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Odense Geek Gathering

Virtual Reality VR Cosplay

I went to a small convention this Saturday – for once neither volunteering nor selling books. These days it’s always weird for me to go to one of these events and not be busy as hell, but it’s also sort of nice having time to do things like eat lunch and breathe. However, I did still spent all of Sunday moaning in pain, because 14 hours on my feet, 7 of those spent in a cosplay with spiky pauldrons, a heavy helmet and ridiculously high-heeled boots, was more than my horribly out of shape body could handle.

Now it’s Monday and I can still barely sit down on a chair without going into a symphony of “Ow, ow, ow, ow”, but I did finally manage to lift my arms enough to write this.

The convention in question was Odense Geek Gathering – a newly started one-day convention (funnily enough located in the Danish city of Odense). As I said, it was a small affair, but while that might not be ideal for sellling books, it’s quite convenient for running around with spiky dragons on your shoulders!

I spent the day cosplaying with my friend Line – her as Empoleon from Pokémon, me in my Dragonstalker armor from World of Warcraft, so the only thing we had in common was that we both looked like weird caped superheroes.

 

We had a good time, walking around the convention (with Line in front, shuffling around in her penguin feet and clearing a path for me so I wouldn’t accidentally stab anyone), playing board games (where I was told I was being shady with all my chickens), watching geek-themed stand-up, and shooting a lot of guys with VR.

That shit’s terrifying, by the way. Every time I turned around, there would be some guy behind me with a steel pipe. Remind me never to try a horror game.

Virtual Reality VR Cosplay

 

In the evening, we went out to get some food, and let me tell you: If two people go to McDonalds wearing capes… nobody will dare comment on it.

Oh, and for the third time my Dragonstalker cosplay ended up on the local news. Rather impressive, seeing as I have only ever worn it four times.
Journalists love dragons.

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Going to KoyoCon 2017

There’s a chill in air and that means it’s almost that time of year again: Time for KoyoCon!

As is my custom at this particular convention, I’ll not only have a table in the Artist Alley where I sell paperback copies of my books, I’ll also be hosting various activities as part of KoyoCon’s event team. Last year, I wasn’t particularly successful in doing both (the artists at the next table started selling my books for me at some point, as I was nowhere to be found. Sorry!), but this year I have a plan.

It includes bribery, witchcraft and skipping meals, but what good plan doesn’t?

KoyoCon 2017 is held November 10.-12. Look for me.

I might or might not be running around with a dragon on my head.

 

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KoyoCon 2015 – Owls at the Darkmoon Faire

Following my personal tradition, here’s the Post-Con Post!

(Also, remember to check out my Post Con Giveaway)

As I wrote some time ago, I had a busy weekend planned out at KoyoCon 2015. I was going to help host the Warcrafter Corner, be in Artist Alley, air out Artemis the Owl, host a few events and judge the Cosplay Catwalk competition.

The lovely, and slightly insane, Skymone decided that wasn’t enough, so I ended up joining the Cosplay Show together with her as well.

I’m fairly certain I have forgotten what “relaxing” feels like…

But I managed to do it all and I managed to do most of it well!

Together with my fellow Warcrafters, I recreated the Darkmoon Faire in the convention’s War Room and it ended up being a huge success. On top of showing off our cosplays and props as usual, we had also made real life versions of some of the mini games found in-game at World of Warcraft’s faire, such as Tonk Commander and Ring Toss (we didn’t shoot people out of a cannon, though. I’ll have to clear that with the organizers for next year).

As KoyoCon lies in the same weekend as BlizzCon, we had also made sure to get a virtual ticket and a projector, so we were able to live stream thoughout the con. How awesome was the movie trailer and the game cinematics?!

KoyoCon Cosplay Show 2015

Having decided on participating less than a week in advance, me and Skymone’s contribution to the Cosplay Show was Rushed, with a capital R, but we still managed to win the Best Craft category(for a second time in a row, thank you very much!).

And, of course, I won a crocheted owl… I’m going to start an army soon.

Speaking of owls…
Burrowing Owl Scarf

Never bring a tiny owl with you to Artist Alley. People won’t have time to stop cooing long enough to actually look at your books. And they won’t even care if he vomits up a pellet right there on the table.

I would like to stress that the ones who actually DID buy books got copies without owl poop on them.

Judging the Cosplay Catwalk went well, too. It felt a little weird judging others, many of whom had skills far superior to my own, but I must admit I enjoyed the VIP seating at the end of the catwalk stage!

The convention had a lot of great moments – like my fellow Warcrafter Steffan putting a self-balancing hoverboard under Skymone’s life-size cheetah-prop and using it as a mount – but we all know people only come here for the owls, so this will be it for now!

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KoyoCon 2015 – The Owls are Coming

Koyocon 2015

It’s convention time again!

This time it’s KoyoCon that opens its doors for the third time 6.-8. November.

This year, some part of me apparently thought focusing on a single task was a silly idea. Usually, I either go to a convention as an author or as part of the convention crew.

This year I will be working at KoyoCon as part of the Warcrafter Corner. I will also be in Artist Alley selling books. Oh, and I’m going to be a judge at the Cosplay Catwalk contest.

That’s only being two or three places at once at any given time. No problem, right?

In Artist Alley I will be selling my new book, Quiet Whisper, for the first time and I’m so excited about that! It’s the third book in the Angel’s Voice series and at every convention I attend I have had someone come up to me and ask when it was coming out. It has always filled me with equal parts warmth and guilt, but now it’s finally here!

In other fun news, since I live close to the convention location and KoyoCon’s mascot is an owl, I will be bringing Artemis the Burrowing Owl for some of Saturday. People like owls and Artemis likes to be admired and look at weird people. Everybody wins!

You will also be able to find me at the Warcrafter Corner. This time we’re sharing a hall with Firebase Hydra (who I mentioned in my SVScon 2015 post) and since they’re displaying mostly Warhammer-related crafts and the Warcrafters showcase, well, Warcraft costumes and props, I might have tried to bully the KoyoCon organizers into naming the hall the War Room.

I’m pleased to say I succeeded!

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, the Warcrafters are a team consisting of myself and a group of fellow cosplayers specializing in World of Warcraft crafting and we hosted our convention corner for the first time at HydraCon 2015 this summer. We must have done something right, ’cause we were soon invited to do it again at KoyoCon and this time it will be bigger, better and with 100% more owls.

Lastly, I’m going to be judging the Cosplay Catwalk on Sunday. It’s my first time judging a cosplay contest instead of participating in one and somehow I’m almost as nervous as when I’m going on stage myself.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you at the convention!

Watch out for owls.