Doomslug Attack!

Doomslug, a yellow inflatable with bright blue decorative spikes, poses for a photo
Photo courtesy Debbie Yutko

Warning: Take this article with a grain of salt. The hallway was deserted when I entered it. I’m sure of it. Well, fairly sure, anyway. Thursday afternoons at Dragon Con, I’m still relatively lucid. But I wasn’t alone. There it was, big as life—actually, bigger than life—a massive yellow doomslug!

Uncertain what to do… and trying to recall what doomslugs eat (funny how my mind goes blank when I need it most), I lifted my con weapon of choice and asked if I could take its picture. Its gorgeous blue spikes wriggled in what I hoped was delight, and it kept smiling. Good. Um… doomslugs don’t have faces, do they? What does it mean if they smile? Those spikes look awfully pointy…

Lucky for me, this doomslug is as adorable as it looks. The huge yellow-and-blue alien modeled after Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series is the creation of husband-and-wife team Megan Garner and Taylor Pope. They began making yard inflatables during COVID-19 and started their own company, Fernside Dragons, to showcase their creations. Now their yard inflatables are also costumes. They’ve made eight different ones, including the purple inflatable Dragon Con dragon from last year’s masquerade. They will be debuting a special costume this year.

Doomslug, a yellow inflatable with bright blue decorative spikes, poses for a profile
Photo courtesy Debbie Yukto

If doomslug appears near you, please don’t a-salt it.

Author of the article

Debbie Yutko lives near Atlanta with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t gardening, rescuing homeless kittens, or cramming math formulas into teenagers’ brains, she can be found stringing words together at her computer and dreaming of adventures in far-off lands. She is a lifelong reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy and a veteran of Dragon Con, where she enjoys attending panels and working with the talented staff of the Daily Dragon.