News: ComicCon Montreal

Posted: September 15, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in News
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Ok I peed myself when I read this one … Montreal is getting ready for ComicCon and it seems Batman got himself into some kind of trouble. Read the full article from The Montreal Gazette here:

MONTREAL – It seems even the Batmobile can be ticketed for parking illegally in Montreal.

The city’s parking enforcement officers were not amused when they came across the Caped Crusader’s famous ride (or a very accurate replica) parked outside of HMV near the corner of Peel and Ste. Catherine on Thursday afternoon. The nearby parking meter had apparently not been fed.

“Who does this car belong to?” the officers asked as a large crowd began to gather around the vehicle and snap photos. “You have to pay… It can’t just be here like this.”

In the end, no ticket was issued. The owners of the car paid the parking fee, and the officers backed off.

The vehicle is in town for this weekend’s Comiccon convention, along with a replica of the time-travelling car featured in the Back to the Future films.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette
I’m pretty sure Batman has some kind of  “Anti-Parking Ticket BatSpray” or something along these lines … Ha ha ha!
Have a nice Dorky Day!
Patrick “Hyperactive Cortex” Dubuc

News: Spotted by the RPG Business

Posted: September 13, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General, News, Prop Documents
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Did I told you guys my mind was hyperactive? I always have a couple of projects running at the same time in my head …

Last winter for example, I worked with Colin Chapman (Author of Atomic Highway RPG) on his next supplement that should see the day before the end of the year. I also whipped out a very cool character sheet (For fun) for ICONS Super Powered RPG. I posted that sheet on my Deviantart account (DerekFrost) and kinda forgot about it.

I logged back on my Deviantart about a week ago only to realize that Dan Houser, the head illustrator for ICONS loved my character sheet and used it at JAFAX earlier this year!

I pushed my luck and wrote back to Mr. Houser to see if the sheet could be included in a future ICONS product (as long as I get the credit for it) and he wrote back to tell me that they might even buy it! Cool! Anyway … While I wait for a reply, here’s the character sheet … I know it’s not really related to Props but let’s call it a shameless plug!

Have a nice Dorky Day!
Patrick “Hyperactive Cortex” Dubuc

News: Mad Monster Lab – Show 1

Posted: September 8, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in Links, News

Finally Ralis Khan and Zach Finfrock has graced us with their debut show Mad Monster Lab. This week, how to blow somebody’s head (The safe way!)

Mad Monster Lab Extra: Applying the Rig …

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, we’re working our butts off trying to get ready for ComicCon Montreal that takes place on September 17th and 18th. More informations soon … And luckily we should be able to post both the Mandalorian Merc Armor Walkthrough AND my Futuristic Armor EVA Foam build!

Have a nice Dorky Day!


News from the Cave …

Posted: September 2, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in News
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Things have been going crazy lately for Team Dork.

Between work, back to school (For the kids), Irene and working nightshifts (For some of us at least) the time we have to work on our respective projects is very small. Also, there is ComicCon Montreal coming on the 17th and 18th and Wil has an awesome Mandalorian Armor he’s been working on so he want it to be ready by then. As for me, I have this EVA Foam futuristic armor … But I kinda hit a road bump … I don’t know where to go next with my design. Hope I can get it ready for ComicCon. On the other hand … I can’t wait to see what Zach Finfrock (BFX) and Ralis Khan has been cooking for that new show Mad Monster Lab that should be on this month!

Anyway, just wanted to keep you informed that we’re all alive and well … Just really really busy!

I will try to make a couple of paper props this week. These little things are getting popular!

Have a nice Dorky Day!


Update: Links

Posted: August 28, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General

Good morning Dorks!

A new link has been added on the Links page …

Blarg (Props & costumes by William Carver)

Hope you guys have a nice Dorky Day!



Ok this one has been a pain in the *ss! Working alone, trying to hold the foam parts in one hand while glueing with the other has proven to be harder than I first thought … I have learned some important stuff though:

1. Hot glue is … Well hot! I managed to burn the tip of my finger … Now it has a big blister waiting to pop.
2. Pre-Glueing. Put the amount of hot glue you want and when ready to apply, use your heater gun to make the glue liquid again. Very useful.
3. Always check on what side your foam is BEFORE glueing. That way, you will avoid having to start back and waste foam in the process …
4. For my first project with EVA Foam … I was bold in my design choice. What i’m saying here is to go with a simple design. Add stuff later if you want.
5. Work in an a calm, remote area if you’re easily sidetracked like me …

And finally …

6. Believe in yourself! Don’t stop at the first mistake. I know it’s frustrating having to start over some parts the first time but you will be so upset that chances are … You’ll never make these mistakes again!

More soon … Have a nice Dorky Day!


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Things have been going crazy this week in my life so unfortunately, I didn’t had as much time as I wanted to work on my projects … There is although some work that has been done on my Futuristic Armor (See Work In Progress: Pat’s Futuristic Armor) … Here are some photos of what’s in the work:


Well … That’s it for now … I should have another update by the end of the day … Paint job mostly … But things are looking good! I should be ready for ComicCon!

News: Montreal ComicCon

Posted: August 22, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General
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Members from The Dork Cave team should attend this year's edition of the Montreal ComicCon

Place Bonaventure
salle 400-ouest
800, De La Gauchetière Ouest
Montréal (Quebec) H5A 1K6

Saturday September 17
General Admission : 11h00 to 19h30
VIP : 10h00 to 19h30

Sunday September 18
General Admission : 10h30 to 18h30
VIP : 10h00 to 18h30


Movies/TV Series

Adam West/Burt Ward (Batman/Robin – The Series)
James Marsters (Spike – Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Mercedes McNab (Mercedes Kendall – Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Clare Kramer (Glory – Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) – CANCELLED
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett – Star Wars)

Plus … 

Comic Books
Stan “The Man” Lee (Do I really need to tell who Stan Lee is?)

Plus …


Plus …

Bande Dessinée

Plus …



Sergeant Slaughter
Rick Martel

De Lorean (Back to the Future)
Batmobile (The one from the series)
General Lee (Dukes of Hazzard)
Landspeeder (Star Wars)


Forteresse Impériale de Québec (From the 501th Legion)

And more …

Plus … A load of activities … events … booths … all of this for 25$ for one day or 45$ for both days (On site). For online rates, visit the official website HERE. If everything goes according to plans, The Dork Cave should attend the event and display, while we’re there and if everything goes according to plans … showcase one of our current project (As a matter of fact, all the credits for this will go to Wil but since he’s part of the team … He he he).

Patrick signing off …

I was working on my Futuristic Armor project last night when I realized just how much paper each project generates: Sketches, reference pictures, notes, measurements and so on … So I remembered that I had this wonderful application that runs under Windows (Sorry Mac users). Basically, MyInfo is a personal information manager for Windows. It will help you capture, organize, edit and share ideas, documents, tasks, and web pages.

Click on the image to open a link to Milenix’s website

I won’t try to tell you what’s in it … Instead i’ll copy what’s from the website (Yeah I know i’m lazy …):


Collect Information Easily
By using the AutoPaste and QuickPaste features, you can collect information into MyInfo, even when it is minimized and you are working with another application.

Microsoft Office® Integration
MyInfo not only shares Microsoft Office® look & feel and shortcuts, but also tightly integrates with it. If you have Microsoft Word® installed, you can import Word documents into your topics and if you have Microsoft Excel® installed, you can paste tables from it, directly in the text editor.

MyInfo accepts Outlook hyperlinks, so you can open mail messages and other Outlook items, directly from MyInfo.

Capture Entire Web Pages [New]
You can save local copy of a web page, if you want to browse it offline using the builtin web browser.

Drag & Drop Everywhere
You can drag text, pictures, links, files, and mail messages in the MyInfo tree editor, creating new documents on-the-fly. MyInfo will intelligently create document of the appropriate type and import the dragged data.

You can also quickly reorder documents in the tree and even move them between topics, using the drag & drop function.

File Embedding and Editing
You can insert files from other applications into MyInfo, thus keeping all your information in one place. You can edit embedded files and the changes will be saved back in MyInfo.

USB/Flash Drive Install [New] [Pro Only] (The reason why I took Pro Version)
You can use MyInfo 4, even if you are on the move and would not like to carry a laptop around. Just install MyInfo on a portable drive like (USB flash or thumb drive) and have all your information with you. Anywhere.


Tabbed Interface
MyInfo features a tabbed interface, which allows you to work with multiple files in the same application window and switch between them easily. You can rearrange the tabs using the new Organize Topics function and sort them alphabetically.

User Attributes in the Tree
Another unique MyInfo feature is its multi-column tree. Each topic comes with a predefined set of built-in attributes, containing various information about the documents in the topic. You can create your own attributes if you want to assign additional metadata to the documents in the topic. You can filter for documents depending on the attributes they have.

Tasks [New]
MyInfo 4 allows you to easily insert tasks in the tree with priority and due dates. You can see a full list of your tasks with a single click in the Filter View.

Filter Documents [Improved]
Use the Filter pane to collect documents from the tree, depending on their attribute values and other information. Clicking on a document tag will show you all documents with the same tag in the tree.

Group results by attribute value for better navigation.

Document TagsDocument tags (or keywords) are a handy tool for categorizing and finding related documents. They work exactly like tags in the popular social bookmarking web sites such as

Instant Search Results
MyInfo indexes your information, so when you search in your topics (even these that are not open in MyInfo) you get instant and accurate results.

Document Cloning
If you want the same document to appear in different parts of the topic tree, you will find the MyInfo cloning feature indispensable.

Favorites [New]
Favorites allow you to bookmark your most frequently used documents, topic, and filters.

Calendar View
MyInfo calendar view makes it easy to spot upcoming tasks and other important dates.

Sort Documents
Sort documents by up to three document attributes.

Full-Featured Text Editor
MyInfo text editor has a full range of word-processing features. It offers rich text formatting, hyperlinks, tables, pictures, and OLE objects support.

MyInfo unique feature are the text formatting styles, which are shared in the whole topic. So you can quickly change the topic look and achieve consistent, professional look of your topics without manual labor.

You can easily find and replace text within the document.

Spelling [New]
MyInfo 4 has a full-fledged spell checker. It offers spell-as-you-type spelling, additional dictionaries for all major languages and it actually learns from you, so if you make the same mistakes multiple times, it will make more intelligent suggestions.

Formatting in the Tree [New]
In MyInfo 4 you can format the appearance of any single document in the tree. You can change fonts, sizes, colors, font effects (bold, italic, underline), and even their background color.

In addition, the formatting is preserved when you export the topic to a Word file or just want to print it!


Link to MyInfo from Anywhere
MyInfo can create links to its topics and document and then you can place these links in any Windows applications or as shortcuts on your desktop. Then clicking on this links, opens MyInfo and the desired item.

Files and Folders Export [New]
Export all documents, web resources and embedded files to a folder, retaining the tree structure.

Export as a Web Page
Export documents as a web page, retaining all text formatting, images and tables.

Export as a Web site [Pro Only]
Export MyInfo topic as a web site and publish it on the Internet.

Print and Print Preview
Print any part of your information in MyInfo.

CSV Export [New] [Pro Only]
Export all documents and their attributes to a Microsoft Excel, where you can analyze them.

Open Architecture
MyInfo does not lock your data. In fact, MyInfo has open import and export architecture, allowing third-party developers to create plugins for importing and exporting information between MyInfo and any third-party application.

Needless to say that this is a very useful tool … There is a Trial Version if you want to try it today. The Standard Version (Which is about 50.00$) is already a wonderful tool. I chose the Profesionnal Version which is almost double the cost but that’s just me … I’m a sucker when it comes to technology.

With that being said … Have a nice Dorky Day …


Update: Links Page

Posted: August 21, 2011 by Patrick Dubuc in General

I know this weekend is kinda slow but believe me … We have loads in the work right now and you should be happy of what’s coming your way soon. In the meantime, here’s a new link that I will have to the Links page:

Paint-Sculpt (Painting & Sculpting/Molding Tutorials)

Very well made Tutorials and loads of interesting Tips/Tricks!

Have a nice Propping Day!