Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dragon Con 2017 – I Do So Love Watching Newbies

Jerry Chandler

An important thing upfront for those out there who might take that the wrong way; that is absolutely not meant in any way to be a negative. At some point or another, all of us, even the people that started the con, were Dragon Con newbies and it’s not a bad thing in any way. There is one thing that’s radically different about newbies in the more recent eras of the con versus the newbies of the earliest days of the con, though. At this point, there’s even very likely a substantial difference between newbies now versus newbies in my newbie year, 2006, at the con. It’s that difference over the years, that growing difference, which makes them so damned fun to watch at con. Also, in this case, I’m talking about the newbies that each of us who have been going for a while personally know.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: SURVEY SAYS!


For the first time ever you have the opportunity to determine the FUTURE!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dragon Con 2017’s Streaming DCTV is Now for Everyone

By Jerry Chandler

Last year, 2016’s Dragon Con had two announcements that made certain events at the convention so much more convenient for not only attendees to see, but, in one case, for almost everyone else in the Atlanta area as well. Last year the parade was televised live by Atlanta’s CW for the first time. This allowed everyone to be able to see the parade as it happened whether they could find a spot on the ever more increasingly packed sidewalks on Saturday morning or not. The other 2016 announcement was an even bigger deal for many. That had to do with DragonConTV.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: The Dragon Awards

by Beth
Last year I encouraged you to sit on your ass, and vote for the first annual Dragon Awards. This year I encourage you to do the same thing. I didn't get on in time for the nominations so if you want to have a hand in choosing the nominees next year look for the nominations process to start in early July. I'm a little mad at myself about it too since Thrawn didn't get a nomination. Just because you didn't get nominate your favorite whatever it is you like doesn't mean you can't still participate though.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: The Costume Post – aka – In Your Satin Tights

By Phantom Troublemaker

It takes many different elements to create the magic of Dragon Con – fan Tracks, celebrity guests, apple pie – but in my opinion few are as important as the costuming community.
To me, Dragon Con’s biggest virtue is that it gives me the ability to immerse myself in an environment that is accepting, nurturing, and fantastical. Where, for five(ish) days we can all be whoever we were mean to be – our best selves. Whether you’re a wizard, a wrestler, a soldier from the future, or a mad scientist, you get to be you. And more importantly, you’re surrounded by fellow wizards, warriors, and Wonder Women.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It Came From After School Television – Star Blazers

By Jerry Chandler

Star Blazers debuted on American television in 1979. One of the major channels to carry it was the early cable flagship channel, Superstation WTBS. I was eight-years-old when it hit the American television airwaves and the fledgling cords of a young cable industry. At least where animated television shows were concerned, I had never seen anything like it before. To say it blew my young little mind was a bit of an understatement.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews August 2017: “Things With Pages”

By Phantom Troublemaker

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in October.