Official Press Release: RECORD CROWDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR DRAGON CON 2015

New Dragon Con logoRECORD 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.

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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.”

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.

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Official Dragon Con Press Release: 20,000 Leagues Under DC

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER DC

Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium Promises an Ocean of Undersea Fun

Yaya Han Hosts All New Costume Competition, The Chôsen

 

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ATLANTA – August 12, 2015 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, takes over The Georgia Aquarium on Saturday night,September 5 for a cosplay competition and party hosted by leading cosplayer Yaya Han.

 

New this year, The Chôsen cosplay competition will feature 20 of the top costumes at Dragon Con, selected during a pre-judging session.  Han and co-host Marc Lee will emcee, along with a panel of celebrity judges including Heroes of Cosplay’s Monika Lee, Catherine Lee Lewis of God Save the Queen Fashions, and Lee “Fev” Camara of Fev Studios.

 

Competition winners will share in over $1,500 in prizes, with the top prize including a four night stay at a host hotel for the 30th annual Dragon Con in 2016.

 

Afterwards, Han will stick around to greet fans, take photographs and make autographs available.

 

“This is an amazing way to experience the intergalacticly famous Georgia Aquarium as only Dragon Con can bring it to you,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.  “All the fandoms will be out in force and our amazing DJs will keep the atrium rocking like a barrel of wild sea monkeys.  It’ll be a whale of a party!”

 

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with pre-judging beginning at 6 p.m.  The Dragon Con shuttle service will be available.

 

Tickets for Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  A limited quantity of VIP tickets, including complimentary appetizers and full bar, plus water and soft drinks, in a special viewing area, are available for $80.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/dragoncon.

 

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.

 

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Official Press Release: Dragon Con Celebrates the Stars of Television and Movies

DRAGON CON CELEBRATES THE STARS OF TELEVISION AND MOVIES

Actors from Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001 Space Odyssey and The Hobbit trilogy will be on hand, joined by the stars of Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Flash, Sleepy Hollow as well as True Blood and Warehouse 13.

Sesame Street Meets Peachtree When Top Puppeteers Arrive

 

ATLANTA – July 27, 2015 – Edward James Olmos, Nichelle Nichols, Peter Mayhew, Felicia Day, John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell head an all-star guest list of more than 400 actors, authors, artists and other creators appearing at Dragon Con 2015, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

 

Nichols, who broke barriers as Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek television series, will serve as Grand Marshall of the annual Dragon Con Parade.

 

Two doctors from the long-running BBC series Dr. Who – Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, the seventh and eight doctors, respectively – will appear together at this year’s Dragon Con.

 

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Carroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch will appear along with the puppeteers behind other Sesame Street favorites including Abby Cadabby and Grundgetta. (While the puppeteers will be on hand, the characters will not.) Cheryl Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation, will also join us for Dragon Con.

 

More than 65,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2015, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4 to September 7, with events and activities across AmericasMart Building #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree and Sheraton Atlanta.

 

“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 Shield, 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.”

 

Main cast members from several popular broadcast network and cable shows such as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, CW’s Arrow, CW’s The Flash, HBO’s Game of Thrones, CW’s The 100, Syfy’sDefiance, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and the Showcase series Lost Girl will be on hand.  Other shows represented include ABC’s Once Upon A Time, FX’s American Horror Story, Fox’s Fringe, NBC’s Hannibal, and NBC’s Continuum.

Classic television is also well represented this year.  Guests from popular shows such as Doctor Who, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Torchwood, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Battlestar Galactica franchise, the Stargate franchise and the Star Trek franchise will attend panels and sign memorabilia and photographs for their fans.

Movies are not to be forgotten.  Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Wars trilogies, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001 Space Odyssey, and Academy-award nominated character actor Graham Greene, whose credits include Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Maverick, The Twilight Saga and Northern Exposure.

 

Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones, is a veteran film actor.  He has appeared as grail hunter Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, General Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and villainous double agent Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only.

 

From Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, John Noble appeared in the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, while Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter and Dean O’Gorman appeared inThe Hobbit trilogy.

 

Additional guests are likely to be announced before Dragon Con.

 

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.

 

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Dragon Con announces Game of Thrones guests for Labor Day Weekend

Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn has been confirmed to attend Dragon Con 2015.

Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn has been confirmed to attend Dragon Con 2015.

On the heels of that devastating season finale last night, it seems that some of the citizens of Westeros will make an appearance in Atlanta this September.

The Official Dragon Con Facebook page posted this teaser on their page earlier this afternoon:

For those who watched the Season Finale last night, what was your reaction in one word?

Perhaps a few cast members will want to talk about it when they join us for #DragonCon2015!

About an hour later, they announced that Kristian Nairn has been confirmed for the event. Naim plays the loveable Hodor on the show. Hodor, who is the verbally challenged travelling companion of Bran Stark, has been missing from this season due to the show placing a hiatus on Bran’s story (since they reached the end of book-Bran’s arc at the end of Season 4). Aside from his work on Thrones, Nairn is also a well-known DJ.

Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell in HBO's Game of Thrones

Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Also announced this afternoon is Finn Jones, who plays The Knight of Flowers, Loras Tyrell. Loras is the brother of Queen Margaery, and is currently a guest of the High Septon in the dungeons below the Red Keep in Westeros.

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 September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

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

This post will be updated if more announcements are made today.

John Noble announced for Dragon Con 2015

John Noble will attend Dragon Con 2015 in Atlanta.

John Noble will attend Dragon Con 2015 in Atlanta.

Finally!! After months of being “ho-hum” about the current guest list, I can finally squee in fangirlish delight: John Noble, most recently known for his work on the FOX drama, “Sleepy Hollow”, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con 2015.

Noble, who is also well-known for his work on “Fringe”, plays Henry Parrish/Jeremy Crane/Horseman of War in the hit show based on the tales of Washington Irving. The character was introduced to audiences first as Parrish, a “sin eater” who was seemingly on the side of the show’s protagonists, Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills. In a shocking season one finale, it was revealed that Parrish was actually Jeremy Crane – the son of Ichabod Crane and his wife Katrina, who is a witch. The character was also revealed to be the Horseman of War, a servant of the demon Moloch sent to begin a chain of events that would lead to Moloch’s rising and an inevitable apocalypse. Henry Parrish was killed off just before the end of Season 2, but dead doesn’t always stay dead in Sleepy Hollow, so whether his character is gone for good remains to be seen.

“Sleepy Hollow” was recently renewed for a third season, which will begin in the fall.

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 September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

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

Felicia Day coming to Dragon Con 2015

Photo credit: Felicia Day Facebook

Photo credit: Felicia Day Facebook

Well my weekend just got off to a great start! Dragon Con began making guest announcements on their page today, and one of the first to pop up is highly popular actress (and fellow geek) Felicia Day. An actress, producer and writer, she is best known for fan faves such as “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, “Eureka” and “Supernatural”.

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. Next year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

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