Back to Dragon Con

21230893_10155733036584524_1844308872797651683_nIt’s that time of the year again: DRAGON CON IS ALMOST HERE!!!! I am once again excited to be presenting on a few panels this year, talking about a few of my favorites fandoms/shows and proudly representing Sci-Fi Party Line. Here’s where you can find me geeking out over the weekend:

Friday, August 31

  • Arrow Season 6: The Fall of Team Arrow (Friday, Aug. 31, 11:30 am. Marriott M302-202) – Things are falling apart in Star City. Problems with Team Arrow, problems with family, people leaving, years of complications & compromises make the newest threat to the city more visceral than ever before. 

Saturday, September 1

  • Beyond the Books: Harry Potter (Saturday, Sept. 1, 11:30 am. Marriott A601-A602) – Pottermore and plays and prequels, oh my! Join us for a fan discussion of the ever-expanding universe of Harry Potter material.
  • The World of Shadowhunters (Saturday, Sept. 1, 5:30 pm. Marriott A707) – Come geek out with us about Cassandra Clare’s popular books. We’ll cover the Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices, short stories & more in the Shadowhunters universe!
  • Always & Forever: The Originals Fan Panel (Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:00 pm. Westin Chastain 1-2) – A moderated fan-panel discussion of the hit show’s fifth and final season.

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 70,000 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 30 – September 3. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

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

 

 

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Going back to Hogwarts

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This is a blog post that has circulated quite a few times in the past few years, as a way that I’ve introduced myself in the Potter fandom. It’s a pretty condensed version of a more detailed, longer post that I once wrote but that has since been long lost into the vast universe that is the internet. HPANA – and the friends that I met there – are a very large part of how I got so involved in the Potter fandom, and subsequently into other fandoms, and the Sci-Fi/Fantasy community in general. At a time when I had become very unhappy in life, very unsure of who I was, and pretty much cut myself off from everyone, this site and it’s members welcomed me, embraced me, and made me feel like I had somewhere I could go and be completely myself: no pretenses, no fakeness, no trying to be someone I wasn’t. It didn’t matter my race, my background, my religious preference (or lack thereof), my job, my status, etc.; they became my friends because we shared one single common interest in a book. Wouldn’t it be great if all relationships could be that simple?

You know the bond that people feel towards their sports teams, their Alma Maters, their fraternities and sororities? Fandom gives the same feeling to those of us who don’t share (or simply don’t care) about those other experiences. It gives us a different way to meet new people, to bond and to learn to accept people as they are, similar and different.

(Re-blogged from a post from 2010).

I decided to re-visit this post for a couple of different reasons today: first, because it makes me smile to be able to go back and read about something on the internet that had a positive impact on my life, and make me happy. So much of what I see online these days is just so damn depressing, disheartening, and discouraging. I needed a smile on my face today, and the previous post did just that.

The second reason I am posting this is because it is very relevant to a long-awaited event that I’ve been planning for a couple of years now: this weekend, I am going back to Hogwarts and – for the first time I will get to meet, hug, and hang out with some of the amazing people I met because of this little book series called “Harry Potter”. Evelyn is traveling from Indonesia; Siti hails from Thailand. Karen is coming from Washington state, Alisha and her family are coming in from N.C. All of us have been online friends since 2005, when I stumbled onto a site known then as H.P.A.N.A. (Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator).

Throughout the years, we have exchanged annual Christmas/holiday cards, participated in a Secret Santa exchange (this year will be number 8!). Along with others who for various different reasons were unable to make the trip, we have supported each other through life’s successes and defeats; marriages and divorces and babies being born and loved ones transitioning – we have maintained these long-distance bonds of friendship for longer than I ever imagined was possible. Through Harry Potter, they have become this amazing extended family and I will cry with joy and laughter the moment I am able to hug these women and share the experience of the Wizarding World with them.

“Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home”. – J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

 

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.