Cosplayer combines love for ‘Game of Thrones’ and hit game at San Diego Comic-Con

cosplayer dresses as game of thrones and pokemon duraneau
Tech Insider
It wasn’t Shaylor Duranleau’s first go-around cosplaying as Ash Ketchum this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, but as Ash Stormrider? That’s a totally different story.

Duranleau, re-invigorated with his love for Pokémon after Niantic and Nintendo unleashed the smash hit Pokémon Go, combined his usual Ketchum garb with that of House Targaryen of Game of Thrones to make him the ultimate Pokémaster of Dragons.

Tech Insider spotted him in the lobby of the convention center and snapped some shots of Duranleau’s three dragons (three evolutions of Charizard from the expanded universe), his roughed-up Ash Ketchum hat (obviously a result of dragon fire), torn up jeans, and box of foam “Pokéball eggs.”

Duranleau said his obsession with Pokémon began when he was 10, the same age as Ash Ketchum. He’s been cosplaying ever since.

Pokémon Go is something I’ve been training for my entire life,” he told Tech Insider. “Now, it’s a reality.”

The ash on his costume (no pun intended) came from leftover firewood, which he smeared all over his body — after he tore up and lit his old Ash Ketchum costume on fire, of course. He told Tech Insider that the whole production took almost 20 hours to create, and cost about $20.

Tech Insider reports that the Pokéball eggs were handmade from craft foam, and were “inspired by the dragon eggs Daenerys carries before her creatures hatch.”

Duranleau also carried around a banner with the Targaryen sigil, the dragon, but with a twist. The flag featured a three-headed Charizard, ready for any Pokébattle.

The banner read his house’s motto (which he created), calling him the “master of the first generation,” “victor of the ‘Orange Isles,” and “first of his type.”

Movies & TV

Tarantino goes back to 1969 with first Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the ninth film from Oscar-winning writer and director Quentin Tarantino, which stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Gaming

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.
Movies & TV

Study up for season 8 with the best Game of Thrones theories

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is still on the horizon, meaning there's still time to brush up on the best theories about the show. Whether you're one of the last adherents of the Cleganebowl or a King Aerys truther, here are our top theories.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Make some room in your backlog. Here are all the games to look out for in 2019

2019 is already a huge year for video games, with a large number of series getting new installments, including some that have been dormant for years. Brand new franchises are also being created.
Home Theater

ESPN Plus scores the exclusive rights to UFC Pay-Per-View events

If MMA is your game, then ESPN Plus is now a very important player. The Disney-owned service locked up the exclusive rights to UFC Pay-Per-View events, a deal that will last through 2025 in the United States.
Home Theater

Dish TV customers can access up to 13 NCAA March Madness games in 4K

If you're a basketball fan looking to get your fix of NCAA Championship action in 4K, Dish TV will be airing up to 13 of the tournament games in the ultra high-def format, starting on Tuesday.
Home Theater

Cheer for your favorite NCAA team and Xfinity will respond with matching lights

Screaming at your favorite team just became a lot more rewarding thanks to Comcast's Xfinity voice remote and some special NCAA commands that set your smart lightbulbs to your favorite team's colors.
Movies & TV

Bill and Ted 3 finally faces the music once summer 2020 arrives

Wyld Stallyns Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves travel to the famed Hollywood Bowl to make a big announcement: Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music will begin filming very soon and it has a release date locked in.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 is coming! Here’s everything we know so far

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Home Theater

Here’s what’s new on HBO and what’s leaving in April 2019

Whether you're a cable lifer or a staunch cord cutter, there's never been a better time to get down with premium TV. April 2019 brings Game of Thrones season 8, BlacKkKlansman, and Crazy Rich Asians to HBO.
Movies & TV

MoviePass returns to unlimited movies plan, but with plenty of restrictions

Troubled subscription-based movie service MoviePass is making headlines on a daily basis lately, and not in a good way. Here's a timeline of events for the company once described as Netflix for movie theaters.
Movies & TV

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Everything we know so far

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.
Movies & TV

Want free movie tickets? Beam these ads into your eyeballs for 15 minutes

Would you watch ads for 20 minutes to earn a free movie ticket? MoviePass co-founder Stacy Spikes bets you will, and he's launching PreShow, a new app with some pretty advanced technology, to prove it.