RECORD CROWDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR DRAGON CON 2015

Cosplayers, Gamers and Pop Culture Fans Return for Annual Fantasy, Sci Fi & Gaming Convention

More than 400 Actors, Artists, Authors and Creators Will Give Talks and Meet Fans.

 

ATLANTA – August 18, 2015 – More than 65,000 people are expected to pack downtown Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend as Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention, returns for its 29th consecutive year.

Dragon Con fans will travel from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries to participate in the four-day convention, where they can meet their favorite actors, artists, authors and creators, and talk about the stuff they love.

Guests More than 400 guests, from the worlds of movies, television, comics, literature and other universes, will lead panel discussions and meet with fans.  Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos, Star Wars’ Peter Mayhew, internet personality Felicia Day, as well as John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell, all from CW’s Arrow, head an all-star guest list.

Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, will serve as grand marshal of the Dragon Con Parade.

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, as well as Muppet performer Steve Whitmire, who has performed Kermit the Frog since 1990, will appear at the convention.

“We’re very excited about this year’s guest list.  We have attracted guests from some of the best shows on television today, including Arrow, Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Once Upon A Time,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.   “We also have guests from fan favorite shows from recent years, such as Warehouse 13 and classic sci-fi shows such as Doctor Who.”

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Cosplay Dragon Con is well known for the quality of its cosplay – or costume play – and that tradition will certainly continue.  The nation’s top cosplayers will show off their best work during the show, participating in costume contests every night of the convention and promenading throughout the five host hotels and the streets of downtown Atlanta.

Cosplay competitions remain a mainstay of Dragon Con, including the queen of competitions, Dragon Con Masquerade, which is both the oldest continuously run competition in fandom as well as one of the largest in the world.  Dragon Con is also thrilled to introduce the newest competition, The Chôsen, which will premiere at Dragon Con Night at the Aquarium.

Parade Atlanta’s largest parade, the annual Dragon Con Parade, will step off Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m.   To better accommodate parade spectators, the parade will have a new route.  Beginning at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, the parade will head south on Peachtree, east (left) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and north (left) on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The new route is now a little longer – .9 miles, from .8 miles last year, and brings the route closer to the North Avenue MARTA station, in addition to the Civic Center and Peachtree Center stations.  Parking downtown is expected to be tight, and Dragon Con encourages parade spectators to consider taking MARTA.

Gaming Perhaps better known for the celebrity guests and cosplayers, Dragon Con is also one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation.  Taking up most of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown and parts of the Sheraton Atlanta, gaming at Dragon Con features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.

Official Charity Earlier this year, Dragon Con selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market as its official charity for 2015.  Through auctions and other charity events, plus a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000 from Dragon Con, the convention will raise money to support this important community organization.

In 2014, the convention raised over $115,000 for its official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food.  Through the Superheroes community service program, Dragon Con fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.

Dragon Con also conducts the largest convention-based blood drive in the nation.  Last year’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a record turnout, with 2,972 attendees donating more than 6,000 units of blood and blood products, benefiting LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospital in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast.

About Dragon Con

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.

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Secret Identity Ties are here!

IMG_2237There are lots of options for women to participate in closet cosplay, but not a lot of fun options for the guys.  This is something Jen has been working on for a few months, and she’s really excited to finally reveal it – Secret Identity neckties!  You can check them out at our Etsy store, or see them in person this weekend at AthCon! We’ve got these three designs currently, but plan to add many more.  What’s your secret identity?

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We made it to Bleeding Cool!

If you’ve been following our costume-making progress over the past year, you’ll know that we made a total of seven new costumes specifically to be worn at DragonCon.  Much to our surprise and delight, five of our new costumes made it to Bleeding Cool yesterday!  Check out all the other great costumes here, and check out ours below!

Deadshot and Scandal Savage, courtesy of BleedingCool.com

Deadshot and Scandal Savage, courtesy of BleedingCool.com

Historically Accurate Disney, courtesy of BleedingCool.com

Historically Accurate Disney, courtesy of BleedingCool.com

Taskmaster, courtesy of BleedingCool.com

Taskmaster, courtesy of BleedingCool.com

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DragonCon 2014 – The aftermath!

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We have (mostly) recovered from DragonCon!  Most of our pictures have already been uploaded, but there are some more lurking on various cameras that we will work on getting up over the next few days, as well as putting on our site.  Until then, you can find our photos on Facebook or Flickr.  Feel free to share and tag yourselves! And if you see wild pictures of us floating around on the Internet, let us know!

We will also be working on write-ups from the weekend, so stay tuned!

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Dragon Con 2014 Costume Lineup!

With Dragon Con only three days away, we thought we’d share our intended costume lineup with you!  For a handy reference, it’s also the current header of our Facebook page!

 

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Friday morning – Historically Accurate Beauty and the Beast
Friday afternoon – Deadshot and Scandal Savage

Saturday morning – Historically Accurate Beauty and the Beast
Saturday afternoon – Captain Cold and Golden Glider

Sunday – Taskmaster and Classic Moonstone

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The Great McDuffie

1176325_10151847646271612_1397689469_nI think that we are most touched by a culture or a civilization or even a person by what they contribute to the arts. While there is a rapidly shrinking number of people that don’t consider comic books and cartoons to be “art,” I do. So, today’s entry is kind of personal for me, because the man pictured here is Dwayne McDuffie and he was a hero of mine. Dwayne passed away in 2011 at the age of 49 and all the stories he could have written passed with him. In an industry where African Americans were the smallest of minorities, McDuffie was a giant.

Right now I am speaking to the nerds and geeks. You may not know the name Dwayne McDuffie, but trust me, you know him. While Dwayne made huge contributions to comics, he will always be remembered for a little TV series he wrote and produced — it was called “Justice League” (and later “Justice League Unlimited.”) JLU changed cartoons. It had continuity, story arcs, and told human stories. It made you laugh and cry and cheer. It was acclaimed by critics and fans alike and it was the stepping stone that took us from the defunct “Batman the Animated Series” to a never ending stream of quality animation starring the heroes of the DC Universe. It made superheroes cool. This is where it started. Thank you Dwayne.

Prior to that, in 1993, Dwayne and some friends created Milestone Media and (in cooperation with DC Comics) created the world of Dakota City and populated it heroes and villains that looked like America. They were Black, White, Asian, Latino, and Native American. One character from this world he created got a TV series — his name was Static. Yeah, THAT Static (from “Static Shock.”)

During his career Dwayne wrote and edited and created for every big company in the business. His name was a byword for quality and brilliance. He gained a nickname among fans and creators — they called him “The Great McDuffie” — because he damned sure was.

We miss you Dwayne.

Read more about him here: http://comicsalliance.com/dwayne-mcduffie-career/

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So you want to get into comics?

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One of the geekolutions (geeky resolutions) we’ve seen has been folks wanting to start reading comics, and since today is New Comic Wednesday, it seemed like a perfect time to get y’all started on at least one of your resolutions!  We know that sixty years of back-story can be daunting, so we put together a list of our suggestions for getting started without getting overwhelmed, broken down by publishing company:

 

DC Comics

  • Batman
  • Swamp Thing
  • Animal Man
  • Earth 2
  • Wonder Woman

Vertigo Imprint

  • Fables
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  • Superior Spider-Man
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man
  • Hawkeye
  • Young Avengers
  • Captain Marvel
Image Comics

  • Walking Dead
  • Sandman
  • Invincible
  • Saga
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Take our list with you to your local comic shop, and they’ll be able to get you set up! Enjoy!

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