Linus Lam Network News
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Dragon-con 2014!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Dragon-con 2014 for a huge weekend of international popular culture enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Atlanta Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Hilton, Sheraton, and Westin hotels and convention centers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend of August 29 - September 1, Dragon-con 2014 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, nerds, and fellow science fiction and fantasy fans. Our exciting trip to Dragon-con 2014 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. Guests of Honor included Patrick J. Jones, Harry Turtledove, and Peter Weller. Featured Guests included Lynn Abbey, Amy Acker, Nancy Allen, Robert Allsopp, Richard Altstatt, Lou anders, Curt C. Anderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Dino Andrade, Lee Arenberg, Aaron Ashmore, Shawn Ashmore, Chris Avellone, Andrew Ayoin, Mark Bagley, Colin Baker, Adam Baldwin, Kristin Bauer, Davey Beauchamp, Trace Beaulieu, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Veronica Belmont, Julie Benz, Pierre Bernard Jr., Tom Biondollillo, Clint Black, Paul Blackthorne, David Blue, and countless more all the way to the letter Z. Concerts and performances included Anaria, Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Ayria, Bella Morte, Brobdingnagian Bards, Cruxshadows, Crossed Swords, DJ BC, DJ Spider, Emerald Rose, The Ghosts Project, I:Scintilla, Jabulani, Jig to a Milestone, Lips Down on Dixie, Marquis of Vaudeville, Mikey Mason, Nerf Herder, New York Jedi, Pandora Celtica, Beth Patterson, Pimpdaddysupreme, Platform One, Sci-Fried, Scratch River Telegraph Company, Tom Smith, The Blibbering Humdingers, The Cog is Dead, The Gekkos, The Gin Rebellion, The Ken Spivey Band, The Nathaniel Johnstone Band, The wolves of Chernobyl, Unwoman, Voltaire, and Weep. Main events included the 28th Independent Film Festival, Guests of Honor Awards Banquet, Dragon-con Parade, numerous costume contests and much more. Panels and workshops included numerous genres including Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Rennaissance Festivals, Horror, Doctor Who, fanfictions, science fiction, podcasts, anime, filk, and a lot more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Dragon-con saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous pop culture shows and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Superman, Captain America, Iron Man, Lord of the Rings, and countless references to international popular culture seen across decades of science fiction, fantasy, folklore, television, movies, and general random craziness.
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Dragon-con stock convention archives!
Report: 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".  Nearly every IT department around the United States goes into crisis mode because the workers are spending their vacation days at Dragon-con, either dressed up as superheroes or hosting panels and workshops about nerdy sub-cultures.

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, 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, Renaissance 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 experience, 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!  I got my badge in 10 minutes on Thursday around 3pm.  The line really does go very fast.  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.  Dealers and Exhibits were located in the AmericasMart across from the Hyatt Hotel.  Although it was pretty crowded in there, the security kept the lines moving fairly nicely and most attendees were patient and polite.  Autograph sessions were held in the Marriott lower floors.  Gaming rooms were held at the Hilton and the layout was unchanged.  Walk of Fame was in the Marriott.  Artists Alley was still held in the lower floors of the Hyatt and some panels and workshops had been hosted at the Westin hotel.  Courtesy Dragon-con busses shuttled attendees around the area and stopped at each location every 30-45 minutes.  It was nice to see the Amory containing more weapons in the lower floor of the Hyatt.

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 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 at night and the adult-version of a very packed Halloween in Las Vegas rages on well into the morning hours, 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 wild and crazy 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.  Always highly recommended.

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

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