With the beginning of summer here, we all know it won’t last. Before we know it we will be packing up our swimsuits and gearing up for fall.
With the end of summer comes one of the biggest events in Atlanta, Dragon*Con.
We had the privilege of being media guests at last years Dragon*Con. We met some great people, interviewed some pretty amazing guests and caught on camera some of the wildest costumes you could ever imagine!
Dragon*Con takes place over Labor Day Weekend every year. This year will be the 25th Dragon*Con! Taking place on September 2 – 5th.
Two people we met and have become quite smitten with are Dan and Robin Carroll. Dan is the big man as far as media relations go and Robin, his lovely wife, volunteers for the event to make sure it all goes smoothly.
Dan and I talked last week about this years event and I must say, my suspicions were right. Dragon*Con does get bigger and better every year!
With over 40,000 in attendance last year, I wonder if our fair city of Atlanta can hold many more this Labor Day.
One of the big changes to this years event is the addition of the barcodes to speed up the registration process. Some of you who attended last year were disappointed by the long lines to register. Well, this year they made the appropriate changes and will be trying to speed up that process. Those of you who have or will purchase your memberships in advance will receive (or have received already) a postcard with a barcode on the mailing label. Simply bring that postcard (with the mailing label intact and legible) AND a valid government-issued photo ID with you to the registration area at the convention. That will greatly speed up your (and everyone else’s) registration experience at Dragon*Con 2011. Forgetting to bring the postcard or the valid government-issued ID will slow down your registration process.
Another thing that has grown with Dragon*Con and become quite the spectical event is the Dragon*Con Parade. This is your chance to be in the parade! Costumed participation is open to any and all Dragon*Con members.
Saturday, September 3, 10:00 AM
Where: Downtown Atlanta GA. Our route, about ½ mile long, goes north on Peachtree Street from Woodruff Park at Auburn Avenue to the Hyatt Regency at Baker Street. It continues onto Baker and ends on Courtland Street at the Marriott Marquis’ back entrance.
This years line up is already looking good and they are adding new guests every day!
|Kevin J. Anderson||Terry Brooks||A.C. Crispin|
|Bill Fawcett||Laurell K. Hamilton||Charlaine Harris|
|Tracy Hickman||Sherrilyn Kenyon||Jonathan Maberry|
|Anne McCaffrey||Todd McCaffrey||Rebecca Moesta|
|Jody Lynn Nye||Mike Resnick||John D. Ringo|
|Robert J. Sawyer||Susan Sizemore||Michael Stackpole|
|S.M. Stirling||Janny Wurts||Chelsea Quinn Yarbro|
|Film & Television:|
|David Anders||Ralph Bakshi||Adam Baldwin|
|Jim Beaver||Julie Benz||David Blue|
|Nicholas Brendon||Beau Bridges||Misha Collins|
|James Darren||Felicia Day||Nicole de Boer|
|Elvira||Robert Englund||Richard Epcar|
|Tom Felton||Colin Ferguson||Lou Ferrigno|
|Samantha Ferris||Sean Patrick Flanery||Joe Flanigan|
|Steve Gonsalves||Joel Gretsch||Dean Haglund|
|Richard Hatch||Kyle Hebert||Tricia Helfer|
|Lance Henriksen||Howard Hesseman||Virginia Hey|
|Christopher Heyerdahl||Michael Hogan||Sam Huntington|
|Clare Kramer||Christopher Lloyd||Gareth David Lloyd|
|Michael Madsen||James Marsters||Eddie McClintock|
|»Mary McDonnell||Mike McFarland||Mercedes McNab|
|Robert Duncan McNeill||Julie McNiven||Kate Mulgrew|
|Leonard Nimoy||David Nykl||Denis O’Hare|
|Amy Okuda||Jim Parrack||Tahmoh Penikett|
|Meaghan Rath||Chandler Riggs||Rebecca Riggs|
|Michael Rosenbaum||William Shatner||Mark A. Sheppard|
|»Brent Spiner||Dave Tango||Amanda Tapping|
|Lea Thompson||Robin Thorsen||Tony Todd|
|James Tolkan||Lani John Tupu||»James Urbaniak|
|Nana Visitor||Garrett Wang||»Wil Wheaton|
|Sam Witwer||Steven Yeun||John Zaffis|
|Comics, Art, & Illustration:|
|Glenn Barr||Julie Bell||Joe Benitez|
|J. Scott Campbell||Amanda Conner||Peter David|
|Karl Kesel||Todd Lockwood||Don Maitz|
|Mike McKone||Jimmy Palmiotti||George Perez|
|Don Rosa||Jim Starlin||Peter Steigerwald|
|Jim Steranko||William Stout||Boris Vallejo|
|Michael Whelan||Bernie Wrightson||»Derek Yaniger|
|Music, Theatrics, & Performance Art:|
|Abney Park||Atlanta Radio Theatre Company||Bella Morte|
|Chad Vader||Jonathan Coulton||Crossed Swords|
|Cruxshadows||DJ Nemesis||DJ Spider|
|DJ/VJ Anthony||Emerald Rose||Freezepop|
|Jefferson Starship||» Lips Down on Dixie||Pandora Celtica|
|The Last Dance||Voltaire|
Pricing for the Memberships to Dragon*Con 2011 is as follows:
- $105 to 7/15/2011
- $120 thereafter
Make sure you preregister now! Find our more information, join the parade and register online at The Dragon*Con website HERE.
The Backstage Beat will be in full force to take pictures of you in your costumes, so be creative! We will also be bringing you behind the scenes footage and interviews, plus lots more!
Have a great summer and we’ll see you at Dragon*Con