Dragon Con is almost here!!!

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5 MORE DAYS!!!!!

 

It’s finally here, time for the streets of downtown Atlanta to be taken over by cosplayers, celebrities and fans en masse! Dragon Con – the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film – will take place in Atlanta next weekend, August 29th – September 1st, and the guest list contains something for everyone: a little bit of 70s/80s nostalgia, some sci-fi/fantasy, big names, new names – Dragon Con will have it all.

 

Here’s a look at some of my favorite shows/movies/book fandoms that will be well represented:

Harry Potter – You guys know it just would be a post worth mentioning if I didn’t talk about the HP guests first! 🙂 Two actresses from the series will appear for the first time at Dragon Con: Evanna Lynch, who plays the faithful and loyal (if a little quirky and eccentric) Luna Lovegood; and Scarlett Byrne, who is known as that annoying girl from Slytherin/Draco’s girlfriend, Pansy Parkinson. Byrne is more recently seen on television as Lexi in Falling Skies.

It’s the 80s baby!! – Enthusiasts of the 1980s period of television and film will be well represented this year, with guests from popular cult classics such as The Princess Bride, The Karate Kid and The Outsiders. Recently, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Martin Kove, Cary Elwes have all been added to the guest list. Actors Nancy Allen (Carrie, Robocop), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Gil Gerard and Erin Gray (Buck Rogers), and John Ratzenberger (Cheers, various Pixar films) are just a few of the “blast from the past” names that will appear.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV – So much to choose from! We have actors from returning favorites (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, the Stargate universes), as well as a few of the newer shows (Defiance, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Lost Girl). Cast members from popular shows Warehouse 13, Being Human and True Blood will appear; all three shows will have ended by the time Dragon Con begins (the last episode of True Blood will air this Sunday at 9EST on HBO).

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film – Dragon Con will have mutants (Patrick Stewart and Shawn Ashmore of the X-Men films), futuristic cops (Peter Weller and Nancy Allen from the original Robocop film), and pirates (Kevin McNally and Lee Arenburg from the Pirates of the Caribbean films); Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Chronicles of Riddick, RED) will make his first Dragon Con appearance.

Personally speaking, I – along with a few of my fellow co-hosts from the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast – will be at Dragon Con the whole weekend. We will be recording shows, blogging, and generally having a grand old time, considering this weekend will be the first time most of us will have ever met in person, although we’ve been recording the show for years. You can find all of our combined posts on our Dragon Con portal at http://www.dragoncon.scifipartyline.com.

I will be speaking on two panels related to Harry Potter during Dragon Con. The first is Shipping Wars in Harry Potter!, which will discuss one of the largest shipping debates ever, Ron/Hermione or Harry/Hermione (I am of course on Team Ron!). This panel will be held on Saturday, August 30 at 10 pm. The second panel is Growing Up to Save the World, which will discuss the roles of teens from several different fandoms (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Buffy, Teen Wolf, etc) and their roles in “saving the world”. That panel will take place on Sunday, August 31 at 1 pm.

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Cast of SyFy’s “Being Human” confirmed for this year’s Dragon Con

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Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, and Kristen Hager of the SyFy Channel’s hit series “Being Human” will appear at this year’s Dragon Con.

Fans of the SyFy Channel’s hit series, “Being Human”, were greeted with the following announcement on the Official Dragon Con Facebook group page:

“Happy Monday morning! We hope everyone is keeping warm in these chilly Atlanta (and beyond) temps!! What better way to warm up than with a great guest announcement?! Joining us for Dragon Con 2014 will be the cast from Being Human, Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, and Kristen Hager. Only 234 days to go!”

“Being Human” is about the (mis)adventures of three unlikely roommates: Aiden (Sam Witwer), who is a vampire; Josh (Sam Huntington), who started the show as a newly-turned werewolf, who was able to reverse the curse and turn back human (by killing the werewolf who sired him), and was turned back into a werewolf at the end of last season; and Sally (Meghan Rath), who is a ghost that was briefly transformed into a reanimated corpse (but don’t use the word zombie, she hates that word) by the use of black magic, and eventually ended up “dying” again at the end of last season. The trio is rounded out by Nora (Kristen Hager), who is Josh’s new wife and became a werewolf in Season 2 as a result of being accidentally scratched by Josh. Did you get all of that?

Dragon Con 2014 will mark the second appearance for actors Witwer, Huntington and Rath; they attended in 2011. You can find my interviews with them by clicking the following links: Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, Meghan Rath.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place August 29 – September 1. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

Happy New Year, and let’s try this thing again…

So, about that whole “I’m going to be better about updating my blog in 2012” thing that never happened…well, let’s just say that I overestimated my ability to not let real-life issues get in the way of my blogging, podcasting, etc…in other words, all of the fun stuff in my life got put on hold! 😦  To those of you who have continued to encourage me while patiently waiting for me to come back to my blog, thank you so much for your support, it means so much!!! I am determined to make 2013 a better year for me by doing ALL of the things that I love, and that includes the re-birth of the Grown-Up Fangirl.

So, just a few updates on what I’ve been catching up on, and then we’ll see where things go from here.

BOOKS: I ended 2012 with a resolve to do a lot more reading this year, and I literally began immediately after making that decision. Since New Year’s weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the young adult genre – completing all five books (so far) in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and I’ve finished Book 1 in The Caster Chronicles, “Beautiful Creatures”; I’ll begin reading Book 2, “Beautiful Darkness”, sometime tonight and will probably finish Book 3, “Beautiful Chaos” by the weekend. Both sets of reads were prompted by movies trailers for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Beautiful Creatures, which I saw during the previews for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. I’m not going to post any reviews yet, but I will eventually get around to adding them both here and on my Goodreads page. However, I will say that aside from a few minor irritations, I am enjoying both series immensely.

TV: Aside from episodes that have aired this month, I am completely caught up on Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. I still think someone should start a petition to HBO and let them know that these months-long hiatuses for “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” are agonizing!! Season 3 of SyFy’s “Being Human” has started, and I plan to watch that this weekend. Other than that, there aren’t any other shows I’m actively watching, although I have quite a few (Scandal, Deception) that have been recommended and are on my “To Watch” list.

MOVIES: Sad to say, the aforementioned mentioned “real life” issues kept me from the theaters and without cable TV for 2012. I only saw a few movies: The Woman in Black (loved it), The Avengers (my birthday weekend, and LOVED IT!!!!), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (I DID see that one three times, and loved it as well). BUT, there are so many highly anticipated movies coming out this year (Iron Man 3, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, etc.), that I am going to make it a priority to get to the theaters!! Entertainment Weekly has a pretty good starter list for upcoming films, and I’m excited about quite a few of the films listed, but I’ll make a more detailed post next week.

CONVENTIONS: 2012 marked a first for me in terms of conventions: for the first time since I began attending in 2007, I missed Dragon*Con. Anyone who has been following my blogs for years knows that Dragon*Con is a MUST for me every year, and it really hurt to miss it. However, I am determined NOT to let that happen again, so I will bring you updates as usual. (SIDE NOTE: Writing this entry prompted me to go and check the guest list, and I’m glad I did! Kelly Hu – one of my MAJOR girl crushes – is listed as a guest! Woot woot!!!)

One of my other favorite local conventions is returning this spring as well. EyeCon will invade Atlanta once again with their fan convention for the CW-hit show, “The Vampire Diaries”, March 2-4. The convention will take place at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, and will feature games, panels, Celebrity Q&As and Photo Op Sessions, Celebrity Autograph Sessions, a “Casino Royale” Party, a Banquet with the Stars, and a Haunted Masquerade Celebrity Party! As of this writing, featured guests will include Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Nathaniel Buzolic (original vampire Kol), and Trent Ford (Trevor the vampire). For more information, visit the EyeCon website.

I guess that’s enough catching up…for now. Feel free to add this blog to your subscriptions, and if you like this blog, be sure to check out some of my friends at the Sci-Fi Party Line website and podcast.

One-on-One with “Being Human” star Sam Huntington at Dragon*Con 2011

On the SyFy Channel series “Being Human” he plays Josh, the overly-cautious, somewhat insecure werewolf trying desperately to hide in life’)s background in order to avoid revealing his secret. In real life his portrayer, actor Sam Huntington, couldn’t be more the opposite.

In person, Huntington is funny, friendly, and generally seems to have a good time – all of the time.

Whether he is by himself or wreaking havoc during a Q&A session with his two co-stars, Sam Witwer and Meaghan Rath, Huntington makes it very clear that he loves his job, and his co-stars.

Huntington took a few minutes in-between greeting fans at this past weekend’s Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta to speak with me about his love for the show, his character and co-stars.

“Being Human” tells the story of three unlikely roommates: Josh, a hospital orderly who is also a werewolf; Aidan (Witwer), a fellow hospital employee who becomes Josh’s closest friend on account of his own secret (vampire); and Sally (Rath), a displaced ghost who finds herself an unwanted – but then welcome – roommate to the guys when they move into the brownstone in which she died. What follows is an unlikely friendship between the three which turns out to be what is probably the most normal thing in their lives.

Hanako Ricks, Examiner.com: Hi this is Hanako Ricks with Examiner.com,and I am here at Dragon*Con 2011 with Sam Huntington from the SyFy Channel’s “Being Human”.Hi Sam, how are you?

Sam Huntington: Hi, hi.

HR: You totally photobombed that picture of me and Witwer.

SH: Yeah.

HR: But it was great.

SH: Yeah, that was the idea, yeah. But see he did it to me like, 100 times today.

HR: So I heard.

SH: So he can take one. And I apologize, because he was with you. But I’m in there now.

HR: No, it’s fine. It was a great picture, it was a great picture.

SH: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, totally.

HR: So, Dragon*Con.

SH: Yeah.

HR: Your panels.

SH: Yeah.

HR: Hilarious.

SH: Thank you.

HR: Is the chemistry between you and Meaghan and Sam like that all the time?

SH: Yeah.

HR: Really?

SH: Literally.

HR: So you guys weren’t faking it?

SH: No, no, no.

HR: Oh that’s great! 

SH: That’s why we get off on those tangents. We can do that all day long.

HR: But it’s great because it shows that you guys really enjoy being here and interacting with the fans.

SH: Yeah, yeah it’s nice. I feel like – I mean, we love each other so much and I want people to see that and know that. 

HR: Oh that’s great. Okay, so, Being Human…

SH: Yeah.

HR: You play Josh the werewolf.

SH: I do

HR: How did you find out about this role and what drew you to Josh?

SH: It was a very traditional audition process in L.A. Um, I had to audition for it a bunch of times, it’s just I think they were uncertain what they wanted for the role, so um, I really lucked out – I was the right guy for the job. So,um, and here we are and I’m still feeling so lucky.

HR: Okay, and Josh’s storyline kind of went on some highs and lows last season…

SH: Yeah, yeah

HR: Endng with the big cliffhanger of Nora being pregnant…

SH: What’s happening with Nora, yeah yeah yeah

HR: …and so, are we gonna see more of that in season 2? Are we gonna find out more about what’s going on? Is their relationship gonna develop?

SH: Oh yeah, that’s a lot of what Josh’s plot is in season 2.

HR: And you mentioned there’s gonna be more werewolves this season.

SH: Yeah. Yeah yeah yeah. Different…types of werewolves.

HR: So it’s not just your basic, everyday thing?

SH: Well they…I can’t really elaborate, but it’s really amazing, yeah. You will like it, I promise.

HR: Okay, and you said the DVD is coming out in November?

SH: November.

HR: Tell us what we can expect on the DVD.

SH: I actually don’t really know. I’m hoping to get like, an advanced copy of it so we can tell you guys what’s gonna be on it. But I think there will probably be some deleted scenes, there’s definitely a lot of behind the scenes footage – lots! I think like an hour plus of behind the scenes stuff and interviews that we did throughout the season. I’m hoping there’s gonna be a killer gag reel on it, that’s always my favorite part of a DVD.

HR: There should be. If there’s not, that would be a crime. 

SH: I agree.

HR: After what I’ve seen this weekend, that would be a crime.

SH: It’s a little crazy. Um, um you’ll see that those antics are just what we do, and uh, and yeah sooo, yeah. I think it’s – beyond that it’s just the show.

HR: Okay, well the show is great. I love it, and our fans – the fans love it.

SH: Thank you, thank you.

HR: And we’re looking forward to seeing more of you in season two.

SH: We’re looking forward to seeing more of you.

HR: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.

SH: Thank you, come here. Oh my gosh, Examiner.

HR: Thank you.

SH: Thank you so much.

“Being Human” airs on the SyFy Channel on Monday nights at 9pm. The second season will begin in January 2012.

 

One-on-One Interview with “Being Human” star Meaghan Rath

 

Photo of me with Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington from the SyFy series “Being Human”

Dragon*Con, the annual multi-genre fan convention that takes place every Labor Day weekend, has come and gone until next year.

As part of my assignment with Examiner.com, I had a chance to briefly speak one-on-one with Meaghan Rath, one of the stars for the hit SyFy Channel series, “Being Human“. The show, which is an American adaptation of the U.K. series by the same name, is about three supernatural beings – a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost – who have all become roommates sharing a Boston brownstone. Rath plays the recently departed Sally, a ghost who begins the season trapped in the home with no idea of how she became a ghost in the first place. Over the season, it is revealed that she is actually a murder victim, having been pushed down the stairs (by accident) during an argument with her irrationally jealous fiance, Danny. Along the way to discovering the truth, Sally begins to learn how to exist in the human world as best she can, with the help of roommates Aidan (the vampire) and Josh (the werewolf). At the end of the season, Sally makes a choice between her destiny and her friends, that will have emotional consequences for her to deal with in season two, which premieres January 2012.

Hanako Ricks, Examiner.com: Hi, this is Hanako Ricks with Examiner.com and I am speaking live from Dragon*Con 2011 with Meaghan Rath, one of the stars of “Being Human”. Hi Meaghan.

Meaghan Rath: Hi!

HR: Thank you for speaking with us today.

MR: Of course! I’m happy to.

HR: Is this your first Dragon*Con?

MR: It is.

HR: It is, and how are you feeling about it. 

MR: Uh, clearly I’m feeling pretty great about it. (laughs)

HR: Oh yes, you got your wings today.

MR: I’m in the spirit. Uh yeah, it’s been amazing. It’s so nice to talk to the all the fans and have fun. We’re having a good time.

HR: Yeah, you guys look like you’re having fun. So, Being Human is a television show about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost who are all roommates. How did you hear about the project and how did you get involved?

MR:Uh, I got the material from my agents and I – I never, I wasn’t aware of the U.K. series at all, and so I went home and I read the first few scripts, which is what they gave us and instantly fell in love with it. Fell in love with the character and uh, just knew that I had to be a part of it, and I worked my ass off to get it. Yeah.

HR: Without being too spoilery, because I know you guys have talked about a lot of changes coming in the second season, can you tell us a little about what to expect from your character for the next season?

MR: Um, I would say that it’s a lot darker, if you can imagine that. And um, I think we’re gonna see a lot of Sally exploring the afterlife, and the consequences of missing her door and what that means. 

HR: And is Danny like – will we see him at all in the second season?

MR: I don’t know, I cannot confirm or deny.

HR: Okay. Well I thank you for taking a few minutes out of your busy time to speak with us, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Con.

MR: No problem. Thank you, you too.

HR: Thank you.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet, you can watch full episodes via the official website, or you can wait until November when the DVD is scheduled to be released.
“Being Human” airs at 9pm on Monday nights on the SyFy Channel.

Dragon*Con brings Sci-Fi TV presence to Atlanta

That rustle of excitedness you hear is the sound of thousands of geeks, nerds, gamers, fanboys/fangirls and other fandom enthusiasts preparing for what is probably the largest geek party in the United States, and Dragon*Con looms closer.

Taking place in the downtown streets of Atlanta, Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Spanning the lobbies, convention spaces and streets of five hotels, there is literally something for everyone at Dragon*Con.

As always, Sci-Fi/Fantasy television will have a strong presence at Dragon*Con. One of the fan tracks that should be very popular this year at Dragon*Con includes the Dark Fantasy track, which will have panels and celebrity guests from shows such as the SyFy Channel’s Being Human (stars Sam WitwerSam Huntington and Meaghan Rath), the CW Network’s Vampire Diaries (stars Michael TrevinoSara Canning and David Anders) and is filmed locally in Atlanta, and HBO’s immensely popular series True Blood (stars Kristen Bauer van StratenJim ParrackDenis O’HareJoe Manganiello and author Charlaine Harris, who wrote the “Southern Vampire” novels that the show is based on).

For the first time, stars from the popular CW series Supernatural will also appear during Dragon*Con: series regular Jim Beaver will be joined by stars Misha CollinsMark A. SheppardJulie McNivenChristopher Heyerdahl andSamantha Ferris for fan Q&A panels, photo op and autograph sessions.

Fans of Joss Whedon and/or the Stargate culture (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe) will find whole tracks dedicated to those two sub-genres (Whedonverse and Stargate: Multiverse, respectively), while those who mourn the loss of shows such as LOST, V: The Series, and Battlestar Galactica can do so alongside other fans of those now defunct, but still loved shows during panels such as “BSG Universe: Evolution”, “V: Find Your Bliss”, or “Lost: One Year Later”.

Dragon*Con will take place Friday – Monday Labor Day weekend; most programming will begin around 10 am with the exception of Saturday, when the annual Dragon*Con Parade will take place. Host hotels include the Hyatt Regency AtlantaAtlanta Marriott MarquisHilton AtlantaSheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Full details on fan tracks, celebrity guests, and membership (admission) costs can be found at the official website.

Cast of SyFy’s “Being Human” Added to Dragon*Con Guest List

Bloodthirsty vampires, violent werewolves, and vengeful ghosts. The SyFy Channel’s version of the popular BBC hit television show, “Being Human” has them all, and come Labor Day weekend, so will the city of Atlanta. The primary cast of “Being Human” have all been confirmed on the Dragon*Con website to appear at the huge geekfest, which has taken over the streets of downtown Atlanta for almost 30 years.

On the show, best friends Aiden (Sam Witwer) and Josh (Sam Huntington)  are co-workers-turned-roommates trying to pass as human; Aiden is an old vampire, Josh is a young werewolf. They unwittingly gain a third roommate in Sally (Meaghan Rath), a ghost who is the previous resident in their new residence. Sally doesn’t understand why she’s still bound to the earth, and her story takes an interesting turn a few episodes into the premiere season. Through various trials and tribulations, the trio manage to form the unlikeliest of friendships that make for interesting television. The show was renewed for a second season back in March and is currently on hiatus, but generally airs on Monday nights in the U.S.

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.