Cal Custard

Cal is an Oklahoma-born award-winning costumer who has been creating costumes and attending fandom events since 2010. During the last 12 years, she has honed her skills in sewing to create more complex costumes, eventually transitioning to fursuit making and mascot performance. Through furry fandom, she has grown her craftsmanship skills. Besides making fursuits, Cal enjoys monster movies and spends way too much time playing Pokémon games. She is excited to join the SoonerCon lineup for 2022 to provide craftsmanship panels and have a ton of fun!

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4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

So You Want to Enter a Costume Contest?

Tips for everything costume contests—preparing your application; brainstorming your ideas; how prejudging works; and what the awards are. Plus, how to deal with stage fright while upping your stage presence to enjoy your time in the spotlight as an awesome creative.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Buck Berlin, Carousel Costumes, Cal Custard, Kekkuda, Knightmage

Tracks: Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, General Interest

10:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 1

This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)

Moderator: Crazy Red Artist

Panelists: Crazy Red Artist, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, EBA Comedy, Hall of Femme, Lyde Van Hoy, Carolyn Kay, Kekkuda, Chaz Kemp, Knightmage, Lollalotus, Madi, Mimic Rae, Moe, Michael Mosley, R Karch Photography, WandererTJ, ET Wardwell, Mel. White, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Meetup, Art, General Interest

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Wear Five Layers in 100 Degree Weather Without Dying

It's important to ensure your costume and prop(s) will be functional in the weather and for long-term wear during your costumed function. Making sure different fabrics are breathable or include a cooling vest, have moisture barriers, etc. can mean the difference between weathering or ruining a costume.

Moderator: Robert Mullens

Panelists: Robert Mullens, Cal Custard, James Dock, Fae Mullens, Raiva, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Health & Wellness, Costuming & Fashion

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Fursuiting 101

A crash course in everything fursuiting related! From building the suit, suiting up for the first time, and how to move and perform in your suit! This panel is an all-ages panel focused on fursuit performing and fursuit building.

Moderator: Cal Custard

Panelists: Cal Custard, Kekkuda

Tracks: Anime, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Costuming & Fashion, Maker, Cosplay

5:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Let's Make a Tail!

Stumped on how to add that extra pizzazz to your costume? Want to get started on fursuit making? Let’s start with something fun! Let’s make a tail! Instructional panel on how to make tails for cosplay and fursuit use. We will be building a small tail together, but panel will go over multiple sizes and types. (1.5 hours) Limit 14 participants.

Moderator: Cal Custard

Panelists: Cal Custard

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

I Will NEVER Make That Again

#neveragain: Artists, costumers, crafters and makers share ugly truths about the toughest creation they've ever made, and how it shaped their work going forward. Pics or it didn't happen!

Moderator: Kathleen M O'Brien

Panelists: Kathleen M O'Brien, Julie Barrett, Tim Chessmore, Cal Custard, Dara Fogel, PhD, WandererTJ

Tracks: Art, Cosplay, Maker, Costuming & Fashion

1:00 PM | Location: University C

Cutthroat Iron Cosplay

Four cosplayers have 30 minutes to quick-construct the best costume using provided materials. A theme or required material is included, and basic cosplay materials are provided along with some not-so basic options to use. The audience is the judge of this creative contest. May the best cosplay win!

Moderator: Buck Berlin

Panelists: Buck Berlin, Chaotic Neutral Cosplay, Cal Custard, Lollalotus, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Anime, Cosplay, Maker, Gaming, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Contest, Costuming & Fashion, Art