Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Dragon-con 2012!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2012!  This news report covers our trip to Dragon-con 2012 for a huge weekend of pop culture enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Towers, and Sheraton hotels in downtown Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend of August 31th-September 3rd, Dragon-con 2012 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow geeks and nerds. Our exciting trip to Dragon-con 2012 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Big events included the Annual Dragon*Con Parade, Apocalypto Disco, Autograph Sessions, Comic and Pop Artist Alley, Dragon*Con Burlesque: A Glamour Geek Review, Guest of Honor Awards Banquet, Hickman's Killer Breakfast, The Late Night Puppet Slam, Night at the GA Aquarium, and Walk of Fame. Contests included Art Show Awards, Comic Book Quick Sketch Contest, Cosplay Contest, Dragon*Con After Dark, Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival, Fandom Music Video Awards Contest, Friday Night Costuming Contest, From the Page to the Stage: Comic Book Pageant, Hallway Costume Contest, Masquerade Costume Contest, Miss Star Trek Universe Pageant, Star Wars Costume Contest, and Robot Battles. Workshops included Acting Workshop, Artist Workshop, Astronomy Workshop, Benjamin Radford Scientific Investigation Workshop, Belly Dancing with Phoenicia Workshop, Tai Chi Workshop with Erin Gray, Virginia Hey Meditation Workshop, Writer's Hourly Workshop with Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston, and the Writer's Two Day Intensive Workshop with Jody Lynn Nye. Fan tracks included Alternate History Track, American Sci-Fi Classics, American Sci-Fi Media, Animation, Anime/Manga, Anne McCaffrey's Worlds, Apocalypse Rising, The Armory, Artshow Forums & Workshops, BritTrack, Costuming, Digital Gaming, Electronic Frontiers Forum, Filk, Game Programming, Horror & Dark Fantasy, Independent Film Track, Kaleidoscope, MMORPG Track, Paranormal, Podcasting, Puppetry, Readings, Robotics, Science, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature, Silk Road: Asian Cinema & Culture, Skeptics Track, Space, Star Gate: Multiverse, Star Wars Track, Tolkien's Middle Earth, Trek Track, Video Gaming, Whedonverse, Wheel of Time, Writer's Track, XTrack, and Young Adult Literature. 

Cosplay: This year's trip to Dragon-con saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous popular culture characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Star Wars, My Little Pony, Disney princesses, Steampunk, Halo, Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Pirates of Caribbean, Spiderman, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, Legend of Korra, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Dragon-con stock convention archives!
Report: A father dressed as Doctor Who fits his daughter into a cute little home-made Dalek robot costume and says, "OK, honey, let's go exterminate!"

10 Martian Yip-yips from Sesame Street cram into the elevators and give the patrons a ride of their lives as they go up, up, up, up, up!

Disney Princess costume group gatherings now include Disney Zombie Princesses and Disney Bearded-Men Princesses.

It's that crazy time of year again. It's Dragon-con time, and it's a pretty big deal to the ever-growing attendance of Dragon-con veterans. The local Atlanta bakeries sell out on exclusive Dragon-con themed cakes and cookies. It has it's own popular Lord of the Rings-inspired internet meme, "One does not simply pack for Dragon-con". Everyone sleeps as much as they can beforehand because they know they will barely get even 2-3 hours on any given convention night, affectionately known as "Dragon-con time".

Dragon-con celebrates American Pop Culture in unique and extraordinary style, flash, and glitz. Every year yields an unprecedented smorgasbord of Hollywood and indie film and comic representatives attending from around the world, industrial-goth-punk musicians like Crux Shadows, comedians like Voltaire, major events like the Harry Potter Yule Ball, Joseph Linsner's Dawn Look-alike Costume Contest, rollicking Robot Rumble robotic wreck-fest, and of course, thousands of wild and crazy costumes. Additional sights include the afternoon drum circles, midnight raves, huge superhero photo gatherings, medieval weapons fighting workshops for LARP enthusiasts, and a massive annual parade of thousands of Dragon-con costumers wearing inspired works from Star Wars, Star Trek, Wheel of Time, Anime, Doctor Who, horror films, Rennaisance Faire, SteamPunk, and more taking to the streets of downtown Atlanta to present the largest costume parade in the nation.

Registration is hosted inside the Sheraton Hotel, a short block away from the Hilton and Marriott. Badge processing is a super-fast blast, especially for the pre-registered folks. It's a simple bar-code verification scan, badge label print-out, affix to badge, and you are set! No one really knows for sure how many people actually attend Dragon-con because the days have mostly unregulated access to everything with the evenings and nights requiring badge/hotel key to be shown but it is estimated to be around 70-80,000.

One of the most popular aspects of Dragon-con is that there's no need to host exclusive room parties. Every single hotel's main or atrium lobby and adjoining walkways have open bars and lounges where all the costumed revelers can exchange pictures, share wild stories, and hob-nob with fellow geeks, nerds, and Hollywood celebrities. Alcohol is served openly at night and the adult-version of a very packed Halloween in Las Vegas rages on well into the morning hours of 3am every night, especially in the Marriott Marquis hotel. If San Diego Comic-con is the formal industry networking convention, then Dragon-con is the informal Mardi Gras Party of all Parties. It is a 5-day MEGA-Party with heaping portions of friendly Southern Hospitality.

The idea of a Neverland convention where geeks and nerds of all ages can have it all is what Dragon-con embodies in its soul. Nothing is too out of the ordinary. Nothing is too obscure. References to movies, TV shows, TV commercials, and anything in American or World Pop Culture are recognized and embraced with lots of photos being taken. The hotel staff, the conventions staff, and generally most of the attendees and fellow guests go out of their way to be friendly and courteous to you.  If there was a convention where you could retire at, Dragon-con would be it.
 

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Dragon-con stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Dragon-con!

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