Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

John Barba

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

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.

He has created a number of memorable costumes, including Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Magneto, a Cylon, Stan Lee, 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)
    Panelists: John Barba, Rob Carlos, Dragon Dronet, Vandy Hall, Tess Langston, Sean Ricks, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Brittany Torres, Andy Vanoverberghe, Lacy Zee (Vox Moxxi)

    Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 36'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, 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 repoussee tools on hand and might even beat on some metal.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Cosplaimee , Eekie and Snow Cosplay , John Barba, Justin Barba, Jessica Brannum, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), James Hayes, Sir. James Jones (Sir .James), Lily Oliver, Lacy Zee (Vox Moxxi)

    Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk down Higgins Street to Broadway, cross the street, then head back along Higgins and through Caras Park back to the hotel for opening ceremonies.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Artists' Corner, Atrium
    Panelists: John Barba, Rob Carlos, Vandy Hall, Jeff Sturgeon, Brittany Torres, Andy Vanoverberghe

    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 Sat 12:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Intro to Cosplay: Creating Your Own Costume, Patio Tent (1)
    Panelists: John Barba, James Hayes, Erika Noble (Eekie), Katie Rhodes

    In this panel we will discuss how to get started in cosplay. We will show you how to turn everyday items into cosplay masterpieces. We'll talk about patterns (using and making them), and common materials like fabrics, EVA foam, Worbla, 3D printed plastic, leather, old stop signs, etc.

  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Large Costumes & Handlers, Patio Tent (1)
    Panelists: John Barba, Jessa Fuerst-Hinther (Jessa-Kate), Erika Noble (Eekie), Lily Oliver

    Sometimes you’ve got a costume with huge wings, a helmet that restricts your vision, or a fursuit with a sweeping tail or more. Come learn about what a costume handler is, does, and when you should consider inviting a friend to be yours.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Artists' Corner, Atrium
    Panelists: John Barba, Rob Carlos, Sean Ricks, Jeff Sturgeon, Brittany Torres, Andy Vanoverberghe

    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 12:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Repousee & Chasing Demo, Fairy Tent (2)
    Panelists: John Barba

    MisCon artist John Barba will demonstrate the old art form of repousee and chasing (beating sheets of metal into shapes and designs).

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 1:00
  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Pepakura 101, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: John Barba

    Pepakura, the art of making things out of paper, is a difficult and fun way to make cosplay props. In this panel, John will give an overview of how he creates cosplay props from files to finished pieces like his Iron Man helmet, Magneto helmet, and Jango Fett's jetpack.