Dragon Con Media Relations

September, 1 – September, 5 Atlanta, GA
Dragon Con Announces Top Guests
Jul• 03•19




Dan Carroll, Director, Media Engagement

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Dragon Con 2019 Top Guests (PDF Version)

Guests from Star Trek, Star Wars, Gotham, Shazam!, The Orville, Doctor Who, and other top television shows and movies will meet their fans at Dragon Con.

ATLANTA – July 02, 2019 – George Takei, Lana Parrilla, and David Tennant 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.

Scottish actor David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor of Doctor Who fame, makes a career of bringing fans’ favorite characters to life. Other noted roles of his include Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave, the voice of DuckTales’ Scrooge McDuck, and most recently the demonically charming Crowley of Good Omens

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.  (more…)

Featured Track: Robotics & Maker 2019
Jul• 03•19

The Robotics and Maker Track is dedicated to exploring all aspects of the Robotics and Maker Movements. They hold informative panels, demonstrations, and competitions designed to feed fans’ interest and increase knowledge on the practice and application of invention and engineering.

The track focuses on technology and engineering based creative pursuits, ranging from 3D printing to machining, to fabric circuits, with a goal of building interest in skills and creativity to be used in bringing new ideas to the public.

From special effects to space rovers, The Robotics and Maker Track is fans’ stop for all things created when tech meets imagination.

Director: Valerie Macht

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Featured Tracks: Science, Skeptic, & Space 2019
Jul• 01•19

Dragon Con’s Science, Skeptic, and Space Tracks invite fans to discuss and discover the known, the unknown, and what’s possible within the natural world and beyond.

Click below to learn more about the Science, Skeptic, and Space Tracks.


DCMR New Reporters Tour 2019
Jun• 29•19

Join the new reporters tour for Dragon Con 2019! We will walk through Dragon Con for 90 minutes, discussing opportunities for reporting, showing behind the scenes activities, and answering your questions This tour is provided to new Dragon Con reporters who are covering Dragon Con for your first or second time. We also open this to returning reporters who have not covered Dragon Con in several years.


1) We will provide you the location to start the tour before August 27th. Please pay attention to your emails.
2) The tour will cover 2-3 host hotels and will involve walking. Please let us know if you have mobility issues. We will work with you on providing alternate considerations.
3) The tour begins at 2:00 PM, though it is possible that circumstances could delay it until 2:30 PM

Sign up using this form

Please remember you must sign up to be invited to this Walking Tour.

DCMR Pub Crawl 2019 Announced!
Jun• 29•19

Each year 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 30 at 7:00 PM.

Sign up for the Pub Crawl Here!


After enjoying a time of camaraderie with fellow journalists and the DCMR team at 22 Stories, we walk down to the Greenbriar Room for some updates on Dragon Con 2019 and to answer any questions reporters have. 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.

Featured Track: Military SciFi Media 2019
Jun• 21•19

The Military SciFi Media (MSFM) Track at Dragon Con focuses on discussions of episodes, characters, costumes, and social issues encompassed by SF television shows/movies that feature a military element or setting, generally in space.

The Military SciFi Media Track (MSFM) is ready to do battle once again, featuring the best character, costuming, storyline, and social issue discussions from Andromeda, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (new and classic), Buck Rogers, Farscape, Firefly, Space: Above and Beyond, The Orville, Stargate, and Starship Troopers.

For fans, it is time to suit up and roll out their thoughts on diplomacy, peacekeeping, rules of engagement, and full-scale combat.

Director: James Henson

Connect with the Military Scifi Media track:


Jun• 19•19




Dan Carroll, Director, Media Engagement

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2019 Official Charity (PDF Version)

The Convention Continues the Dollar-for-Dollar Match of $100,000, and Challenges Fans to Support the Official Charity and to Get Involved with the Superheroes Service Team.

ATLANTA – June 19, 2019 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, has selected the Atlanta Affiliate of the American Heart Association as its official charity for 2019.

And the Dragon Con Superheroes will soon wrap up their slate of 2019 community service projects.  This program, now in its sixth year, has contributed more than 3,500 hours in community service to Atlanta-based non-profits.

Since 2013, the convention has consistently raised more than $100,000 for each of its annual official charities, including a dollar-for-dollar match up to $100,000 from the convention.  Funds are raised through convention-based auctions, special merchandise sales, special events, and the dollar-for-dollar match.

The selection of the American Heart Association is in honor of the late Thom Trainor, the long-serving director of the Dragon Con’s Comics and Pop Art division who died from a heart attack in July 2018, just a few weeks prior to the convention.

“Thom was more than a friend to the convention. His love of comics and art helped shape our comics and pop art programming into the widely anticipated experience it is today,” said convention co-chair Rachel Reeves.  “This year’s selection is a very personal one.”


Featured Track: Independent Film Festival 2019
Jun• 19•19

The Dragon Con Independent Film Festival is a four-day event of film screenings and panels, with directors, producers, writers, actors, SFX, and makeup artists all sharing their expertise.

The festival focuses each year on showcasing the finest independent films of the fantastic. They welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, but any film of the imagination that steps out of the slice-of-life category, including short animated films of all types. The competition is primarily for short films (under 60 minutes), but they also do take a few independent features.

There will be plenty to do for anyone who enjoys film. For filmmakers, this is a chance to show their films, meet others in the field, discuss the trials and tribulations of making a film, get some tips, and make some connections. Film lovers can hear some of the masters discuss their projects, watch the films entered in the Film Festival, and then drop by a panel and hear the winning directors/producers talk about their films.

Track Director: Matthew Foster

Connect with the Dragon Con Independent Film Festival:

Official Website

DCMR Update 2019-1 (6/19)
Jun• 19•19

Welcome to the Dragon Con Media Relations Summer Update #1

Every year Dragon Con sends approved reporters periodic updates covering administrative guidance, links to find out more about Dragon Con, and a summary of latest press releases and podcasts.  We anticipate this year a total of 10 Updates will be sent to approved reporters.  The updates area also posted to the Dragon Con Media Relations Website (mediarelations.dragoncon.org).

Today’s summary includes:

  • What is the best way to Contact Dragon Con Media Relations?
  • Press Releases
  • New Media Relations Podcasts for June
  • Fan Tracks
  • Guest Announcements

Click through for details.


Featured Track: Horror 2019
Jun• 17•19

Covering the history of horror from gothic literature to the Golden Age of the 1980s to beyond, the Horror Track is the home for the macabre at Dragon Con.

The track’s programming pulls from a network of actors, authors, musicians, scholars, fans, and creators of the wicked and grotesque terrors that haunt fans’ imaginations.

Track Director: Derek Tatum

Connect with Dragon Con’s Horror Track:

Official Website