Sci-Fi Party Line goes back to Dragon Con

dragonscifipartylinelogo_black2016Dragon Con is just over TWO WEEKS AWAY and I am starting to feel excited. Once again, I will get to represent Sci-Fi Party Line as media. I will also be sitting on a few panels and for the first time, I get to be a judge for a costume contest! Bring it on!

As of right now, I will be sitting on two panels each from the American SF & Fantasy Media and YA Lit Tracks. This is the information I have so far; I will continue to update this post as new information comes about (dates/times are subject to change):

Friday, September 2

  • Shannara Chronicles- Ellcrys Visions (Friday, Sept. 1 10:00 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) MTV expands on their original content with the premiere season of the adaptation of Terry Brooks’ epic series. This first year we meet some of the main characters and then lost them. Did you think they achieved what they tried to or is this a series that will need to grow?
  • The Whedon Track Costume Contest (Friday, Sept. 1 4:00 PM. Macon Room, Sheraton) Have a costume inspired by the works of Joss Whedon? Enter our costume contest for a chance to win a prize in one of our 6 categories.

Saturday, September 3

  • Game of Thrones – Moving Past the Page (Saturday, Sept. 2, 11:30 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) Season Review – As we move past the books, viewers were treated to upheavals in most of the factions within a song of Ice and Fire. Keeping to the series, we’ll discuss how this season changed so much within this world.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Special Rehearsal Edition) Discussion (Saturday, Sept. 3, 1:00PM. International North, Hyatt) Cursed Child SPOILER ZONE! We’ll discuss reactions, theories, and how Cursed Child does (or doesn’t) fit in with canon, and how it impacts fans.

Sunday, September 4

  • Fantastic Beasts and the Upcoming Movie Trilogy (Sunday, Sept. 3, 4:00 PM. Centennial I, Hyatt) We’re two months from the movie–what do we know? What are we excited to see? What about the new stories about the American wizarding world and Ilvermorny?

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

 

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Dragon Con adds guests from Dark Matter, DC TV universe and others

New Dragon Con logoLast month Dragon Con picked up the pace on guest announcements, including some from shows/movies that are either on my “currently watching” or “need to watch/catch up” lists.

From the SyFy show Dark Matter, guest announcements include Anthony Lemke, Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer; who are known on the show as “Three”, “Five”, “Six”, and “The Android”, respectively. The show follows a group of amnesiacs who try to piece together who they are and why there were in stasis on an abandoned spaceship. The show is set to premiere its second season on July 1.

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From the DC TV universe, we have Carlos Valdes (Cisco, The Flash), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow) and Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow).

Jack Gleeson, who is best known for portraying Joffrey Baratheon (the king we all loved to hate) on Game of Thrones, will be appearing at Dragon Con on Sunday only.

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Karl Urban, known for a variety of shows and films in the fantasy genre, will return to Dragon Con. Urban was last here in 2014, and I have to say that his panel was one of the best ones I’ve attended in the 8 (eight!) years that I’ve been going to Dragon Con. Looking forward to seeing what he has to say now.

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And last but certainly not least Jason Isaacs, most recently known for portraying Lucius Malfoy – another love-to-hate-him character in the Harry Potter world – has also been announced to appear at Dragon Con. I am hoping that he will not be the only wizard to appear this year.

Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy Harry Potter
Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy Harry Potter. Credit: Warner Brothers

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Dragon Con guest announcements: The 100

PhotoGrid_1460587632867Dragon Con has been making quite a few guest announcements over the past couple of weeks, and most of them feature one or more cast members from various shows. Today’s announcements feature three members of the cast of The CW’s sci-fi/dystopian series The 100: Jarod Joseph, Sachin Sahel and Lindsey Morgan.

The 100 began as a show about survivors who lived on a space station after Earth’s atmosphere was destroyed by a series of nuclear bombs. Now that the space station survivors are back on Earth, there has been a major power-struggle between them and the various Grounder clans – the descendants of the people who were left behind on Earth, as well as within their own ranks.

Joseph plays Nathan Miller, one of the original 100 juveniles offenders sent back down to Earth in order to ascertain whether the Earth’s atmosphere was safe. Sachin Sahel plays Jackson, the medical assistant of the Skaikru nation, the name given to the survivors once they returned to live on Earth. Lindsey Morgan plays Raven Reyes, a super intelligent woman who is pretty much the technological brains of Skaikru. All three actors have been on the show since it’s first season, and all of their characters are dealing with some major issues on the show.

You can listen to myself, Cat and Eric talk about The 100 on episode #244 of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Dragon Con: 2 days and counting!

New Dragon Con logoDragon Con is just 2 days away and I can feel the excitement settling in. I get to see my “other” family this weekend and I can’t wait!!

As I have a few times before, this year I will be attending Dragon Con as a media representative; this time I will officially represent Sci-Fi Party Line, the podcast that I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with since 2009. This will be our first year in an official media capacity at Dragon Con, and I am looking forward to bringing our listeners some fun stuff in the coming weeks.

Some of the things I am looking forward to at the con:

  • all things Harry Potter related (duh) and guest Chris Rankin
  • Sleepy Hollow panels with guests Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and John Noble
  • Game of Thrones panels and guests Kristian Nairn and Finn Jones
  • cosplay, cosplay, cosplay

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie confirmed for Dragon Con

Credit: FOXThat loud squeal you just heard was me, sitting at my desk at work, excited about the fact that Nicole Beharie is coming to Dragon Con.

Beharie is one half of the dynamic team of Witnesses from the FOX hit show, Sleepy Hollow. In the show Beharie plays Lt. Abbie Mills, a gifted sheriff’s deputy whose dreams of training for the FBI are curtailed when her mentor is killed by a Headless Horseman. Her world is turned topsy-turvy when she realizes that the supernatural elements she’s dreamed of since childhood actually exist and are alive and well in her hometown. She teams up with Ichabod Crane, a Revolutionary Was soldier who has awakened from a 250-year magical sleep, to fight the evil supernatural beings they encounter in an attempt to stop the Apocalypse.

One of the things that I absolutely love about Beharie and her portrayal of Abbie is that she is one of the few female characters of color that we see on TV today who can portray strength, depth, vulnerability, intelligence and sexiness…without taking her clothes off. Her character’s personality – her loyalty, her sarcasm, patience and understanding with the out-of-time Crane, her ability to think things through without letting emotions get involved – the character of Abbie is very good, without being unrealistic. She is (in my opinion) the epitome of “one of the good guys”, and it makes Abbie Mills one of the best characters on TV, period.

And let’s not forget that unmentioned but unmistakable attraction to Ichabod Crane. :)

Ms. Beharie will join her previously announced co-stars Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane) and John Noble (Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish) for panels, autograph and photo op sessions.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Official Press Release: RECORD CROWDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR DRAGON CON 2015

New Dragon Con logoRECORD CROWDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR DRAGON CON 2015

Cosplayers, Gamers and Pop Culture Fans Return for Annual Fantasy, Sci Fi & Gaming Convention

More than 400 Actors, Artists, Authors and Creators Will Give Talks and Meet Fans.

http://mediarelations.dragoncon.org/2015/08/19/record-crowds-expected-in-downtown-atlanta-for-dragon-con-2015/#more-1572

ATLANTA – August 18, 2015 – More than 65,000 people are expected to pack downtown Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend as Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention, returns for its 29th consecutive year.

Dragon Con fans will travel from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries to participate in the four-day convention, where they can meet their favorite actors, artists, authors and creators, and talk about the stuff they love.

Guests More than 400 guests, from the worlds of movies, television, comics, literature and other universes, will lead panel discussions and meet with fans.  Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos, Star Wars’ Peter Mayhew, internet personality Felicia Day, as well as John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell, all from CW’s Arrow, head an all-star guest list.

Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, will serve as grand marshal of the Dragon Con Parade.

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, as well as Muppet performer Steve Whitmire, who has performed Kermit the Frog since 1990, will appear at the convention.

“We’re very excited about this year’s guest list.  We have attracted guests from some of the best shows on television today, including Arrow, Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Once Upon A Time,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.   “We also have guests from fan favorite shows from recent years, such as Warehouse 13 and classic sci-fi shows such as Doctor Who.”

Cosplay Dragon Con is well known for the quality of its cosplay – or costume play – and that tradition will certainly continue.  The nation’s top cosplayers will show off their best work during the show, participating in costume contests every night of the convention and promenading throughout the five host hotels and the streets of downtown Atlanta.

Cosplay competitions remain a mainstay of Dragon Con, including the queen of competitions, Dragon Con Masquerade, which is both the oldest continuously run competition in fandom as well as one of the largest in the world.  Dragon Con is also thrilled to introduce the newest competition, The Chôsen, which will premiere at Dragon Con Night at the Aquarium.

Parade Atlanta’s largest parade, the annual Dragon Con Parade, will step off Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m.   To better accommodate parade spectators, the parade will have a new route.  Beginning at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, the parade will head south on Peachtree, east (left) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and north (left) on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The new route is now a little longer – .9 miles, from .8 miles last year, and brings the route closer to the North Avenue MARTA station, in addition to the Civic Center and Peachtree Center stations.  Parking downtown is expected to be tight, and Dragon Con encourages parade spectators to consider taking MARTA.

Gaming Perhaps better known for the celebrity guests and cosplayers, Dragon Con is also one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation.  Taking up most of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown and parts of the Sheraton Atlanta, gaming at Dragon Con features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.

Official Charity Earlier this year, Dragon Con selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market as its official charity for 2015.  Through auctions and other charity events, plus a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000 from Dragon Con, the convention will raise money to support this important community organization.

In 2014, the convention raised over $115,000 for its official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food.  Through the Superheroes community service program, Dragon Con fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.

Dragon Con also conducts the largest convention-based blood drive in the nation.  Last year’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a record turnout, with 2,972 attendees donating more than 6,000 units of blood and blood products, benefiting LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospital in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Official Press Release: 20,000 Leagues Under DC

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER DC

Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium Promises an Ocean of Undersea Fun

Yaya Han Hosts All New Costume Competition, The Chôsen 

http://mediarelations.dragoncon.org/2015/08/12/dragon-con-night-at-the-georgia-aquarium-promises-an-ocean-of-undersea-fun/

ATLANTA – August 12, 2015 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, takes over The Georgia Aquarium on Saturday night,September 5 for a cosplay competition and party hosted by leading cosplayer Yaya Han.

New this year, The Chôsen cosplay competition will feature 20 of the top costumes at Dragon Con, selected during a pre-judging session.  Han and co-host Marc Lee will emcee, along with a panel of celebrity judges including Heroes of Cosplay’sMonika Lee, Catherine Lee Lewis of God Save the Queen Fashions, and Lee “Fev” Camara of Fev Studios.

Competition winners will share in over $1,500 in prizes, with the top prize including a four night stay at a host hotel for the 30th annual Dragon Con in 2016.

Afterwards, Han will stick around to greet fans, take photographs and make autographs available.

“This is an amazing way to experience the intergalacticly famous Georgia Aquarium as only Dragon Con can bring it to you,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.  “All the fandoms will be out in force and our amazing DJs will keep the atrium rocking like a barrel of wild sea monkeys.  It’ll be a whale of a party!”

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with pre-judging beginning at 6 p.m.  The Dragon Con shuttle service will be available.

Tickets for Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  A limited quantity of VIP tickets, including complimentary appetizers and full bar, plus water and soft drinks, in a special viewing area, are available for $80.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visitwww.georgiaaquarium.org/dragoncon.

 

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Official Press Release: Dragon Con Celebrates the Stars of Television and Movies

DRAGON CON CELEBRATES THE STARS OF TELEVISION AND MOVIES

Actors from Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001 Space Odyssey and The Hobbit trilogy will be on hand, joined by the stars of Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Flash, Sleepy Hollow as well as True Blood and Warehouse 13.

Sesame Street Meets Peachtree When Top Puppeteers Arrive 

ATLANTA – July 27, 2015 – Edward James Olmos, Nichelle Nichols, Peter Mayhew, Felicia Day, John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell head an all-star guest list of more than 400 actors, authors, artists and other creators appearing at Dragon Con 2015, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

Nichols, who broke barriers as Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek television series, will serve as Grand Marshall of the annual Dragon Con Parade.

Two doctors from the long-running BBC series Dr. Who – Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, the seventh and eight doctors, respectively – will appear together at this year’s Dragon Con.

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Carroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch will appear along with the puppeteers behind other Sesame Streetfavorites including Abby Cadabby and Grundgetta. (While the puppeteers will be on hand, the characters will not.) Cheryl Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation, will also join us for Dragon Con.

More than 65,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2015, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4 to September 7, with events and activities across AmericasMart Building #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We’re very excited about this year’s guest list.  We have attracted guests from some of the best shows on television today, including Arrow, Game of Thrones,Marvel’s Agents of Shield, and Once Upon A Time,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.   “We also have guests from fan favorite shows from recent years, such as Warehouse 13 and classic sci-fi shows such as Doctor Who.”

Main cast members from several popular broadcast network and cable shows such as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, CW’s Arrow, CW’s The Flash, HBO’s Game of Thrones,CW’s The 100, Syfy’sDefiance, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and the Showcase series Lost Girl will be on hand.  Other shows represented include ABC’s Once Upon A Time, FX’s American Horror Story, Fox’s Fringe, NBC’s Hannibal, and NBC’s Continuum.

Classic television is also well represented this year.  Guests from popular shows such as Doctor Who, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Torchwood, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Battlestar Galactica franchise, theStargate franchise and the Star Trek franchise will attend panels and sign memorabilia and photographs for their fans.

Movies are not to be forgotten.  Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Warstrilogies, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece2001 Space Odyssey, and Academy-award nominated character actor Graham Greene, whose credits include Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Maverick, TheTwilight Saga and Northern Exposure.

Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones, is a veteran film actor.  He has appeared as grail hunter Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, General Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and villainous double agent Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only.

From Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, John Noble appeared in the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, while Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter and Dean O’Gorman appeared inThe Hobbit trilogy.

Additional guests are likely to be announced before Dragon Con.

 

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Sleepy Hollow star Tom Mison added to guest list for Dragon Con

Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX
Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Ichabod Crane is venturing out of Sleepy Hollow.

Tom Mison, who plays the loveable and out-of-time Ichabod Crane on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con Labor Day weekend. Mison joins cast mate John Noble, who plays his son Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish on the hit show loosely based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” tales. In the show, Mison’s Ichabod Crane is awakened after a 250-year bewitched sleep to join forces with Lt. Abbie Mills, as the biblical witnesses of Revelation with the purpose of averting the apocalypse. Crane and Mills fight various demonic forces – sometimes from within their close circle of allies – while Crane slowly learns to navigate life in the 21st century, all while connecting the present day with events from the past.

Sleepy Hollow‘s season 3 premiere is scheduled for October 1.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Harry Potter‘s Chris Rankin announced for Dragon Con

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Chris Rankin, who played the “Head-Boy-know-it-all” Weasley brother Percy in the Harry Potter films, has been announced as one of the latest additions to the Dragon Con guest list.

Movie fans didn’t get to see much of Percy in the films, but book fans know that Percy’s “prodigal son” story arc was one of the great lessons taught in the series – about the importance of family, forgiveness, and unity.

Chris is (so far) the only Harry Potter guest confirmed this year.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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Dragon Con announces Game of Thrones guests for Labor Day Weekend

Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn has been confirmed to attend Dragon Con 2015.
Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn has been confirmed to attend Dragon Con 2015.

On the heels of that devastating season finale last night, it seems that some of the citizens of Westeros will make an appearance in Atlanta this September.

The Official Dragon Con Facebook page posted this teaser on their page earlier this afternoon:

For those who watched the Season Finale last night, what was your reaction in one word?

Perhaps a few cast members will want to talk about it when they join us for #DragonCon2015!

About an hour later, they announced that Kristian Nairn has been confirmed for the event. Naim plays the loveable Hodor on the show. Hodor, who is the verbally challenged travelling companion of Bran Stark, has been missing from this season due to the show placing a hiatus on Bran’s story (since they reached the end of book-Bran’s arc at the end of Season 4). Aside from his work on Thrones, Nairn is also a well-known DJ.

Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell in HBO's Game of Thrones
Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Also announced this afternoon is Finn Jones, who plays The Knight of Flowers, Loras Tyrell. Loras is the brother of Queen Margaery, and is currently a guest of the High Septon in the dungeons below the Red Keep in Westeros.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

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John Noble announced for Dragon Con 2015

John Noble, best known on TV for "Sleepy Hollow" and "Fringe", has been confirmed for Dragon Con 2015.
John Noble, best known on TV for “Sleepy Hollow” and “Fringe”, has been confirmed for Dragon Con 2015.

John Noble, most recently known for his work on the FOX drama, “Sleepy Hollow”, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con 2015.

Noble, who is also well-known for his work on “Fringe”, plays Henry Parrish/Jeremy Crane/Horseman of War in the hit show based on the tales of Washington Irving. The character was introduced to audiences first as Parrish, a “sin eater” who was seemingly on the side of the show’s protagonists, Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills. In a shocking season one finale, it was revealed that Parrish was actually Jeremy Crane – the son of Ichabod Crane and his wife Katrina, who is a witch. The character was also revealed to be the Horseman of War, a servant of the demon Moloch sent to begin a chain of events that would lead to Moloch’s rising and an inevitable apocalypse. Henry Parrish was killed off just before the end of Season 2, but dead doesn’t always stay dead in Sleepy Hollow, so whether his character is gone for good remains to be seen.

“Sleepy Hollow” was recently renewed for a third season, which will begin in the fall.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

 

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Felicia Day coming to Dragon Con 2015

Photo credit: Felicia Day Facebook
Photo credit: Felicia Day Facebook

Dragon Con began making guest announcements on their page today, and one of the first to pop up is highly popular actress (and fellow geek) Felicia Day. An actress, producer and writer, she is best known for fan faves such as “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, “Eureka” and “Supernatural”.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Next year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

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Sci-Fi Party Line #199 Dragon*Con 2014 [Day Three]

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Cat (@fancyfembot), Carl (@robominister), Kai (@yogikai), and Stephanie (@stephbystereo) continue the discussion about their adventures on day three at Dragon*Con 2014.

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Dragon Con 2014: “Growing Up to Save the World” panel

From L-R: Tariq Kyle, Kevin Bachelder, Mary Moline, and Hanako M. Ricks discuss "Growing Up to Save the World" at Dragon Con 2014. Photo credit: Anthony Liggins
From L-R: Tariq Kyle, Kevin Bachelder, Mary Moline, and Hanako M. Ricks discuss “Growing Up to Save the World” at Dragon Con 2014. Photo credit: Anthony Liggins

This year at Dragon Con 2014, I had the pleasure of participating in a fan panel titled, “Growing Up to Save the World.” The panel was featured on the Whedonverse track, and the discussion was about the teenage antagonists/protagonists associated in television, film, and literature, and the pressures and consequences they face when the responsibilities of saving the world fall at their feet.

One of my co-panelists was Kevin Bachelder of the podcast Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV, and he recorded the panel live, and has now made it available via podcast. You can listen to the panel in its entirety here.

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Sci-Fi Party Line #198 Dragon*Con 2014 [Day Two]

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Cat (@fancyfembot), Carl (@robominister), Kai (@yogikai), and Stephanie (@stephbystereo) continue the discussion about their adventures at Dragon*Con 2014.

The episode begins with Charles meeting his comic book heroes Peter David and George Perez, then we talk about Manu Bennett and the case of his skanky… ,we mean, stewardess fan trio, Patrick Stewart’s Euclidean Geometry, NiNi and her line boyfriend – The Riddler, The Liquor Store Trek, Scotch Alley, The Last Night at Alderaan and the Zone of Funk featuring Khaleesi, Stand Here. Don’t Move., Dance Floor Abandonment starring Anthony and Charles, the Carl Lamp Crisis, Bag ‘O Noise, Return of the SarcophaKAI, and the Michael McDonald/ Color Me Badd Sing-a-long.

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Click here to hear the episode: http://scifipartyline.com/2014/09/sci-fi-party-line-198-dragoncon-2014-day-two/

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Sci-Fi Party Line #195 #DragonCon 2014 [Day One] (Podcast)

CAT, CARL, AND STEPHANIE FINALLY MEET EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Click here to listen! http://scifipartyline.com/2014/09/sci-fi-party-party-195-dragoncon-2014-day-one/

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We talk about pushy porters, the Atlanta HEAT – the actual heat, the Once Upon Time/ High Velocity sign debacle, the Jeri Ryan panel in which Carl drooled all over his microphone, how awesome Garrett Wang is #poorharry, Carl meets Ron Glass, Phonegate (with high praise of Apple for the Find My iPhone feature), and more.
Kai (@yogikai) joins us mid podcast and tells us her about her Dragon*Con – Day One.

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So yeah, I’m just a little bit late on my Dragon Con recap…

dragoncon2014…I mean, it’s only been two weeks since it ended. I’m still suffering from PCD (post-con depression), combined with the hustle and bustle of real life, but I at least want to talk about some highlights.

My Dragon Con was a bit different this year because I didn’t actually get to do much. I spent a whole week prior to Dragon Con SICK, and so by the time it was here, I was physically exhausted. But here are a few highlights from the weekend:

Friday: I got to attend only one panel on Friday and it was one of the main ones I wanted – Karl Urban. Let me tell you, I’ve been attending Dragon Con since 2007, and have attended other cons as well, and this was one of the best panels I’ve been to. From the time he hit the stage to the time he walked off, there was nothing but nonstop laughter, jokes, memorable anecdotes and wisdom. He told about the pranks he likes to pull on set with the cast and crew, and spoke very highly of some of his co-stars, especially Vin Diesel. I even got to ask him a question – his answer can be seen in the clip below:

All in all, it was worth the three-side-of-the-hotel-wall wait in line. :)

Saturday: Was a pretty cut and dry day. I worked at Froggy’s Photos, manning the tables where people could stash their stuff while they waited for photo ops. Was able to get my photo taken with Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter movies), so that pretty much made my day. However, due to some miscommunication issues regarding my badge, I couldn’t stay for the evening and went home early. Again, it was probably a good thing because after working all day I was exhausted. Having con crud before the actual con sucks, in case you didn’t know.

But my picture with Evanna was pretty damn awesome! :)

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with Evanna Lynch at Dragon Con 2014. Photo by Froggy’s Photos

And as an unexpected bonus, I went to Starbucks to do a coffee run for the staff, and bumped into Osric Chan, who plays the prophet Kevin Tran on Supernatural. He was there not as an official guest, but as a con attendee, but was still nice enough to take a photo with me. Such a sweet guy!

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with Osric Chan at Dragon Con 2014. Photo credit: Hanako M. Ricks

Sunday: Sunday turned out to be the best day for me. I participated in a panel for the Whedonverse track, called “Growing Up to Save the World”, where we discussed teenage antagonists in shows/books such as Teen Wolf, Harry Potter, Buffy, and others (the discussion got taken over by Teen Wolf discussion, which was totally okay with me since my daughter got me addicted to the show over the summer).

After that, I FINALLY got to do something I had been waiting the whole weekend for: meeting Cat, the founder of the podcast I get to occasionally co-host, Sci-Fi Party Line. Cat and I have now known each other for about 5 years, and this was the first time we had been able to meet in person. And then (even though I’m so ridiculously out of touch with anything Whedon-related on TV), I went with her to the “Agents of Whedon” panel, where I got a chance to see Carl (another co-host from SFPL), whom I hadn’t seen since 2011(?) Anyway, that was also a fun panel to go to, and it made me want to sit my tail down and get around to knocking off Buffy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from my “need to watch” list.

Next year, I will definitely make it a point to do more during the con, as there was so much I missed this year. I will be sure to take my Vitamin C, pack my Zicam, and whatever else I’ll need to be energized and ready!

Hanako (@hmrpotter) and Cat (@fancyfembot) from the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast meet for the first time :)
Hanako (@hmrpotter) and Cat (@fancyfembot) from the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast meet for the first time :)
Cat (@fancyfembot), Carl (@robominister) and Hanako (@hmrpotter) at Dragon Con 2014
Cat (@fancyfembot), Carl (@robominister) and Hanako (@hmrpotter) at Dragon Con 2014

 

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Borg Reunion at #DragonCon 2014 | @scifipartyline

The Borg Reunion with Jeri Ryan, Garrett Wang, and Johnathan Del Arco with video and photos.


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Jedi amongst the cosplayers | @robominister @scifipartyline #dragoncon

Carlbi-Wan Kenobi at Dragon*Con 2014.

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Carl with Osric Chau | @robominister @scifipartyline #dragoncon

Carl with Osric Chau (Kevin Tran of Supernatural) at Dragon*Con 2014.

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The Making of a Jedi | @robominister @scifipartyline #dragoncon #cosplay

Carl getting fitted for his Jedi robes. Dragon*Con 2014.

 

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Cosplay from #DragonCon

Photos by @robominister & @fancyfembot at Dragon*Con 2014.

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Carl @robominister with Ron Glass

Carl with Ron Glass at Dragon*Con 2014.

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Once Upon a Time panel at Dragon*Con #dragonpartyline

The ladies (Cat and Stephanie) did not meet me after my long love affair with the High Velocity sign in the Marriott Marquis in my Morpheus costume, so I went to the Once Upon a Time: Let Us Tell You a Story panel and made them wait! I’m classy like that!

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On this panel was Lee Arenberg, Beverley Elliott, Giancarlo Esposito, Robbie Kay, Rebecca Mader, and Sean Maguire.

DragonCon 2014 | Photos taken by Carl | August 29, 2014

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