Dragon Con 2017 Approaches!

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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.
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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:

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A pencil case with eyes awaits them! But that’s not all!

 

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It has toofs!
And it’s filled with markers in case anyone wants to draw me a very involved picture. 🙂

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Dragon Con 2016! Well, sorta..

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I fully admit I had, not a boring, but relaxing Dragon Con this year. I hung out with Phrog almost the whole time, and because we are both kind of “need our own space” people we are comfortable giving each other space while still hanging out and having fun. It’s a delightful arrangement, really. Plus, I had to work a couple of days during the event and either couldn’t attend or had to come in later in the day.
There were no celebrities I was interested in seeing this time, and no projects to make. It was the most stress-free, agenda-less DC I  have had!
I will probably post a few pics later, but I really don’t recall taking pics of any costumes, just pics of me and my friends, which is now kind of the reason I enjoy going.
Of course I did make the annual Dragon Con Book, which is nowhere near as spectacular as last year’s, but I think it’s because I wasn’t doing as much as I did last year, and I saw less people I knew to sign it and had less to see and do. It’s okay, though; it was still a lovely weekend!

Dragon Con: My 2015 Book!

Every year I keep a sort of scrapbook for Dragoncon, and this year I finally perfected it after going through several ways of getting it done. I’ve used looseleaf and spiral books of various sorts, and this time I simply used a blank sketchbook. I love the idea of a hardbound book, stuffed and crammed with all sorts of cool swag sticking out the sides.:)WP_20150908_039

Here’s the cover, drawn in orange paint marker.

Inside I had planned to have friends sign it like a yearbook:

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( I had to label a few people..:D  )

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