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HomeGrown Studio Sale!

homegrown-decatur-transparent-logoIf you’re in the Atlanta area, you might have seen some of our jewelry in HomeGrown Decatur.  Between Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 20, there will be a studio sale.  You can find our regular pieces, plus discounts on our shoes!  And it’s not just us – other great local artists will have their work on sale as well!  So come on down, check it out.  Buy something?  Send us a picture – even if it isn’t something of ours!2014-07-11 08.22.45

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DRAGON CON REVEALS NEW SLEEK, ICONIC LOGO

New Modern Logo Honors Past and Represents the Future of Dragon Con

unnamedATLANTA – July 2, 2014 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has a new logo, the first update in almost 20 years.

The new Dragon Con logo features a dragon in profile contained within a circle, with the Dragon Con name arching across the middle. The new colors are blue and gold with a touch of red, giving the design a bold and contemporary look.

“It was time to freshen up our logo, but it was important to maintain some continuity with the past,” said President Pat Henry. “The new logo honors our past, but also gives us something that represents Dragon Con’s present and future.”

The new logo design translates the former logo into a flatter graphic image which should become iconic and stand the test of time. The design is also easily translated into black and white from its rich color palette. The sleek new logo has modern appeal, but still reflects the convention’s humble beginnings.

“We are not the same show that we were back in 1995. We have experienced tremendous growth, morphing from a small convention that catered to a few specific interests into one embraced by the mainstream culture that encompasses so many aspects of fandom,” Henry said. “As we continue to grow and evolve, we believe our logo should reflect that.”

The modernized logo comes on the heels of the decision to update the convention name from Dragon*Con to Dragon Con, as the convention renews its style to reflect that of its membership and offering the best of pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi to its members in the 21st century.

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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Temporarily Suspending Custom Orders on July 1

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It’s getting close to that time – DragonCon!  66 days, or a little over 9 weeks.  It’s time for us to kick the costume-making into high gear, so we will be temporarily suspending custom orders on our Etsy store starting July 1st.  Custom orders will resume after DragonCon, so don’t worry!  We just need more than 24 hours in our day to do our day jobs, work on costumes and props, AND do custom orders for the Etsy store.

Thank you all for understanding, and stay tuned for lots of progress photos!

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Shameless Promotion (of our friends!)

While we’re getting ready to start our next costume (follow our progress on our Facebook page!), we thought we’d share with y’all some great and fun vendors, who also happen to be friends of ours.

If you’re in the Atlanta area this Memorial Day weekend, check out the Decatur Art Walk with our friends over at HomeGrown featuring pieces on Friday night!1907655_874573809235709_6918905802555830211_n
il_570xN.604855684_jpmrThis is just one example of the stunning photography you can now own, thanks to Paul Cory Photography.  Paul is one of our favorite photographers, and we know he’ll quickly become one of your favorites too!
Check out these adorable graphics at Curiously Cute Creations! And if that’s not enough, Lauren does art tutorials on her site as well!logo
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MomoCon Welcomes Animation Voice Legends

Animaniacs Voice Actors Reunite for First Time, Joined by Pinky and the Brain and Others from Popular Cartoon Shows

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MomoCon Animation and Gaming Convention – held in Atlanta on Memorial Day Weekend 2014 (May 23rd – 25th) –  has announced that they will be celebrating American animation with a guests representing the Simpsons, Futurama, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Tiny Toons,  the Animaniacs, and Pinky and The Brain.

Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille all have extensive voice acting careers, but collectively they are best known for their work on The Animaniacs, as siblings “Wakko Warner”, “Yakko Warner”, and “Dot Warner.”  MomoCon is proud to present the first public reunion of these voice actors since Animaniacs went off the air in 1998.  Joining them will be voice actor legend Maurice LaMarche, who starred in Pinky and the Brain with Paulsen. All four of these actors have extensive voice over careers.

MomoCon also welcomes Dante Basco, popular for the character “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender and “General Iroh” in The Legend of Korra.

Topping the list of American animation guests at MomoCon is writer and producer Mike Reiss.  He serves as a show-runner, writer and producer for the animated series The Simpsons for over 20 years and co-created the animated series The Critic.

In addition to American animation guests, MomoCon welcomes voice actors and creators from Anime and Gaming in 2014.  In addition to guests, MomoCon attendees can enjoy over 700 hours of programming include panels and workshops on costuming, culture, animation, and gaming.

MomoCon Anime and Gaming Convention in 2013 exceeded all expectations and set a new attendance record of 12,200 people growing by 42% over 2012. The organizers of the events are prepared for a repeat in growth for 2014.

For those interested in attending MomoCon 2014, the hotel registration is already available online for $129 a night and advanced memberships are also for sale for only $40 for all 3 days at http://MomoCon.com

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AthCon 2014!

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In less than two weeks, we will be panelists for the first time at AthCon!  We’re very excited about this, and want to encourage everyone to come!

“AthCon returns to Athens! The same company that brought you “May the 4th Be With You: A Star Wars Themed Fundraiser” in 2013 is back with out of this world fun. Programming includes Anime, Comics, Star Wars and Kids Tracks. There will also be a Pathfinder Gaming Room, a Monstrosity Championship Wrestling Event, a Cosplay Contest, and a Masked Costume Ball with a cash-bar. The 501st Legion will make a stellar appearance and present a Star Wars discussion panel. In addition to photo ops with costumed characters, a life size Tardis from the hit series Doctor Who will be available for AthCon revelers. Kids can also enjoy face painting as they stroll through our galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars themed activities include a mini staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Tea Time in the Cantina with music and trivia, a children’s light saber creation station, and an X-Wing Fighter game demo. Star Wars  themed merchandise will be for sale, along with AthCon masks and t-shirts. The 2nd Annual AthCon will be held at the Holiday Inn Express 513 W. Broad Street Athens, GA 30601 on Saturday May 3rd from 10:00 AM-12:00 Midnight. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. There is a 25% discount if you come in costume. Tickets will be sold at the door or click here.”

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Kepler-186f: The First Earth-size Habitable Zone Planet of Another Star

The diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The five planets of Kepler-186 orbit an M dwarf, a star that is is half the size and mass of the sun.  Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186 and the Solar System

Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.

“The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division director at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “Future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, will discover the nearest rocky exoplanets and determine their composition and atmospheric conditions, continuing humankind’s quest to find truly Earth-like worlds.”

Although the size of Kepler-186f is known, its mass and composition are not. Previous research, however, suggests that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is likely to be rocky.

“We know of just one planet where life exists — Earth. When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth,” said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper published today in the journal Science. “Finding a habitable zone planet comparable to Earth in size is a major step forward.”

The artist’s concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone

Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system, about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four companion planets, which orbit a star half the size and mass of our sun. The star is classified as an M dwarf, or red dwarf, a class of stars that makes up 70 percent of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

“M dwarfs are the most numerous stars,” said Quintana. “The first signs of other life in the galaxy may well come from planets orbiting an M dwarf.”

Kepler-186f orbits its star once every 130-days and receives one-third the energy from its star that Earth gets from the sun, placing it nearer the outer edge of the habitable zone. On the surface of Kepler-186f, the brightness of its star at high noon is only as bright as our sun appears to us about an hour before sunset.

“Being in the habitable zone does not mean we know this planet is habitable. The temperature on the planet is strongly dependent on what kind of atmosphere the planet has,” said Thomas Barclay, research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames, and co-author of the paper. “Kepler-186f can be thought of as an Earth-cousin rather than an Earth-twin. It has many properties that resemble Earth.”

The four companion planets, Kepler-186b, Kepler-186c, Kepler-186d, and Kepler-186e, whiz around their sun every four, seven, 13, and 22 days, respectively, making them too hot for life as we know it. These four inner planets all measure less than 1.5 times the size of Earth.

The next steps in the search for distant life include looking for true Earth-twins — Earth-size planets orbiting within the habitable zone of a sun-like star — and measuring the their chemical compositions. The Kepler Space Telescope, which simultaneously and continuously measured the brightness of more than 150,000 stars, is NASA’s first mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets around stars like our sun.

Ames is responsible for Kepler’s ground system development, mission operations, and science data analysis. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., managed Kepler mission development. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., developed the Kepler flight system and supports mission operations with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore archives, hosts and distributes Kepler science data. Kepler is NASA’s 10th Discovery Mission and was funded by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach.  The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

For more information about the Kepler mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/kepler

Twitter: @NASAKepler
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nasaskeplermission