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Costober 2015!

Photo Sep 30, 9 03 21 AMHappy October! We’re celebrating the official month of costumes by updating our logo to include our newest member, and kicking off Costober 2015! All year long, y’all see our costumes – now it’s your turn! Send us photos of your awesome costumes all month long and let’s make this the best Costober ever!

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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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Another Secret Identity Dress!

We heard you! Check it out – P1010704We had so much fun with our first two, we decided, due to popular demand, to design a Loki-inspired dress.  You can find it now in our Etsy store.  Now you can make that presentation or go on that first date with the power of Loki, and really, who doesn’t want that?!?

 

 

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Secret Identity Dresses are here!

We’ve been working hard on designing our very first fashion line – Secret Identity Dresses. Jen has spent the past six months designing dresses, doing research and making prototypes. Her idea was to have dresses you could wear to work or out that would represent your favorite superhero (or supervillain!) without being an overall print. Over the weekend, we were able to have a small photo shoot thanks to the great folks over at The Maker Station.  Her final results are in, and we have the first two of our Secret Identity Dresses – Deadpool-inspired and Nightwing-inspired dresses. You can order them now in our Etsy store, and we’re working on more designs, both for characters and types of dresses! Let us know what you think – who would you like us to do next?

Deadpool-inspired Dress
Deadpool-inspired Dress
Nightwing-inspired Dress
Nightwing-inspired Dress
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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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Golden Glider Purse!

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10536710_10100385185602216_2767592277243744321_oNational Craft Month continues, and so do our how-tos!  Today, we have a short tutorial on how Jen made her Golden Glider purse, to go with the Golden Glider and Captain Cold costumes.  Check it out!

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Golden Glider Purse – DragonCon 2014

The Captain Cold and Golden Glider costumes were the first time we didn’t have utility belts or pockets, so Jen put together a purse to hold our phones and cameras.

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Geek Lounge Pants How-To!

craft month

Finished! In our continuing celebration of National Craft Month, we have another tutorial for you!  This time it’s how to make your own geek lounge or yoga pants.  It’s a great, quick project – we were able to make two pairs in an afternoon!  They’re perfect for the gym or a Netflix marathon!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like geekmas…

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Holiday-themed geek crafts are always the perfect touch!  Today, we made some comic-inspired snowflakes, which one of our fans sent to us. You can download and make your own here. Not enough geek for you? Check out all your options!

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There are Star Wars Snowflakes, updated every year!

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Maybe a Game of Thrones geekmas is what you need?

 

 

 

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And so many more!  Check out Delphic Digital for even more great snowflake patterns, complete with difficulty rating!

 

Did you make any of these snowflakes?  We’d love to see them!  What’s your favorite geek holiday craft?

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Cyber Monday Sale!

cyber monday3We’ve been taken over by the machines (at least for Monday!) All day Monday, December 1 2014, everything in our Etsy store is 25% off! No coupon codes, no fuss! Get your holiday shopping done for your favorite geek, or treat yourself!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGeekForge