Event: DragonCon (www.dragoncon.org)
Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: August 29 – September 1, 2014
Venue: Downtown Atlanta hotels including the Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, and Weston, plus the AmericasMart.
Price: Tiered. Starts ~ $75 if purchased months in advance. Increases over time to ~ $150 at the door.
Years: Began in 1987
Type: Multimedia Convention
Guests: Nearly 200 guests including film and TV actors, comic writers and artists, musicians, and novelists
DragonCon is divided into programming "tracks" focused on different parts of fandom. Star Trek, Star Wars, Middle Earth, Comics, Sci-Fi Classics, Fantasy Literature, Robotics, Anime, Horror, Steampunk, Podcasting, Video Gaming, and many others are all separate programming tracks. So, a fan can choose to focus exclusively on a single programing track such as Star Trek and at the end of the weekend, they will have attended a Star Trek convention. Or, a fan can choose to attend events from the various programming tracks and at the end of the weekend they will be exhausted from running from location to location to maximize the number of events they attend. That is our approach and why we always need a vacation after DragonCon!
While the panels are packed from about 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM each day, the con doesn't end at night. In the evenings cosplayers pack the lobbies of each of the main hotels for fun conversations and lots of photo opportunities. This year was no exception with some truly amazing costumes from film, TV, comics, and games. The evenings also feature costume contests, dances, and parties such as this year's Atlantis Pool Side Party...no Aquaman or Mera in sight though.
If you have never attended DragonCon, give it a closer look. Of the many conventions we've attended, it remains our favorite!