Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

John Barba

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

John Barba is a local Missoula artist & cosplayer who got into MisCon and fandom at MisCon 27 because his kid runs MisCon and he couldn't escape it any longer.

In both his art and cosplay, he works mostly with sheet metal, leather, fiberglass, and paint. Most of his artwork is the old art of chasing and repousse.

He has created a number of memorable costumes, including Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Magneto, a Cylon, Stan Lee, Robocop, Rorschach, Jango Fett, and the Rocketeer. In creating these costumes, he uses a variety of things, including pepakura, 3D printing, metalworking, leatherworking, & builds small electronics for light and sound.

John Barba is a local Missoula artist and cosplayer who got into MisCon and fandom at MisCon 27 because his kid runs MisCon and he couldn't escape it any longer.

In both his art and his cosplay, he works mostly with sheet metal, leather, fiberglass, and paint. Most of his artwork is the old art of chasing and repousse, but he's been working on foamsmithing this year.

He has created a number of memorable costumes, including Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Magneto, a Cylon, Stan Lee, Rorschach, RoboCop, Jango Fett, and the Rocketeer. In creating these costumes, he uses a variety of things, including pepakura, 3D printing, metalworking, leatherworking, building small electronics for light and sound, etc.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Meet the Artists, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: John Barba, Justin Barba, Stan! Brown, Michael Brugger, Rob Carlos, Echo Chernik, Dragon Dronet, Tony Gregori, Lizzy D. Hill, Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Alexandra Martyn, Cait May, Randy Pepprock, Sean Ricks, Nikki Rossignol McCoy, Steven K Smith (SKS Props), Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Brittany Torres, Jim Wright (Stonekettle), Lacy Zee (Vox Moxxi)

    Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 37's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee (or something stronger), get things signed, whatever you want. Just come hang out.

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 4:00
  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Metalworking with Dragon and John Year 3, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: John Barba, Dragon Dronet

    We'll discuss ways of shaping all types of metals from steel to copper to brass to adamantium and vibranium. We'll have some chasing and repoussé tools on hand and might even beat on some metal.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Leatherwork and Realistic Costuming, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Raye Squires (Cryocaeruelo); Panelists: John Barba, Tyler Dwernychuk (xzkard Cosplay), Raye Squires (Cryocaeruelo), Katie Wahler

    Explore how to get started in crafting your own leather armor, and building a functional/realistic kit.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun Midnight
  • panel Sun Midnight - 1:50 AM, Artists' Corner, Artist's Corner
    Panelists: John Barba, Michael Brugger, Rob Carlos, Todd Lockwood, Nikki Rossignol McCoy, Jeff Sturgeon

    Hang out with some of MisCon's artists as they draw, paint, or play around with whatever catches their interest. Want to bring your own art materials and make your own stuff? Please do. Want to ask questions about anything art-related? Now is your chance. Just want to eat a sandwich and watch Rob Carlos draw some awesome dragons? Come have a seat. This is an informal hangout session--come and go as you like, or drop in for a few minutes between panels.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Repoussé & Chasing Demo, Fairy Tent (4)
    Panelists: John Barba

    MisCon artist John Barba will demonstrate the old art form of repoussé and chasing (beating sheets of metal into shapes and designs). This year he's going to demo a Mandalorian-themed piece.