HARRISBURG -- Preparing a turkey is a time-consuming process, but it's nothing compared to creating a giant turkey leg prop for a costume according to Charles Owens of Eldorado.
For this year's Burg Comics Con, Charles and his wife, Becky, portrayed Volstagg and Gudrun, who are characters in Marvel Comics' "Thor" series. Volstagg is an ally of Thor's, and Gudrun is his wife. While the couple poured hours into hand-crafting the clothing for the two characters, the most eye-catching part of the costumes was a giant turkey leg "Volstagg" carried throughout the event.
Charles said the oversized poultry part began life as a field hockey stick. The stick was suspended from a ceiling with a wire mesh form around it, and pantyhose was placed around the stick. Then, Charles emptied three cans of expanding foam insulation inside the pantyhose, which expanded to fill the form.
"There was quite a bit of effort that went into it," Charles said.
Several of the adult costume contestants, or cosplayers, told similar stories.
Tanner Owen, a Southeastern Illinois College art student, was dressed in a bright orange nine-tailed fox costume she put together at the last minute.
"I didn't think I could make it, but when I found out I could, I was up late last night making this," she told a panel of judges. "I was up until 2 in the morning, and then finished it this morning."
The comic book convention, organized by Scott Reed of Burg Comics, featured a full day of comic book artists, gaming and vendors at the Bonan Business Center in Harrisburg. Reed, who is an information technology instructor at SIC, said he was pleased with the turnout for the event.