New Panel for DRC at Ottawa Comiccon 2017

It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for the upcoming convention season.

For the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of talking at both Ottawa and Montreal Comiccon about the work of a childhood hero, Jim Henson. In the past my panels have been about The Dark Crystal, and building Skeksis costumes from said movie.

Photo by Katya Perin

This year I’m trading in one childhood hero for another. I will not be speaking on anything Henson related. Instead I’ll be doing a panel called

Inside the Tickle Trunk: Mr Dressup.

That’s right. I’m talking about Canadian childhood icon, and the reason so many of us love costumes… the one… the only…. Mr Dressup!!!!!

I’ll share more details when they come available.

Dark Crystal Showing In Ottawa


This Sunday, July 24th, at 1:00pm the Mayfair Theater in Ottawa will be showing The Dark Crystal! For those of you who don’t know, this is the movie my Skeksis costumes come from, and my con panels.

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DRC Panel Mixup at Montreal Comiccon 2016

It was a great weekend at Montreal Comiccon and would like to thank everyone who made it to my panels ‘Mythology & Symbolism of the Dark Crystal: Henson’s Middle Earth’ and ‘Henson Style Costume Building For Mere Mortals: The Dark Crystal’. I must also apologize to those who wanted to see the costume building one and didn’t get to due to a schedule mixup.

This was my third year doing the panel at both Ottawa and Montreal Comiccon. I arrived at Con and was very surprised, and honored, to discover that my little panel had made the cosplay highlights in the convention guide, and they’d given me one of the really big conference rooms.

Guide mention 2016Usually I get a good crowd at this panel and manage to fill one of the small conference rooms. So needless to say I was expecting more people than usual due to the guide mention etc.  This time I got less than I usually do and wondered why.

While wandering the Con in my Skeksis costume after the panel I met a number of people who had wanted to see it. It was then I discovered the schedule mixup both on the printed schedule and online via the app…

Schedule mxup 2016

It was showing as 10:30 Saturday night and not 10:30 Sunday morning! I’ve drawn a line that shows where the break between the days should have been in the print schedule.

So to any of you who may be reading this that had wanted to see the panel, I am very sorry. Especially to the wife of the guy I met that said my panel had been the main thing she wanted to see all weekend. Seeing as I’ve done this panel three years in a row hopefully they’ll have me back next year to do it again.


DRC at Montreal Comiccon 2016

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I’ll be at Montreal Comiccon this weekend doing two talks about the Dark Crystal; one about costume building and another about the Mythology & Symbolism. I’m also taking part in a panel by my burlesque troupe, Browncoats Burlesque, about nerdlesque.



Back from Montreal Comiccon

Back home from a great two days at Montreal Comiccon.

First off I’d like to thank everyone who came to my panel and stayed despite technical difficulties (not having the right hookup cords) keeping me from using my slide show, and baring with me while I nattered at you all on a topic I could spend hours on.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came to see me at the Comic Book Shoppe booth on Sunday to talk to me about my panel and how they enjoyed it. You guys seriously almost made me cry after I was so touched. Up until you all came to visit I was worried about how it all went. You all made my Con. Thank you.

For those of you who asked about the books that are considered canon I’m posting the list along with online links to places like Indigo etc where you could get them, but I suggest looking around since the prices can vary greatly (especially with the Legends books since they are no longer published). You can also go to your local comic book shop and most will order it in for you.

 World of the Dark CrystalThe World of the Dark Crystal

Legends of the Dark Crystal Vol 1: Garthim Wars Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 1: The Garthim Wars

Legends of the Dark Crystal Vol2: Trial by Fire Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 2: Trial By Fire

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol1 The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 1

Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol2 The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 2





DRC Heads to Montreal Comiccon

Time to pack the bags for a road trip!

Anyone who saw my panel at Ottawa Comiccon this past May about building Skeksis costumes, knows that I know a little bit about the Dark Crystal.

This time around I’m leaving the Skeksis at home and heading to Montreal Comicon to talk about the world of Thra, which is the setting for the movie.

The Dark Crystal and the World of Thra: Henson’s ‘Middle-Earth’

Date & Time:  Sept 13th at 1:00 PM until 1:45 PM

Location: Room 512a

Jim Henson’s 1982 cult classic The Dark Crystal only gave us a glimpse into the complex world of Thra. Much like Tolkien did with Middle Earth, Henson created a world not just a simple story. Join Del Roba as she tells you tales of the songs of Thra.