According to the official Dragon*Con website, it is “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!”
Dragon*Con started in 1987 as a gaming convention and has grown and diversified drastically over the years. It is scattered across five host hotels in Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend every year. The description above actually leaves out quite a bit. I don’t see how it covers the space, science, skeptics, robotics and EFF (Electronic Frontiers Forums) fan tracks.
You don’t have to like comic books or Star Wars or Star Trek to enjoy Dragon*Con. The website lists 34 different fan tracks as well as main programming and that doesn’t even include gaming, because there’s a separate section for gaming. There’s also music, contests, an art show, workshops and much more. There really is something for almost everyone.
For more details and informative links checkout this Dragoncon Survival Guide and this fan written and maintained Dragoncon Wiki and of course the official website at dragoncon.org. My survival suggestions are wear comfortable shoes, take a lanyard for your badge, and use the dragoncon app to make plans.
Which fan tracks are you most interested in?
- Road Trip Wednesday: What Book Conferences Would You Love To Attend? (lizakane.me)
- Comic Book Movie Promotions Going Girly? (thenarcissisticanthropologist.com)
- The End Of An Era – The Passing of Ray Bradbury (lezgetreal.com)
- Back From Outer Space (yiwashington.com)
- Sorry (mybraindumping.wordpress.com)