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2nd-Aug-2018 11:50 am - 2018 host hotel rooms now available
Nine loves science fiction by omgwtf42
2018 host hotel rooms available! The Hilton Atlanta has rooms at close to DC rates, and the Marriott may still have rooms. The Hilton is filling up, so don't wait!
30th-Jul-2018 06:44 pm - Still here!!
DC
Hey eveeyone!

As always, apologies for bejng slow to talk. As I say evwry year, know LJ isnt what it was a decade ago, but will keep this place going as long as i can.

Have a family weddimg this week so will be slow till next week...in the meamtime, leaving the place in opem mode but will have an eye on things in the meantime.

Hope to see yall soon!
17th-Jul-2018 01:52 pm - Ask DCTV!
Hey there, everybody, it's Ask DCTV time!

In addition to our live streaming and event coverage, Dragon Con TV (http://www.dragoncontv.org/) creates comedy videos to show between events and in your hotel room. One of the things we do are the 2-color comedy we call bumpers, those bits with white text on a black background. We're in the process of creating a new set of bumpers for 2018, and one of our annual traditions is to ask you to ask us questions, which we may answer in a bumper!

To ask DCTV, reply to this with your question. End your question with the name or alias you'd like me to use in the bumper. If you don't, I'll use your LJ name instead.

An example question:

"What happened to Pokemon Go? Did it Pokemon Went? -Team Mystic"

You can ask more than one question, though I'll only use one of them at most. Your chances of us using your question go up if it's not something we've been asked before. To see what previous people have asked DCTV, look through our previous bumpers at https://www.youtube.com/user/DragonConTV

Happy asking!
15th-Feb-2018 08:30 pm - PARADE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED...Whoa!
DC New
I AM CLOSING PARADE REGISTRATION so we can review the entries. WE ARE AT CAPACITY AT THIS TIME. WOW, just WOW. If I find any space due to duplicates, etc., I'll let you know. Meanwhile - USE THE WAIT LIST!!!  It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/DCParadeWL2018

If you have any questions or concerns - contact me dc_parade at dragoncon dot org.
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
DC New
2018 PARADE REGISTRATION IS OPEN! You MUST be a member of Dragon Con by parade morning to march with us.  If you are planning on marching with a group or organization, you do not need to register yourself. Commercial entries are prohibited, if you are one, please do not register using this process – contact us at dc_parade at dragoncon dot org.  If you can say “yes, no, and no” with regard to those previous three statements, go here to register:  https://tinyurl.com/DCParade2018

The 2017 parade filled up within 24 hours of registration opening last year.  If you want to participate, don’t hesitate too long before signing up.  We will maintain a Wait List again this year with no guarantees that you’ll get a space as we get closer to con.

The Dragon Con Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 1 2018, 10:00 AM on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.
Stay tuned for updates and more information throughout the year.

May the odds be ever in your favor and see you in September!
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
7th-Jan-2018 08:31 am - yet another list of restaurants :)
Nine loves science fiction by omgwtf42
This list is for restaurants between the new Mercedes-Benz stadium (right next door to the now-gone GA Dome) and the Hyatt Atlanta.

http://atlantarestaurants.blog.ajc.com/2017/01/10/11-restaurants-and-bars-to-eat-and-drink-at-around-the-georgia-dome/

There's also a link on the same page to cheap lunches in the downtown area. Most of the listings have a website for more info.
23rd-Oct-2017 01:55 pm - Looking for an item.
A friend asked me to look into an item for him.  The following link is not advertising but to show what I am looking for.  If any vendors out there know where I might purchase one as sideshow is sold out I would appreciate it.

https://www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/product-archive/?sku=900916

Thank you.
29th-Aug-2017 11:44 pm - Quick last update before show
DC
Apologies to all....meant to get in last upsates before now but had to pick this past weekend to get a bit ill then the past days have been full of real world monsense...i wont even get to DC till Friday..

Added the parties amd poll and i juat made the preliminary list the final one for 2017.

As in recent years, the community will remain open

Thanks everyone ans have a great con!,
29th-Aug-2017 11:12 pm(no subject)
DC
Once again my favorite posting of the year in here: taking the annual poll to see where everyone is coming in from... NOTE: As usual for the sake of the poll, Metro Atlanta is defined as anywhere within 50 miles of the downtown core. I know its reached out way past that, but it still makes a nice round number. Maybe I'll change it when it hits 100 miles. ;)

Poll #2071968 Where dost thou travel from?

Where are you coming in from for DragonCon?

Metro Atlanta
2(28.6%)
Georgia Beyond Metro Atlanta
0(0.0%)
Alabama
0(0.0%)
Florida
0(0.0%)
Tennessee
0(0.0%)
South Carolina
1(14.3%)
North Carolina
1(14.3%)
The US beyond the previously mentioned states
3(42.9%)
Outside the United States
0(0.0%)

If coming in from a US state outside the ones listed, which state?

If coming in from outside the US, which Country?

25th-Aug-2017 06:42 am - Program document pdf's
They are starting to post docs to the app emulator:

http://app.core-apps.com/dragoncon17/documents
16th-Aug-2017 05:31 pm - Final Community List 2017
DC
Post any modifications or additions in the comments(I know there will be a few).
Will correct if I get the info before Wednesday. Wednesday and after check the comments for corrections.

Thanks all.

Final Community List for 2017Collapse )
16th-Aug-2017 05:30 pm - Two weeks out
DC
Hey everyone just a quick checkin with two weeks to go...

First off the annual announcement that Wayne Newton will NOT be playing in Atlanta during DCon weekend! Hes off Labor Day but still in residence at Bally's Las Vegas.

I'll update the Pocket Program link as soon as it comes down prob next week sometime.

Will update links as needed and appropriate.

Thanks everyone
1st-Jul-2017 03:11 pm - Still Here..
DC
Hey everyone...

just a quick update to let everyone know we're still open for business....will do the regular stuff as con gets closer...

Thanks all!
DC
Hey everyone.

By now, prob most everyone still about has heard of the recent updating with the LJ TOS, which I wont rehash here.

I dont believe there will be any effect on us directly; to me, its more symbolic of Livejournal's ongoing fadeout and a major step in that direction.

The community will keep on going as usual as its been in recent times.

I've opened and bulit an archival account of my own LJ at DreamWidth and would encourge everyone else to archive their own LJ as they see fit.

I'll be archiving the dragoncon community over there as well. Since there is already a Dragoncon community under the auspices of longtime community member greenwitch over at DW, there will be a different name for the community archive and it will be strictly an archive of this community which I will reimport regularly especially around and after con.

Staying open as long as we can, but taking precautions for what I fear is the oncoming day that it cant stay open.

EDIT: Dream Width archive community name is dragoncon_lj_archive. For now since its mainly an archive, not going to worry about look and design over there for right now.

Thanks everyone.
DC New
...in record time this year!!

All of the available space in the parade has been reserved.  Thanks to everyone who regsitered to march with us!

We are keeping a Wait List.  While there is no guarantee you'll get into the parade as a result of being on the Wait List, we urge you to sign up if you wanted to march but missed the window.

Go here to get on the Wait List http://tinyurl.com/dcparade2017waitlist


Thanks again!
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
15th-Feb-2017 10:19 am - 2017 DC PARADE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!
DC New
If you'd like to participate in the 2017 Parade, now's the time to sign up to march!

Our parade will roll down Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, September 2 at 10 AM sharp, rain or shine!

We accept individual and group (2 or more people under one name) entries as well as parade vehicles on the same form.  You must be a member of Dragon Con to participate in the parade. Registration will remain open until all space has been reserved at which time it will close with little to no warning.

We will contact you privately if we have any questions or concerns about your entry.

Separate, final vehicle confirmations will be sent June 30.  Remember to send us photographs of your vehicle(s) at dc_parade (at) dragoncon (dot)org.

When you successfully register, two (2) things will happen, you’ll receive a response screen letting you know your information has been received and you’ll also receive an auto-reply email containing the information you entered.

If your registration was not successful (information was missing or incorrectly filled out), you should see the form again with instructions regarding what to fix at the top of the page. Correct the entry and submit again.

If you have any problems registering or need to make a change to your entry, email us at dc_parade (at) dragoncon (dot)org.

Click it or cut and paste this URL into your browser to register:  http://tinyurl.com/dcparade2017

Can't wait to see you all at the parade this year!
JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
10th-Feb-2017 10:07 am - HEY SHERATON PEEPS!
check your email; long story, but the sheraton is jacking up their price for this year. you need to get in touch with them to approve the additional charge by the 23d of this month (maybe even the 20th) or you could !lose your reservation!

see the sheraton's FB page for more, and keep an eye out for word from D*C.
13th-Jan-2017 02:52 pm - Dragoncon cancels 2 popular tracks
tolkien by sunlitdays
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2017/01/09/102662-dragoncon-to-dissolve-tolkiens-middle-earth-track/

Dragoncon has canceled the Tolkien track. Terrible!

And I've heard that the Whedon'verse track has been canceled as well.
12th-Sep-2016 07:36 am - Dragon Con photos 2016
nighthawks
Dragon Con photos 2016

Pictures include but are not limited to:
* Amish folk
* Disney's UP guy and balloons
* Portal Companion Cube and Cake
* Tremors guys with graboids
* Various manifestations of the Marriott Marquis carpet
* Cosplay of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel
* Lots of Mad Max, Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa, War Boys, Wasteland Warrior Women.
* The Humungus (Road Warrior)
* Disney princesses
* Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.
* Hoban "Wash" Washburne from Firefly/Serenity impaled
* Star Wars Cantina Band
* Empire Strikes Back Ice Cream Maker Guy ("Willrow Hood")
* Star Trek Redshirts (Original Suicide Squad)
* Neil Gaiman's The Sandman (Morpheus, Lord of Dreams)
* Jan in a Pan from Mystery Science Theater 3000 "The Brain That Wouldn't Die"
* Robby the Robot
* Comic book artist/writer Mike Grell
* Kylo Ren
* That 11-foot model Enterprise that was in the back of the Trek Track room AmericasMart Building 2 Floor 4 Room 204-DE
(For the fan film Star Trek: First Frontier)
* My own Fin Shepard costume (Sharknado Chainsaw Guy with 9-foot plush shark) (Saturday)
* My own 2001: A Space Odyssey monolith costume (Sunday)

http://planettom.livejournal.com/351117.html
7th-Sep-2016 09:29 am - DragonCon 2016 and 2015 photos
Here are the photos I took Friday and Saturday: https://joema.smugmug.com/Events/DragonCon-2016/n-knG2Rn/

2015 photos: https://joema.smugmug.com/Events/DragonCon-2015/n-Q7kb8N/

Since Dragoncon.org no longer accepts fan photos, is there some better place to post these?
5th-Sep-2016 10:14 pm - Now we wait for another year
Pixie and me
Great con,
  I got sick on the way up there, so the first two days were pretty down until I could fight most of it off.
Art Show was great. Dealer Rooms, too, but they seemed smaller, and a few of the old regulars seemed to be missing. I did get a couple of interesting items.
  Was it me? Or did it seem not as crowded this year?
  Maybe the new arrangement was actually a help.
  I'm definitely out of touch with the current crop of actors, though. I just don't watch much TV these days. I didn't recognise but a handful of the guests.
1st-Sep-2016 03:03 pm - New Cosplayer: Weapons Question
Hi,

So I'm going as the Ultimate Daredevil version of Elektra, and I want to bring her tranditional sais. I want to know if I'll run into any problem bringing them??? The ones i bought are a silver steel and can be seen here --> (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DORU1I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

They are a little heavier than I wanted, but are really dull, no sharp edge and pose no danger that I can see. I'm not sure how to go about giving them a peace bond, as I don't have a sheath for them.
hotbreakfast
Hi, all!

First time DC'er and longtime LJ'er here! I'm so happy to have found this group-- I really appreciate all the links and I've been devouring the info... I feel like I'm just getting the hang of it all now. (We're veteran Burners, so if we can handle Burning Man, we can handle this, I hope!)

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See you soon! SO EXCITED!!
29th-Aug-2016 06:27 pm(no subject)
DC
Once again my favorite posting of the year in here: taking the annual poll to see where everyone is coming in from... NOTE: As usual for the sake of the poll, Metro Atlanta is defined as anywhere within 50 miles of the downtown core. I know its reached out way past that, but it still makes a nice round number. Maybe I'll change it when it hits 100 miles. ;)


Poll #2052799 Where dost thou travel from?

Where are you coming in from for DragonCon?

Metro Atlanta
13(33.3%)
Georgia Beyond Metro Atlanta
3(7.7%)
Alabama
2(5.1%)
Florida
2(5.1%)
Tennessee
3(7.7%)
South Carolina
1(2.6%)
North Carolina
4(10.3%)
The US beyond the previously mentioned states
10(25.6%)
Outside the United States
1(2.6%)

If coming in from a US state outside the ones listed, which state?

If coming in from outside the US, which Country?

29th-Aug-2016 05:53 pm - 2016 Final Community List
DC
Due to haste, this will be the only list posted.

Post any modifications or additions in the comments(I know there will be a few).
Will correct if I get the info before Wednesday. Wednesday and after check the comments for corrections.

Thanks all.

Final Community List for 2016Collapse )
29th-Aug-2016 05:46 pm - Home stretch...
DC
Hey everyone...

major apologies this year...two back to back family weddings and assorted family stuff have really slowed me on con prep...and when I was free of family was also free of good net access which didnt help....

I'm going to blow thru most of our pre con standard postings this year over the course of this evening.

First off of course is my annual announcement that Wayne Newton will NOT be playing Atlanta this year during DragonCon weekend...hes currently in residency at Ballys Las Vegas....

EDIT: I have also updated the Pocket Program link.

Daily Dragon at present seems to be farked. Will post meetup update from it as soon as I can.


Thanks everyone.
23rd-Aug-2016 10:34 pm - app???
Pixie and me
Wow! Just over a week until DragonCon, and the app still isn't functioning. it was up a couple of weeks early last year.

Join us at Hilton Atlanta Thursday - Sunday (September 1-4)

Live DJ | Friday - Sunday, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. | North Courtyard/Outside Pavilion

Karaoke| Friday - Sunday, 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. | Galleria

Smirnoff Electric Vodka Shot Station| Friday - Sunday, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Southern Elements (Located in the Lobby)

Dragon Con Local Brew Beer| Friday - Sunday, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Southern Elements (Located in the Lobby)

Live Music| Thursday, 8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Trader Vic's (Located on the Lower Level)

Live Music | Friday - Sunday, 8:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. | Nikolai's Roof (Located on the Top Floor)

18th-Aug-2016 12:13 am - info on DC photo ops
wholock: john in the tardis by fiendie
https://store.epicphotoops.com/dragon-con/2016

I'm told that this a company new to DC; anyone know anything abt them?
17th-Aug-2016 01:02 am - DC dining guide by anon
summer night sky by myth_moondancer
Please note that I did not write this, but I just found it on-line. The opinions, reviews, and directions are provided by the author of the guide, as I only go downtown abt once a year, so I'm hoping the info is accurate. I don't know who wrote it, as there doesn't seem to be a name attached.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nPM152px8axmCGeQBejvhFfHisCpKYOpf6U92Nivugc/edit

Call ahead and check the info w/ the restaurants themselves.
DC
This is my yearly posting to remind you that If you are planning on buying a multi-day membership for Dragon Con ONSITE at the Convention, please consider filling out the Pre Data Entry form located here http://www.dragoncon.org/dc_pde_barcode.php
This will save them time entering your data into the system and dramatically reduce the time.

Also, bring cash. I mean actual dollar bills and such. Preferably in exact change. This will save you the time of dealing with the credit card machines which puts you at the mercy of Yet Another Digital System That Can Fail.
30th-Jul-2016 05:46 pm - Con schedule on Google Calendar?
The Programmer
The app is ok, but I'm a little old school. I recall that last year I found the complete schedule somewhere in the Googleverse. Does anyone know if the schedule will be posted on Google Calendar/Docs/etc?
29th-Jul-2016 04:37 pm - host hotel DC 2016 prices?
tolkien by sunlitdays
Since they aren't listed on the DC site, can folks give an idea of what regular rooms cost this year at each of the five host hotels, please and thanks?
27th-Jul-2016 05:24 pm - Finally back in gear...
DC
Hey everyone...

apologies for my slow start this year...as usual reality keeps interfering...

As I say every one of the past few years, much slower here and in Livejournal land overall if your initials arent GRRM or ONTD. We're smaller, but place will continue on.

Community is is open mode and will stay that way prob till right after con to handle the smaller but still potent post con crunch.

dragonconrooms is still very active and in business so head there if you have room or roomie needs. I'll allow last minute room postings when they shut down for con; till then, please head there.

Will get stuff up to date fast as I can, but may take a bit. If you spot anything that needs fixing let me know.

Thanks everyone.

EDIT: Will fix link for Pocket Program when it is available. Daily Dragon isnt updating for this year yet best I can tell.
22nd-Jul-2016 11:56 am - new tags needed
doors to other worlds time by roxicons
The Stargate programming is now part of the new Military SciFi Media track, which also includes B5, Farscape, and Battlestar Galactica. The comm needs a new tag for this new track, please and thanks.

There also needs to be a tag for the Horror track.
summer night sky by myth_moondancer
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oK4OQWkeEeOsRORsDpcp0FW7XXeJ67a7xvagQxxFKjY/edit#gid=0

Looks like the start of a good schedule for all photoshoots. I suspect that one needs a Google account to access this?

ETA: seems that one doen't need to be logged in to Google to view the spreadsheet.
21st-Mar-2016 01:16 pm - weird badge question (yet again)
i didnt realize that the thread i commented on was as old as it was so i apologize for necroposting like that, but i was wondering if it would be possible to get the smaller badge that is given to on stie buyers instead of the large badge that is usually given to pre reg. i pre regged mine but i actually like the smaller badge better. if so this would be great, but if not no biggie, i just like the smaller badge better is all.
29th-Mar-2016 08:44 am - Any change to Dragoncon leadership?
I was talking today to a friend, who I will be going to Dragoncon with. I was copying and pasting the guest announcements and they seem to be no name authors, lawyers, and other weird categories. There has been almost nothing in the way of well known actors, and pretty much nothing in the way of sci fi actors. Has there been a big shift lately in priorities of guests or in Dragoncon leadership to explain this change?
Luci Icon Paris
Hi guys,

I am a big musicals fan and the Annie 2014 remake has kinda sparked an interest in me. I am looking for six people who would be insane enough to do an Annie costuming thing with me. It would be helpful if one knew how to do a cartwheel and one a forward tuck. Reply to me with your FB name and I will dump you in the Annie group. You can decide if the idea is too whacky and you want to leave or if you love the idea.

To be clear, I am looking for fans of Annie, both old and newer versions. :D
Nine loves science fiction by omgwtf42
http://atlanta.eater.com/maps/where-to-eat-and-drink-in-atlanta-during-dragon-con-2

Not many listed, though.

ETA: This site hasn't been updated! Hope it gets updated soon for this year. :)
13th-Jul-2016 04:20 pm - It's "Ask DCTV" Time!
scifi
It's "Ask DCTV" time again!

For those of you who don't know, Dragon Con TV (http://dragoncontv.org/) is the group that makes videos to entertain you while you're waiting in line to get a ticket or waiting for a panel or waiting for the Masquerade to start. One of the things we do are bumpers, those bits with white text on a black background. We make a lot of those each year, and because we're lazy, we recruit you to help us make them.

"But Stephen," you ask, "how can I help make bumpers?" Easy: ask us something. Previously we've been asked what to do with new fans who aren't familiar with old fandom, if we wanted to build a snowman, and which Star Trek series is best to watch while cuddling.

To ask DCTV, post a question as a reply to this message. End your question with the name or alias you'd like us to use when we credit you with the question. If you don't give us a name, we'll use your username or else make something up to call you.

Some general advice: You can post more than one question, though we'll probably only use at most one of them. Take a minute and look through previous questions if you want to make sure you're asking us a new one. Examples of old questions include, but are not limited to: why is there con funk? What should I eat at con? How do I get that sexy sexy guest to notice me?
1st-Mar-2016 03:29 pm - 2016 PARADE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED!
DC New

All of the space in the parade has been reserved for both participants and vehicles. The registration form has been disabled. WOW!

GROUP LEADERS - please review the number of spaces you reserved and let us know if any of the spaces can be returned 'to inventory'. Also, please remind your group members that they DO NOT need to sign up individually, and ask that they contact me directly if they did.

Sorry for the lack of a 2 minute warning, an influx of entries including a couple of new groups put us over the mark in seconds.

Thank you to all who registered.  More information coming as the year progresses.

JP :)
Director, Dragon Con Parade
dc_parade(at)dragoncon.org

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