He as so popular that I ended up doing him two days in a row and skipping another cosplay entirely. Since then I’ve worn Sirius more days than any other cosplay I have. I knew Sirius was my favorite character, but I really didn’t realize how much everyone else loved him. I’ve gotten more photos taken with people and more hugs from kids as Sirius than all my other cosplay combined!
Because the Voltron meetup at SDCC was the day before the Harry Potter meetup, I needed a way to do Keith without messing up Sirius. Voila! Future Old Man Keith a la Old Man Logan was born! The nice thing i that I can do Old Man Keith at any time regardless of what my beard and hair look like.
Genderbent Jessica Jones got added to my cosplans when a friend asked if I’d do a Defenders cosplay with her, but she wanted to be Daredevil. JJ is the best of the bunch, so I chose her! JJ is a lot of fun and will definitely be making a return in 2018.
Loki got a soft launch at the tail end of the year with really just the crown done. I threw on a nice suit because I thought formal Loki was a good choice. A full-fledged Loki is definitely in the works!
What Were My Favorite Props of 2017?
Some of my favorite props are still under NDA so I can’t discuss them, but out of everything I made, several stand out.
My Loki Resin Kit Daggers are one of my favorite builds of mine. I got to try a bunch of new techniques and ended up with a very nice and clean resin kit that I’m very proud of.
This commission was a favorite of mine as it was my first ‘laser sword’ build. The Kagemitsu G4 photon sword from Sword Art Online was a real joy to make, including the custom sculpted hilt.
And my pride and joy and ultimate prop from 2017 was not one, but three, Voight-Kampff machines from Blade Runner. All three of them went to the Living Computer Museum, but I have plans to make an updated version for myself. There was quite a time crunch to get these done so I can’t wait to spend some extra time and make one even better!
What’s With the NDAs?
While some of the NDAs are for commissioned costumes and props, probably the single biggest thing of 2017 for me was getting to work on my first movie. I can’t tell you the name or anything about it yet because it’s still under NDA, but I’m hoping to get to reveal it in the first couple of months of 2018. When I was eight-years-old and building scale-model kits, my dream was to someday build models and props for movies. I’d long given up on that dream, but by a miracle, my prop and costuming got me noticed by a local film production and I got to build a ton of props and sets (I even got to take a couple of them home that I promise to share as soon as I am able to)! It took 40 years, but I got to do my dream job! Here’s hoping for more movie work in 2018!
My Biggest Thanks in 2017
And I want to close out 2017 by thanking some people. First of all, a huge thank you to all of my followers and supporters, especially my customers and ongoing Patreon backers. You are all helping me make a dream come true every day. Secondly, a blanket thank you to the cosplay community at large. I have made so many friends and felt so welcomed into this community. I can’t really put in to words just how much its meant to me to have become part of such a great community.
But I also have to do a couple of specific shout outs and thanks.
Queen Bee and Omnus – We’ve taken a ton of great selfies together, but more importantly, they welcomed me into their home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas which was a lifesaver during the holidays with the personal stuff I had going on.
Shiri – Shiri is one of my best friends, and I’ve somehow convinced/inspired her to become a cosplayer, and her list of cosplans now rivals my own 🙂 We did this great Shiro and Keith shoot at ECCC last year and plan to do some more team-up cosplay this year at both ECCC and SDCC.
Deb and Paul of Frank and Nats Armory and Jackie and Garrick of Knowone’s Designs – What can I say that isn’t already encompassed in this photo? We spent a ton of time together at SDCC, and they make me feel like a part of their amazing team every day 🙂 I can’t wait to see them again at ECCC and to do all the Voltron things!
Beverly and Brett of Downen Creative Studios and Downen Photography – Speaking of that awesome photo above, that’s thanks to Brett! Brett did my first real photoshoot with me, and I learned a ton, especially how to relax a little bit and lean into the character. But, more importantly, they also welcomed me into their home and family. They are the most amazing, talented, and loving people, and I am so honored to call them my friends. I can’t wait to do more with them in 2018!
Abby of Abbycat Cosplay – Abby was willing to do my first real shoot with another cosplayer and it was so much fun. She helped me feel a lot more comfortable in front of the camera, and although we’d never met in person before the shoot, we were immediate friends. And I love the Princess Mononoke photos we got!
Heather of HarBeastieCosplay – Not only did she help me bring Liam to life (he’s my duct tape dummy if you missed it), but Heather and I became really good friends and she’s been a great ear during all the personal crap I’ve been going through. She is an amazing CosMaker, and I look forward to teaming up with her in 2018 for some cosplay!
This list is by no means exahustive, but I could spend days writing thank yous to everyone who has touched my life in some way this past year.
Heading into 2018, I’ve already got so many plans for conventions and costumes, not to mention new things I’m going to be trying out for my business. Read on!
What Conventions Am I Attending in 2018?
First off, you can always see my most updated convention schedule on my Appearances page. I’m always updating it with the conventions I’m going to, and what, if any events (panels, photoshoots, etc.) I’m doing while I’m there.
At a high level, I already have nine cons planned – Heroes and Villains Portland, Emerald City Comicon, SakuraCon, Comic Con International, DragonCon, Rose City Comicon, Renton City Comicon, Geek Girl Con, and Jet City Comic Show! Whew! While I don’t have plans to add anything else yet, I am open to going to more cons, especially as a panelist or cosplay guest (and if you’d like to see me at a convention not on my list, the best way is to ask the convention to invite me as a guest!)
I’m very excited about the three panels I’m doing at ECCC–“From Screen to Reality: How to Bring Cosplay and Props to Life, ” “Cosplay Like a Pro!: Prop & Armor Building Q&A,”, and “Cosplay Face-off the ECCC Way! EVA vs Worbla!” All three are very different and should all be really fun!
I’m also very excited about SakuraCon, not only because it’s a great con but because I’m also the Mecha Modeling Coordinator this year! You may be wondering what the heck that is. I am in charge of the mecha modeling area where we’ll have kits and supplies for you to come learn and play with us! (You’re also free to bring something of your own that you want to work on or need help with.) We’ll also have a modeling contest! More details on all of that coming soon, and if you’re interested in volunteering and helping me run the modeling area, let me know!
Lastly, right now, I’m really excited about DragonCon. I’ve been once before and I was new to cosplay and didn’t really know anybody and so I had a mediocre experience (though gained lots of inspiration). This year I’m staying in a host hotel with friends, I know a ton of people, and expect to have a very, very different and much more fun experience. Plus so many cosplans for DragonCon!
What Are My CosPlans for 2018?
Which is a perfect segue way into my CosPlans for 2018!
First off, as always I have several secret cosplay plans that I’m NOT going to talk about here. I have three secret projects in the works currently, and more will definitely be added as the year progresses. My Patreon backers get first look at these and also get exclusive and first looks at most of my props, costumes, tutorials, and more. If you can, please consider supporting my work by becoming a backer and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
So what can I talk about? Here is the current list of work in progress cosplays that will be debuting in 2018:
- Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Kanan Jarrus – this has been in the works for a while now but I’ve made a ton of progress and plan to have it done and ready for Rebel Legion submission by Emerald City Comicon.
- Loki from Thor: Ragnarok – Saturday of Emerald City Comicon is Ragnarok! A ton of people I know are debuting Ragnarok costumes on this day and my full Loki costume will also be debuting then
- Lotor from Voltron Legendary Defender – a casual version will debut at Emerald City Comicon with a full armored version coming later in the year.
- Morpheus from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman – This will be with a group of The Endless at Emerald City Comicon.
I have a big list of future cosplans as well, and some of them will definitely make an appearance before the end of the year. And of course, as a CosMaker, odds are good that I’ll add something completely new in the mix while I’m at it.
What Else Can You Expect From Me in 2018?
The biggest thing I plan to add in 2018 besides just more props, patterns, and YouTube tutorials, is a Twitch stream! Construction on my workshop just finished and I’m going to be building it out over the first couple of weeks of the new year. Once is done, I’ll have a permanent home and video setup, which means Twitch streams!! Feel free to follow my channel now and get notified when I start streaming! My intention is to diversify my stream a bit dividing things up between cosplay and prop making, miniature painting, scale-model building, and even video gaming! Let me know what things you’d like to see on stream!
Lastly, I have teamed up with Brian, Tobias, and Hannah at ZakLabs to do some big things. In addition to working on a big group Starcraft cosplay, we have several other things in the works that I can’t talk about yet, but I am very excited with what we’ve got coming for everyone!