Worlds of Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere concept is a truly unique, all encompassing universe that Brandon has built via many of his stories. Each story, be it short or novel length, plays a part in this universe. It could be in the past, or on another planet entirely, but it still plays a part in his massive story.

Not all of Sanderson’s work involves the Cosmere, and the same is true of this track. Brandonites discuss their theories, hopes and fears for the characters they love and love to hate.

April 26, 2019
  • Gnosticism and other Religious Parallels in the Cosmere

    April 26, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Camellia

    Real world religious and philosophical concepts that exist in Brandon's works.

    Panelists: Billy Todd, Christopher Cottingham, Heidi Byrd

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  • Sorting Hat: Cosmere

    April 26, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Camellia

    We assign Cosmere characters into their Hogwarts houses and other genre factions that strike us.

    Panelists: Billy Todd, Donavynn Sandusky, Heidi Byrd, Shannan Lieb, Darin M. Bush

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  • Sanderson beyond prose: Graphic novels, TV, and beyond

    April 26, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Camellia

    Works that could be or have been adapted, and how that could work.

    Panelists: Billy Todd, Jory Phillips, Ashley Chappell

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  • Speculation After Dark

    April 26, 2019  8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Good day, bad day, doesn't matter: come predict the future of the Cosmere

    Panelists: Trae Cooper, Andrew McCaffrey, Rosemary Williams, Ted Herman

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April 27, 2019
  • Orientation to the Cosmere

    April 27, 2019  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Camellia

    Connect the dots of how Mistborn, Stormlight, Warbreaker, and other Cosmere books explicitly, implicitly, and extra-canonically connect.

    Panelists: Billy Todd, Rosemary Williams

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  • Cosmere Magic 101

    April 27, 2019  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Camellia

    Learn why and how all these different Cosmere magic systems are manifestations of the same system with overarching rules and principles.

    Panelists: Trae Cooper, Andrew McCaffrey, Rosemary Williams, Ted Herman

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  • Book Spotlight : Bands of Mourning

    April 27, 2019  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Camellia

    We discuss Wax, Wayne, and the rest of Mistborn Era 2

    Panelists: Trae Cooper, Mark Lindberg, Ted Herman

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  • Cosmere 201: World Hoppers and Shardic Politics

    April 27, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Camellia

    We discuss characters and motivations that transcend the individual settings of the Cosmere.

    Panelists: Ted Herman, Andrew McCaffrey, Jory Phillips, Rosemary Williams

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  • Team Sanderson

    April 27, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Camellia

    Behind the Scenes with members of Brandon's support team

    Panelists: Trae Cooper, Karen Ahlstrom, Peter Ahlstrom

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  • tWotcast

    April 27, 2019  8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Camellia

    tWoTcast, the Wheel of Time podcast with Jono, Joe and Tom. Come have a drink, play some dumb games and grab a few prizes with tWoTcast and some random guests who may be actually important. Beware explicit content.

    Panelists: Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons

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April 28, 2019
  • Sanderson YA

    April 28, 2019  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Camellia

    Now with fresh Skyward!

    Panelists: Billy Todd, Ashley Chappell, Donavynn Sandusky, Heidi Byrd

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  • Legion Discussion

    April 28, 2019  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Camellia

    We talk about the Legion Trilogy

    Panelists: Trae Cooper, Andrew McCaffrey, Shannan Lieb

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  • Character Spotlight: Shallan

    April 28, 2019  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Camellia

    We discuss Shallan and the different facets of her personality

    Panelists: Deana Whitney, Donavynn Sandusky, Rosemary Williams, Shannan Lieb

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  • Sanderson Trivia: Team Edition

    April 28, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Camellia

    Trivia from the Cosmere and other Brandon works. It's all fair game. Teams of 4 or less

    Panelists: Trae Cooper, Karen Ahlstrom, Jory Phillips

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JordanCon 2021

JordanCon is being tentatively rescheduled for sometime this summer. Please see our JordanCon 2021 FAQ for the most up-to-date information.

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best-selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Weber, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, Emilie Bush, David B. Coe, Eugie Foster, Seanan McGuire, Michael Whelan, Larry Elmore, Saladin Ahmed, Todd Lockwood, Catherine Asaro, John Picacio, Patrick Rothfuss, Charles E. Gannon, and Stephen Hickman.

We are a 501c4 tax-exempt organization.

Space Slug Adventures in Creation

Space Slug Adventures in Creation

While reading Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, I fell in love with many of the characters. Spensa and Skyward Flight are fun worth spending time with, if you have not read the book already. The non-human characters became my absolute favorites. After Isaac Stewart created an amazingly cute depiction of Doomslug, I had to create one for myself. The little yellow and blue space slug can pull at you with her gentle fluting. This November, readers find out more about Doomslug in Starsight. In support, I thought others might enjoy creating their own space slugs.

My mission was to create a slug pattern to create a cuddly Doomslug that mimics Stewart’s design. After some experiments with dart lines, curves, and other sewing tricks, I hit upon the proper shape to mimic Stewart’s rather rounded artwork rather than using a pattern that looks like an Earth slug (footnote 1).

Making your own space slug requires a handful of tools and a moderate skill level at sewing. The included pattern and instructions will walk you through the process.

Sewing Supplies:

Required:

  • ½ yard of primary material
  • ½ yard of accent material
  • ½ yard of fusible interfacing medium weight
  • Spools of thread of matching colors
  • Cotton or polyester stuffing
  • Black fabric material for eyes
  • Black and white embroidery thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Bobbins

Optional Supplies:

  • Walking Foot for your sewing machine – Highly recommended.
  • Roller cutting blade
  • Metal ruler/flat edge
  • 1/8 yard Double sided interfacing for eyes

More Optional supplies for an internal weighted pouch:

Reason – This gives the slug more heft and allows it to balance on its own better.

  • ¼ yard of third cotton material
  • Poly-fil pellets – up to 1 pound
  • Cotton or polyester batting

Note on Material:

Any material can be used to create your space slug: cotton, fleece, flannel, velveteen, etc. When working with the thicker sections, a walking foot will save you a number of headaches. If your fabric has a nap, including velvet or micro fleece, it’s best to cut your pattern pieces one layer at a time. Double check that the nap direction is the one you want. Ideally the nap will flow smoothly from the front to the back. If you plan to use velvet, please read this helpful tutorial before cutting your pattern pieces.

I bought a bright polyester velvet for many of my space slug creations. The one shown with straight spines was made with pure plush fleece, which is incredibly soft.

Pattern:

The pattern is printed on three pages of 11”x17″.
It will create a slug approximately: 6” tall x 13” long x 16” around.

Scale up or down to change the size of the slug. The ruffle and spines pattern need to be altered less, they are fine for a 15% +/- in size change. Brandon Sanderson said my original design was “just a tad too big.” The original design was 10% larger, creating a slug: 8” tall x 15” long x 20” around.

Cutting Directions:

Lay out the Body Pattern pieces on the main fabric. Match the nap of your fabric if applicable.
Cut matching pieces on interfacing as well. The second cut should be a mirror to the first.

Body Pattern pieces are:

1D Pattern PIece

Mirror of the pattern pieces 1D.

 

  • Body Side (1A) – cut 2
  • Body Base (1B) – cut 1
  • Face piece (1C) – cut 1
  • Top curve (1D) – cut 2
  • Top side (1E) – cut 2
  • Head Top (1F) – cut 1
  • Eye (1G) – cut 2

 

Accent Pattern pieces cut on accent fabric:
Body Ruffle (2A) – cut 1 – Cut on a double fold – Needs to be at least 40″ to go around the body with extra gathering. For a fuller ruffle, cut a longer piece or sew two pieces together.

Spines (2B) – cut 4 – Zig-zag spines should be cut on a double fold – Need to be between 50″ to 60″ to have enough length for deep loops.

Internal pouch – no pattern, no interfacing – simply cut a rectangle 20” long by 4” wide.

Note: The accent pieces are all long rectangles. It’s easiest to square up your fabric on a self-healing mat. Cut in strips with the help of a straight edge and using a roller blade cutter.

Design Choices:
Before you start making your space slug, you need to decide which style you are going to make. Besides fabric choice, each creator chooses the style of eyes and spines they want to make. For the eyes, pick if you want to use fabric eyes or if you will embroider them.
The spines are the harder choice, and often driven by your fabric choice. Thicker fleece will be very difficult to turn into the zig-zag loops.

Spine option 1: Zig-zags – Requires more material and more sewing skills. Your spine strips will each need to be between 50” to 60” in length. Thus the “cut on the fold” note for the pattern could represent a double fold. This design better mimics the official Doomslug design, but are not true spines.

Option 2: Straight Tubes – Requires the spine stripes to be the length of the slug’s body, about 14” each, if you don’t resize the pattern. These are much easier and quicker to attach.

Spine Opt. 1 (right) and Opt. 2 (left)

Two different spine designs. Opt. 1 – Zig-zag (right) and Opt. 2 – Straight (left)

Sewing Directions:

Body pieces have a seam allowance of ⅜”

The full sewing directions with helpful images are found here and can be printed easily.
The basic sewing order of operations are:

  1. Sew the spine tubes together – four of 2B
  2. Sew the Ruffle – one of 2A
  3. Iron the interfacing to all the body parts – 1A to 1F.
  4. Pick the type of eyes you want to create.  Attach or sew them onto the face piece 1C.
  5. Sew the lower body together: 1A (2 pieces), 1B, and 1C
  6. Sew the ruffle 2A onto the lower body piece.
  7. Pin the Spines 2B to first 1D for each side.
  8. Lay 1E on top of the spines, sew together.
  9. Attach a Spine 2B to Half of 1F.
  10. Attach 1F to one side of the top body.
  11. Layout and attach the Spines to the joined 1F and 1E piece.
  12. Attach the other side of the body to finish the top half of the slug.
  13. To attach the two halves together – Right sides of fabric together, line up the center of the piece 1F to the face 1C. Pin around the body. Be sure to leave an opening at the back or on a lower side for turning the body right side out.
  14. Create the internal weighted pouch by sewing a simple pouch.
  15. Fill with poly-fil beads, then sew closed.
  16. Wrap pouch with batting, stuff into the slug body.
  17. Use cotton or poly fiberfil to stuff the slug body to the density you wish.
  18. Sew the opening closed. I hand-stitch mine.

Slug body before finishing

Bottom and top half of the space slug body before joining them together.

Enjoy taking your space slug on adventures!

Sanderson and Doomslug, 2019

Brandon Sanderson with Doomslug at DragonCon

 

Doomslug group, DragonCon 2019

Gathering of Doomslugs at DragonCon, 2019.

If you make a space slug, please share your creation with me, Deana Whitney, either by emailing me at Workshop@jordancon.org, sharing it on Instagram at JordanConInc or Doomslug_Adventures, or showing it directly to Isaac Stewart at Izykstewart.

Note: This Space slug pattern is for fun and personal use only. You may not use this pattern to create a for-profit item. Deana Whitney is the creator and owner of the sewing pattern. Copyright of Doomslug is held by Dragonsteel Entertainment, Inc.

All photos copyright by Deana Whitney, 2019.

Footnote 1:

My first version of Doomslug was made for the signing party, but it looked like an earth slug.  To create it, I enlarged the Delilah Iris by 200% to create a 8” long slug. The back spines are a rectangle piece accordion folded, whipped stitched closed, attached to the back piece, then cut in random spikes. The bottom ruffle was another enlargement of the base pattern piece.

Earth Slug

Slugs from the Delilah Iris pattern.

JordanCon 2020

JordanCon 2020 will be April 17-19, 2020.
Our Author Guest of Honor Faith Hunter and Artist Guests of Honor Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard!. Toastmaster is Rhed Morgan.

Theme: Con of Legends

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best-selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Weber, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, Emilie Bush, David B. Coe, Eugie Foster, Seanan McGuire, Michael Whelan, Larry Elmore, Saladin Ahmed, Todd Lockwood, Catherine Asaro, John Picacio, Patrick Rothfuss, Charles E. Gannon, and Stephen Hickman.

We are a 501c4 tax-exempt organization.

Women of the WoT’Mere

In honor of International Women’s Day, JordanCon is proud to announce our Women of the WoT’Mere Fan Favorites Contest! The first ever bracket is set. We tallied your nominations and used your input to create match-ups for 16 of the most amazing female characters from “The Wheel of Time” and the Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere.

Between them, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson created some of the strongest, most inspirational female characters out there. This is a chance to celebrate your favorite female characters, so let’s keep it positive. We’re not asking who is ‘strongest’ or who would win in a fight. We just want to know who your favorite female character is so we can celebrate the great women of the WoT’Mere. Comments gushing about what you love most are highly encouraged!

Voting takes place daily on Facebook and Twitter. You can view the full bracket (featuring top nominees and their rankings of 1-16) here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1uB2uxMUyznK8NrrcPAVrwaIra-…/edit…