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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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Hail Hydra! – HydraCon 2015

Alliance postsign WarcraftHorde postsign Warcraft

I’m home from yet another convention and even though I for once didn’t attend as an author, you’re going to get a post about it anyway!

Mostly because I got some pretty pictures taken.

I have mentioned HydraCon briefly before. It’s a new Danish gaming and comic convention that opened its doors for the first time this weekend.  We can all be honest and say it’s been having some start-up problems, resulting in it being a very small convention this year, but hopefully it will improve next year.

But it’s not all bad. It has never been so easy to find an empty changing room or getting through the line in the cafeteria.

I didn’t attend Artist Alley at this convention, so what did I do instead? Well, I banded together with a group of my geekiest friends (and that’s saying a lot) and hosted HydraCon’s Warcraft Corner.

Warcraft Corner Hydracon

It should come as no surprise to anyone following this blog that I’m into cosplay, gaming cosplay in particular. So are many of my friends and quite a few of my friends are also to be found among the Danish convention organizers, so we were able to get our very own space at HydraCon to display our various props and costumes.

It couldn’t have been better timing either, as the new expansion for World of Warcraft was announced at Gamescom the day before. Several attempts at going to bed were foiled by sudden, passionate discussions about lore or new class mechanics.

I faintly remember launching into a tirade about warlocks Saturday night…

I did cheat a bit on my fellow Warcrafters (the name was totally Steffan’s, our resident Lich King/Medivh, idea) though. Friday I participated in the Cosplay Showcase contest with my Morrigan (Dragon Age) cosplay. I won the Best Look-Alike category, while my fellow Warcrafter Lisa (Namalyn Cosplay) blew everyone else out of the water and won Best Craftmanship with her amazing female Deathwing cosplay!

Showcase Winners Hydracon

Another thing that was both good and bad about the small number of convention guests was that all the photographers had plenty of time. Normally they only have time to snap a couple pictures of each cosplayer, if they even have time for you at all, while at HydraCon, you were basically kidnapped before you were done putting on your costume and then photographed from every possible angle.

Which is awesome, but at some point you just want to lie down and cry from exhaustion!

Also, outdoor photos are nice and all for male characters, but female game character were not designed for the Danish weather… Luckily, Medivh didn’t mind sharing his cloak.

Now I intend to melt into my couch and not move at all for about a week. I’m also going to pretend I don’t have a book deadline before Koyocon in November, while I wait for photographers to upload some pictures of this weekend’s craziness.

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Pictures from SVScon 2015

Some pictures from this year’s SVScon in Denmark!

And no, there’s not a single picture of me from the weekend where I look normal…

Morrigan cosplay SVScon

A nice shot of my Morrigan cosplay.

Picture by Ulrich C Von Blücher

SVScon 2015

Standing with a pair of white knee socks in the hand, while petting a fake cheetah. Nothing to see here.

Picture by Roses and Boltshells

Firebase Hydra SVScon

Firebase Hydra, my home for most of the convention.

Picture by Roses and Boltshells

Dragon Age Cosplay Group

A bunch of lovely Dragon Age ladies!

Picture by Ulrich C Von Blücher

More pictures in the gallery below:

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SVScon 2015 – Saying Goodbye with Space Marines and Apostates!

I’m slowly returning to the world of the living after this weekend’s convention. Running around, sleeping too little and forgetting to eat takes a toll on body and mind. Totally worth it, though.

This SVScon I could be found in Artist Alley or hanging out at Firebase Hydra, the costume exhibition and workshop corner led by the amazing Roses and Boltshells, who I’m so happy to have gotten to know over the last few months. They were joined by a long row of awesome cosplayers, among others Skymone Cosplay, Obsessive Creative Disorder and Duros’s Armory.

As usual, the weekend was pretty insane. Not just because it was busy, but because it was insane. 

I can now say I have chest-bumped a Warhammer 40K Space Marine. Or rather headbutted, considering that’s the part of MY body that came into contact with his armor. I have no idea how those guys get through doors…

I did manage to get in my partly-finished costume as well. Due to lack of time, I didn’t get to finish my wig, but my staff was great for hitting people, so I still consider it a success!

To the curious, I was dressing up as Morrigan from the awesome game Dragon Age: Origins. With me in the picture is Roses from Roses and Boltshells as Anders from Dragon Age 2.

Morrigan Anders Dragon Age Cosplay

Photo by Sofie Sierst.
Editing by Roses and Boltshells.

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SVScon 2015 – Ready for the last time? I’m not!

SVScon 2015

I realized today that there’s less than two weeks to SVScon(don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t PANIC!) and I haven’t even written a post about going.

As anyone who’s been following this page will know, I have been participating in SVScon for years, first simply as a geek interested in comics and video games, then as an author joining their Artist Alley. It’s been the highlight of my year for about 5 or 6 years, but sadly this will be the last one.

Not for me, personally, but for the convention itself. I’m getting all nostalgic about it every time I remember that I won’t be going to this convention next year. I have met so many people there over the years. Many are people I have a chat with every year when I see them at the convention, some have become close personal friends that I talk to every day and couldn’t imagine not knowing.

It was also the first convention I ever showed up at to sell my books. The first year was an absolutely terrifying experience, but I had barely unpacked my things before the first person came to buy a book and the small box of paperbacks I had brought with me was empty long before I had to pack up my things and leave, so there was a lot of happiness mixed in with the terror.

Let’s stop with the reminiscing before I get all teary-eyed.

Luckily, there’s going to be a new convention to take SVScon’s place. I’ll tell you all about Hydracon when we get a little closer to August where it will open the doors for the very first time.

Returning to my completely non-panic behavior in the beginning of the post, as usual I’m not feeling ready at all. Not only will my next book not be done before later this summer at the earliest, I have once again thrown myself into cosplay-project, because, apparently, being an owl-owner and a fantasy writer doesn’t make me weird enough.

This year I have gone from World of Warcraft to Dragon Age and I’m so not done yet. The costume will be very authentic, though, with all the blood it’s going to end up with from the various stab wounds I’m inflicting on myself.

Ahem…

If you’re going to SVScon this year, feel free to drop by my table for a chat! I’ll be in Artist Alley on Friday and Saturday.