DRAGON CON ANNOUNCES DRAGON AWARD WINNERS

Over 11,000 Voters Cast Ballots in the Third Annual Dragon Awards Recognizing

The Best in Books, Comics, Games and Filmed Entertainment

 ATLANTA – September 2, 2018 – Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, announced the winners of its 3rd annual Dragon Awards, a fan’s choice awards program to recognize the best in books, comics, games, and filmed entertainment.

More than 11,000 fans cast ballots for Dragon Award winners among 94 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming, and tabletop gaming.  Winners were announced on Sept. 2 at the 32nd annual Dragon Con in downtown Atlanta.

All fans – not just Dragon Con members or attendees – are invited to select the Dragon Award winners by voting on the annual Dragon Awards ballot.

Final voting was held via the dedicated Dragon Awards website, and the voting period ran from August 7 to August 31. The ballot was selected in an open nomination process in which fans nominated their favorite properties. The nomination period ran from early April until July 31. The best and most popular of the nominated properties were elevated to the ballot.

The Dragon Awards were introduced in 2016 as part of the 30th anniversary of Dragon to meet the need for a fan’s choice award.

And the winners are …

Best Science Fiction Novel

Artemis by Andy Weir

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

A Call to Vengeance by David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope

Best Alternate History Novel

Uncharted by Kevin J. Anderson and Sarah A. Hoyt

Best Media Tie-In Novel

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

Best Horror Novel

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Best Comic Book

Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron and James Harren, Marvel Comics

Best Graphic Novel

Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, and Julius M. Gopez, Dynamite Entertainment

Bst Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Game of Thrones, HBO

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

Middle-earth: Shadow of War by Monolith Productions

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery by Jam City

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains by Slugfest Games

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game

Magic: The Gathering Unstable by Wizards of the Coast

 

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MULTITUDES MAKE THE ANNUAL POP CULTURE PILGRIMAGE TO DRAGON CON

 I am working on my article about Dragon Con but in the meantime, here is an official press report:

 More Than 80,000 Joined the Fun in Downtown Atlanta to

Meet Their Favorite Actors, Authors, Artists, and Other Creators

 85,000 Raised for Official Charity Literacy Action, Inc.

 ATLANTA – September 3, 2018 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, attracted an estimated 80,000 people for the five-day celebration.

“We are proud to have organized an exciting convention that gave fans an opportunity to show off their spectacular costumes, make new friends, and meet their favorite creators. These are the reasons fans come back to Dragon Con year after year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Dragon Con has always been focused on delivering an awesome fan experience. We are perfectly comfortable with this year’s attendance.”

Fans came from around the world and all 50 states, with this year’s convention attracting people from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and other Pacific Rim countries.

Some of this year’s top guests include Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison, Ant Man & The Wasp’s Evangeline Lilly, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter, and Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things.

In addition to Ant-Man and The Wasp and Stranger Things, other movies and television shows made in Georgia were well represented including Avengers: Infinity War,Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2Jumanji, and CW’s Black Lightning. Fans also had a chance to talk with creators from Smite, perhaps the most popular video game to come out of Georgia.

Artemis, the latest book from Andy Weir, whose The Martian was turned into a major motion picture, collected a Dragon Award as the best Science Fiction Novel of the past year.  The Dragon Awards are the only fan’s choice award in fandom, with more than 11,000 people casting a ballot this year.

The convention’s newest track, Diversity in Speculative Fiction, attracted standing room only crowds to many of its panel discussions.

In its fundraising efforts, Dragon Con raised at least $85,000, including the convention match, for its 2018 official charity, Literacy Action, Inc., which helps build better futures for undereducated adults in the Atlanta area by teaching literacy, life skills, and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.

The convention has already selected it’s 2019 official charity. The American Heart Association’s Georgia Chapter will be the official charity, in honor of Thom Trainor, who was the long-time director of the convention’s Comics and Pop Artist division, who passed away this summer.

“Thom’s love of comics and art helped shape our comics and pop art programming into the unique experience it is today,” Reeves said.

In the months leading up to the 2018 convention, Dragon Con Superheroes community service program, volunteers and fans delivered more than 8,500 books for Literacy Action, supported Literacy Action’s Friends and Family Day graduation ceremonies by hosting games and serving the event’s meal, and gave a women’s shelter a top-to-bottom spring cleaning for Partnership Against Domestic Violence.  Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 2,900 hours to Atlanta-area non-profits.

LifeSouth, which has organized the convention’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive since 2002, held another successful drive. This year, some 3,000 donors contributed nearly 6,000 units of blood and blood products.  The annual drive – consistently ranked as the largest convention-based blood drive – benefits LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals 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 3,500 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.

WHOlanta 2018 – what a blast!

WHOlanta 2018 took place last weekend at the Atlanta Airport Hilton. This was the first time the convention had been there, and it turned out to be an excellent convention space, with lots of room to gather in the lobby between panels. The crowd took to gathering around the marvelous Tardis replica, which also sometimes played most un-Tardis-like music. There was also a large vending room area, with plenty of space to move around and browse.’

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The Tardis

When not hanging out or buying things, con-goers were delighted to get autographs and photos with special guest Louise Jameson, who played Leela, companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor. Ms. Jameson also gave two delightful interviews, one with convention director Alan Siler and one with vivacious singer Cat Smith. She was an utter joy and a lovely lady.

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Cat Smith and Louise Jameson

Other entertainment included a cabaret to benefit the non-kill anima; rescue FurKids, and The Masquerade, which allowed attendees to show off their costumes. These were hosted by the magnificent Moxie M. Magness, Chief Cosmetologist on the Starship Enterprise. Moxie is one of the funniest people we have ever met and an integral part of WHOlanta; The climax of the Cabaret this year was when she smashed her ukelele, because “after all, it is a Who convention.”

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Aside from all of that, there was kids’ programming and gaming, and many panels full of lively discussion about Doctor Who, other science fiction programming, literature and video screening.  In the evening, many adults took advantage of the hotel bars.

It was a blast, a great escape from the everyday world. It will occur at the same time next year, and we plan to be there! How about you?

Below, it’s me as the Girl in the Fireplace and waiting for the Doctor in the incredible props exhibit in the basement.

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Report: 221B Con

221B is a Sherlock Holmes convention held in Atlanta every year. This year it was held at the Atlanta  Airport Marriott, which had perhaps the most helpful staff I have ever encountered. I used my walker on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday I used my cane, and any time my husband Ken left my side in the hallway for a minute there was a staff person asking if I needed any help. I was constantly reassuring them that I was fine. I wondered if I looked particularly needy, but they were extremely considerate.

221B is, as conventions go, relatively quiet. What I mean is that it is one of the series of smaller fan conventions we cover in Atlanta. Granted, everything is smaller when compared to the monolith that is DragonCon, which brought 80,000 people to Atlanta every year, but by smaller I mean they have between 450 and 1,000 people in attendance. That is a number that can connect with one another without a lot of confusion and share their love of a particular subject, in this case mainly Sherlock Holmes.

Panels covered Holmes from the books to the movies to the BBC series and ABC’s Elementary. There was a great deal of programming about writing fan fic, which I don’t do, and demonstrations of how to create Victorian cosplay costumes right down to
the proper underwear. Once in a while, some other cultural icon got a moment, such as the Voltron panel we attended on Sunday. But mostly it was Sherlock and John in our ears and in our eyes, in the most pleasant way.

it seemed to me that there was more cosplay this year. Many of the costumes were very attractive and made people-watching fascinating.

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Among the things that we enjoyed most this year were the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company’s presentations. Saturday, they performed the radio drama  “Lady Sherlock,” which features a female Sherlock Holmes and her automaton Watson. it was very amusing, but my favorite performance was their Sunday performance of “Jeeves and Wooster. who have nothing to do with Holmes except that the stories were written about the same time, but they were charming, just the same.

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There was also a burlesque performance for those 18 and over on Friday, which cost extra to benefit the Beacon Society. We did not go to see Fandom Nerdesque perform this time, but we have seen them before and they were both sexy and funny with their fandom-themed shows.

221B Con had a lot to offer and it was all fun, but it was, as always, the feeling of family and acceptance in the fandom that made it such an enjoyable con. I love Sherlock but really, it is the fans that make the con for me, and the Sherlock fans were lovely again this year.

 

Louise Jameson To Appear At WHOlanta 2018

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Louise Jameson To Appear At WHOlanta 2018

One of the most popular actors from the classic years of Doctor Who will be making the trip to Atlanta’s Premier Doctor Who and British Culture convention next May.

Louise Jameson, who portrayed the Fourth Doctor’s companion Leela, has been announced as a guest at WHOlanta 2018, which will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Airport hotel on May 4-6, 2018.

“Every year, our convention goers ask us to bring some of their favorites to Atlanta,” said WHOlanta Vice President and Programming Coordinator Alan Siler.”  Louise is always at the top of every guest ‘wish list’ that we are given, and we’re very happy to finally make that wish come true by bringing her to WHOlanta 2018.

“Louise is one of most popular classic Doctor Who actors, and her reach and appeal has stretched far beyond her time just on the program.  We’ve very pleased to be able to bring her to WHOlanta to spend time with her fans.”

Jameson is best known to Doctor Who fans as the leather clad warrior Leela, the second full time companion to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor.  She portrayed Leela from 1977 through 1978, first appearing in the four part serial “The Face of Evil.”

Jameson has returned to the role in recent years in a series of Big Finish Audio adventures, many opposite Baker.  She also has appeared in other audio dramas for Big Finish, including Sapphire & Steele and Dark Shadows.

Born in Wanstead, London, Jameson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  She spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including roles in King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Blithe Spirit.  Her early television appearances included Emmerdale and The Omega Factor.  She would later star in the first two series of Tenko, and then spend five years in a starring role in Bergerac.  She would also appear in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, and Rides.

In 1998, Jameson joined the cast of the BBC soap opera EastEnders, appearing in over 200 episodes between 1998 and 2000.  She also appeared in River City and Doc Martin.   In 2007, she toured in a one-woman show, Face Value, and in 2013 she starred in the play Gutted, and was nominated for Best Female Performance at the 2013 Off West End Theater Awards.

Jameson also teaches drama, and has directed Shakespeare productions for local festivals.

WHOlanta 2018 will take place May 4-6 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport hotel, located at 1031 Virginia Avenue N/A, Atlanta, GA.  For membership information, along with other guest announcements, visit http://www.WHOlanta.com.  For breaking news and updates, check the WHOlanta Facebook page or follow along on Twitter @WHOlanta.

About WHOlanta: WHOlanta (formerly TimeGate) is an annual sci-fi convention in Atlanta, GA focusing on Doctor Who and British media and culture. Launched in 2005, the convention celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2015. WHOlanta was named as one of the five best Doctor Who conventions in the United States by The Guardian.com.  Past Doctor Who guests have included actors Paul McGann, Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning, Terry Malloy, Mary Tamm, John Levene, Michelle Gomez, Nicola Bryant, Camille Coduri, Nicholas Briggs, Colin Spaull and Caitlin Blackwood, script editors Terrance Dicks and Andrew Cartmel, script writer Jamie Mathieson, composer Dominic Glynn, film editor Louis Robinson, and more.  For more information, visit http://www.WHOlanta.org.

Are you disabled and coming to Dragon Con? You need to hear this!

Are you disabled and coming to Dragon Con? You need to hear this!

I had a very helpful, interesting chat with Todd Vaarwerk from Disability Services last week. He told me things I never knew even though I have been attending and even volunteering at Dragon Con with a mobility issue for years.  Because I don’t want you to miss one bit of this information I have decided to upload the conversation. I am new at this so it starts a bit abruptly but bear with me. You will be glad you did!

I certainly will be using Todd’s advice and I hope it helps some of you as well!

Press Release says Dragon Con to offer live streaming

If 82,000 people seems too much for you:

DRAGON CON LAUNCHES DRAGONCONTV LIVE INTERNET STREAMING

Streaming Service Will Bring the Best of Dragon Con’s Panels, Costume Contests, and Other Events Directly To Your Device, Wherever, Whenever You Go  

DVR Features Lets You Relive the Memories for Three Months

 

ATLANTA – August 8, 2017 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, will offer a live internet streamed version of DragonConTV’s start to finish coverage of the convention on a subscription basis for the 2017 convention.

Some 82,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, in 2017, filling downtown over the four-day Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings One and Two and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

DragonConTV provides in-depth coverage of the four-day convention, delivering live broadcasts of guest panels, costume competitions, the Dragon Con Parade and other key events, one-on-one interviews with guests, and, of course, fan-produced comedy content including commercial parodies, music videos, sketches, and satirical bumpers.

“This really is a “best of” Dragon Con opportunity,” said convention co-chair Rachel Reeves. “Programming will include conversations with our top guests, a front-row seat to the queen of costume competitions, the Masquerade, and getting up close with Dragon Con Wrestling.”

In addition to watching DragonConTV live over the Labor Day weekend, a DVR feature will allow subscribers to revisit their favorite programming for three months following the convention, through December 4th.  The “Dragon Con DVR” will also contain additional convention coverage that wasn’t broadcast live, as well as select “classic” programming from past conventions.

“Our fans have been asking for this kind of service for several years, but it took some time to put into place,” Reeves said. “We had to solve both the technical issues associated with streaming a convention of our size as well as contractual obligations with our guests.”

A limited version of the service to test the technology was offered to members only at last year’s convention.

The live streaming service, nearly identical to the video carried on the in-house channels of the five host hotels, will be available for $30 to fans who cannot attend the convention.  Members – those purchasing at least a single day DragonCon badge – will be able to subscribe for $10.

“Making live streaming available for members was a critical element of this service so that our fans can take a break from the convention but still get a chance to keep up with all the action,” Reeves said.  In addition to the five host hotels, Dragon Con fans stay at approximately two-dozen convention hotels and some Georgia residents commute from their homes to the convention.

Pre-convention sales of streaming subscriptions are available to members through August 26 at the Dragon Con online store at store.dragoncon.org and through dragoncon.tv/purchase for those not attending the convention.   Subscriptions will also be available during the convention at Onsite Registration and the Dragon Con retail stores.

The internet stream is scheduled to start Thursday, August 31st at 12:00pm and will conclude Monday, September 4th at 2:00pm.

For more information on this service, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions document on dragoncon.tv/faq.

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 dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dan Carroll

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