52 Days Until DragonCon

Geek Triumvirate will be making its annual pilgrimage to DragonCon in Atlanta again this year.  To countdown the days we will be sharing images, videos, and helpful tips from our previous visits.

Jasika Nicole and Seth Grabel of Fringe at Dragon Con 2013
Jasika Nicole and Seth Gabel of Fringe at Dragon Con 2013
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53 Days Until Dragon Con

Geek Triumvirate will be making its annual pilgrimage to DragonCon in Atlanta again this year.  To countdown the days we will be sharing images, videos, and helpful tips from our previous visits.

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56 Days Until DragonCon

Geek Triumvirate will be making its annual pilgrimage to DragonCon in Atlanta again this year.  To countdown the days we will be sharing images, videos, and helpful tips from our previous visits.

Here is a picture of Garret Wang aka Ensign Kim for Star Trek: Voyager.  He was director of the Star Trek trax that year at DragonCon and spent a good 20 minutes talking to us about his clothing line Cosmic City, our impressions of DC, other cons in the Southeast.  A great experience and big reason we keep going back is great encounters with the geek/nerd culture.

Garrett Wang showing off his Cosmic City Doctor Who steampunk t-shirt http://cosmiccitytees.bigcartel.com/
Garrett Wang aka Ensign Kim of Star Trek: Voyager showing off his Cosmic City Doctor Who steampunk t-shirt. From DragonCon 2012

57 Days Until DragonCon

Geek Triumvirate will be making its annual pilgrimage to DragonCon in Atlanta again this year.  To countdown the days we will be sharing images, videos, and helpful tips from our previous visits.

Gender swapped Handsome Jack and Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 2
Gender swapped Handsome Jack and Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 2. DragonCon 2013

1 Day until Cherry Capital Comic Con

Starting on Friday May 23rd freaks and geeks will flock to Traverse City, Michigan for Cherry Capital Comic Con.  A annual Memorial Weekend comic and pop-culture event held at scenic Grand Traverse Resort.  Leading up to the event we will highlighting some of the artist and creators to seek out at C4.  We will also post some tips and tricks to enjoying  C4.  For more information about Cherry Capital Comic Con visit here.

C4 has attracted quite a few comic industry leaders from the start.  This year is no exceptions.  These creators will be available to talk to at their booths or during numerous panels during the conventions.  Some artist will be doing commission pieces or sketches for a nominal fee.  If you do bring something to be signed or get artwork created plan ahead with the proper storage (such as a archival album or art tube) so you can continue to enjoy the convention without anything getting damage.

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Charles Soule

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Charles is the current writer of Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman (DC) Thunderbolts, She-Hulk, Inhuman (Marvel) and Letter 44 (Oni Press). He also wrote the acclaimed graphic novels 27 (Image), Strange Attractors (Archaia) and Strongman (SLG). Words, words everywhere!

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Dirk Manning

DIRK MANNING is best known as the writer/creator of the horror comic series NIGHTMARE WORLD from Image Comics/Shadowline and the inspirational/“how-to” online column WRITE OR WRONG, which has inspired the print collection WRITE OR WRONG: “A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS” from Transfuzion Publishing. He is also the writer of LOVE STORIES TO DIE FOR (Image Comics/Shadowline), TALES OF MR. RHEE, and upcoming stories in both CRITTER and THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST from Big Dog Ink. Aside from writing comics Dirk has written several short films for the popular YouTube horror series BlackBoxTV, including “The Hunger,” “The Night Shift” and “Zombie.” Any visit to the comic con is not complete without stopping by to talk to Dirk, especially for those interested in learning the ins-and-outs of creating comics. Dirk lives on the Internet and can be found online at http://www.DirkManning.com as well as at Facebook and Twitter. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

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Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne (pronounced Brown) is an American comic-bookmen who once used his own sock to wipe pizza from his face when no napkin was present. When not cleaning his face or his pizza stained socks, he writes and draws the questionable comics “God Hates Astronauts” and “Blast Furance: Recreational Thief”. In addition, he co-created and drew the spaghetti and western free Spaghetti Western known as “Smoke and Mirrors” for IDW and is the often confused fill-in artist on “The Manhattan Projects” from Image Comics. Currently he is taking over as second banana artist of “Bedlam”—which coincidentally is also published by Image Comics. As of writing this his face is happily pizza free, but the day is young my friends. The day is young…
You can check out his highly questionable web-comic at http://www.godhatesastronauts.com and follow his wild swearing on Twitter and Instagram @ryanbrowneart

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Jamie Snell

Jamie is a freelance illustrator who can do just about anything you need. From penciling and inking, to paints, to sculpting, to etching, etc. He has worked on various sketch card sets from Topps and Posters for LFL and Acme Archives: Celebrations V and the 30th Anniversary of ESB. Along with Topps, he has worked on sets from Marvel to Transformers with Upperdeck, Rittenhouse and Breygent. He has also worked for IDW publishing doing various covers for IDW’s Godzilla #1 and various characters for the Transformers Beastwars Source book.

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Adam Talley

Adam Talley has been self publishing his own comic books for close to twenty years now. He started out as a Freshman in High School with various anthology work and he printed his first indie comics on the offset press in his graphic design class. He then went to Central Michigan University where he got a degree in 2-D design, Painting and Drawing with an Art History minor, focusing on Greek, Roman and Egyptian art history. During this period he started self publishing his series Pleasant Life, which he did four full length graphic novels. In 2011 he launched a new graphic novel called Anna Pocalypse. He has done many side projects with various companies and friends and has released sketchbooks, artbooks and even wrote a full length Ebook called In the Trenches: How to Survive as a Small Press Comic Book Artist and Publisher. He runs podcasts through his Podcast Nationbrand and they are available on Itunes. Recently he has been doing sketchcards for such companies as Upper Deck, Cult-Stuff, Cryptozoic and Topps, working such sets as: Marvel Avengers, Marvel Beginnings II, The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks, White Star Line: Titanic, CBLDF Liberty and Star Wars Galactic Files. He is now working on a sequel novel to Anna Pocalypse and runs weekly adult webcomics at his website: http://www.idiothead.com

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Ryan Stegman

Ryan Stegman is a professional comic book artist currently working for Marvel Comics. His credits include ”Wolverine, “Superior Spider-Man”, “Fantastic Four”, “Scarlet Spider”, “Incredible Hercules”, “Riftwar”, “Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man,””Incredible Hulk (Red She-Hulk)”, “Sif”,”She-Hulks”, “X-23″, and “Midnight Kiss”. And lots and lots of covers. Oh, and he likes people.

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Joseph Cooper

Joe is an American artist from Detroit, MI. After getting his start doing storyboards for local advertising agencies, he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he started working in the comic industry on titles like Baby’s First Deadpool Book and Ka-Zar for Marvel Comics. He has worked on The Flash for DC Comics, various projects for Image, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin for Dynamite Entertainment and most recently, Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps for Valiant Entertainment. You can find him lurking around the internet at http://www.josephcooperart.com.

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Daniel Way

Daniel Way’s first publication as a writer was titled Violent Lifestyle #1, for which he received the “Xeric Grant” award from the Xeric Foundation. This led to Way meeting Marvel Comics’ editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed with his work. Alonso hired Way to write a Deathlok mini-series that was cancelled soon after. He then wrote the series Gun Theory, which was cancelled after only 2 issues, along with the imprint it was under, titled Epic Comics. Way then continued writing various titles for Marvel, as he still does. He is known for writing volume 2 of Deadpool and Astonishing X-Men

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DEVIL’S DUE ENTERTAINMENT

Devil’s Due is coming to Cherry Capital Comic-Con! This year Devil’s Due ringleader Josh Blaylock brings their entire line-up of new titles as Cherry Capital’s featured publisher of 2014. Including MERCY SPARX, PLUME, TALES OF MR. RHEE, and sneak peeks of some new titles. They’re also bringing limited edition Mercy Sparx exclusives illustrated by Jen Broomall & Talent Caldwell!Devil’s Due is a comic book publisher and pop culture content creator based out of Chicago, IL. Many hundreds of issues of comic books carry the Devil’s Due brand name since its initial creation by Josh Blaylock in 2000.

Devil’s Due Guest Artist:K. Lynn Smith found her start in the comic world as a freelance cartoonist for her university newspaper. Currently, she is a freelance photographer (shameless plug), a designer at her local Chamber of Commerce, and a ye olde storyteller of the Western persuasion, via Plume.When she’s not shooting, designing, or writing, K. Lynn enjoys traveling, yoga and occasionally seeing the sunlight.

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Josh Blaylock
Blaylock Josh’s most recent work is Mercy Sparx, the story of a no-nonsense punk rock girl who’s actually a devil in disguise, hunting rogue angels for Heaven. His how to book on self-publishing comics has influenced thousands and his history of catalyzing the resurgence of ’80s properties (G.I. Joe, Voltron) as well as a new licensing boom in the early 2000s is a permanent fixture in comic history. Now Josh runs Devil’s Due Entertainment with a focus on personal and creator-owned projects.

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Kenny Porter
Porter Kenny Porter is a comic book writer from West Michigan. He spends his days singing in his car, walking people’s dogs, living on a steady diet of iced coffee and apple slices, and spends the rest of his time scripting and writing prose until his fingers fall off. Winner of the Top Cow Talent Hunt in 2012, Porter wrote “Artifacts #33” for Top Cow Productions. His other credits include creating the comic book review blog “Sequential Review,” writing as a columnist for Cosmic Book News, publishing a one-shot crime manga with Visionary Comics called “Ink Ribbon,” and working as an associate editor for Viper Comics. He’s currently working on creator-owned projects like “Bluster” and “Craig Farmer: Astronaut!” You can learn more about Porter and his comic book ramblings at http://www.portercomics.blogspot.com or follow him on Twitter @KenBlakePorter.

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Scott Rosema

Scott Rosema’s legendary career in the comic book industry spans over 30 years. He has worked for the Big Two, and his pencils and inks have touched just about every character large and small during his long career. He is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design, and he currently resides in Muskegon MI where he and his lovely wife Suzie continue to pursue their love of art and creation. Suzie will be accompanying Scott.

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Jay Fosgitt
Fosgitt Jay is the creator of the graphic novel Dead Duck (now found as a web comic), and has worked on The Marquis, Old McMonster’s Haunted Farm, and his newest book: Bodie Troll. http://www.jayfosgitt.com

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Lee O’Hanlon

Lee O Hanlon Lee O’Hanlon is a graphic artist and a computer animator from Milwaukee, WI. While working in the video game industry for the past few years as a character animator and rigging artist on such games as Call of Duty: Black Ops and Bioshock Infinite, he has been doodling adorable characters and breaking into comics. He is the creator of the upcoming book, Monster Beats, a comic about a young monster that wants to stop scaring people and become a DJ and the artist/occasional writer on Roaring 20s, a comic about mobster cavemen and dinosaurs set in the 1920’s.
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Road to Dragon Con 2013 – Updated

August 25, 2013

Finished ID badge for cosplay costume.  The lady ask Staples ask what the printing was for and I for some reason panic and told here it was for a costume for my son.  Been finishing up some painting of guns and grenades and will be sealing them with lacquer today.   We have all been spending a great deal of time going over the schedule trying to plan every moment during Dragon Con.  The biggest thing we learn is we won’t be together all the time is there is just way to much to see.  I also reserved a photo-op with Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters for Friday.  Childhood dream unlocked!

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August 20, 2013

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Cheshire Cat logo added
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grenade mods painted

August 8, 2013

Amanda’s Progress:

I have been slowly putting together my steampunk Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz). My first project was the skirt.

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Steampunk6To let Sweet Sweet sleep I started working on my bracers/gauntlets (which ever you prefer)

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Between the banging and smashing to put the holes in the leather Sweet Sweet finally woke up so I got to finish the skirt. It still has some work with the bunching the back but it turn out nicely without it.
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Next it was on to the Emerald City. I ordered long glass rods broke the down into smaller pieces and sanded the rough edges off. 1005335_10201520726237285_1049095002_nSteampunk9

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Additional pics of cosplay accessories and girlfriend Theresa working on her Borderlands weapons to go along with her Alice in Wonderland/Borderlands mashup.

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August 2, 2013

Purchased some Plasti Dip Blaze to enhances the Maliwan Nerf gun. Also purchased a vest for Muldoon outfit. Another big purchased today was some Green Lantern power rings from local comic shop The Comics Club. We are going to use them promote our blog and their business at DragonCon. As you can see from picture below Orange Lantern Larfleeze would love to have these all to himself. Yesterday the swag Andrew and Amanda got from Heroes Con arrived so I am now able to include a Jurassic Park patch on my khaki shirt.

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July 25, 2013

Last night the Triumvirate did a Google hangout to finalize some of our travel plans for DC. After some issues in the past with hotels we have decided to switch to something nicer then what was previously booked. The nice part now is we will not be paying for parking, have kitchen in our room, and get to experience Atlanta public transit. We all decided there will be way too much to see and most likely will splinter the group apart to see it all. Amanda has already starting getting a reservation at restaurants so we can try and enjoy the local cuisine. Amanda is hard at work on her steam-punk Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) outfit and should have pictures soon.

July 20, 2013

Have most of the pieces for my DragonCon cosplay. Hat, shirt and socks for Jurassic Park outfit. I just now need to work on attaching JP patch and some other details. Almost done with Maliwan gun and going to start a Borderlands grenade to go along with the mash-up. The triumvirate is really excited now for DC as they have started releasing tentative schedules this week. I don’t think we will be getting much sleep.

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July 8, 2013

Nate – Working on Maliwan painted Nerf gun for my cosplay. I will be going as a mashup of Robert Muldoon from Jurassic Park but with guns and reference to Borderlands 2. Think if before being game keeper at Jurassic Park, Robert Muldoon had been a hunting creatures on Pandora. My favorite gun manufacturer from Borderlands 2 is Maliwan so i will be using them heavily in my cosplay.

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Robert Muldoon from Jurassic Park

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