Dragon Con Media Relations

August, 30 – September, 3 Atlanta, GA
Featured Track: Alternate and Historical Fiction Track
May• 10•19

The Alternate and Historical Fiction Track is the destination for times of “never-was” and days of future “could-have-been.” This track mixes its special brand of entertainment with a new slant on the past, present, and future to those who love being in and out of time.


From fan panels about shows like Timeless and Man in the High Castle to the ever popular Alternate History Costuming series, there is something for all.

For more details about the Alternate and Historical Fiction Track, visit its website: click here.

Track Director: “Doctor Q” (Enrique Velaquez)

2019 Media Access Applications are OPEN!
Mar• 15•19

Dragon Con–the internationally known and fan convention covering film, television, literature, comics, art,. music, gaming, and pop culture –will open applications for media access on March 15, 2019.  This year’s show looks to be amazing with a rich list of celebrity guests, 3500 hours of programming, record attendance, and the most amazing cosplay in the world.

Form is available by clicking on Media Access above.

Dragon Con is a fan convention that invites reporters to come, explore, and report on this fascinating and inclusive event. Because we are a fan event and not a media event, Dragon Con has a limited number of media badges each year. We personally check each application to ensure that the reporter or photojournalist:

  • Works for an established outlet;
  • Currently  is engaged with that outlet;
  • Maintains an adequate distribution;
  • Creates editorial content that could be considered reporting by Dragon Con Media Relations standards; and
  • Has provided details of 2018 coverage, if the reporter is returning.

Each year we receive hundreds of applications for Media Access. As Dragon Con grows, so do we! While we would love to grant media access to all who apply, unfortunately it is not possible. Our decisions for approving media access takes into account distribution, reputation, and quality of existing work.

Some things to consider before applying as online media:

  • We do not routinely provide media access to outlets that distribute only through social media, unless they have a massive distribution. We will consider outlets that have over 100K followers or subscribers.
  • If you have a medium to small sized organization, it is possible that not all members of your reporting team will be approved.
  • Each reporter needs a unique email address. Please do not use the same email addresses for all reporters from your outlet.
  • We do not provide media access to outlets that focus on creating controversial satire and comedy.
  • We will not judge the results of your reporting in most cases, but will not support abusive or mocking coverage of our attendees, guests, volunteers, or leadership. Dragon Con prides itself as a safe place for our attendees and asks reporters to respect that.
  • If you are turned down for media access, you are still free to attend Dragon Con and create your own content, provided you do not block or interrupt the flow of traffic or attempt to interview Dragon Con guests.
  • If you have been declined in the past, we can still consider you if you can provide evidence of expanded growth.
  • If you represent a specific genre (gaming, Star Wars, etc), we will likely ask for input from the experts in that field including Dragon Con track directors for name recognition and reputation for quality.
  • We encourage costuming and cosplay focused media to apply early. Due to the popularity of our costuming, we usually do not approve cosplay media after mid-July.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Dragon Con 2019!

Dragon Con Media Relations January Update
Jan• 05•19

2019 is underway, and so is planning for Dragon Con 2019!

Dragon Con 2018 was the best Dragon Con ever! Better crowd management, amazing guests, a thrilling return of the Dragon Con parade, and so much more! We look forward to seeing you at Dragon Con 2019, but we wanted to share some information about how to make sure your readers, listeners, or viewers will have exciting content.

With the growth of Dragon Con and Dragon Con Media Relations, we have had to make some changes to our department to better serve you. Former Media Relations Director Dan Carroll has been promoted to Media Engagement Director and former Dragon Con Interview Manager Samantha Douglas has been promoted to Dragon Con Media Relations Director.  Erin Behnke, a long time Dragon Con Volunteer, has been promoted to Dragon Con Interview Director.

This is what these new roles will mean:

  • Contact Dan to work more closely with Dragon Con or ask specific questions about the convention or request a spokesperson interview. Dan will continue to lead the Media Relations department and serve as spokesperson for the convention. He will work directly with reporters for matters involving coverage questions, information about the convention, interviews with Dan about Dragon Con, interviews with other Dragon Con directors, and guest interviews prior to the show. He will send out Dragon Con press releases and lead Dragon Con reporter tours. His new email is dancarroll@dragoncon.org.
  • Contact Samm with questions or concerns related to registration or onsite activities. Samm will be the administrative arm of the convention. She will be handling registration prior to and at Dragon Con, leading the team of 17 volunteers who are in place to serve reporters, directing onsite support and assistance, managing podcast space, and working as a utility infielder.  Her new email is mediarelations@dragoncon.org
  • Contact Erin with questions about guest interviews. Erin will be managing and coordinating onsite guest interviews for the media guests, writers, authors, artists, and comic book creators. She will be in touch with you as the convention gets closer to help you to make the most of your Dragon Con experience. Her email is interviews@dragoncon.org.





Dragon Con Reporter Self Reporting Form
Sep• 24•18

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 Dragon Con Wrap Up 2018 final (PDF Format) 



More Than 80,000 Joined the Fun in Downtown Atlanta to

Meet Their Favorite Actors, Authors, Artists, and Other Creators


$85,000 Raised for Official Charity Literacy Action, Inc.


ATLANTA – September 3, 2018 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, attracted an estimated 80,000 people for the five-day celebration.

“We are proud to have organized an exciting convention that gave fans an opportunity to show off their spectacular costumes, make new friends, and meet their favorite creators. These are the reasons fans come back to Dragon Con year after year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Dragon Con has always been focused on delivering an awesome fan experience. We are perfectly comfortable with this year’s attendance.”

Fans came from around the world and all 50 states, with this year’s convention attracting people from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and other Pacific Rim countries.

Some of this year’s top guests include Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison, Ant Man & The Wasp’s Evangeline Lilly, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter, and Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things.


In addition to Ant-Man and The Wasp and Stranger Things, other movies and television shows made in Georgia were well represented including Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Jumanji, and CW’s Black Lightning. Fans also had a chance to talk with creators from Smite, perhaps the most popular video game to come out of Georgia.


Artemis, the latest book from Andy Weir, whose The Martian was turned into a major motion picture, collected a Dragon Award as the best Science Fiction Novel of the past year.  The Dragon Awards are the only fan’s choice award in fandom, with more than 11,000 people casting a ballot this year.


The convention’s newest track, Diversity in Speculative Fiction, attracted standing room only crowds to many of its panel discussions.


In its fundraising efforts, Dragon Con raised at least $85,000, including the convention match, for its 2018 official charity, Literacy Action, Inc., which helps build better futures for undereducated adults in the Atlanta area by teaching literacy, life skills, and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.

The convention has already selected it’s 2019 official charity. The American Heart Association’s Georgia Chapter will be the official charity, in honor of Thom Trainor, who was the long-time director of the convention’s Comics and Pop Artist division, who passed away this summer.

“Thom’s love of comics and art helped shape our comics and pop art programming into the unique experience it is today,” Reeves said.

In the months leading up to the 2018 convention, Dragon Con Superheroes community service program, volunteers and fans delivered more than 8,500 books for Literacy Action, supported Literacy Action’s Friends and Family Day graduation ceremonies by hosting games and serving the event’s meal, and gave a women’s shelter a top-to-bottom spring cleaning for Partnership Against Domestic Violence.  Since 2014, Dragon Con Superheroes have contributed more than 2,900 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 3,000 donors contributed nearly 6,000 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.

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Over 11,000 Voters Cast Ballots in the Third Annual Dragon Awards Recognizing

The Best in Books, Comics, Games and Filmed Entertainment

 Dragon Award 2018 winners (PDF Format) 

ATLANTA – September 2, 2018 – Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, announced the winners of its 3rd annual Dragon Awards, a fan’s choice awards program to recognize the best in books, comics, games, and filmed entertainment.

More than 11,000 fans cast ballots for Dragon Award winners among 94 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming, and tabletop gaming.  Winners were announced on Sept. 2 at the 32nd annual Dragon Con in downtown Atlanta.

All fans – not just Dragon Con members or attendees – are invited to select the Dragon Award winners by voting on the annual Dragon Awards ballot.

Final voting was held via the dedicated Dragon Awards website, and the voting period ran from August 7 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 31. 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 to meet the need for a fan’s choice award.

And the winners are …

Best Science Fiction Novel

Artemis by Andy Weir


Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson


Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

A Call to Vengeance by David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope


Best Alternate History Novel

Uncharted by Kevin J. Anderson and Sarah A. Hoyt


Best Media Tie-In Novel

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray


Best Horror Novel

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King


Best Comic Book

Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron and James Harren, Marvel Comics


Best Graphic Novel

Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, and Julius M. Gopez, Dynamite Entertainment


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Game of Thrones, HBO


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

Middle-earth: Shadow of War by Monolith Productions


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery by Jam City


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains by Slugfest Games


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

Magic: The Gathering Unstable 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 3,500 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.

Statement on the Shootings in Jacksonville
Aug• 26•18

We are deeply saddened by the events in Jacksonville earlier today, and our thoughts and condolences go out to the friends and family of all impacted.

We are still evaluating the events that have unfolded, and are working with the Atlanta Police Department, our host hotels, and our security team to continue to ensure that our event is safe and enjoyable for everyone. The safety of our attendees remains our top priority.

Dragon Con Reporters are Responsible to Follow Dragon Con Policies
Aug• 21•18

Members of the press attending Dragon Con must follow the policies of Dragon and are held accountable for violations. Further, we cannot allow reporters who support or encourage the violation of these policies to remain as approved members or the press.  The most common situations we have encountered are reporters encouraging attending Dragon Con without becoming a member or without a hotel room or other place to stay. These are both in violation of the spirit of Dragon Con and the safety of Dragon Con Members. Other violations we have encountered include mean spirited attacks on attendees or pranks intended to demean or harass our attendees. These violations will result in badges being pulled.

Click here to see the full list of policies


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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Relations

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DCTV Live Stream_2018 v3.pdf (PDF VERSION)
Streaming Memberships Offer the Best of Dragon Con’s Panels, Costume Contests, and Other Events, Wherever, Whenever You Go.

DVR Features Lets You Relive the Memories for Three Months

ATLANTA – August 21, 2018 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, will offer a live internet streamed version of DragonConTV’s start to finish coverage of the convention as a 2018 Streaming Membership.

Some 85,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con in 2018, filling downtown over the five-day Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, with events and activities across five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta – and AmericasMart Buildings One and Two.

DragonConTV provides in-depth coverage, 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 1st. The “Dragon Con DVR” will also contain additional convention coverage that wasn’t broadcast live, as well as select “classic” programming from past conventions.

Streaming Memberships, offering a stream that is 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 until August 25 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 30th at 12:00pm and will conclude Monday, September 3rd 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 3,500 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming over five days. For more information, please visit dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dragon Con Hosts Reporter Walk Through/Pub Crawl
Aug• 18•18

Every year at Dragon Con, Dragon Con Media Relations welcomes reporters for a behind the scene tour and pub crawl starting at Twenty-Two Stories in the Hyatt Regency. This year the pub crawl is scheduled for August 29 at 7:00 PM.

After enjoying a time of camaraderie with fellow journalists and the DCMR volunteers at 22 Stories, we walk down to the Greenbriar Room for some updates on Dragon Con 2018, simple Q/A, and some background. Next we head to another of the hotel bars, while discussing the joy of Dragon Con and getting a behind the scenes peaks at Dragon Con being set up. Often we run into Dragon Con directors and volunteers who have a unique perspective on the event. Sometimes we even run into a guest or two. Our course is free and open so that we can explore new and interesting aspects of Dragon Con as they present itself. The tour itself lasts until roughly 10 PM, but reporters are free to continue to mingle all night.

UPDATE: We now have a Facebook Event for the Reporters Pub Crawl.


All reporters are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for this event, but reporters are responsible for their own food and drink during the tour.