It might have improved with the panels since the last time I went, but you could forget about the Patrick Stewart panel if you weren't there early. A few smaller panels sometimes ran into the problem of being more popular than they were expecting, but I don't think anyone has any possible way of guessing the room sized needed for every panel.
Dragon Con TV is a great idea though because if you are in a host hotel then you can always catch the big panels that way.
The lite people really doesn't address the fundamental problems of Dragon Con has gotten too big by having the star of the moment be the focus of the con rather than being a gathering of people who are geeks even when a show or star isn't a hot property.
There was a time when Dragon Con was a blast, but now it just feels like an exercise in how can they wring one more penny out of you when you've already got all the ways Atlanta can find a way to empty your wallet. For too many panels now you might as well just give up and watch it on Dragon Con TV instead of the crap you have to deal with on the lines. Dragon Con is getting to be like the worst of Comic Con but without all the cool exclusive toys.
While I miss all the cool costuming by some insanely talented people I think I'll just stick with local conventions rather than dealing with the Dragon Con mess that seems more about how can we get your money instead of how can we make this fun for the sci fi geeks.
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