Kelly McCorkendale

Kelly McCorkendale is a dog-lover, avid quilter, and occasional creative writer who loves the color orange and boycotts cable (except Game of Thrones because, well, what if winter is coming!?). After college, she realized poets weren’t in demand, so she shipped off to Madagascar with Peace Corps. Since then, she’s found a niche working on health systems in Africa but has a long-list of life tasks yet to be fulfilled--such as perform blackmail, learn a trade, and become a competitive eater. She has an MA in International Education, believes rice is the elixir of life, and, in high school, won the best supporting actress honor for the state of Missouri. She may also recite poetry (her first love) when imbibing in alcohol.

Not the Pandemic We Dreamed but the Pandemic We Deserved

On Saturday at 8AM, fan track Apocalypse Rising hosted public health expert Dorothy Lowry, food scientist George Cavender, and geophysicist Mika McKinnon to talk about the coronavirus pandemic and general disaster preparedness since 2020 has turned, seemingly, into one big cluster that has robbed us of everything normal and joyful. (Case in point: no in-person Dragon Con.) And, as moderator… Read more →

Puppeteers of Color Talk Representation in Front of and Behind the Camera

On Friday at 11:30AM, Kevin Clash, Aymee Garcia, and Noel MacNeal—with moderator Raymond Carr—joined Dragon Con virtually to dish all things puppetry as a person of color then, now, and into the future. The puppeteers started by discussing their earliest professional experiences. MacNeal, who attended the Pratt Institute, traveled to Paris to do a series of commercials with an instructor… Read more →

Black Lightning Strikes Dragon Con Again

The cast of Black Lightning once again proved to be a class act as they visited with Dragon Con attendees in the Hilton Grand Salon on Sunday morning in anticipation of Season 3, which drops in October. The titular superhero himself, Cress Williams, was joined by Nafessa Williams, James Remar, and Jordan Calloway and talked about everything from how it… Read more →

Companions in Time and Space (And Conversation!)

Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman (in her first Dragon Con appearance) graced Hilton’s Grand Salon Saturday and answered fans’ burning questions about how it felt to explore time and save the universe beside the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant. Tate, with her characteristic quick wit and silliness, wooed the audience from the word go, calling the silver carafe of… Read more →

Zach Galligan, Gizmo, and the Gremlins: A Study in Black Comedy

Zach Galligan—a mainstay of ‘80s cult horror films and black comedies—lovingly cleared a space for an ever-cute plush Gizmo on his table, moving the silver pitcher of water as far from the mogwai as possible. It was a charming and endearing start to his panel in the Hilton’s Grand East Saturday afternoon to celebrate all things Gremlins, where Galligan showed… Read more →

Will the Real Karate Kid Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Karate Kid Please Stand Up?

In 1984, Ralph Macchio, as Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid, lifted his arms sky high, assuming “the crane” stance, and face-kicked his nemesis, the bully known as Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka. We all cheered. Our hero prevailed, getting the trophy and the girl. Good bested evil. Or did it? Fast forward thirty-some-odd years to a little show… Read more →

The Puppetry and Possibilities of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The Marriott Imperial Ballroom faded slowly into darkness Saturday afternoon as screens flanking either side of the stage lit up with color and sound for a good old-fashioned trailer. Not for a feature film, but a ten-episode TV series that had been released the day before on Netflix—The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The trailer was truly spectacular, showing glimpses… Read more →

Catherine Tate: A One-Woman Zeitgeist

Catherine Tate is a one-woman zeitgeist. A red-headed goddess of sorts, entering the Hilton Grand Salon on Friday by saying “Thank you for coming. Let’s start a cult.” Yes, let’s. You, Ms. Tate, shall be our supreme leader. You may know Tate from Doctor Who as the indelible Donna Noble (no pun intended)—a companion of the 10th Doctor, played by… Read more →

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