March 15, 2017

Shuto Con 2017 Approaches!

This weekend is Shuto Con, a lovely little convention up in Lansing, Michigan - I think it's in it's 7th year (oh jeez where does the time go, seriously I remember vending at the first one of these...), if I'm reading the website right.

ANYway, it's a cool little convention (okay by little it's like 5,000, but you see, my frame of reference are ACen - 16,000+ and Gen Con 60,000, so don't judge me okay). They have all sorts of neat things to do, and this year I'm just going as a presenter (I'm hoping to vend next year, I realized I actually have enough stuff to fill a big booth, and will have lots more by next year).

So just what am I presenting about? COSPLAY and ART, of course! I'm always open for suggestions on other types of panels people would want to see, so feel free to send me ideas.

Saturday 2 - 3 pm
Her Legs are HOW long?
An interactive drawing panel on how to draw properly proportioned people

A popular panel of mine - Come and join me in a learning experience for basic body proportions, with a follow-along drawing session at the end. Sketchbooks recommended, but I always bring extra paper and pencils with me for those who need them. ALL SKILL LEVELS are welcome here!

Saturday 4 - 5:30 pm
Tales from the Tabletop

Another favorite panel, this one is based on Tabletop RPGs where my Husband and I are here to talk about gaming experiences and help answer questions from the audience! We have a whole host of interesting stories of stuff that went Horribly Wrong (but Hilarious), to Super Great Times - come and chat with us about RPGs! NEW: Extra Half Hour added at the end!!

Saturday 5 - 6 pm
Intro to Cosplay Sewing

My basic introductory course about making your own cosplays! This panel is designed to get you started on your journey, introduce some techniques, as well as basic vocabulary for the fledgling cosplayer! All skill levels welcome, but this panel is definitely geared towards beginners. I will have a few book available if anybody is interested!

Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cosplay Level UP!

The follow up to my Introductory course - here I will introduce some other techniques that you can use to embellish your costumes, including things like applique, paint, and using textures and fabrics you might not have thought of. Ideal for the intermediate/beginner, but ALL skill levels are welcome! I'll also have whatever extra books I've got left over at this seminar, so if you're interested in one, I'll have em on hand!

Sunday 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Time in a Box: Tips for Comic Panel Layout

Come and listen to me gush about comics! I love drawing comics, and I love examining what makes them TICK. (no pun intended, okay probably intended, don't give me that look). I go over a lot of the basic "anatomy" of what's in a panel, and how you can set up your pages and panels to get the effects your looking for - and keep your comic readable!

March 14, 2017


It's a new year, and a new Convention Season about to start up! Well, at least it's that time for me - I tend to count my Con Season begin with the first "major" convention that I do (which varies from year to year, either Katsucon or Shuto Con are the usual candidates).

So here I am to tell you where I'll be headed this year on a "Kind of a Tour But Not Actually a Tour" because I'll be having my books with me, along with my artwork depending on what I'll be doing at the show. And if that's not confusing already, I'll be doing a mixture of Guest Presenting and Vending, so you may need to take notes (I promise there won't be a quiz)!
The following is a mostly comprehensive list (until I get some updates from other shows I'm waiting on. TBA usually means I'm trying to get further information but there's a decent chance I'll be there). Is there a show you think I should be at/vend at? LET ME KNOW! Also, if you'd like to see me as a guest somewhere - let THEM know they can contact me - check out my regular site:!

Shuto Con - Lansing MI - Presenting

Original Sewing & Quilting Expo - Cleveland OH - Presenting, Book Signing
Indiana Comic Con - Indianapolis IN - Visiting
C2E2 - Visiting
Penguicon - Southfield MI

Anime Park - Canton MI - TBA
Anime Central - Rosemont IL - Presenting, Vending

Colossalcon - Sandusky OH - TBA
JAFAX - Grand Rapids, MI - TBA

Indy Pop Con - Indianapolis IN - Vending
Motor City Steam Con - Romulus MI - Attending
Dokidokon - Kalamazoo MI - Attending/Assisting Vendors

Gen Con - Indianapolis IN - Attending

TBA (I'm waiting to hear on some shows)

Grand Rapids Comic Con - Grand Rapids MI - Guest/Presenting

Youmacon - Detroit MI - TBA

WHEW! That's a hearty list! And I'm sure I'll be adding to this as time goes by. I'm also going to work on adding these to the conventions page on the blog, juuuuust in case you wanted to check it out at any later time!