Dragon Con Media Relations

September, 3 – September, 7 Atlanta, GA
UPDATE: Dragon Con Media Access Application Opens April 1
Mar• 14•20

Dragon Con Media Relations is asking for patience as we update our systems to accept media applications for Dragon Con 2020.  A technical issue was identified during testing for the application. Our technical team is working to resolve the issue and ensure smooth registration for all reporters.

We anticipate all will be well by April 1, 2020.  If we are able to open earlier, we will.  Otherwise, we are moving the date for accepting media applications to the first day of April. This is not an April Fool’s joke.

Thank you for your patience in this matter.  If you have any specific questions, please send them to mediarelations@dragoncon.org.

Dan and Samm


February Dragon Con Media Relations Update
Feb• 27•20

Dragon Con Media Relations Podcast Resumes with First Podcast of 2020

Dragon Con TV interviewer Chris Lloyd joins Dragon Con Engagement Director Dan Carroll to discuss a wide range of topics including his role as Dragon Con TV’s official interviewer, what Dragon Con TV is, the 2020 Dragon Con Charity – Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dragon Con Superheroes, and what makes a good interview.

We also talk about reporting from Dragon Con. With Media Access applications opening March 15, now is the time to get ready!

If you have topics you would like for us to discuss in depth, feel free to reach out to Dan Carroll (Dancarroll@dragoncon.org) or Samm Douglas (mediarelations@dragoncon.org). We are always happy to discuss anything Dragon Con on the DCMR Podcast.

Parade Registration Opens and Closes

One of the most talked about events at Dragon Con is always the Dragon Con Parade. Since 2002, the Dragon Con parade has filled Peachtree Street in Atlanta with costumed superheroes, aliens, hobbits and elves, Kirks and Spocks, Stormtroopers and a wide range of characters. As the parade has grown, the excitement to be part of the parade has grown with it.

Saturday, February 15, 2020, registration for the Dragon Con Parade opened and closed online in a matter of two hours. Completing full registration for all 3500 marching positions. Last year’s registration closed as full after only 4hours.

Dragon Con reporters will be able to view the parade from the Dragon Con Parade Media Corral, located at the corner of Peachtree Street and Baker in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Of course, with six months to go before the convention, this is subject to change, but anticipate this will be your viewing location again in 2020. Reporters will need Dragon Con media access badges to enter the corral, but those with valid media access will be allowed to walk through the parade for extraordinary access for photography and videography.

More details about the parade will be shared throughout the year. For more information about the Dragon Con Parade Contact Dan Carroll.

Dragon Con Superheroes/Charity

Dragon Con Superheroes spent their snow day in Atlanta a little differently than most fans in the area. Launching into their first Dragon Con Superhero event of 2020, 140 Superheroes spent the day at Open Hand Atlanta cooking, creating, delivering, and caring for Atlanta area clients with delicious meals and surprise valentine cards. DCTV Captured it in video!

The Dragon Con Superheroes is a community service project team for our members, volunteers, and staff to give back to our local community. Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 3,100 hours to Atlanta-area non-profits. But, Dragon Con’s Spirit of Giving doesn’t end with The Dragon Con Superheroes.

At Dragon Con, we raise money for our designated charity throughout the convention via auctions and other events Organizations selected in the past have represented a wide range of community services, including support for families facing lupus, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and heart disease, assistance for the homeless, community food banks, education, and libraries. The 2020 Charity is Big Brothers, Big Sisters, an organization that is dear to the Dragon Con Media Relations Team.

And, Dragon Con has a blood drive! In 2019, LifeSouth, which has organized the convention’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” collected more than 10,000 units of blood and blood products from 3,600 donors

https://www.dragoncon.org/mediarelations/2020/02/21/dragoncon-2020-official-charity/ (Press Release about BBBS)

Registration Notes

Media Access Applications Open March 15, 2020. Media access is opened to reporters and photo journalists over the age of 17 who are on assignment from an established outlet. Media Access closes August 10 (15?) and onsite registration as media is limited to local broadcast and print and media with significant distribution. We do not provide media access to social media influencers unless invited by a Dragon Con director.

As we get ready for Dragon Con Media Access to open we are updating our qualifications and considerations page so you can better prepare your application. Look for a link to updated qualifications and considerations in early March, 2020.

Dragon Con 2020 Notes – Dragon Con Guests

The process for bringing guests to Dragon Con begins before the previous year’s convention and continues up to the first day of Dragon Con. Our guest committee works with individual guests and agents to ensure the greatest fan experience each year. We recommend that all guests apply to Dragon Con using the guest application form. This form is also used for attending professionals to apply.

Looking at a variety of factors, Dragon Con brings 400 guests each year! The breakdown for the guests on average is over 100 celebrity guests in the Walk of Fame, over 120 Comics and Pop Art alley guests, and the rest of the guests distributed through literature, film, music, and the reality tracks.

The guest list is updated all year round and new guests are announced through Social Media and the Dragon Con webpage. Dragon Con Media will do our best to share the major guest announcements and will update the guest list on both our website and our podcast, but Dragon Con itself is the best place to track guest announcements.

In late spring and early summer, we often field concerns that our guest list is not strong this year. You can include any year because this is a common concern before June. The reason for this is that Dragon Con tends to make major guest announcements in the summer. By mid-august the feedback that fans and reporters give to us is that “This year you have the best guest list ever!”


DCMR Podcast 1-2020: Chris “Crispy” Lloyd – DCTV, Dragon Con Charities, and Kicking-off 2020
Feb• 25•20

Dragon Con TV interviewer Chris Lloyd joins Dragon Con Engagement Director Dan Carroll to discuss a wide range of topics including his role as Dragon Con TV’s official interviewer, what Dragon Con TV is, the 2020 Dragon Con Charity – Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dragon Con Superheroes, and what makes a good interview.

We also talk about reporting from Dragon Con. With Media Access applications opening March 15, now is the time to get ready!

If you have topics you would like for us to discuss in depth, feel free to reach out to Dan Carroll (Dancarroll@dragoncon.org) or Samm Douglas (mediarelations@dragoncon.org). We are always happy to discuss anything Dragon Con on the DCMR Podcast.

Links:

DCTV:

Charity:


DRAGON CON SELECTS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AS 2020 OFFICIAL CHARITY
Feb• 21•20
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DRAGON CON SELECTS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF METRO ATLANTA AS 2020 OFFICIAL CHARITY

Dragon Con Continues Its Tradition of Giving Back With Fundraisers and Hands-on Service Projects

2020 Official Charity Release (PDF Version)

ATLANTA – February 21, 2020 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally-known pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta as its official charity for 2020. 

Inspired by the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, Dragon Con challenges its fans to support the charity and get involved.

The convention has raised more than $566,000 over the past five years for its annual official charities through convention-based auctions, special merchandise sales, special events, and Dragon Con’s dollar-for-dollar match up to $100,000. Last year’s charity, The American Heart Association, received more than $142,000, including funds from the convention match.

Nearly half a million children in Metro Atlanta live in communities with low or very low child well-being. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta matches children facing adversity with adult volunteers – known as “Bigs” – who serve as mentors to help the children – known as “Littles” – achieve their full potential.  

“We have already been at work brainstorming ideas on fundraising,” said Reeves, “as well as supporting their mission to solicit ‘Bigs’ into their program so that more ‘Littles’ can be matched and then mentored.”

Dragon Con also announced its plans for “Superheroes” community service project for 2020. Each year, the convention invites its members and fans in the Atlanta area to participate in a series of projects reaching different aspects of the metro area’s non-profit community. 

“Working in the community is also an important way of giving back,” Reeves said. “Through volunteerism, we are able to help some great organizations achieve their mission, and it also helps the great big Dragon Con family give back to a city that means so much to all of us.”

Since the Superheroes program began in 2013, Dragon Con’s members and fans have donated nearly 4,000 hours to various community projects. 

In 2020, Dragon Con will organize four Superhero projects, called episodes.  In the first episode, which was held on Feb. 8, 140 Superheroes spent a snowy day at Open Hand Atlanta cooking, packaging, creating, delivering, and caring for Atlanta area clients with delicious meals and surprise valentine cards.  

In the next episode, Dragon Con volunteers will assemble at Atlanta Mission on April 11 to give the shelters a good spring cleaning and help sort donations.  Two additional episodes, which have not yet been scheduled, will support needs identified by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.  

For additional information on the Superheroes program, including how to get involved, please visit www.dragoncon.org/?q=superheroes.

In addition to its fundraising and community service projects, Dragon Con holds the largest convention-based blood drive in the nation. At the 2019 convention, LifeSouth, which has organized the convention’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive since 2002, collected more than 10,000 units of blood and blood products from more than 3,600 donors. The annual 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 (Sept. 3 – Sept. 7, 2020). Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 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.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.  For more information, please visit https://www.bbbsatl.org.


Dragon Con Superheroes at Open Hand Atlanta
Feb• 12•20

You don’t have to wear a cape to be a superhero… but you do have to wear a hairnet. 🦸 Check out the latest Dragon Con Superheroes service project at Open Hand Atlanta!


Dragon Con Superheroes Supporting Project Open Hand Feb 8th
Jan• 17•20

The Dragon Con Superheroes program, now in its seventh year, has contributed more than 3,500 hours in community service to Atlanta-based non-profits. Dragon Con is excited to announce that registration for the first Superheroes project of the year  – February 8th at Open Hand Atlanta – is now OPEN. This is expected to be the largest Dragon Con Superheroes event to date.

According to Dragon Con Co-Chair Rachel Reeves, volunteering for Dragon Con Superheroes s is open to anyone. “This is our largest event EVER so please spread the word and invite your friends, family, and volunteers to join us,” said Reeves.

  • When: February 8th
  • When: 9a – 12n / Check In Begins at 845a
  • Where: Open Hand Atlanta, 181 Armour Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324

Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. The Superheroes will prepare and package meals, as well as pack market baskets, deliver meals, and make valentines for the week’s delivery.

The Dragon Con Superheroes is a community service project team for our members, volunteers, and staff to give back to our local community. Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 3,100 hours to Atlanta-area non-profits.

Reeves said last year Dragon Con Superheroes made a strong impact at Open Hand Atlanta, “Thanks to all our amazing superheroes who came out to volunteer for last year’s event with Open Hand, we were able to pack 1429 meals and 155 pantry bags, vegetable bags, and fruit bags.”

” We look forward to exceeding these numbers this year!” Reeves said.

In celebration of our Superheroes’ contributions to the community, Dragon Con will again host an exclusive celebration during the 2020 convention. Additionally, all Dragon Con Superheroes participating in projects will receive a free Superheroes t-shirt.

To Register: https://www.dragoncon.org/participate/superheroes/#appform.

Links:

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta (Aug. 27th – August. 31, 2020). Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 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.


DCMR 2019 Podcast 10: Thank you!
Dec• 30•19

This podcast we thank you for your coverage of Dragon Con 2019 and talk a little about next year.

Links:

https://www.dragoncon.org/travel/hotels


2019 Dragon Con Reporters Will Need to Report Coverage by October 11th
Sep• 12•19

As Dragon Con grows, the amount of requests we receive for Media Access also grows. Thus, we find it necessary for reporters to send us their coverage early after Dragon Con.

  • If we do not receive your Dragon Con 2019 coverage you will not be eligible for Dragon Con 2020 Media Access.
  • If you weren’t able to attend Dragon Con 2019, make sure we know so we mark your status as excused.
  • If your coverage was not used, complete the form showing your work as proof you were reporting at Dragon Con 2019.
  • If your interview requests were not approved, you are still required to provide coverage of Dragon Con.
  • If you have questions regarding coverage requirements, please email Samm at mediarelations@dragoncon.org.

What do you need to do? Click on the link below, complete the form for Dragon Con 2019 coverage, and we’ll take it from there!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR DRAGON CON 2019 COVERAGE!


RECORD NUMBERS OF POP CULTURE FANS TREKKED TO DRAGON CON 2019
Sep• 02•19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       Contact:  Phone:   Email: URL: Dan Carroll
Director, Media Engagement  
404 692 1958  
dancarroll@dragoncon.org
www.dragoncon.org  

RECORD NUMBERS OF POP CULTURE FANS TREKKED TO DRAGON CON 2019

Attendance Soars Past 85,000 for Five Days of Celebration

More Than $110,000 Raised for American Heart Association’s Georgia Affiliate

ATLANTA – September 2, 2019 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, attracted a record 85,000 people for the five-day celebration and raised more than $110,000 for its official 2019 charity, American Heart Association’s Georgia affiliate.  

Dragon Con 2020 – the 34th annual convention – will return to downtown Atlanta for the five-day Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3 to Sept. 7. 

“Dragon Con 2019 was another terrific success. For many of our fans and guests, Dragon Con gave them five days to escape the real world and embrace the things they love with friends from around the world,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.  

Fans came from around the world and all 50 states, with this year’s convention attracting people from Canada, Mexico, several European countries, and Australia.    

Some of this year’s top guests included George Takei, Sulu from the Star Trek franchise, Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla, David Tennant, whose geek credits include Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, and Good Omens, plus Freema Agyeman, Cary Elwes, Lou Ferrigno, Zachary Levi, Ralph Macchio, Catherine Tate, Cress Williams, and pop duo Aly & AJ.   

The convention also supported a number of movies and television shows made in Georgia including Stranger Things, Black Lightening, Cobra Kai, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and The Gifted. Fans also had a chance to talk with creators and professional players from Paladins and SMITE, perhaps the most popular video game to come out of Georgia.

In the Dragon Awards, A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen, was the fan’s choice in theBest Science Fiction Novel category. The Dragon Awards are the only fan’s choice award in fandom, with more than 10,000 people casting a ballot this year.   

In the months leading up to the 2019 convention, Dragon Con Superheroes community service program, volunteers and fans worked with Piedmont Park Conservancy to mulch the dog park and handle other maintenance tasks, packed some 1500 meals for Open Hand Atlanta, and sorted and packed medical supplies for MedShare. Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 3,500 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 3,600 donors contributed more than 10,000 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.


DRAGON AWARDS RECOGNIZE FANS’ FAVORITES IN FICTION, GAMES, AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT
Sep• 02•19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       Contact:  Phone:   Email: URL: Dan Carroll,
Director, Media Engagement
404 692 1958  
dancarroll@dragoncon.org www.dragoncon.org  

DRAGON AWARDS RECOGNIZE FANS’ FAVORITES IN FICTION, GAMES, AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

Comic Book Legend George Pérez, Short Fiction Author Simone Heller, and Fandom Superhero

Edward deGruy Honored for Contributions to Writing, Fandom, and the Industry

ATLANTA – September 2, 2019 – Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, announced the winners of its 4th annual Dragon Awards, a fan’s choice awards program to recognize the best in books, comics, games, and filmed entertainment.

Leading this year’s Dragon Awards, A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen was the fans’ choice in theBest Science Fiction Novel category.

Dragon Con also announced three other convention awards, recognizing achievement in short fiction and lifelong contributions to the profession and fandom. 

When We Were Starless by Simone Heller was honored with the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction, established in the memory of the Nebula-award winning author and long-time volunteer director. A juried award, the “Eugie” celebrates the best in innovative fiction. Previous winners are Fran Wilde (2018), N.K Jemisin (2017), and Catherynne M. Valente (2016). 

Comic book legend George Pérez was honored with the Julie Award, given to an industry professional for universal achievement spanning multiple genres. Best known for his work with The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman, Pérez is also known for his charitable efforts, regularly raising money for myriad causes. Peter David, 2007 Julie Award winner and Pérez’s longtime collaborator, presented the award.

And, Edward deGruy was recognized with the Hank Reinhardt Fandom Award, given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to fandom. deGruy co-founded Atlanta OutWorlders, an organizer of events for LGBTQ+ fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and gaming and is a long-time volunteer and director at Dragon Con.

The Dragon Awards were created in 2016 as part of Dragon Con’s 30th anniversary celebration. All fans – not just Dragon Con members or attendees – were invited to nominate their favorite properties for the awards and then select Dragon Award winners by voting on the annual Dragon Awards ballot. 

More than 10,000 fans cast ballots for Dragon Award winners, selected from among 91 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming, and tabletop gaming.  Winners were announced on Sept. 1 at Dragon Con 2019 in downtown Atlanta.

Final voting was held via the dedicated Dragon Awards website, and the voting period ran from August 6 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 19. The best and most popular of the nominated properties were elevated to the ballot. 

And the Dragon Award winners are …

Best Science Fiction Novel
A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
House of Assassins by Larry Correia

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

Best Alternate History Novel
Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling

Best Media Tie-In Novel
Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Best Horror Novel
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Best Comic Book
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Best Graphic Novel
X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis by Ed Piskor

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Good Omens, Amazon Prime

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Avengers: Endgame by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite by Niantic, WB Games San Francisco

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Betrayal Legacy by Avalon Hill Games

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Call of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep Slipcase Set by Chaosium Inc.

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 five days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.