We’ve got some time between projects, so we’re sprucing up our work space. Check out this easy ironing board re-covering!
Our friends over at Beat Down Boogie have released their first two Dragon Con 2014 music videos. We’ve embedded them for your viewing pleasure. Check them out below – we’re even in them!
Official Charity Atlanta Community Food Bank Receives more than $115,000 and over 500 Pounds Food Items; Record Participation in Blood Drive Supports Critical Need
ATLANTA – October 3, 2014 – More than 62,000 fans, coming from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries, participated in the 28th annual Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, setting a new attendance record.
The convention raised over $115,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, collected 535 pounds of food which will provide 445 meals for the food bank, and set a new record in its blood drive efforts.
Patrick Yapjoco was crowned the winner of the 2nd annual TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship, taking home the top prize of $4,000. In all, a field including some of the nation’ top Heroclix minatures players competed for a total purse of $15,000. HeroClix is a competitive, table top game using miniature super heroes and villains from throughout pop culture.
For 2015, Dragon Con will be held over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4-7, 2015. The convention footprint will remain relatively the same, operating from its five host hotels – Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta and Westin Peachtree – with the vendor area moving to Building 2 of the AmericasMart.
“This was a tremendous year,” said convention co-chair Rachel Reeves. “We had fans come from across the United States and even around the world to enjoy some Southern hospitality, Dragon Con style. I am confident that we showed them a very good time, and they’ll come back for more.”
The Dragon Con parade, always a highlight of the Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, attracted an estimated 75,000 attendees, who lined the streets to watch 3200 parade participants and celebrities, including actor Ralph Macchio, Dragon Con Guest of Honor and author Harry Turtledove, and the Power Rangers Samurai.
Dragon Con’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a record turnout, with 3,893 attendees registering to donate more than 3,292 units of blood and blood products this. The annual drive – consistently ranked as the largest convention-based blood drive – benefits LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospital in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast.
In its fundraising efforts, Dragon Con raised $115,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the official convention charity for 2014. According to the Food Bank, every $1 raised in donations will provide four meals to food pantry clients across the Atlanta metro area.
Dragon Con selects a different Georgia-based non-profit each year, raising money through auctions, fan track activities and other events, including partnerships with the Atlanta Braves and Hard Rock Café, as well as a dollar-for-dollar Dragon Con match of up to $50,000. Since 2005, Dragon Con has raised more than $426,000 for its official charities.
In addition, Dragon Con and its members contributed nearly 900 hours of community service in the months leading up Dragon Con. Projects included packing and sorting food items for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, maintaining trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park, and working the Walk to End Lupus Now. In all, about 160 Dragon Con fans and their family members worked on the three projects.
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Now that convention season has died down for us a little, we have some time to do some work around the house. One project we’ve been working on off-and-on since last year is the craft room. Usually, our crafting projects will take up the dining room table and any other available surfaces. We’re trying to minimize that, and keep things contained to one room. You can follow our progress on our Facebook album for the most up-to-date pictures, or you can check out what we’ve done so far below!
More and more TV shows and movies are being filmed in Atlanta, especially of the superhero variety. We got the following notice the other day:
CALLING ALL HEREOS!!!!!
What if I told you that you can become a superhero? Yes, just like the one from the comics that we’ve all come to love since the childhood years.“But how is this possible?”
I have a special opportunity for YOU……This Friday 9/12 and other days throughout our season of “Powers”, graphic novel by Bendis and Oeming, we need those who WANNBE a Super Hero!!! All you need to do is emailCLCastingComics@gmail.com. Include 3 pics (head, body and HERO), age, ht, wt, and all contact info.
Please come up with a costume. Don’t think Superman or Batman, YOUR style!!! If you were to look in your closet and put together some badass pieces of clothing in there, what could you come up with? Yes capes are welcome Please send a pics of what you think your INNER HERO looks like.
Can’t wait to see what you got!
Please share so all your friends and family can let their inner hero shine!
Catrett Locke Casting
Rose, Jamie Lynn
Ressie, Jack and Astride
This is the ultimate closet cosplay (where you make a costume out of what you already have in your closet), and a great jumping in point for inexpensive costuming! So here’s our challenge to you – build your own costume from things you already have if you were to start fighting crime (or causing it!) today. There’s no wrong way to do it!
Submit your pictures between now and 9/18/14, and we’ll put together a photo album of our favorite people – you! And if you end up submitting an audition, let us know! Maybe we’ll see you there!
We love Kickstarters, especially awesome ones! Check out the three below that we think are pretty great:
Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution by End Transmission Games
Inspired by “Akira” and “Firestarter,” Psionics is a DicePunk System Tabletop RPG about troubled youth with tremendous psychic powers!
Star Power and the 9th Wormhole by Garth Graham
In the distant future, a young woman is imbued with cosmic energy and becomes the last of the Star Powered Sentinels.
Pirate Loot, A Card Game of Treasure and Treachery by Jason Bulmahn
A card game of Treasure and Treachery for 2 to 4 players. Designed by Jason Bulmahn with art by Scott Kurtz and Dylan Meconis!