is Korul? Korul Al-Wassar (pronounced KOR
OOL AL WASS ARR) is a gargoyle, a member of the oldest
race in the galaxy-- the CABAL-- a winged humanoid race that also includes
the Kerubim (or angels) and Daemons. The gargoyles don't have the
powers of their cousins, but they alone have mastered the art of turning
their flesh to stone and that secret has allowed them to survive throughout
These days, gargoyles are very rare, and Korul is a gargoyle lost and separated from his race, uncertain of his origins. The broken cabalic shield on his belt is the key to his power and his origins. Korul originally was a character in a role-playing game, that I made into a costume. Though the character came before the popular TV show about gargoyles, I think that had a big part in why I made the costume.
Korul in the Movies Here are some links to AVIs which contain our scaley pal, taken from a popular conference show at CF8 and CFE2, which was his first appearance. There are also tiny snippets of him in news reports (but as yet no headlines in his home town.) Plans are also in the works for him to star in a short rock video called Beach Blanket Gargoyle, though at present distance has stymied production because the film-maker is down in California and I'm up here in Montreal.
Korul sure has changed my life. More than my fifteen minutes of fame I still get fan letters to this day, and I was even in TVGUIDE because of him! (Even if I claimed that wasn't a thrill, you wouldn't belive me.) I also found Korul one day on the Lycra Fetishists Home Page (don't ask me what he's doing there..)
I'll tell ya something else you (and filmmakers) might not know. THE HUMAN WORLD ISN'T BUILT FOR GARGOYLES! They don't fit through doors, they can't go in cars.. It's a real obstacle course. Those people who write films about creatures like me (Korul) should spend an hour or two in my skin before they go off and write about how SWELL it is to be a creature.
I still make little improvements to him, and appear in costume in various shows, but my costuming passion has moved on. In some ways, Korul had become a hurdle I had to cross, a challenge I had to best, because people said I would never do better than him, which IRKED me. Did they think it was a fluke? Anyway, since then my later costumes have got the attention Korul did, so I no longer feel at odds with my gargoyle-buddy.
Korul took a lot of work, every ounce of strength I had, and every technique I had newly learned with sculpting plus some prosthetic techniques to complete. I worked for about 5 months before Hallowe'en till 2am in the morning often, to complete him. I remember being begged to go to sleep, but I wouldn't, not until it was all done. Ironically, Korul wasn't even finished in his first appearance at ARCHON20, and that win really helped me to finish him up for Hallowe'en and his main appearance -- CFE2. Hehe, I remember being followed by gargoyle fans at that con.