So Dragon*Con came and went…

I actually miss it. What a great opportunity to have so many creative people in one area. It was amazing to just walk from one hotel to the next, one room to the next and meet someone you have watched on T.V.

I can imagine how that must feel for some very die-hard fans. What an experience of a lifetime. Thank you Dragon*Con.

This was my very first Dragon*Con. I had my preconceived ideas about what it would be like. Of course I thought it would be wall to wall Star Trek people. Not the case.  I was impressed by the amount of people dressed in costume! As Stan Lee told me, “The number of people dressed in costume outweighs the regular civilians!”. It is a pretty cool sight to see.

Everyone that worked at Dragon*Con really had their stuff together! They we’re quick and efficient. Always ready to tell me where something was.  Wait until you find this out… “They are all volunteers!!” Yep, all the workers at Dragon*Con are volunteering their time to bring this event to Atlanta. So for all of you who came out and might not have been so nice to one of them… I guess now is the time you should feel like crap.

First of all I want to thank Emily Danyel with Tribooking. She was so on her game. She had her schedule out, ready to book interviews! She booked the interview with Billy West and Phil Lamar.

Erin Gray and Kevin Schwartz were so nice to deal with. They answered our calls, promptly returned text messages and had the all important task of setting up our interview with Stan Lee.

Also, Gene, who was so gracious in letting us have a few minutes with Mr. Larry Hagman himself! Good times!

I do have a dishonorable  mention:  Unfortunately…. Steve Himber.  Steve was handling Luke Perry. We contacted him to request an interview and he was very rude on the phone.  So rude in fact I felt the need to go over and meet him the next day to inform him that I was not impressed with him, and had he agreed to the interview maybe Luke would have had better success at the event. I never saw anyone lined up to meet him. Very sad.  So here is how my meeting of Steve Himber went down:  I walk to him, extend my hand and say ” Hello Steve?, I am Ange Alex of  The Backstage Beat.”  We requested an interview with Luke Perry and you said no. Is it still a “Hard No”?  He said “Yes, sorry.”  at this point I leaned over as Luke was extending his hand to me. He said,”I’m Luke” to which I replied “I’m Ange, nice to meet you”.   I then explained to Mr. Himber that we had just done a fantastic interview with Stan Lee and we we’re getting ready to leave the event, but were hoping to catch a minute with Mr. Perry.  Mr. Himber said he could not do that and then proceeded to rant and rave about how wrong it was for Stan Lee to give us an interview while signing autographs. Luke Perry got into the conversation and told Steve that Stan is the star here and can not give anyone a minute, so no worries as to an interview while signing. I agreed and said thank you.

I reached my hand out to Luke and said ” Nice to meet you. I wish you well.”  “Very nice meeting you as well” he replied. I looked at Steve Himber, said “Goodbye” and started to walk away. Luke said “Ange, Tell Stan Lee I said hello” I turned back around, smiled and said “Luke honey, I would love to but your manager won’t let me”.

So, I feel bad for Luke. I think he could have really promoted himself so well had he been given the chance to do interviews. I still don’t know what the show is called that he is starring in… I’m sure a lot of other people are in the same boat. :(

Other than that little moment, Dragon*Con was a blast for us.   We can not wait to cover Dragon*Con in force next year, so submit your resumes now. We are looking to be fully staffed and covering everything!

Thank you Dan Carroll and Pat Henry!  We told you we would represent Dragon*Con in a good light. It really is not Nerdfest or any of the other things I heard.  It is very cool.

See you next year Connies!

Ange Alex – Owner