Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The official Dragon Con countdown begins!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 3:51 PM

BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING: Dragon Con attendees take part in the parade. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING: Dragon Con attendees take part in the parade.

Many of us consider Labor Day as just another chance to get off work, but the four-day weekend can't come fast enough for fans of television, film, anime, comics, and pretty much anything pop culture. From Sep. 4 to Sep. 7, the 29th annual Dragon Con will be in full swing, providing fans with more than 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. 

This year, Dragon Con is celebrating the stars of television and movies. Fans can expect to see actors from several popular broadcast network and cable shows including:  Fox’s "Sleepy Hollow"; CW’s "Arrow"; HBO’s "Game of Thrones"; Syfy’s "Defiance";  ABC’s "Once Upon A Time," and FX’s "American Horror Story." 

Don't worry cinephiles, y'all are getting some love too. Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca) from the Star Wars trilogies will be at the convention. As will Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from 2001 Space Odyssey. Academy-award nominated character actor Graham Greene, whose credits include Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, and Maverick will also make an appearance

And for the child in all of us,  puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years of performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street" will also be in attendance. Spinney will be joined by several puppeteers behind other "Sesame Street" favorites. While we all love us some Big Bird, unfortunately the puppets themselves will not be at the convention.

Ultimately, the star-studded celebrity guest list includes more than 400 actors, authors, and artists. “We’re very excited about this year’s guest list. We have attracted guests from some of the best shows on television today,” said convention co-chair Rachel Reeves in a comment.   

In order to accommodate the more than 65,000 people expected to attend, this year's Dragon Con will take place at AmericasMart Building #2 and across five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta. 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dragon Con missed connections: MegaMan, Sandlot, childbearing offers, and sweet sweet love

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Another year of Dragon Con has passed. Over the Labor Day holiday weekend, legions of sci-fi fanatics roamed around Downtown in their finest Chewbacca, Walter White, and Daft Punk costumes. Thousands of attendees crossed paths amid the endless panels and autograph signings. Robots conversed with humans, vampires tried to get laid, and love was in the air between the living and the undead.

But in some cases that Klingon got away. Following the convention, folks have turned to the Craigslist's missed connections page in search of that special stranger. Check out who's looking to find their long lost Princess Leia or Wario after the jump. Maybe you can help them. (Warning: The postings are somewhat NSFW. You've been warned.)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dragon Con missed connections: Wizards, space warriors, and love beautiful love

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Yo, whats up?
Every year, thousands of sci-fi lovers descend upon Downtown in full costume to attend Dragon Con. They come dressed as stormtroopers, Dr. Who, and - NSFW warning - maybe there's even been a Hitler (?). With so many people in such close proximity - some of whom are wearing next-to-nothing clothing - there are bound to be some moments where the eyes meet, the hearts skip a beat, and the light saber glows. Some people fall in love. Others just want to get kinky. But the moment passes, phone numbers might not be exchanged, and CraigsList becomes the only place to turn.

As we have done for the last 3,482 years, CL is happy to present the quasi-NSFW collection of this year's Dragon Con Missed Connections. If you're so inclined you can peruse the Casual Encounters section yourself. Just think twice about clicking entries that include pics.

Foiled by the Hufflepuff

You do have a way of picking people up wherever you go. - mw4w - 27 (Dragon*Con, Marriott, 15th floor)
You: Velma Dinkley, with a tank top instead of the usual sweater, tiny and GORGEOUS, like a miniature Christina Hendricks
Me: Deliberately disheveled Ravenclaw boy covered in lipstick smooches

You and your friend waylaid me Sunday night at Dragon Con in the Marriott 15th floor hallway - right outside my hotel room door, though I don't think I ever mentioned that. We chatted about Harry Potter and started trading double entendres, but when I said I had an adorable Hufflepuff waiting for me in my room, your face fell, even after I explained that we really enjoy going on dates with lovely ladies. Your friend certainly perked up, though!

Even so, when I gave you a goodbye hug, you kissed me; perhaps you just wanted to add one more mark to my collection, but (to steal shamelessly from that music video on DCTV) I think I felt a spark? And all through today, I couldn't stop hoping I'd run into you again: coming off the elevator, waiting in line, walking through the skyway. . .so I'm writing my first Missed Connection post, both in the hope that you or someone you know might see it, but also as a sort of Pensieve for these persistent thoughts, in an attempt to find a container for them other than my mind.

One last thing. When I called, "Velma was always my favorite!" down the hall as you were leaving, what I meant to say was "Would you like to come to the Yule Ball with us?" The offer stands - perhaps next year?

If you do see this, reply with the Wizarding family you said you were from and the restaurant your group was headed for when you left.

P.S. The Hufflepuff says hello! She thinks that "all this is really cute. It'd be nice to meet you!"

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

PHOTOS: Dragon*Con... the other side

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Sure, the Dragon*Con parade is freaky. But as day turns into night, reality in downtown Atlanta comes unhinged. Drunk, costumed sci-fi and comic enthusiasts pack into hotels and mingle until the wee hours of the morning. Connections are made, connections are missed, and come sunrise they wake up and do it all over again.

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Dragon*Con missed connections... and casual encounters

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Dragon*Con attendees have fled Atlanta. The costume glitter has been vacuumed out of the floors and the bodypaint scrubbed off the walls. But for many con-goers, there are lingering thoughts of "what if." What might have happened if they had only chatted with that cute Jawa during the panel on filking? Or asked for that handsome Captain Apollo's name instead of haggling for an Alpha Edition Black Lotus card to complete your "Magic: The Gathering" card deck. So the men and women flock to — where else? — the "Missed Connections" section on Craig's List in hopes of reconnecting with that person.

We're happy to help them in their quest to find love. Without further ado, the best of this year's Dragon*Con Missed Connections. And, just for kicks, some of the NSFW Casual Encounters ads posting during the festival.

Hollywood screenwriters, here's your next hit

Cute Apature Science Tech - m4w - 29

Date: 2012-09-03, 8:34PM EDT

We met at Light Speed Dating at Dragon*Con Friday night. You were in the Apature Science tank top and orange pants. I was in the "I Zelda" t-shirt. I thought we kind of hit it off and was going to try and catch you before I left but it looked like you left before I did. Would be interested in trying to meet up and hang out again sometime. Shoot me an email and we can go from there.

The furry movement gains a fan

pink furry watchin parade - m4w - 27 (dragoncon)

Date: 2012-09-02, 9:30PM EDT

the one with the polo flipflops hangin with the gold top lady. holler! you were talkin about bikes. les go ride!i was hangin with the blonde and the couple right behind you....didnt even know what a furry was till this weekend but i likes!!!

You're makin' Bane blush

Bane wanted to talk to you - m4w (Dragoncon)

Date: 2012-09-03, 3:29PM EDT

At Dragoncon I was dressed as Bane. Your friend came up to me as asked me if I was single on your behalf. I saw you and you looked amazing in all black. I am sorry I didn't walk over and talk to you right away. I get flustered when women are forward with me. But I would have loved to talk to you. If you see this, reply back by telling me what hotel and bar we where when our eyes met.

"I owe your face a big kiss," says the lovelorn Dragon*Con raver

kat from dragon con - m4w - 22 (that rave)

Date: 2012-09-02, 11:34AM EDT

Kat, you are so beautiful. Don't you ever wonder or hope, that one day you'd meet somebody who would see right through and really admire you for the right reasons? We danced for a bit and your friends dragged you away, and that's ok. Maybe we weren't supposed to spend much time together, but as you were leaving I had the impulse to put a big fat kiss on your face and I didn't. That's why I am writing you today. I owe your face a big kiss and things won't be right until I've settled this.

Kat was apparently very popular

Kat at dragoncon - m4w - 24 (Dragon*con)

Date: 2012-09-03, 8:12PM EDT

Your name was Kat, you were from lawrenceville dressed as 80's poison ivy and you said you were working on a comic book. We met at the freeze pop concert and you shared some of your whipped cream vodka. You seemed so awesome and sweet. I hope I can get back in touch with you. My name is Peter, I was wearing a gray hat and a firefly t shirt. We were dancing at the Dj nemesis concert on Saturday before you left with your friend.

Some attendees were eager to find a friend or playmate during the three-day sci-fi conference and scurried to the casual encounters section on Craig's List. Many folks offered gents and gals their services. One man hoped to lose his virginity at the convention. And someone was looking for a... well, let's call it a replica horse phallus? After the jump, a sampling of those entries. (Warning: the posts we included are not safe for work.)

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Monday, September 3, 2012

PHOTOS: Dragon*Con Parade

Posted By on Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Nightmares abound at the parade, but only in between Sailor Moons, Nyan Cats, and Whoopie Cushions.
  • Dustin Chambers
  • Nightmares abound at the parade, but only in between Sailor Moons, Nyan Cats, and Whoopie Cushions.

The annual Dragon*Con parade took place on Saturday at 10 a.m. The epic strut of the best costumed at the annual convention streams down Peachtree Street with people dressed as various characters from comic books, video games, television, and, of course, many classic films.

View the full Dragon*Con Parade gallery

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Holy Great Danes, Batman! Burt Ward makes his first Dragon*Con appearance

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Burt Ward as Robin
  • Stage Sixteen Promotions
  • Burt Ward as Robin
Whether you grew up watching the onomatopoeia-heavy Batman television show of the ’60s or have been introduced to this campier version of the Dynamic Duo in syndication, there's no denying that Adam West and Burt Ward put their own entertaining spin on these caped crime fighters. And while other actors have since portrayed Batman and Robin in cartoons, movies and other media, to many Batfans, West and Ward are the Batman and Robin. This weekend, the duo makes its first appearance at Dragon*Con together, which is likely to be one of the Con's biggest attractions. But fighting crime isn't Ward's only noble cause as he also runs his own dog rescue group called Gentle Giants, which has found homes for thousands of dogs over the years. As the former Boy Wonder makes his Dragon*Con debut, he talks about dog food, having dinner with Bruce Lee and, of course, being part of the most recognized incarnation of the Dynamic Duo ever.

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Journalist and famed skeptic Benjamin Radford brings critical thought to Dragon*Con 2012

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Journalist, scientific researcher, and famed skeptic Benjamin Radford has written numerous articles and six books on topics ranging from urban legends to various paranormal phenomena, all the while ruthlessly championing critical thought. On the heels of releasing two books last year (Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore and The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes with Robert E. Bartholomew), Radford will make a handful of appearances at Dragon*Con this year bringing a much needed voice of reason and sanity when it comes to discussing urban legends and all things supernatural. Before making his way to Atlanta Radford took a few minutes to talk a little bit about what he does.

It's important to note that although we share same last name (and the same chin), to the best of my knowledge I am in no way related to Benjamin Radford.

Chad Radford: Will your “Monster Talk LIVE!” discussion touch on your experiences writing your book, Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore? Also who is Blake Smith who’s speaking on the panel with you?

Ben Radford: Yes, I'll talk a little bit about my chupacabra investigation, but it will mostly be about the events that led up to my appearance on “Good Morning America,” being interviewed about the Loch Ness Monster. Blake is my co-host on our MonsterTalk podcast, and a computer programmer living in Kennesaw. He shares my interest in ghosts and cryptozoology stories.

Your discussion titled “The Sex and the Spirits: Ghost Porn” sounds like it's gonna to be a memorable one as well. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind that one?

Sure... [he says with a laugh]: Well, I've been doing these investigations into ghosts, haunted houses, and ghost photographs for almost 15 years now, and over the years I've seen it all: "orbs" (white spots caused by camera flashes) as ghosts, faked ghost photos, all that sort of thing. But one day a few years ago I was sent an anonymous photo asking about a ghost-like spectre in what I will delicately describe as an "intimate photo" between a guy and his girlfriend. They didn't necessarily think it was a ghost, but they'd seen many ghost photos that looked identical, and they wondered about it. So I began researching and collecting examples of ghost porn — strange and unusual ghostly images in sex photos. So if anyone ever finds porn on my computer I can honestly say it's for important research.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dad's Garage presents Special Editon of 'Wrath of Con'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM

A NEW HOPE: The Wrath of Con
Last February, Dad's Garage Theatre debuted a lighthearted tribute to Dragon*Con and the nerdy niceties of "con culture" with The Wrath of Con, co-written by Jon Carr, Linnea Frye, Z. Gillispie, and Ed Morgan. With Dragon*Con just a few weeks away, the Inman Park playhouse is remounting a slightly revamped version of the show, dubbed The Wrath of Con: Special Edition and playing through Sep. 8. Gillispie, a longtime improviser at Dad's, explains how the Special Edition differs from the show's enjoyable world premiere production, as well as how much they love Dragon*Con.

What makes the remount a "Special Edition?"
In the grand tradition of Ridley Scott and George Lucas, we just couldn't resist the urge to go back and screw with a successful hit for no good reason. We added unnecessary "CGI" character, some new dialog, a deleted scene or two as well as an alternate ending. Our cast remains the same except we have a few understudy performances with Whitney Milsap taking Gina Rickiki's role for a couple of nights and co-writer/assistant director Jon Carr stepping in for Tom Rittenhouse toward the end of the run.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

L.A. Weekly picks Dragon*Con over San Diego Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:56 PM

  • Joeff Davis
It's just one fan's opinion, but Liz Ohanesian of the L.A. Weekly has written an interesting piece called "Dragon*Con vs. San Diego Comic Con: Which Should You Attend?." Ohanesian writes detailed comparisons between the two events based on con-criteria, and gives Dragon*Con the edge in "Best Con for Cosplayers," "Best Con for Music," "Best Con For Parties," and "Best Con for Alternative Culture." With its Hollywood influence and national press attention, SDCC wins out as "Best Con for Toy Collectors," "Best Con for Fan Panels," "Best Con for News" and "Best Con for Pop Culture." They tie for "Best Con for Artists." Ultimately she finds that her heart belongs to Atlanta's Nerdi Gras:

A lot of my friends have referred to SDCC as the "work" convention and Dragon*Con as the "fun" convention. I want to take that a step further.

While I enjoy both conventions, Dragon*Con is more my speed. I'm not interested in superhero movies or Glee. I like checking out cool things in the exhibit halls, but I don't actually shop much at conventions. And while I can appreciate a creative marketing campaign, I get incredibly annoyed when bombarded with ads at virtually every turn I take. My taste in entertainment leans towards the things that aren't hyped and I was able to find more of what genuinely interests me at Dragon*Con.

What I love about conventions, is hanging out with people, making new friends and bonding over some shared interest that a lot of other people might find odd. At Dragon*Con, I was able to do what I love most at conventions and only that. I went to small panels where fans had a great chance to interact with each other. I met a lot of intelligent and creative people and came back with new pals. At Dragon*Con there's a real sense that everyone is welcome and everyone is accepted, just as long as you return the sentiments. Even in the convention scene, this can be hard to find.

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