Dragon*Con 2011 First Photo Barrage of Epicness and Con Report

This year three members of the Nerd Reactor staff were lucky enough to make the trip out to the east coast for one of the world’s largest costuming convention, or otherwise known as Dragon*Con 2011.

Before we left we were warned about the twenty-four hour costume parties, the Labor Day weekend-long debauchery in the ATL, and pretty much the general craziness of the event (of what those in-the-know affectionately call D*Con). We thought we were prepared.

We were wrong… we were not prepared for our first Dragon*Con (note to self… do not bring three jackets to D*Con again). Personally I would describe my time in Atlanta as a booze fueled (mainly Yuengling) costuming odyssey of shuffling from dusk till dawn, powered by less than ten hours of sleep adventure of epic proportions.

I must say one of the things I particularly enjoyed at the convention is seeing such a wide array of costumes and costumers all gathered in one place. Instead of anime cosplays, it was the movie/tv costumes, or comic book characters that dominated the scene. Pretty much costumes from every medium had equal representation (seeing someone costumed as Mat Cauthon from the Wheel of Time series made my day) at the convention. And let’s not forget the awesome costuming groups who made their presence known throughout the event such as the Mandalorian Mercs, the 501st, the Rebel Legion, the Georgia Ghostbusters, the steam powered Remnants, the eco-friendly Planeteer Movement, Avengers Assemble, and the Colonial Fleet just to name a few. A number of these groups appeared in the parade on Saturday (it was quite a sight to see).

Now if you think costuming was the only reason to head out to Dragon*Con, then you my friend are sorely mistaken. As a good friend of mine told me, San Diego Comic-Con was a convention where you meet your favorite celebrities and Dragon Con was the convention where you partied with your favorite celebrities. The guests of honor this year were Terry Brooks (Shannara series and Magic Kingdom of Landover series), Richard Garfield (Creator of Magic the Gathering), and Michael Whelan (Illustrator specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art). Other guests included Adam Baldwin (Firefly and Chuck), Bruce Boxleitner (TRON and TRON: Legacy), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds), Felica Day (The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog), Elvira (Elvira’s Movie Macabre and Elvira’s Haunted Hills), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street and Green Lantern: The Animated Series), Tom Felton (Harry Potter and Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Colin Ferguson (The Walking Dead and The Outer Limits), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars and Weeds), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), Doc Hammer (Venture Bros. and Rub), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica and Dark Blue), Stan Lee (Spider-Man and X-Men), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future and The Addams Family), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Torchwood), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars and Terror), Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who), Gates McFadden (Star Trek: the Next Generation), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars and Spartacus), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica and Blade Runner), William Shatner (Star Trek and $#*! My Day Says) and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation and Fresh Hell) just to name a few. The concert list itself was also quite impressive with Abney Park, Ayria, Frenchy and the Punk, the Hellblinki Sextet, Jefferson Starship, the Peculiar Pretzelmen, and Voltaire were just some of the performers holding concerts at D*Con.

For those film buffs out there Dragon*Con also offers an Independent Short Film Festival with genres that include fantasy, science fiction, drama, horror, horror comedy, comedy, thriller, music video, animated comedy, animated fantasy, and animated drama. Feeling a little overwhelmed yet? I still haven’t told you about all the panels fans could attend while at Dragon*Con.

This year the panel list includes the Doctor Who New Series Review, the Back to the Future Q & A with the cast, Creating a Web Series with Felicia Day, the Venture Bros. Panel, the Star Wars: Clone Wars Panel, and the Steampunk Exhibition. These are just a small handful of panels listed in the separate (and pretty thick) programming guide we were offered once we got our badges. As stated before this was our first trip out to Dragon*Con and it felt like we’ve only skimmed the surface of this four day convention. Will we be back next year? I don’t know about the others but I sure as hell will!

Well enough of me yammering, on here is the first half of a HUGE D*Con photo gallery that we took at the 25th Anniversary of Dragon Con!

Check out part 2 of our Dragon*Con 2011 gallery.

Photos Courtesy of Mad Calamity Photos

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