Thursday, August 31, 2017

One Extra Thing to Remember When Planning for This Dragon Con



By Jerry Chandler

Everybody plans out their Dragon Con weekend. Even those of us who offer as a suggestion you don’t try to plan too heavily or get too detailed with the planning still end up planning out more of our days than we may have originally intended. It is part of the fun after all. Now, whether or not we can make all those plans work as envisioned is another story all together. But, still, we all plan the weekend out to greater or lesser degrees. We all map out the panels and events we want to see. We all make plans for parties. We all set up the get togethers over a meal at places like the Metro Café Diner. Then there are the photo ops, the offsite events, etc., etc., etc.

But there’s something that you don’t often plan for. Relax, this is not turning into an ad for insurance. Although, the boss would probably love such a sponsor for the site. No, this is about one of those things that few people put into their plans for Labor Day weekend or for any large event like Dragon Con, but it’s something you can add in to you plans without much effort, with no real cost to you, and with absolutely no changes made to any other plans you’ve made.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 176 – Dragon Con 2017: The Puppets Take Atlanta


Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things with this special Wednesday episode!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dragon Con 2017 – Phantom’s Schedule

By Phantom Troublemaker

Good evening, Phantomaniacs and welcome to basically the only Dragon Con post (aside from podcasts) I’ve been able to put together this year. And you’re about to see why.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017’s Dragon Con Road Trip Playlist



By Jerry Chandler

Assuming you’re reading this the day it goes live, Dragon Con 2017 is exactly seven days away. The evening of Thursday the 31st of August is the official soft launch of the convention with a few special events to tide everyone over until everything kicks off in a big way Friday morning. Many of you reading this will likely be getting in before then. It’s becoming more and more common to see a sizable crowd with even a few full cosplays done up and being worn at the Pulse bar on Wednesday night before con these days. So, you’re looking at a week or less before hitting the road to Dragon Con. As such, you’re likely down to the wire when it comes to getting all of your stuff together. But there might be something important you’ve overlooked.

You may be driving in to con. You may be flying in. You could be sitting in your seat behind the wheel or crammed in with the other airline passengers for as few as a couple of hours or for as many as ten or twelve. You need something to help pass the time. Sure a book (or an audiobook for you drivers) might help pass the time nicely. Maybe you can jam to some of your favorite tunes. But you’re going to Dragon Con. Why not make the trip down and maybe the trip back as much about enjoying the convention as you can? You can do that quite easily by putting together a playlist for your trip that is all things from, about, or related to Dragon Con.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: Beth's Interview Requests

by Beth

As Dragon Con quickly approaches I'll probably only stop talking about it here long enough to give my thoughts on this season of Game of Thrones once the finale airs. Other than that it'll most likely be all Con all the time. Several weeks back I received an invitation from the lovely people in Dragon Con media relations to submit interview requests for Walk of Fame guests. From what I've seen they don't throw this out to everyone so I had to think long and hard about who to request. I didn't want to aim too high, but then I also figured "what the hell, why not?" and asked for some people I might not be important enough to talk to anyway. There are some pretty big names this year, and narrowing this list down to 10 (each reporter only gets 10 requests) was daunting Here, for your reading pleasure is the list of my requested interviews, and why I picked them.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 174 – Dragon Con 2017: Dragonslayer Needless Commentary


Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

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!

BY PHANTOM TROUBLEMAKER

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
https://dragoncon.tv/

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.