My Dragon*Con Countdown Has Officially Begun

In about a month’s time, I will be participating in my annual geekout weekend when Dragon*Con returns Labor Day weekend. For those of you who don’t know, 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. I first attended in 2007 and it has now become a must-attend event for me.

This year will also include some firsts for me, as I have been asked to sit on two panels for the Young Adult (YA) Literature track. The first panel, “Minorities in YA Lit” will focus on the role that minorities play in Young Adult Literature, and what trends are popular in regard to race, gender, religion, etc. So far, I am the only panelist listed (no pressure, right?)

The second panel is the one I’m most excited about, “Freaks and Geeks in Harry Potter”, where we discuss the “oddballs” in the HP universe, such as Neville and Luna. My co-panelists include Racheline Maltese (author of The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities), Todd McCaffrey (who co-writes the Dragonriders of Pern series with his mother, novelist Anne McCaffrey), Davey Beauchamp (Writers for Relief anthologies), and M.B. Weston (author of The Elysian Chronicles series).  How the hell I was able to get on such a distinguished panel confuses the hell out of me, and I will try not to feel intimidated. Try being the operative word.

But you guys want to know about the guests, don’t you? You can view the complete Dragon*Con guest list here, but this is the list of the people I’m excited to see and the movie/books/shows I loved them in (the ones in red are musts for autograph/photos).

  • Lee Arenberg (you know, the “Ello, Poppet!” pirate on Jack Sparrow’s crew in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy)
  • Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Rene Auberjonois (Odo from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)
  • Morena Baccarin (Anna on the ABC Series “V” and Adria/the Orici on” Stargate SG-1″)
  • Kristin Bauer (Pam from “True Blood”)
  • Robert Beltran (Chakotay on “Star Trek: Voyager”)
  • Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)
  • Ben Browder (Col. Cameron Mitchell in “Stargate SG-1”)
  • Chris Bruno (Sheriff Bannerman on “The Dead Zone”)
  • LeVar Burton (READING RAINBOW!!! Oh yeah, and he played Geordi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Jim Butcher (author of The Dresden Files books)
  • Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Daniel Cudmore (Felix in the Twilight movies, and Colossus in X2 and X-Men 3)
  • Lexa Doig (Rommie in the series “Andromeda”)
  • Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette in “True Blood”) THIS IS A MUST!!!!
  • Michelle Forbes (Maryann in “True Blood”)
  • Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte in “True Blood”)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Joel Gretsch (Father Landry in “V”; Tom Baldwin in “The 4400)
  • Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing in “Dallas”)
  • David Hewlett (Rodney McKay in “Stargate SG-1”, “Stargate: Atlantis”)
  • Christopher Judge (Teal’c in “Stargate SG-1”)
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon (author of the Dark-Hunter series)
  • Martin Klebba (Marty from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy)
  • Stan Lee (do you really need an explanation of who he is?)
  • Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett on “Stargate: Atlantis”)
  • Alex Meraz (Paul in the Twilight movies)
  • Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis in “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and Jonas Quinn in “Stargate SG-1”)
  • Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson in “Stargate SG-1” and “Stargate: Atlantis”)
  • Mark Sheppard (demon Crowley in “Supernatural”)
  • Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley in Twilight: New Moon and Twilight: Eclipse)
  • Brent Spiner (Data in “Star Trek: Te Next Generation”)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Kara/Supergirl in “Smallville” and Lisa in “V”)
  • Garrett Wang (Harry Kim on “Star Trek: Voyager”)
  • Paul Wesley (Stefan in “The Vampire Diaries”)

I believe that the guest list for Dragon*Con has been capped this year at 400, so I don’t think anyone else will be added to the list. It would be nice, however, if they could add some more stars from “The Vampire Diaries” (especially since they film the show here in Atlanta). Some Harry Potter stars would be nice as well, as they were the main reasons I’ve been there the past three years.

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More awesome guests added to DragonCon guest list

The Grown-Up Fangirl has been away for the past few days, dealing with health issues that resulted in gall bladder surgery. I’m doing bettter, and have come back with some great updates for DragonCon goers!

New guests have been added to DragonCon’s guest list, and another has been hinted at, but not yet confirmed. First up is one of my favorites, Jason Momoa, who played the character Ronan Dex in the SyFy series Stargate: Atlantis. He has also been chosen to play the title character in the reboot of Conan the Barbarian.

Me with Jason Momoa at Dragon*Con 2007

Joining Momoa from the SG:A series will be Jewel Staite, who played Dr. Keller in the series and is also well known to Firefly fans as Kaylee.

Jewel Staite

For fans of the ABC Series V, we will get to see Anna and Lisa in the flesh, as both Morena Baccarin and Laura Vandervoort will both be in attendance. Baccarin also had large roles on the Firefly and Stargate: SG-1 series, and Vandervoort played Clark Kent’s Kryptonian cousin on Smallville. They join cast member Joel Gretsch (Father Jack), who was confirmed a few weeks ago.

Morena Baccarin

Laura Vandervoort

Golden Globe and Emmy winner Linda Hamilton will also be in attendance. She is mot widely recognized as Sarah Connor from “The Terminator” series of movies.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor

Two new additions to the Star Trek track include Robert O’Reilly, who portrayed the Klingon Chancellor Gowran on Star Trek: TNG, and J.G Hertzler, who portrayed the Klingon General Martok on Star Trek: DS9.

Robert O'Reilly as Chancellor Gowron

J. G Hertzler as General Martok

Richard Hatch, who starred in both the old and new versions of the Battlestar Galactica series, will also make another appearance at Dragoncon. He was the first celeb I got to meet at my very first DragonCon in 2007, and my interaction with him has set the standard for everyone else I meet at cons. He is a great guy to talk to and very gracious to his fans.

Me with Richard Hatch at 2007 Dragon*Con

As for possible-but-as-yet-unconfirmed appearances, actor Mark Sheppard (who Supernatural fans have grown to love/hate as the demon Crowley) tweeted this morning:

@Mark_Sheppard I have just been invited to Dragoncon!

May his be just the first of more invites for Supernatural attendees!!!

More “squee-worthy” DragonCon guests confirmed from True Blood, Star Trek: TNG, Stargate, BSG, and Andromeda

I am in my bed losing my mind right now, because several favorites have been confirmed to appear at DragonCon.

First off, adding to the True Blood roster is Michelle Forbes, who played our favorite, creepy Maryann. She has also appeared in roles on 24, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She joins previously confirmed guests Nelsan Ellis, Sam Trammell, and Kristin Bauer.

Michelle Forbes from Season 2 of True Blood

Next up is Michael Shanks, who is probably best known to most Sci-Fi fans as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the series’ Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis. He was also most recently seen in episodes of Smallville (Hawkman) and Supernatural. Also confirmed on the list is his lovely wife, Lexa Doig, who is probably best known for playing the title character (ship?) on the show Andromeda. She currently plays a Visitor doctor on the ABC Series V.

Michael Shanks as "Dr. Daniel Jackson", Stargate: SG-1

Lexa Doig as "Rommie/Andromeda" on Andromeda

Edward James Olmos returns this year as well; he is more recently known as Admiral William Adama on Battlestar Galactica but has been acting in Hollywood since the early 80’s.

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama, Battlestar Galactica

And I had to save the best of this crop for last! An actor who has captured the hearts of children (Reading Rainbow) and adults (Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Roots”) alike,  LeVar Burton has been a fan favorite for over 30 years. I am very excited about this, because this is the first time he’s been at DragonCon since I began attending in 2007, and I was obsessed with Reading Rainbow as a child. It was one of the shows that made me a lifelong lover of books and reading. Mr. Burton joins a long list of other Star Trek attendees, which can be found here.

LeVar Burton

I’ll continue to update this blog with more guest confirmations as they happen, but you can also find out the full DragonCon guest list on their website. DragonCon takes place every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta.