MOTHER OF DRAGONS (and other horrors)

I recently had the opportunity to try something new, namely building a set of puppets and costumes for a production of the play She Kills Monsters at Iowa City Community Theatre. I've worked in theater before, but making monsters was a new area for me and I'm very proud of what I was able to build and what I learned in the process. Of course it helped to be working with an excellent director and a cast that brought everything beautifully to life, from the brief cameo of Vera the Beholder, to the goopy interlude with Miles the Gelatinous Cube, to the genuinely epic final battle with the five-headed dragon Tiamat. It was a fantastic show and I'm very glad to have been a part of it.

Smaug, the black head (all the actors gave the dragons their own personal names, but these are the ones I used while I was building them)

Smaug, the black head (all the actors gave the dragons their own personal names, but these are the ones I used while I was building them)

Carey, the blue head.

Carey, the blue head.

Trogdor, the green head

Trogdor, the green head

Hiram McDaniels, the red head

Hiram McDaniels, the red head

Yugioh, the white head

Yugioh, the white head

Vera the Beholder - easily the grossest and best thing I've ever made

Vera the Beholder - easily the grossest and best thing I've ever made

Vera gets stabbed fifteen seconds after coming on stage. Oh well.

Vera gets stabbed fifteen seconds after coming on stage. Oh well.

Agnes (front center) has some reservations about destroying a gelatinous cube that was named after her boyfriend.

Agnes (front center) has some reservations about destroying a gelatinous cube that was named after her boyfriend.

The Great Mage Steve (left, being engulfed) meets his third or fourth untimely end.

The Great Mage Steve (left, being engulfed) meets his third or fourth untimely end.