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.

Rekha Sharma confirmed for Dragon*Con

photo courtesy of BuddyTVRehka Sharma, who currently portrays FBI agent/undercover V Agent Malik on the ABC hit series “V”, has been confirmed for Dragon*Con. She is also known to Supernatural fans as the god Kali from the season 5 episode “Hammer of the Gods”, but is probably best known as Tory Foster from the SyFy series “Battlestar Galactica”.

Dragon*Con takes place in Atlanta during Labor Day weekend.

Kinda all over the place this week

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately due to school, so I’ve been neglecting my blog and my LJ. So I guess I’ll just throw in a mix of stuff and hope that it makes sense.

V – Even though I proclaim myself a bit of a sci-fi geek, there’s still a lot of “must see” sci-fi that I need to familiarize myself with. V is one of them. I don’t recall ever seeing the 80’s version of the show, and therefore was not really excited about it coming to television. I actually decided to watch it simply because a lot of people were talking about it, and I had nothing else to watch on tv that night. I am glad that I did. The pilot was well done, with enough mystery and intrigue so that those of us watching for the first time ever knew where the storyline seems to be heading, but not to the point where we could figure out the whole premise of the show within the first hour. It looks as though it will be a great show to watch (and also, any excuse to look at Scott Wolf, Morena Baccarin and Morris Chestnut will do).

The Vampire Diaries – I must admit, even I didn’t see what Damon had planned to do until the end. And it was brilliant. Sad, yet brilliant. I loved how the writers chose to show a “typical” schoolgirl conflict – the whole “I don’t want to be with you but I’m gonna be snarky to the other female in your life” – and I also loved how they made Lexi the complete opposite: instead of toying with Elena’s jealousy or being a complete bitch, she took the mature road, which is very different from the way others in her situation would have reacted. It was wonderful to see Stefan in a situation where he could be completely himself; funny, playful and happy and my heart was breaking for him by the end of the episode. This scenario was definitely not in the books, and I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

And did I mention how much I love Ian Somerhalder’s deliciously evil portrayal of Damon? And side note: Bonnie and Elena’s girlfriend moment was absolutely awesome. Much needed lightheartedness.

Supernatural – Only a show like Supernatural could take a concept as cheesy as being stuck in tv land, tie it to the Apocalypse, and do it well. I love how they are taking the current storyline and completely tying it in with events that have happened since Season 1. But now that we know what the plans are for Sam and Dean, what does that mean for the two brothers? Most of the Supernatural fandom have long suspected that the brothers would have to fight each other in the end, and it definitely looks as though this will become a reality. Will we also see Papa Win this season? I wouldn’t be too surprised…