Day 2 of Dragon*Con is winding down and what a crazy 2 days it has been!
Friday, my daughter and future Backstage Beat star Aleena Alex accompanied me around to secure interviews. We
Day 2 started bright and early! We entered the Walk of Fame to set up more interviews. We put calls into Erin Grey, Stan Lee’s manager and quite a few others. So proud to say that we had three of our hottest photographers out, roaming Dragon*Con. Leisa, April and Erin all shot The Annual Parade. We got shots of the Superhero Contest and much much more. We were able to film some Q and A’s with the True Blood Cast and Stan Lee himself! We got a quick mini interview with Larry Hagman and photo ops with Barbara Eden. Oh yes, the “I Dream of Jeannie” original cast is at Dragon*Con!
Day 3 starts early tomorrow with a 9 a.m. interview with the Warehouse 13 cast and some super secret things in the works. Keep looking for your all access pass to Dragon*Con, pictures and interviews… here on The Backstage Beat!
Dragon*Con Intro and Interview with New Yorker Michael Chlebowy
By: Leisa Foretich
Dragon*Con has been “storm trooping” through Atlanta since 1987. It was initially a convention for sci-fi and gaming fans, which at that time hosted around 3,500 people. Today, there are over 35,000 fans who congregate all over downtown Atlanta to purchase collectibles, star gaze and review panels of people in the industry; including celebrity actors, writers, and animators.
Most people spend hours in lines and hundreds of dollars just to meet and receive a photo or an autograph from their favorite sci-fi superstars. But, I think most people come to people watch. Thousands of people come to Dragon*Con to become “stars” themselves. There is an amazing masquerade featuring some of the best homemade (on the verge of professional) costumes you will ever see. Fans dress as their favorite characters, march in the annual parade and pose with strangers for pictures, just like a celebrity would. I witnessed a woman dressed as the Mad Hatter from the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie grab some lunch, sit down, take off her hat and was then approached by a fan asking her to put her hat back on to pose with the photographer’s friend. She obliged. I laughed to myself and thought, “Well, she wanted to be a celebrity today, right?”
Mike Chlebowy, 40, from Buffalo, NY has been coming to Dragon*Con since 1998. A fan of many things sci-fi especially Star Wars, Michael recalls the very first Con he attended. “The decision to drive over 900 miles is easy to make when you combine a sci-fi convention with your best friend (bass player in the local band POOR OTIS) who lives a half hour
Well, it certainly sounds like Michael has it down, I mean, people watching, chillin’ at one of Atlanta’s most prestigious hotels, sci-fi celebrities, fans, collectibles and enjoying it all with his best friend… what more could you ask for? We’ll be sure to see Michael back next year and every year after that. Maybe he really should consider that Eternal Membership….
I’d like to thank Michael for taking a moment out of his busy Dragon*Con schedule to do a little interview with me! YOU ROCK! See you next year and have a safe trip home!
Oh wait! Live Long and Prosper.
Dragon*Con by Leisa Foretich
Super special thanks to our awesome photographer Leisa!
She came out and shot the Dragon*Con parade and some of the costumed people! Great job Leisa!
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