Dragon Con Media Relations

September, 3 – September, 7 Atlanta, GA
DRAGON CON STREAMING MEMBERSHIPS BRING THE CONVENTION TO YOUR DEVICE
Aug• 21•18
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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Relations

404 692 1958

 

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www.dragoncon.org

 

DRAGON CON STREAMING MEMBERSHIPS BRING THE CONVENTION TO YOUR DEVICE

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/226165498214140/

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.


Covering Dragon Con Parade 2018
Aug• 18•18

The annual Dragon con parade is not only a fan favorite, but one of our favorites as well. This year the parade will be held at 10 AM September 1, lasting roughly two hours.  Approved reporters will again be able to take advantage of the media area at the corner of Peachtree Street and Baker Street. Please approach from the Hyatt side and we recommend you arrive around 9:30 AM on Sept 1. Reporters will be allowed to take up close photographs and even walk along the marchers in the parade for a brief time.

Reporters will be allowed to gather along the parade right in the reporters corral.  Dragon Con Media Relations Volunteers will walk individual reporters through the parade for a short distance, and then a short distance back.  Several volunteers will be available so multiple reporters can experience the parade at a time.  We ask that reporters return to the corral when asked, and remember not to stand in anyone place too long as it affects the view of spectators.

Beginning at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, the parade will head south on Peachtree, east (left) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and north (left) on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The route is similar to last year’s route at– miles, from .8 miles last year, and brings the route closer to the North Avenue MARTA station, in addition to Civic Center and Peachtree Center. Parking downtown is expected to be tight, and we encourage parade spectators to consider taking MARTA. If you are planning on coming out to view the parade only, we strongly encourage you to use the North Avenue MARTA station to avoid the majority of traffic around the general vicinity of Dragon Con.

Please note, North Avenue at Peachtree will be closed to pedestrian and motor traffic. North Avenue MARTA riders are encouraged to follow West Peachtree to Linden. Civic Center MARTA riders can head either North to Pine or South to Ivan Allen Jr.


DRAGON CON CELEBRATES Y’ALLYWOOD
Aug• 16•18
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DRAGON CON CELEBRATES Y’ALLYWOOD

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Convention Guests Include Actors and Game Creators from Pop Culture Works Produced in Georgia.

ATLANTA – August 16, 2018 – As Georgia continues to grow its entertainment industry, the number of Georgia-made productions featured at Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention, grows right along with it.

An estimated 85,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2018 this Labor Day Weekend – from 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 #1 and #2.

Actors from a pair of hit summer movies Ant-Man and The Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as the Netflix hit series Stranger Things and CW newcomer Black Lightning will all join us at Dragon Con this year. Fans will also get a chance to talk with creators from Smite, perhaps the most popular video game to come out of Georgia.

“Georgians are awesomely creative. It really shouldn’t surprise anybody that the city that gave the world Georgia Tech and the Center for Puppetry Arts, to name just two, is also responsible for some of the world’s best pop culture,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair. “I think it’s wonderful that television and movie production, not to mention digital gaming, is blossoming here in Georgia.”

Evangeline Lilly, star of Ant-Man and The Wasp, and a trio of actors from Avengers: Infinity War – Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and Benedict Wong – will be on hand greeting fans and leading panels. Gillan and Klementieff also starred in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Portions of all three Marvel movies – as well as Gillan’s Jumanji – were filmed in and around Atlanta.

Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, the middle school heroes from Stranger Things, will be at the convention. Four actors representing Black Lightning – China McClain, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, and Nafessa Williams – will be there too.

Like filmed entertainment, digital gaming is big business in Georgia as well. Alpharetta-based Hi-Rez Studios’ flagship game Smite and Smite: Adventures will also be well represented. Senior game designer Daniel Fishman and voice actor Kellen Goff, who voiced multiple roles, will help make this year’s convention awesome.

Overall, Dragon Con will welcome more than 400 guests – not just celebrities but also authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction, and fantasy worlds – in whatever medium.

A number of our guests have found work in the Georgia film and television industry, but not always in front of the camera. Some guests work in costuming – different than cosplay – prop building, fight choreography, script writing, and other technical roles.

“Dragon Con has something for everybody,” Reeves said. “If you’re interested in getting into the production side of film or gaming, you have the chance at Dragon Con to talk with the professionals who are already there, making the movies, shows, and games that make so many people happy.”

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 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.


85,000 DRAGON CON FANS CONVERGE ON ATLANTA FOR AN EPIC LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Aug• 14•18

 

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85,000 DRAGON CON FANS CONVERGE ON ATLANTA FOR AN EPIC LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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Cosplayers, Gamers, and Pop Culture Enthusiasts Will Pack Downtown Atlanta for Annual Fantasy, Sci-Fi, & Gaming Convention.

More than 400 Actors, Artists, Authors, Creators, and Experts Will Give Talks and Meet Fans.

ATLANTA – August 14, 2018 – Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention, is back and bigger than ever, with a record 85,000 people headed to downtown Atlanta for the Labor Day weekend.

Dragon Con, making Labor Day Atlanta’s favorite holiday since 1987, runs from Thursday, Aug. 30 to Monday, 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 #1 and #2.

Fans will travel from all 50 states and several foreign countries to meet their favorite actors, artists, authors, creators, and experts, show off their latest cosplay, make new friends, and revel in the joy that is Dragon Con.

In addition to the guests and the fabulous cosplay, Dragon Con offers more than 140,000 square feet of gaming, making it one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. From the latest video games to the most popular tabletop games, plus Japanese and classic American arcade games, ‘round the clock gaming is free to Dragon Con members starting Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.

Guests –

More than 400 guests, from the worlds of movies, television, comics, literature, and other universes, will lead panel discussions and meet with fans. 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.

Helping to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Superman, two actors who wore the cape – Smallville’s Tom Welling and Superman Return’s Brandon Routh – plus one who played arch-villain Lex Luthor, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, will meet fans, lead discussions, and sign autographs.

In honor of Sesame Street’s 50 years on television, Dragon Con welcomes Carrol Spinney, the Muppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, plus human character actors Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon).

Some other films and television represented by guests at this year’s convention include the Avengers: Infinity War; The Hobbit; Hot Fuzz; Game of Thrones; Dr. Who; the Star Trek franchise, including the original series, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Discovery; The Expanse; The 100; CW’s Arrow-verse (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl); Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Black Lightning; American Gods; Lost; The X-Files; Lost Girl; the Stargate franchise; Warehouse 13; and The Incredible Hulk.

Parade –

The always popular Dragon Con Parade steps off on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.

While the parade is expected to attract a large crowd – it is free and the whole city is invited – it will also be broadcast live on television by Atlanta’s CW69, with a rebroadcast during primetime.

The parade route remains the same as past years. Beginning at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, the parade will head south on Peachtree, east (left) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and north (left) on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The route is convenient to three MARTA stations – North Avenue, Civic Center, and Peachtree Center. Parking downtown is expected to be tight, and Dragon Con encourages parade spectators to ride MARTA.

Cosplay –

Dragon Con is well known for the quality of its cosplay – or costume play – and that tradition will certainly continue. The nation’s top cosplayers will show off their best work during the show, participating in costume contests every night of the convention and promenading throughout the five host hotels and the streets of downtown Atlanta.

Cosplay competitions remain a mainstay of Dragon Con, including the queen of competitions, Dragon Con Masquerade, the oldest continuously run competition in fandom. Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13) will host. The Chôsen, which is part of Dragon Con Night at the Aquarium, will be emceed by Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville).

Official Charity –

Atlanta-based Literacy Action, Inc. is Dragon Con’s official charity for 2018. Through auctions and other charity events, plus a dollar-for-dollar match up to $100,000 from Dragon Con, the convention will raise money to support this important community organization.

The convention raised $110,000 for Special Olympics Georgia in 2017 and has consistently raised more than $100,000 for each of its official charities since 2013.

In addition to fundraising, Dragon Con conducts the largest convention-based blood drive in the nation. In 2017, some 3,000 fans donated more than 6,000 units of blood and blood products in the annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive, benefiting 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 3,000 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 2018 Update #1
Aug• 11•18

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Where do I start when I get to Dragon Con? (Or how do I get my badge?)

Dragon Con media relations do not mail out badges before the convention. We require each reporter to pick up their badge at Media Registration, located in the Greenbriar Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Please bring a government issued ID or a Press Pass/Employment ID to pick up your badge.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30303
Tel: +1 404 577 1234 Fax: +1 404 588 4137

Once at the Hyatt Regency work your way to the lowest floor to the GREENBRIAR ROOM.

Read more about Onsite Guidelines for reporters: https://www.dragoncon.org/mediarelations/onsite-media-guidelines/#lenox

There are two navigation situations you will need to know about before arriving at the Hyatt Regency:

The Dragon Con Parade

Saturday morning September 1, 2018 crowds line up for the Dragon Con Parade in front of the Hyatt Regency as early as 7AM.  At 9:30 AM the roads along the parade route are closed.   They remain closed until the parade ends, roughly 11:30 AM.  If you are coming to Dragon Con to pick up your badges during this time, please approach the Hyatt Regency from the Marriott Side (Peachtree Center Ave). If you come via Marta, ensure yourself time to get to the Hyatt.

Accessing the Hyatt To Get Your Badge While Badge Checks are Enforced

Every year we at Dragon Con extend the hours for Hotel Badge Checks.  If you arrive during a time, for instance Friday evening after 7PM, and badge checks are in effect, you will not be allowed in the hotel. It is possible that the badge checker will understand that you are there to pick up your badge, so explain who you are and ask to be allowed to go to the Greenbriar Room. If that is not possible at this time, please call the Hyatt Regency Greenbriar Room and request an escort to lead you to the Greenbriar Room.  404 577 1234

Interview Requests for 2018

We have several types of interviews available for reporters to participate:

  • Walk of Fame Guest Interviews: These interviews are by invitation only and are limited due to the limited time available with the Walk of Fame Guests.  If you are invited to apply for these interviews, you will be given a passcode that is used to request interviews.  If you have not gotten a passcode, it is most likely you were not selected for these limited interview slots.
  • Interviews with Writers/Artists/Comic Creators/Other Guests: These interviews are open to all reporters.  When the form is available for requests, we will announce it on Twitter and via email to all approved reporters.
  • Dragon Con Director Interviews: Approved Reporters can interview Dragon Con Directors by phone or Skype prior to the convention. This is an excellent way to get a insider’s point of view on the convention as well as highlight areas that might appeal directory to your fanbase. Please understand that Dragon Con Directors are unable to grant interviews at Dragon Con due to their work loads.
  • Dragon Con Media Relations Director/Spokesperson Dan Carroll Interviews: Dan Carroll, Dragon Con Director of Media Relations for 9 Years, is available for interviews prior to the convention as well as during the convention. We recommend that you secure a time with him early (either on site of prior to Dragon Con) so that you can get some fantastic insights into Dragon Con.
  • Podcast Space at Dragon Con: Request a time for designated podcast recording at Dragon Con, right in our Dragon Con Media Relations Room. We will be providing a number of tables and electrical rigging to conduct your interviews. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an internet connection.


Media Relations Tour and Pub Crawl

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.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/226165498214140/


DRAGON CON’S DRAGON AWARDS PUBLISHES ITS 2018 BALLOT
Aug• 07•18

 

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404 692 1958

 

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DRAGON CON’S DRAGON AWARDS PUBLISHES ITS 2018 BALLOT

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Fans-Focused Awards Recognizes Excellence in Fifteen Categories of Fiction, Comics, Gaming, and Filmed Entertainment

Third Annual Awards Will Be Announced at Dragon Con over Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA – August 7, 2018 – Dragon Con’s Dragon Awards, a fan-chosen awards program to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy literature, comics, gaming, and filmed entertainment, has published its 2018 ballot.

The Dragon Awards are decidedly a “fans’ choice” award. All fans – not just Dragon Con members or attendees – are invited to select the Dragon Award winners by voting – for free – on the third annual Dragon Awards ballot. The full ballot can be viewed here.

All voting will be done electronically and only via a ballot emailed to each confirmed voter. To vote, fans must register on the Dragon Awards website. Ballots are then emailed in batches every few days through August.

Fans have until Friday, August 31st at 11:59 p.m., Eastern, to register. Voting ends 24-hours later on Saturday, September 1st at 11:59 p.m., also Eastern.

Winners will be announced on Sept. 2nd at Dragon Con, which will be held August 30 to September 3, 2018, in Atlanta.

“Fans – the people who not only read, watch, and play, but also love, science fiction and fantasy – are in the best position to recognize this year’s most beloved works,” said Pat Henry, president of Dragon Con, Inc. “When a work is recognized with a Dragon Award, it means it captured the imagination of a substantial number of voters.”

The Dragon Awards were introduced in 2016 as part of the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming convention. More than 8,000 people voted for their favorite works in the 2017 campaign.

To accommodate as many creative genres as possible, awards will be given in each of 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming, and tabletop gaming.

The ballot was selected in an open nomination process. Using the dedicated Dragon Awards website, fans were invited to nominate one (and only one) of their favorite properties in any or all the award categories. Nominations ran from early April until July 20. The best and most popular of the nominated properties were elevated to the ballot.

Further details are available on the awards website: awards.dragoncon.org. Please direct all inquiries to dcawards@dragoncon.org or mail them to: Dragon Awards, PO Box 16459, Atlanta, GA 30321-0459 USA.

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 3,000 hours of comics, film, television programming, costuming, art, music, and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


DRAGON CON GAMING IS FOR PLAYERS ONLY
Jul• 26•18

 

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DRAGON CON GAMING IS FOR PLAYERS ONLY

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Over 140,000 Square Feet of Gaming Space Dominates AmericasMart, Featuring ‘Round the Clock Gaming Plus Panels with Top Game Designers, Voice Actors, and Industry Experts

 eSports Tournaments in 15 Different Games, Live Streamed on Twitch

 Overwatch Payload Tour Stops at Dragon Con to Celebrate Cosplayers in the Overwatch Universe

 ATLANTA – July 26, 2018 – Dragon Con, one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation, will roll out a basement full of games, from the latest and most popular video games, rarely seen board games, and the first role-playing computer game played by the man who wrote it almost 40 years ago.

“Dragon Con’s gaming program is for players, whether you’re a hardcore gamer or just have a casual interest,” said convention co-chair David Cody.  “Players can join friends playing the most popular games available or take some time to tryout games you can’t find anywhere except Dragon Con. Our games library features hundreds of games that can be checked out by any Dragon Con member.”

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

Taking up more than 140,000 square feet in AmericasMart Building One and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, gaming at Dragon Con will feature the full array of gaming including PC and console games, board games, miniatures gaming, role-playing games, collectable card games, and even LARP games.  A large selection of modern arcade games from Japan and Asia not usually seen in the United States alongside classic American cabinet-style arcade games will be available for ‘round the clock free play.

The gaming hall opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, and stays open through 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch Payload Tour stops at Dragon Con this year to celebrate the fantastic Overwatch-oriented cosplay with a photo experience that puts cosplayers into the game.

They will be joined by several members of Blizzard’s in-house creative team including historian Sean Copeland, senior writer Andrew Robinson, and senior writer Christie Golden.  We will also have a trio of voice actors from the Overwatch franchise, including Anjali Bhiman, who voices Symmetra; Charlet Chung, who voices D.Va.; and Lucie Pohl, who voices Mercy.

Video game pioneer and American astronaut Richard “Lord British” Garriott, who created the Ultima and Tabla Rasa games, will play his first published game – 1980’s Akalabeth: World of Doom – on an original, fully restored Apple II computer.  Akalabeth is widely considered to be the first role-playing game written for computer.

eSports, sometimes called professional gaming, has seen a surge in popularity over the past decade with the growth of spectatorship fostered by the introduction of live streaming platforms.  Amazon-owned Twitch, Dragon Con’s broadcast partner for its tournaments, has approximately 1 million viewers at any given time for its eSports and related programming.

Tournaments will include Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Brawlhalla singles and doubles, Streetfighter V: AE, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Gundam Versus, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Rivals of Aether singles and doubles, Smash 4, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and League of Legends.

Dragon Con attendees can watch professional players and teams compete against each other live, while their gameplay is broadcast to overhead screens.  Gaming fans at home will be able to watch the gameplay via Twitch.

In addition to the Overwatch guests, key gaming guests for 2018 include voice actors Kellen Goff, Heather Masters, and Julie Shields from the Five Nights at Freddy’s game franchise, voice actor Mark Meer, best known for his role as Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy, and former Epic Games president Mike Capps, whose company developed Fortnite, Gears of War, and Unreal Engine.

The Kids Gaming Adventure, a series of 45-minute sessions designed to introduce 6 to 12 year olds to board games, collectible card games, roleplaying, miniatures, and LAN-based video games returns for 2018. An accompanying parent is required at all times.

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.

For more information on the Overwatch Payload Tour, please visit https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/21659397


DRAGON CON ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO COMPETE IN JIM HENSON’S CREATURE SHOP CHALLENGE LIVE!
Jul• 17•18

Brian Henson, Kirk Thatcher, and Gigi Edgley Return for Unique Fan Contest Exclusively at Dragon Con 2018

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ATLANTA, GA (July 16, 2018) – Dragon Con and The Jim Henson Company are proud to announce the first ever Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge Live! This unique panel event, exclusive to Dragon Con 2018, will reunite the series’ original judges Brian Henson (Labyrinth, Farscape) and Kirk Thatcher (Dinosaurs, Muppets Tonight). Gigi Edgley (Farscape) will return as host of the contest and Halle Stanford (The Dark Crystal:  Age of Resistance), President of Television for The Jim Henson Company, will also join the judging panel.

Participants will be required to meet the guidelines of a creative brief that will be announced on August 6. Be sure to follow Dragon Con and The Jim Henson Company social media channels for details. Follow #CSCLIVE for all announcements! Contestants will have their creations pre-judged on Friday, August 31 at 2:30pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. At 4:00pm, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge Live will begin in the Marriott’s Atrium Ballroom.

“We hear from fans again and again how inspired they were by our series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” said Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company.  “The incredible level of artistry and talent in the costumes and creatures at Dragon Con got us excited to do this contest. It will be amazing to see participants bring out their best work in the spirit of a real challenge of creativity and skill.”

One winner will be invited to tour The Jim Henson Company in New York City or Los Angeles and will receive a travel stipend, courtesy of Dragon Con and The Jim Henson Company. If you can’t make it to the live judging, you can watch the contest in your hotel room on DCTV or after the show at home at https://dragoncon.tv/. (more…)


Message to Dragon Con 2017 Reporters!
Jul• 14•18

Good Morning! First some notes about this note:

  • This message is for all pre-approved reporters for Dragon Con 2017.
  • If you have applied already, please ignore the parts about application.
  • By accepting a Dragon Con media badge you agree to receive emails from DCMR for one year. You will be automatically removed from our our email list on September 1, 2018.
  • Dragon Con media access requests have increase nearly 70% over last year, but our authorized badges can only increase by 20% This means we are more rigorous in our screening.
    • Unfortunately this means that some smaller outlets that have covered Dragon Con in the past may not be approved.
    • Additionally, outlets that request 3 badges for reporters may get 1 or 2.
  • We all want to get past the admin process and get to the fun part of covering and celebrating Dragon Con, and we sure you agree.
Applications/Coverage
Apply for Media Access in 2018:
If you have applied, ignore this section. 
If you have not applied for Media Access, please consider doing so soon. We have been looking
at an very unexpected increase of applications (68% over 2017), but we can not accommodate more than a 20% increase in approved badges.  Preference will be given to local Atlanta Broadcast Media, nationally significant distribution, and large genre media with following in the millions.  If you are a smaller outlet, please ensure your application is completed in the next two weeks to ensure the best chances of approval.
Each reporter needs to apply for a badge:
If you list additional team members they each need to apply. If they do not apply, they can not be approved onsite.
Reporting Coverage for Dragon Con 2017 
If you have reported your coverage for Dragon Con 2017, ignore this section. 
Dragon Con 2017 coverage was due via the web form on Mar 15, 2018.  We have a one weekend amnesty going on right now!
If you don’t know if your submitted your coverage, we got you covered.
The outlets that have reported coverage are listed on this page. Please check if your name is on it (I updated it this morning)/

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