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I'm livestreaming making this costume. If you want to see it being made, check out my Avallac'h Costume Making Vlogs on YouTube!
See You There!
Who is Avallac'h? This is Avallac'h (Note, this character comes from an "adult entertainment" video game Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, that features drug use, drinking, nudity, grizzly-gory violence, rape, physical and sexual abuse of women, and a lot of on screen sex. You must be 18 or older to buy the game. Assume all videos and pages featuring Avallac'h are NSFW. Avallac'h is an evil psionic Elf sorcerer. This guy's excessively violent, a major pervert, a drug addict, kidnapper, murderer, rapist, a sadistic abusive womanizer, and a viciously violent radical religion crazed extremist. You've been warned.)
FAQs: Yes, you can take pictures. You don't have to ask to take pictures of the car, but please ask first before taking pictures of me.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PortCon is the ONLY convention I will be at in 2018! I will be at several small scale events at libraries, etc, throughout Maine, but PortCon is the ONLY convention.
I have been CosPlaying since 1987, 2018 is my 31st year as a CosPlayer. In that time I've done 200+ costumes and usually am seen at as many as 12 events each summer. I know, you usually expect to see me at lots of events throughout the year, however, I've been doing this for 31 years now, and both my age and my health are preventing me from being very active of late.
I have arthritis, hip dysplasia, Parkinson's Disease, Autism (Kanner's Syndrome), PTSD, have 3 ruptured discs in my spine, am blind in one eye and fast going blind in my other eye, am deaf in one ear and can not hear well in the other, and since being attacked by a stalker who left me paralyzed for 5 months and 18 months relearning to walk, I'm now on a cane. My health is not good of late and I am no longer able to make full season of event runs. While I have no plans to retire from CosPlaying, I will be doing far fewer events than you saw me doing in the past.
Since 2013, I've only CosPlayed disabled/crippled characters who use a cane or staff to walk, thus allowing me to incorporate my cane into the CosPlay. That is the case this year. The character Avallac'h is both elderly and crippled and that is why I picked him to CosPlay. The Avallac'h CosPlay includes a staff, which will be replacing my cane.
PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE STAFF! It is NOT a prop! This is an ACTUAL MEDICAL GRADE staff that I have had custom made for this costume.
I know people like to touch my extremely elaborate, over the top CosPlays, but please be aware, I am EXTREMELY CRIPPLED and RELY HEAVILY on the cane to be able to walk. The staff you will see with this costume is real, and I CAN NOT walk without it.
(If you didn't know I am a senior citizen, I'm not sure why, but most people tend to think I'm some 20 to 30 years younger then I actually am, but, yes, I'm old enough to be your grandmother, in fact, you're grandmother is probably younger than me. I seem to be older then most of my fans' grans these days. I does get tiring, young kids in their 30s walking up to me and saying "Gee I wish I was young like you, I'd date you." You're in your 30s, that's means you're a child to me. I was YOUR age back in the 1970s - 40 years ago.)
As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.
However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.
From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.
During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.
UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.
PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19
If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.
Writing Racist Characters The Ku Klux Klan In Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Writing Racist Characters Accurately By Looking At Hate Crimes Committed By The Ku Klux Klan In Old Orchard Beach, Maine
I made lots of comments across the many comments on this thread, here is all of them in the order I wrote them, along with quotes of the segments I was replying to. For the full discussion, see the thread linked to below...
If people can't tell the difference between character and author, then fuck them.
No truer words spoken.
How could a German/Irish first-generation immigrants get this sense of anti-slavery pride when slavery was needed to fuel the state's economy?
MOST free Irish immigrants in America at that time period WERE escaped slaves themselves.
It always shocks and amazes me that people think slaves = black.
MOST of the slaves in America were actually Chinese, Black being the 2nd most common race, Irish the 3rd, Scottish the 4th, Gypsy the 5th, Romany the 6th, Polish, Persians, Jews, and Native Americans made up the rest.
Yep, Texas had a lot of slaves, but you notice it doesn't say "black slaves" it just says "slaves". Most house slaves were white races (Irish or Scottish or Persian or Gypsy or Romany), most kitchen/scullery slaves were Chinese, most farm hand/plantation slaves were black.... contrary to what tv and movies will tell you, it was very RARE for a black slave to live indoors or work as a "house slave". The indoor slaves were nearly always white races.
This is just silly. If anyone accuses you they may not know the difference between reality and fiction.
You'd be surprised.
The Ku Klux Klan filled my motorhome with feces 3 feet deep, kidnapped my cats, cut their heads off and nailed them to my door, put a bomb in my house, they also beat me up leaving me paralized for 5 months, ruptured 3 discs in my spine, leaving me with a lame leg crippled and on a cane the rest of my life, and put my dad in a coma for 6 months, and left a great big 8 foot tall white cross behind so I'd be sure to know they were KKK members who did it.
No, you'd be vastly surprised how many people, right now in 2017, are more then willing to gather in Salem witch style mobs, screaming kill or be killed, to terrorise an author and her family, because they are too stupid to know the difference between reality and fiction, can't tell the difference between the character and the author.