A Storm on the Horizon

Today I wanted to make a quick update on where I'm headed in the next few weeks. You see, there's a dark, boiling storm upon the horizon. A storm made of fandom and parties, of celebrities and costumes, of vendors and collecting and pictures. This storm will hit over Labor Day weekend, and the storm's name is Dragon Con.

Dragon Con is one of my favorite times of the year, right up there with Christmas, the 4th of July, and (insert something funny here that I haven't thought of yet). I've been attending regularly for several years now, and each year my involvement--and enjoyment--grows. This year, I'm lucky enough to have a room at one of the main host hotels for the convention. And while I know afterwards I will weep for my bank account, for now it has me very excited.

Staying at the convention itself is very important for me; in years past I have always stayed off-site, which means traveling to and from the convention each day either via car or metro. That means difficulties in trying to wear involved costumes or carry complicated props. (It also makes it tough to cut loose and enjoy the parties in the evening, but that's a post for another day). So I have resolved that this year, because I have easy and immediate access to the convention floor, I want to up my costume game a little.

I have two projects currently underway and in the "will for sure be wearing for the con" category. I am not necessarily against adding another costume to the mix, but with less than two months till the storm, that's pretty doubtful. So, I thought I'd give a quick update post here on my two main projects, discuss what I'd like to do, and show off how far along I am.

So far my videos posted to this site give away one of these projects, or at least part of it. I've been publishing a series called "Let's Build Lightsabers"; it's an effort to build custom saber props for a reasonable cost. I have several sabers planned, at least 4 (maybe a 5th for myself as well), and they are part of a group costume I am planning with the other folks staying with me at the con. And its not just a normal Jedi costume...oh no. My group decided to do a Jedi/Star Wars themed version of the Power Puff Girls, which makes sense since they are three sisters--one brunette, one blonde, and one redhead. So it's a wierd concept I guess, but makes sense in a strange way.

The nice thing about this project is that I'm not actually doing most of the costumes, just prop work. Obviously the sabers are the most visible pieces, but I'm also trying to get some more small prop pieces done that involve LED lighting and EL wire, for a cool sci-fi look. Be sure to keep following my videos on the saber project, since as of this writing it is nearly done! Upcoming videos will show you the ins and outs of how I am finishing them. The remainder of the props for this costume will mostly be shown here in the form of blog posts.

My other costume project for DragonCon 2016 is a biggie, and one I've been planning for some time now. This time it's a couples costume of Rachael and Deckard from the film Blade Runner. And yes, I'll be the one dressed as Deckard, not Rachael. As with the other props I'm doing, I will probably show this project off more in the form of blog posts and photos, though I'd like to do a video or two on some of the work I'm doing as well. I've got good progress on my Deckard costume--right now I'm still searching for pants and a sport coat, but the rest of the outfit is mostly together. Also involved is more prop work--this time it's Deckard's PKD sidearm. I'll definitely be doing some followup posts on that one.

So yeah, that's it for now! I've got a ton of work left to get done, and very little time to do it. But I'm going to do my best to bring all of you along for the ride.

Zach

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