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Guest Writer Time! Katherine is a friend of John and Angela's from Herioc Interactive Theatre (heroicit.net) who volunteered to write the blog about Nebraskon.
This was my second Anime Convention EVER and my first time at Nebraskon, so I probably stood out as the total con n00b next to John and Angela, who even flew all the way up from Texas to help us promote Heroic at the con!

Most of our time spent was at our booth running a Heroic-inspired Assassin game. The premise was pretty simple; people were split into three different teams: Fighters, Rogues, and Mages. You gain points by killing people from other teams but to kill them you had to remember your catch phrase. One thing that might get in the way of points for your team is everybody also had a team inspired defense.

Fighters: "Prepare to Die! I smite you!"
Defense: "Parry!"
Rogues: "From the Darkness, I assassinate you." Defense: "Dodge!"
Casters: "I set your cycle to Death!" Defen…

Nebraskon Preview

The most Awesome RL brother and sister cosplaying the most Bad Ass fictional brother and sister? Hell yeah.

Halloween & RenFest!

This year I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival for Halloween, which was loads of fun! I wore my Queen Susan Narnia Costume, which was incredibly hot and sweaty on a sweltering 90 degree Texas Halloween. Next year I'll have to be a scantily clad elf or something, I swear.

The only thing to do was drink a delicious strawberry daiquiri and watch my friends ride the elephant, right?

Also, I'm not a very good archer, unlike the real Queen Susan.

Me and Nick, who is wearing Gunnar's Rich Merchant costume. There are no pictures of Gunnar's epicfail diseased villager costume on my camera.

My brother-in-law Erik, below, had an epic monster/demon costume. I helped him by telling him to use his Darth Maul cape and hood and work mak-eup on whatever was left.
No that is not his real nose. Yes, that is a real turkey leg.

The whole gang at the end of the day. (G washed the make up off.)



Lincoln Zombie Walk 2010

A few weeks ago (okay, like a month ago, sorry!) John participated in the Lincoln Zombie Walk in Lincoln Nebraska! (He's currently a supersenior at UNL)

photo byprogrammerman

He went as a survivor (Left4Dead style) with a medpack strapped to his back and a gun ready in hand. With his amazing ninja and zombie-fighting skills, he was one of the last survivors standing, but was inevitably eaten/infected before the night was over, after being cornered in a tree on the university's campus.
Zombie Walks happen all over the country, and they aren't just for Halloween! Zombie is a great easy costume that anyone can put together too, so there's no excuse for not having a costume this year!

Instant Zombie Recipe
Old Clothes, artistically torn
White/gray/black face paint
Fake Blood, splashed liberally on face and torso
Moans and Groans about brains

HEROIC Event!

John, Gunnar and I all drove 10 hours to Kansas for a Heroic Interactive TheatreEvent! Interactive theatre is also known as LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing.

John is a veteran over at Heroic, but Gunnar and I were total Newbs. Overall we had a really fun weekend. We even got to meet amazingly talented fantasy author Jim Butcher who had some pretty badass home-made armor himself. In fact, pretty much everyone over at the Central Chapter was fun to hang out with and dressed to kill--monsters, that is.
John camped out in his hammock tent, while Gunnar and I shared our discounted REI tent in the sweltering summer heat. It was actually the first time I had ever been camping in a tent, and I loved it!

I went as a wood elf, John was a bear-kin, and Gunnar was gnome. I have to admit that the rules were a little overwhelming and the other players being about a hundred levels above me made it a little overwhelming at times.

I'm definitely up for trying it again, but not really willing t…

AKON 21

Pokemon Cosplayers abounded at A-Kon 21 in Dallas, Texas. :) Including me and John!! We saw this cute Officer Jenny and couldn't resist posing. John went as Gold and I went as Leaf Green!

On Friday I wore a little bit different outfit under all my LG props, because it's kinda gross to wear the same outfit three days in a row. I made the skirt myself just for every day wear, but I thought it looked like something that Green would really wear.

Also check out our amazing pokeball pins. We had the idea that we should each have six for our team and carry them on our bags like real pokemon trainers, of course. We got them from the great dudes at the Sanshee booth--they rock! By the end of the con everyone was wearing between six and twenty of those pins. Embercostumes is a trendsetter, what what!



I volunteered at the info desk, which was seriously the best staff EVER. I got to sit down, snack, people watch, and answer easy questions for four hours at a time. On Saturday morning I h…