Four days of Complete Geekery Chaos is now over. Clocks have been reset. Hotel reservations for next year have been secured. Dragon Con 2014 is done. Last thing to do is post the pictures and recap.
The theme this year was definitely “Earworms and Puns”.
Biggest Earworm? “The Final Countdown” by Europe
Best Pun? Good lord, too many to remember. Watching the Dragon Con parade was so much fun due to the punage volleyed back and forth with friends.
I spent the days racing from one hotel to another, attending panels that focused on writing, looking at shinies for sale in the Vendor Rooms, looking at shiny people everywhere, looking at shiny Art in the Art Walk. Lots of Shiny. An overload of the senses. This year though I was good and kept my wallet firmly tucked in my purse. Took a stroll through the Walk of Fame, where all the famous people signed autographs and posedvfor photos (all for a price, of course). Caught glimpses of the likes of Amy Acker, Emma Caulfield. Eddie McClintock, Saul Rubinek, Walter Koenig, Billy Boyd, Lou Ferrigno (his fists are huge!), Martin Kove and Ralph Macchio, Evanna Lynch, and more. Sadly, I did not get to see Sir Patrick Stewart or Karl Urban this go around. 😦
Highlight Fan Panel Squee? The CW Arrow panel with Paul Blackthorn, Manu Bennett, Katie Cassidy, Caity Lotz, Katrina Law, and David Nykl. I was only six rows back from the front. Awesome seats considering how these things go at Dragon Con. Check out the pics from it below!
There is always so much to do at Dragon Con, and you would think you could do it all in four days, but inevitably, you never get to it all. Panels can be hit or miss as to quality, but I have to say, the Urban Fantasy Track directed by Carol Malcolm is top-notch. Many of the panelist there participate in the website, Magical Words, so the writing advice you get on those panels is solid and better than basic 101 advice you get on the Writers Track (if you are beyond the very basics).
The following photos are all mine and some have poorer quality. That’s what happens when I take photos with my iPhone while trying to dash off with my friends and not lose them, but I really really want to get a pic. The parade was a challenge to photograph because we were squished several people deep, and I am short anyway. My phone kept trying to focus on the back of someone’s head and not the person in the parade, but I still want to keep the memories so I posted the pics anyway. Enjoy!
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Welcome to Atlanta! View from the room at the Westin.
Urban Fantasy Panel (Left to Right): Gail Z. Martin, Kat Richardson, David B. Coe (D. B. Jackson), Faith Hunter, John Hartness, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Inside the Hyatt
“I am pretty! Oh so pretty!”
The best thing about Dragon Con, I take a photo of a Star Lord and get an elevator photo bomb with a Dalek and a Cyberman.
The Dalek and Cyberman appear again!
A mother / daughter photo: Princess Leia and Padme Amidala from Star Wars
Elsa from Frozen
Inside the Marriott – three levels of geekery
On the sidewalks of Atlanta
Love the guy on the right so “nonchalantly” talking on his phone.
Bending Historical Tradition in Fiction Panel (Left to Right): Doug Groves (?), Leanna Renee Hieber, Clay and Susan Griffith, David B. Coe (D. B. Jackson), Michael J. Martinez
Walkers in Atlanta! Apparently Moe’s tastes like brains.
Deal was, buy John Hartness a beer, he will read poetry. My dear friend Robyne did just that. 🙂
Saturday morning street view of the Westin. Going to the Dragon Con parade.
Crowds line up on all decks for the parade.
Delightful UP cosplay!
Underdog and Star Wars
Hobbits in Barrels!
Not even Robocop knows how to deal with these crowds.
I like my Labor Day parade better than yours.
Obligatory religious message brought to you by the Flying Spaghetti Monster
It’s a Trap!
Again….my Labor Day parade is better than yours.
Someone is actually in that dinosaur. Very cool.
Are you my Mummy?
Klingon Ass Group!
She made an awesome Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones
@@ (or AT-AT)
Told this guy my favorite joke: What does the L in Samuel L. Jackson stand for? Answer: Motherf**ker. The guy cracked up and had to fight to stay serious for photos.
Marvel’s Black Cat
Deathstroke vs Sailor Mercury?
Moisturize me! A Cassandra backpack with strange roving eyeballs.
Storm rolls through Atlanta
Even the restaurants had special Geek Themes
Darin Kennedy, my dear friend, don’t let your shadows cross. Awesomely creepy Vashta Nerada.
These two were actually on segways.
Dancing Superman and Dancing Groot
Daenerys Targaryen copping a feel on Groot
It was so hard to get a decent pic of this Groot because he was the hit of the Con. Everyone wanted a photo of him.
Jedi Minions and the stewardesses from the Fifth Element
Pixar’s Dia De Los Muertos
At night, things start getting a little cheeky.
This time, Aaron buys John Hartness a beer. Poetry ensues.
Someone lost their sole at Dragon Con.
Cutest little Nightcrawler ever!
Star Wars Droid
Point of View Writing Panel (Left to Right): Michelle Hodkin, Linda Robertson, Steve Saffel, Nancy Knight, Debra Dixon, John Hartness
Monster Menagerie in Urban Fantasy Panel (Left to Right): Jim Butcher, Laurell K. Hamilton, John Hartness, Linda Robertson, Christopher Golden, Kat Richardson
Chances are John just said something about Sasquatch’s dong.
CW’s Arrow Panel! We were seated only six rows back. Left to Right: David Nykl, Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson), Paul Blackthorn (Det. Lance)
CW’s Arrow Panel (Left to Right): Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul), Caity Lotz (Sarah Lance), David Nykl (Russion dude)
Full panel shot with Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) joining on the far right.
At the end of the panel, Manu Bennett announced he had been tagged for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
It was hilarious! And he then challenged everyone in the audience.