Dragon Con Media Relations

September, 1 – September, 5 Atlanta, GA
DCMR Podcast 2 2019: Interviews and the Silk Road
Jun• 15•19

This edition of the DCMR Podcast features Erin Behnke, the Dragon Con Interview Manager (interviews@dragoncon.org) and Beth Giles, the new Dragon Con Silk Road Director (silkroad@dragoncon.org).

Topics covered in the interview portion:

  • Walk of Fame Guest Interview Requests
  • Other Dragon Con Guest Interviews
  • DOs and DON’Ts of interviewing Dragon Con Guests

Topics covered in the interview portion:

    • What is a the Silk Road Track?
    • What are the featured panels of the Silk Road Track?
  • Ninjas! Godzilla! K-Pop! and so much more

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Listen to the Podcast:

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Featured Track: Filk 2019
Jun• 15•19

Filking is music that is by fans of any given fandom, about any given fandom.  The Dragon Con Filk Track takes special pride in making everyone welcome who is interested in or curious about Filk.

Browncoats, Wrock, Trock, Ponies, and traditional Filkers are all welcome to filking concerts, open filk hours, discussion panels, and some brand new workshops.

Continue to check the following sites for the latest Dragon Con Filk Track updates.

Website: Click here.

Twitter: Click here.

Director: Robby Hillard

Featured Tracks: Fantasy Literature & Science-Fiction Literature 2019
Jun• 13•19

Dragon Con’s  Fantasy Literature Track and Science-Fiction Literature track celebrate the written works that transport fans to other and outer worlds.

Click below to learn more about the Fantasy Literature and Science-Fiction Literature Tracks. (more…)

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2019 Artist and Literary Guests of Honor (PDF VERSION)

Artist Julie Dillon and Author Brandon Sanderson Will Be Recognized

ATLANTA – June 13, 2019 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming convention, has selected American fantasy artist Julie Dillon and American fantasy and science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson and as its 2019 Artist and Literary Guests of Honor.

Beginning with its first convention in 1987, Dragon Con has recognized an author and an artist whose creative contributions to the realms of fantasy and science fiction are widely recognized as among the very best as Literary and Artist Guests of Honor.  Dillon and Sanderson will be recognized throughout the event for their contributions to their individual fields.  Both will be on hand to meet fans and participate in panels to provide insight into their success and love of fandom.

“We are delighted to recognize Julie and Brandon as our Guests of Honor this year.  They are endlessly creative individuals who have been widely and consistently recognized for the quality of their work,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair.

An award-winning illustrator, including four Hugo awards and five Chesley awards, Dillon has created fantasy and science fiction images for games, book and magazine covers, and covers for musical albums. Much of her art has been compiled into three books, the most recent of which, Daydreamer’s Journey, was issued in 2018.  Please visit Dillon’s website at https://www.juliedillonart.com/

Sanderson is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and short works writer who is best known for creating the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels are set. He is also known for writing the final three installments of Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time.  In 2018, Sanderson’s young adult novel Calamity was nominated for a Dragon Award, the fan choice awards organized by Dragon Con. Please visit Sanderson’s website at https://brandonsanderson.com/


About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend (Aug 29 -Sept 2, 2019) in Atlanta. 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.

Featured Track: Costuming 2019
Jun• 11•19

The Dragon Con Costuming track considers itself “the cooking show of costuming; the HGTV of DC.” This track crafts four jam-packed days of DIY for the costumer in everyone, no matter the attendee’s skill level, area of costuming interests, or favorite fandom genre.

The sewing crowd can enjoy panels on patterning, “frankensteining,” draping, and drafting. While aspiring prop-builders have plenty of sculpting, casting, fabricating and electronics panels to satisfy their maker cravings.

Attendees can then show off their work at the craftsmanship-oriented Friday Night Costume Contest. Or they can put their costuming skills to the last minute “MacGyver” test at the hilariously campy Project Cosplay competition. Fans of Game Show Network’s Skin Wars will also love the Costuming track’s Body Art Challenge where up to 10 experienced body paint artists race the clock to complete a fantastic look – often in the wildest manner possible.

For updates on Dragon Con’s Costuming Track, check out its Website, Facebook Page, or Twitter account.

Director: Lee Cox

Featured Track: BritTrack 2019
Jun• 09•19

BritTrack’s Mission Statement is to celebrate all Anglophiles and their love for media/pop culture of the United Kingdom.

The track hosts panels, a party, and interactive events on British music, animation, culture, literature, comics, movies, and television created in the UK. The list is endless: Doctor Who universe, Black Mirror, Monty Python, Sherlock, James Bond, Prisoner, Poldark, Neil Gaiman, and many other UK Topics.

Details, tentative schedules, and more will post soon, so keep checking the BritTrack website or Twitter account for updates.

Track Director: Caro McCully

DCMR Podcast 1 2019: Registration
Jun• 08•19

We are back with the Dragon Con Media Relations (DCMR) Podcast. This episode covers:

The changing roles at Dragon Con Media Relations:

  • Dan Carroll is now the Dragon Con Media Engagement Director and Spokesperson for the convention overseeing outreach to reporters, updating convention information, official interviews, and answering your questions about the convention itself.  His email is Dancarroll@dragoncon.org,
  • Samm Douglas is now the Dragon Con Media Relations Director covering registration, administrative support before the convention, and the running of the department.  Her email is mediarelations@dragoncon.org.
  • Erin Behnke is the Interview Manager and we will speak to her very soon about her role.  Her email is interviews@dragoncon.org.

Common questions we have about Registration: 

  • Where do we pick up our media badges?
  • When does registration for media access end?
  • What criteria do we use for approval?
  • What do we expect from reporters at Dragon Con?
  • How do reporters contact us?
  • Can I charge for photography sessions at Dragon Con?

We also do a run down on the new guests.

Download Podcast 2019-1

Featured Track: Apocalypse Rising 2019
May• 16•19

The Apocalypse is Rising, or has it already arrived? Dragon Con’s Apocalypse Rising track discusses this burning question and more in its panels on the what, why, and when of the end of the world.

Once fans know how the world might end, the track’s Survival series will prepare them for the worst, with panels on everything from “bug out bags” to practical first aid. Fans will then have your chance to put those survival skills to the test, fending off the zombie apocalypse at this year’s Annual Zombie Walk and Zombie Prom.

For updates regarding the Apocalypse Rising track, visit its Twitter or Facebook Page.

Track Director:  Shannon Chesnut

Featured Guests: Dragon Con Welcomes Supernatural Guests
May• 15•19

Dragon Con 2019 welcomes Shazam stars Zacharie Levi and Angel Asher!  This break away DC comics hit movie from Warner Brothers did remarkably well at the box office and in the hearts of fans around the world.  Dragon Con is very excited to have both Billy Batson and Shazam joining us in Atlanta this year.

Levi recently starred in SHAZAM! for Warner Brothers. Before that, Levi was best known for his fan favorite performance as Chuck Bartowski in the hit NBC series, Chuck.  Other previous TV credits include: the Netflix mini-series Alias Grace & Heroes Reborn. Levi started his own company, The Nerd Machine in 2010 building a geek culture brand that fosters greater interaction between fans and celebrities, while also giving back. Nerd HQ, the live event and philanthropic division of the geek culture company, hosts celebrity panels where proceeds go to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that Levi serves as an ambassador for that is dedicated to raising money to provide surgical care for children suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate.

Asher Angel became interested in acting at the age of five, and appeared in the 2008 film Jolene. At the age of seven, Desert Stages Theatre held auditions for musical Oliver and Angel auditioned and won a role in the production. His mother promised to take him to Los Angeles if he “put in the work and [did] 30 [local] shows”, and he went on to act in multiple plays including The Little Mermaid, Seussical, Mary Poppins, and Into the Woods at the Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale. His mother kept her promise, and Angel traveled to Los Angeles where, at age 12, he auditioned for and won the part of Jonah Beck in the Disney Channel television series Andi Mack. His whole family moved to Utah to accommodate filming for the series.

Angel recently starred as the lead role of Billy Batson, with Zachary Levi playing his adult superhero alter-ego, in the film adaptation of DC Comics’ Shazam!, which is a further installment to the DC Extended Universe.

Featured Tracks: Animation & Anime/Manga 2019
May• 14•19

Whether their childhood Saturday mornings involved the works of Hanna Barbera, Disney, Studio Ghibli, or Studio Bones, Dragon Con’s Animation and Anime/Manga Tracks welcome fans to explore and celebrate everything cartoons.

Click below to learn more about Dragon Con’s Animation Track and Anime/Manga Track.