Dragon Con is going to be awesome this year! Just read this official press release to see why!




Guests from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Dr. Who,

and other top television shows and movies will meet their fans at Dragon Con.


ATLANTA – July 25, 2017 – Stan Lee, creator of some of the best-known comic book superheroes, and Lena Headey, the icy Lannister queen from HBO’s Game of Thrones, lead a long list of celebrity guests headed to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention, for Labor Day weekend.


Other top guests from television and movies including William Shatner, Karl Urban, Matt Smith, Ming-Na Wen, Alex Kingston, John Barrowman, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion, and Peter Mayhew will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the four-day convention.


An estimated 82,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2017, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day Weekend – Sept. 1 – Sept. 4 –  with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.


Muppeteer Martin P. Robinson, best known for performing Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, and Slimey the Worm on Sesame Street since 1981, and Lisa Henson, chief executive of The Jim Henson Company, lead a strong cast of puppetry guests. 


Star Trek fans will be able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with several of the show’s main characters including Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, and Marina Sirtis.


Jon Heder, from cult classic Napoleon Dynamite, and Michael Rosenbaum, Lex Luthor from television’s Smallville, will emcee The Chôsen costume competition at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday, Sept. 2.


Shatner played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series.  Urban plays Dr. “Bones” McCoy in the rebooted Star Trek movies.


Smith was the Eleventh Doctor in the long-running BBC series Doctor Who.  Other Doctor Who guests include companions John Barrowman, Alex Kingston, Karen Gillan, and Billie Piper.


Gillan also joins Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn representing the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise.  


Fillion is known for his role as Mal Reynolds from the cancelled-too-soon television series Firefly as well as the title character from ABC’s Castle.


Wen plays pilot and weapons expert Melinda May in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  She is also a successful voice actress, best known as the speaking voice of Mulan in the Disney franchise.


Fans of the Star Wars franchise can meet Peter Mayhew, who created the role of Chewbacca for the 1977 film and has played the character in a total of five movies to date.   


Celebrating 20 years of the movie Starship Troopers, the satirical science fiction action film, main cast members Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, and Patrick Muldoon will join fans at Dragon Con.


Representing classic science fiction from 1970s and 1980s, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, and Felix Silla from NBC’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century will be on hand. This is the first time all three main cast members have appeared at Dragon Con together.


“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.  “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – actors, authors, artists and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction, and fantasy worlds, in whatever medium.” 


This year’s convention will also feature main cast members from some of the most popular television shows including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC, CW’s “Arrow-verse” (Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow), Fox’s Lucifer; Syfy’s Wynonna Earp, CW’s Reign, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, and CW’s The 100.  


Other classic science fiction and fantasy television is also well represented, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sailor Moon, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda, and the Battlestar Galactica franchise.



ATLANTA – June 20, 2017 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, has selected American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children’s books Jane Yolen and fantasy artist and illustrator Petar Meseldžija as its 2017 Guests of Honor.


Beginning with its first convention in 1987, Dragon Con has recognized an author and an artist as the Guests of Honor. This year’s Guests of Honor are widely renowned in their respective fields and recognized as endlessly creative individuals. They will be recognized at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

“We are delighted that Jane and Petar will be joining us this year as our Guests of Honor,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair. “Their works have delighted all of us, from children to adults, and helped us discover worlds that are beyond our mortal reach.”

Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Anderson of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She has written over 300 books for children and young adults, including Owl Moon – a Caldecott Medal winner – The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Her work has also been recognized with the Nebula Award (twice), the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award among many others. Please visit Yolen’s website at

Meseldžija began his career as a teenager working on comic strips before switching to illustrations and painting in his twenties. His illustrations have been published in books and other formats all over the world, while his gallery art has been shown in group and solo exhibits in his native Serbia, as well as America and several European Countries. His work has been recognized in a number of juried exhibits in Yugoslavia and the U.S. Please visit Meseldžija’s website at


MomoCon May 25-28


MomoCon is a hugely popular anime and gaming convention held in Atlanta each year.  The website states, “Split between anime/manga, gaming, comics and costuming, we strive to bring the very best aspects of these fandoms to our fellow fans.  From parents bringing their curious “young’uns” to the most dedicated old-schoolers, everyone is welcome.  Based out of Atlanta, extending Southern Hospitality is important to us.  We would like everyone to enjoy what we do best: having fun!”


Event Review: WHOlanta 2017

by Rhetta Akamatsu

All photos by Takesi Akamatsu

Once upon a tine, Atlanta had a popular Dr. Who and StarGate convention called TimeGate. This year (StarGate being off the air now for some time) the convention became WHOlanta.

But really, no matter what you call it, it is the same wonderful, totally immersive fan experience it  has always been. The organizers and their staff always make everything run so smoothly for the fans that it seems effortless, although of course it isn’t.The vendor room, gaming and video rooms, WHOlanta store, and Con Suites which serve food and snacks are exactly as they should be.

KODAK Digital Still CameraThe guests are always open and friendly, although this year scriptwriter Jamie Matheson was sick Friday and Saturday.  Yet he still showed up for every one of his panels and was engaging, funny, and gave us lots of information about writing for Doctor Who.(He wrote two of the best Peter Capaldi scripts, “Flatline” and “Mummy On The Orient Express.”) He earned a great deal of respect from every Who fan present for not only making the effort to speak to us but to do it so well.

KODAK Digital Still CameraColin Baker, who was the 6th Doctor, is now “our” Doctor in the eyes of many WHOlanta regulars, having been a guest in 2013 and now again. He has got to be one of the most perfect con guests imaginable. He obviously loves the experience, loves the show, and loves the fans. He is always friendly and patient with the fans, even when they “geek” out over meeting a Doctor. When my husband and I were walking in the hall and didn’t realize right away that he was beside us, he immediately said “Hello!” instead of just moving on past. What a nice man!

KODAK Digital Still CameraThis year we were lucky enough to have Nicola Bryant, who was Perry. the companion to Colin Baker’s Doctor, and Camille Coduri, who played Rose Tyler’s Mom Jackie in the Eggleston and Tennant years. Both of them were charming. Bryant was more at ease, probably because she has done more American conventions.  Coduri is quite soft-spoken but you can see that bit of fire she used for Jackie.  Bryant, during their panel together, provided a touching moment when she referred to Baker as her “best friend.”

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KODAK Digital Still CameraBut it was not just these guests who made the convention so special. It was the people we see every year, like former film editor for Doctor Who and other BBC shows Louis Robinson, the ever[present and always funny Moxie Magness, Head Cosmetologist for the Starship Enterprise, who somehow traveled through space and time to make us laugh, and authors like Lee Martindale, James Palmer, and philosopher Courtland Lewis. This year my favorite author, Jana Oliver, who I discovered at a TimeGate, was a special Even the props that decorated the halls add to the special atmosphere of this con. A lot of them were provided by a vendor, “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey,” and they were so extraordinary that I actually found myself directing a comment to a Cyberman in the corner of the hall next to a vendor table.

KODAK Digital Still CameraWHOlanra was a delight from start to finish and we can’t wait to go back  next year. Kudos to all involved.

The text and some of the photos in this article were originally published at


Coming April 28-30: Treklanta

TtreklantaTreklanta is, as the website proclaims,  “an annual science fiction convention based in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to space opera in general and Star Trek in particular, that places special emphasis on fan-based events, activities, programming and productions.  Treklanta is the home of the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant and the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards.”

Star Tek, of course, has many fans all over the world, some of whom have followed the show since the original and subsequent series. Some know it mainly from the movies. Wherever your fandom began, come participate in Treklanta at the Doubletree Hotel on LaVista Rd in Tucker,  a suburb of Atlanta.








Event Review: Sherlock Ruled at 221B Con in Atlanta April 7-9, 2017

From April 7-9, people descended on the Marriott Perimeter Center in Atlanta from all over the country for 221B Con, a convention for everything Sherlock Holmes. The attendees were mostly female but covered all genders. They came from all over the country, including New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Colorado (locations I heard in various panels.) They got here despite cancelled planes and bad weather. It is a small con in the 450-600 attendee range, but these people are dedicated! In fact, there are many more out of state people than there are Atlanta residents at this convention for some reason.

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The convention was a joy as always. We saw more costumes this year, but cosplay is not the main attraction of this con. While it had a vendor room and tables for artists, booksellers, conventions, and so on, a video room, and a lounge, this is a creative and intelligent group. So there was a crafting room instead of a gaming room and the panels and workshops appeared to be the core of the con, at least from this writer’s perspective. It is a convention, so it is sort of like a make-your-own adventure.

My husband and I, however, really enjoy panels. Highlights for us ranged from discussions of Holmes-influenced anime to Sherlockian cocktails to talks by a clinician about whether Holmes was bipolar and whether he was addicted to cocaine (Conclusion: Yes and yes).

We also thoroughly enjoyed Q & A sessions with guest of honor Curtis Armstrong, who played Booger in “Revenge of The Nerds” and has had roles in other nerd classics like Risky Business and Better Off Dead as well as TV shows like Moonlighting and Supernatural. His only connection to Sherlock Holmes is being a fan like we are, and that he talks about this fandom in his upcoming book, Revenge of the Nerd, but he was funny and open, an excellent storyteller.

Another highlight was the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC0) performance. ARTCo performs a live radio show at nearly every fan convention we attend. This one contained several comedic skits. “”ParaNOIRmal Encounters” was my favorite because of the delightful “cat.”

221B Con is an enjoyable, well-run convention where any Sherlockian, whether a fan of the original books, the new book adaptations, TV shows, or movies, will have a wonderful time.

This review originally occurred in slightly modified form in Blogcritcs Magazine.

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