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
Timothy Zahn


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