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!"
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, I don't yet know why the Dragon*Con founder and accused child molester was allegedly shacked up in a Connecticut motel room with a 14-year-old boy when he was busted Tuesday and charged with felony reckless child endangerment.
But I can show you what else he's apparently been up to lately. That's right, producing a low-budget series of sword-and-sorcery webisodes called "Brothers Barbarian." Unknown to me until now, it's been on the air, er, Internetz since mid-August. Here's the premise, via IMDb:
A pair of teenage barbarian brothers who have been turned into middle-aged men by an evil witch's spell, set out on a quest to restore their lost youth.
Whatever. All I know is, after watching five minutes of this dreck, I wanted an orc to claw my eyes out.
Now, from what I can figure, the Web series is being shot somewhere around Louisville, KY, which still doesn't explain what Kramer — who's supposed to be infirm and under house arrest — was doing in Connecticut. But I'm dying to find out.
Blame Society Productions, Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda's video studio, have released the first in a series of amusing clips of their most beloved creation (and friend of Creative Loafing), Chad Vader, mingling with the geeks at Dragon*Con 2011. It'll help draw attention to the Blame Society Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the fourth season of "Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager," which they can spend on luxuries like actually paying people.
I'll post more clips after the jump as they go on-line. (Updated Sep. 13.)
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