I will be rather scarce for the next few days; you see, the biggest nerdfest in the US, also known as DragonCon, is this weekend. I will be attending here and there, although I am not doing the stuff I used to do or that a lot of people always do: costuming. No, I haven’t done a costume in a few years. I just got burnt out on it like I got burnt out on taking puppets to it. I like a pressure-free experience, just going to see friends and their costumes, meeting celebrities that I am interested in, and viewing the art gallery. Maybe I’ll dress us in something again one of these days…my friend Beth agreed that I would make a great Professor Trelawney to travel around with her as Professor Sprout.
One thing that I do prepare each year is “The Book”, which turns out to be like a yearbook. I have friends sign it and draw in it, plus I paste in various swag, business cards and pictures. It’s become a lot of fun for me to do and a great keepsake afterward.
Usually I use a generic black sketchbook. This year I decided to try out a looseleaf notebook so that I could rearrange things or add new pages.
I used a paintmarker on the spine, and it has one of those clear view windows on the front–I inserted the printed-out dragon artwork into it.
This year, friends who sign it will find a bit of a surprise:
A pencil case with eyes awaits them! But that’s not all!
It has toofs!
And it’s filled with markers in case anyone wants to draw me a very involved picture. 🙂