DRAGON CON ANNOUNCES DRAGON AWARD WINNERS

ATLANTA – September 3, 2017 – Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, announced the winners of its 2nd annual Dragon Awards, a fan’s choice awards program to recognize the best in books, comics, games and filmed entertainment.

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More than 8,000 fans cast ballots for Dragon Award winners among 88 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming and tabletop gaming.  Winners were announced on Sept. 3 at Dragon Con, which runs September 1 to September 4, 2017 in Atlanta.

Final voting was held via the dedicated Dragon Awards website, and the voting period ran from August 3 to September 2.  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 25. 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 Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

And the winners are …

Best Science Fiction Novel

Babylon’s Ashes, by James S.A. Corey

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox

Best Alternate History Novel

Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

Best Horror Novel

The Changeling, by Victor LaValle

Best Comic Book

The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

Best Graphic Novel

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Stranger Things, by Netflix

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Wonder Woman directed, by Patty Jenkins

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, by Nintendo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Pokemon GO, by Niantic

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk, by Avalon Hill

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

Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon, by Wizards of the Coast

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.

 

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Do’s and Donts from Dragon Con for People With Didabilities

I attended Dragon Con with my husband this past weekend  as I have as a volunteer many times before. But this time was diffeent because I was not volunteering and I have a disability. Since I was not spending a huge hunk of time helping out i none track room, i was free to pick what and who I wanted to see andtry to make that happen. I had a lot of fun. And yes, I learned a few lessons.

The first thing I noticed is that there are a LOT of disabled people at Dragon Con. When the volunteers take us into a ballroom for an event, wheelchairs and other wheeled vehicles first, they call it “loading in.” When they finished loading us in for several events in the 2,000-capacity Marriott Atrium ballroom, we more than half filled it before they let the “abled”  people in. You just blend in to the most accepting, non-judgemental environment you will ever be in: big, little, tall, short, gay, straight, able, disabled, it’s all the samre in Dragon Con Land.

 

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Disabled Con-goers waiting to see Matt Smith outside the Atrium Ballroom

Many of the same rules apply for all Con-goers: Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep and have at least one real meal a day. Eat healthy snacks and stay hydrayed Shower. But for anyone who needs more than a cane to get around there are a few things you should know.

1. Disability Services is your best friend. As soon as you get your badge. go to then and get your stickers so they know what you need. I had two..”End of row” and “Proxinity,” which meant I could sit at the end of any row and that I could be close enough to see any monitor easily. Since we went in first, it usually meant I got to sit near the dront. I could never say enough good things about the Disability Seervice volunteers (soe of whom have disabilities themselves.)

2. But you still have to wait for big events.  There are many different “tracks,” or rooms devoted to particular subjects, at Dragon Con, ranging from Space, Science and various literature tracks to media and gaming tracks and while they do get crowded at times, you are probably safe to get there within the half hour sbefore the panel starts. They all have designated seating for disabilities so i  fyou don’t see it ask a staff person.

But DON’T plan two eents in two different hotels back to back. You will never make it. With the crowds travel time between the hotels utilizing the skywalks and not including the Westin and Sheraton, which require longer, is about 20 minutes, based on my eperience . So if you are going from the Hilton to the Hyatt, allow 40 minutesbecause you hae to go through the Marriott. I tried to avoid that for the most part, using the Marriott as my arrival and departure point.

For big events you MUST be there an hour and a half before time. Reember, your friends who stand on their feet are waiting in lines that wrap arounf the buildings for three hours sometimes! So get cozy in your little corral with your fellow disabled people. Read, write,  knit, crpchet, take pictures, take in the colorful costumes or get to know your neighbors. If you are in a wheelchair or scooter or have a rolling walker, they wil load you in about 20 or even 30 minutes before the show before yours ends. I added two shows to my streaning list that way: “Reign” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” just because their Q and A’s were so good.

3. Here’s the biggest lesson I learned: DON’T rent a scooter unless you are very practised at driving one, and not just around the grocery store. The one I rented was bigger, heavier and harder to steer than I expected and I was terrified to dive it through the crowd particularly on the Mariott Matquis level, where the bars are. There were kids in that crowd too! And backing out of elevators was so hard. The other people were all amazingly helpful and nice but I was so happy to give up the scooter and go back to my wheeled walker on Saturday.

My advice would be to at least go to the actual store and practice with the scooter you are renting in advance.

Even if you ae an epert scooter handler, there is a big trouble spot you should know. At  the Hilton, entrance to/exit from the skywalk, there is a swirchback ranp that is very narrow. My scooter was roo big for it, and others were as well. Soif  you can’t use the skywalk,, you have to go down to the lobby and outside to get anywhere. The scooters do not like the outside with the hills and cracked sidewalks much and you hae to deal with traffic.

4. The other trouble spot for anyone with a mobility issue is the foood court at Peachtree Mall. This is usually the most popular and easy place to get food at the convention, but if you cannot handle stairs, you cannot get there from the closest hotel. the Hyatt, through the “habitrail” as we call them. This inside walkway rom the Hyatt to the foof court has two sets of stairs, one wuth 3 steps and one with 5. There used to be a lift at the bigger set, but it is not there any more. For most dusabled people, that means go outside or go to the food court fron the Marriott.

5.  Food is not as much of an issue as it once was now that there are hot dog and pizza vendors set up in the hotels but DO bring your own fruits and healthy snacks.

Is it worth it? Absolutely, in my opinion. If you want to go, you should give it a try .I got to see everybody I wanted to see. I personlly found that I really missed beung a volunteer and feeling like part of things, and diabled people canvolunteer, too. But however you go, Dragon Con is an experience like no other so don’t let a disability stop you!

Dragon Con Sci-Fi Lit has exciting things going on

You have many choicesto make at Dagon Con, but save some time for the Sci-Fi Lit track. They have someexcitingthings planned!

I had a chance to talk with Sue Philips, the long-tome director of the Sci-Fi Literature Track at Dragon Con. I worked with Sue as a volunteer for years and the track has man fond memories for me. It is located in the Hyatt on the bottom floor in tHyatt Embassy.

I asked Sue which guests she is most excited about and she said Larry Nven and Jerry Pournelle. who are appearing on a panel together for the first time in some years.

“They wrote together for so many years and wrote what I consider to be some of the seminal works in the field, like The Moat in God’ Eye,” she said.

I asked if longtime track supporter and friend Van Allen Plexicowill be there and she assured me he will be and will in fact be moderating the Niven-Pournelle panel as well as other things. One of those other things will be the very popular always lively Si-Fi Jeopardy. Van is a well-known author of first=rate pulp fiction,  and he is also an excellent game generator and host speaker and moderator,

Another popular feature of the Sci-Fi Lit Track is the Little Library and Sue says that if anyone has amy books they woud like too drop off feel free, or pick one up That’s what the Litte Library is for.

I also asked which panels Sue was most looking forward to and she told ne, “One I kind of borrowed from Liberty Con. It;s called

“One I kind of borrowed from Liberty Con. It’s called “No Kidding, There I Was” (Libert Con used somewhat stronger language )and ‘it’s writers who have also been un the military telling war stories. That’s going to be a very late night panel at 11:30 pm on Saturday. The panelists are all representative of each branch of the service. We’ve gpt John Ringo, Todd McCaffrey ,Elizabeth  Moon and Mike Massa, a new author working on his first book. It’s going to be interesting!”

“Another new thing I’m doing is a Religion in SF panel,” Sue said. “I did some politics for a while and now we’re delving into the use of religion inScience Fiction.”

Sue askedt hat I remind people to rate the panrels on the Dagon Con app. It helps them decide on panels for next year. Also, three will be a can at the front of the room (as there should be in most track rooms) for the Dragon Con charity, which is the Special Olympics this year so if you have changeor bills if you feel generous stick themin there!
Dragon Con is going to be natching donations up to $100,000 this year.

As all the panels do Sue will have seating set aside for those with disabilities.

 

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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STAN LEE AND GAME OF THRONES’ LENA HEADEY LEAD AN ALL STAR CAST OF SUPERHEROES, CAPTAINS, CRIMEBUSTERS AND A COUPLE OF DOCTORS

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

STAN LEE AND GAME OF THRONES’ LENA HEADEY LEAD AN ALL STAR CAST OF

SUPERHEROES, CAPTAINS, CRIMEBUSTERS AND A COUPLE OF DOCTORS

 

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.