Dragon Con Media Relations

September, 3 – September, 7 Atlanta, GA
2018 Interview Requests are Now OPEN!
Jul• 05•18

One topic the Media Relations Team is asked about most is interviews.

Can reporters do interviews at Dragon Con?
Can we interview Dragon Con’s guests?
How do we request interviews?
Can we talk to a Dragon Con representative like Dan Carroll or a Track Director?
Is there a quiet place for us to conduct interviews?

The answer to ALL of those questions is YES.

All reporters approved for Media Access are welcome to interviews with Dragon Con’s phenomenal array of comics, literary, art, and science guests. Dragon Con’s guests are well known in their fields and many are happy to speak to reporters about their work. Reporters may submit a maximum of ten (10) requests in this category.

Interviews with Dragon Con’s guests appearing in the Walk of Fame (actors/directors/voice-over artists) are by invitation only. Eligible outlets will receive an invitation via e-mail with the necessary information to request interviews with Walk of Fame guests. Reporters may submit a maximum of ten (10) requests in this category.

Prior to the Con, many of Dragon Con’s Track Directors are available for interviews. This is a great opportunity to get an inside look at what it’s like to help run one of the world’s largest conventions. Due to their busy schedules, Dragon Con Track Directors will not be available for interviews during the convention. We encourage reporters to request pre-convention interviews with Dragon Con Track Directors.

Dragon Con’s very own Dan Carroll is also available for interviews before and during the convention. If you want to know the history of Dragon Con, who we are, and what we do, Dan is the man you want to speak with.

To find more information about interviews at Dragon Con and to request interviews, visit the INTERVIEWS page.

If you have any questions regarding interviews, please send an e-mail to interviews@dragoncon.org

* Due to the growth of Dragon Con, we must insist reporters refrain from asking authors or celebrity guests for interviews at Dragon Con.  All agents and guests have agreed to coordinate interviews through the Dragon Con Media Relations office. (Reporters violating this policy may have their badges revoked by Media Relations).

DCMR Badge Pick-up Agreements for 2018
Jun• 11•18

All reporters who will pick up their badges will need to agree to the following in 2018.

  • By agreement with guests and agents, guest interviews are invitation only and schedule prior to Dragon Con 2018.
  • Soliciting interviews with guests during the convention is prohibited.
  • Reporting or photography cannot create unsafe conditions or impede traffic flow, especially in the connecting tunnels between hotels or other hallways.
  • Tripods, standing lights, or setting up a “remote studio” in convention spaces are not allowed without the expressed written consent of the media relations director and an escort from DCMR.
  • Photography and video recording are not allowed in:
    • The Artist Alley (No exceptions)
    • The Walk of Fame (No exceptions)
  • Photography and video recording are only allowed in these areas with prior permission:
    • The Comic and Pop Art Alley
    • The Dealers Room
  • All Dragon Con Attendees, including reporters, must wear their badges at all times.
  • Media are not allowed to visit the staging area of costume related events including the parade, the Masquerade, or any other costuming event.
  • Media passes do not provide head-of-line privileges or special seating in auditoriums.
    • Impolitely demanding head-of-line privileges could result in revocation of your badge.
  • You agree to be on this mailing list until September 2019. At that point, you will be automatically removed.  You don’t have to read our email, but you agree to receive it.
  • While we appreciate that you may report with a lighter side and humor, being disrespectful to our guests or using your press pass to create cruel humor or intentionally insulting coverage of our attendees will not be tolerated.

Dragon Con invites reporters to enjoy and celebrate fandom, fans, and the amazing energy that exists at Dragon Con. We expect a level of professionalism and ask you to be courteous to volunteers and guests. We have a limited number of badges at Dragon Con each year for reporters and remind everyone that our number of requests for media access goes up each year.

Think closely before accepting a badge if you feel you cannot comply with these rules. The penalty for violation of these rules or for gross unprofessional behavior will be the confiscation of your badge. In some cases, offenses can result in your outlet being denied media access in the future.

The Dragon Con Media Relations Application for 2018 is now open.
Mar• 15•18

Click Here to Apply Today!

Consider the following while completing your application:

  • Dragon Con is a Fan Convention that provides reporters and photojournalists an opportunity to cover the event and provide interesting content to their readers and viewers.
  • We have a limited number of media badges available, and each reporter will be verified and approved based on criteria including:
    • Distribution/Reach
    • Quality
    • Appropriateness
  • We do not normally provide access to outlets that focus on comedy, have low distribution/followership, or normally cover an area that is not inline with Dragon Con activities.
  • Each reporter who applies needs to have a unique email address
  • It is possible that your fan run outlet will not be approved for all the members who apply
  • Each outlet that applies must be able to prove coverage to return in 2019
  • Please ensure your 2017 coverage (if applicable) has been logged in our database:
  • Contact Media Relations via email at media relations [@] DragonCon.org with questions.

2018 Dragon Con Media Application Opens March 15
Mar• 03•18

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, 2018.  This year’s show looks to be the most exciting Dragon Con ever with a rich list of celebrity guests, 3500 hours of programming, a new programming track dedicated to diversity, record attendance, and the most amazing cosplay in the world.

Form Will  Be Available https://www.dragoncon.org/mediarelations March 15, 2018

Dragon Con is a fan convention that invites reporters to come and 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 do 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
  • Has provided details of 2017 coverage, if the reporter is returning

New Reporters Tour Meeting Sam J. Jones

Each year we see more and more applications for media access, in proportion to Dragon Con’s growth. While we would love to grant media access to all who apply, we are unable to do this. Our decision making in approving media access takes into account distribution, reputation, and quality of existing work.

Some things to consider before applying for 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 the reporters from your outlet.
  • We do not provide media passes 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 ask 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. We will look 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.

Looking forward to seeing you at Dragon Con 2018!

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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Relations

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PDF Version of this Press Release: Dragon Con 2018 Official Charity (004)



 Convention Also Announces Dragon Con Superheroes Community Service Projects


ATLANTA – February 21, 2018 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, has selected Literacy Action Inc. as its official charity for 2018.

And Dragon Con will celebrate five years of its Superheroes community service program with a slate of projects to benefit several different community-based organizations plus host a year-long book drive to support Literacy Action.  In its first four years, the Superheroes program has contributed more than 2,400 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 from the convention up to $100,000.  Funds are raised through convention-based auctions, special merchandise sales, special events, and the dollar-for-dollar match.

“Over the past five years, we have raised more than $511,000 for our official charities, including the convention match, which is a terrific record and something I’m very proud of,” said Pat Henry, president of Dragon Con, Inc. “I am particularly happy that we selected Literacy Action as our official charity this year and I look forward to writing them a really big check.” (more…)

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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Relations

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 Dragon Con Wrap Up 2017 (PDF Version of Press Release) 



ATLANTA – September 4, 2017 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, announced a record attendance of more than 80,000 people for the four-day celebration.

Some 77,000 fans attended Dragon Con’s 30th Anniversary convention in 2016.

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

“Every year, Dragon Con seems to get bigger and better and 2017 was no different,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Pop culture fans came from every corner of planet to join in the fun.  This year, we gave them a show worth travelling for.”

Iconic comic creator Stan Lee, who previously announced his retirement from the convention circuit, made his third and perhaps final Dragon Con appearance.  In addition to leading a panel discussion and meeting with fans, Stan served as the Grand Marshal for the annual Dragon Con parade.

Food Network star Alton Brown announced the return of his colorful Good Eats program, called Return of the Eats, that will air on Food Network beginning in 2018. “We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back. We’re getting the band back together,” Brown told a standing-room-only Dragon Con audience.

The convention added cash-prize eSports – also known as professional gaming – live streamed over Twitch to the convention’s game-specific programming.

“Our eSports tournaments were well-attended by professional gamers and the Twitch audience was strong,” said convention co-chair David Cody said.  “Most importantly, it was very popular with fans on site, which guarantees that it will be back in 2018.”

LifeSouth, which has organized the convention’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive since 2002, recognized Dragon Con for its 25,000th donor. This year, some 3,000 donors contributed nearly 6,000 units of blood and blood products, with the milestone donor arriving on Thursday night.

Since 2014, which marked the start of the organization’s Superheroes program, Dragon Con and its fans have contributed more than 2,600 hours of community service.  During 2017, Dragon Con Superheroes manned a crafts ‘n’ cosplay booth at the Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games, maintained portions of Piedmont Park, participated in the annual Walk to End Lupus Now, and collected toys and games for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dragon Con’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a huge turnout, with about 3,000 attendees donating some 6,000 units of blood and blood products this year.  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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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Relations

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Over 8,000 Voters Cast Ballots in the 2nd Annual Dragon Awards Recognizing

the Best in Books, Comics, Games and Filmed Entertainment


ATLANTA – September 3, 2017 – Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, announced the winners of its 2nd annual Dragon Awards, a fan’s choice awards program to recognize the best in books, comics, games and filmed entertainment.

More than 8,000 fans cast ballots for Dragon Award winners among 88 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming and tabletop gaming.  Winners were announced on Sept. 3 at Dragon Con, which runs September 1 to September 4, 2017 in Atlanta.

Final voting was held via the dedicated Dragon Awards website, and the voting period ran from August 3 to September 2.  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 25. 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 Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

And the winners are …

Best Science Fiction Novel

Babylon’s Ashes, by James S.A. Corey

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox

Best Alternate History Novel

Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

Best Horror Novel

The Changeling, by Victor LaValle

Best Comic Book

The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

Best Graphic Novel

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Stranger Things, by Netflix

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Wonder Woman directed, by Patty Jenkins

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, by Nintendo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Pokemon GO, by Niantic

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk, by Avalon Hill

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

Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon, 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 3,000 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 Update 2017-5 (Final)
Aug• 28•17

Table of Contents

  • How to Contact Media Relations
  • Dragon Con Media Relations has limited availability 8/29-8/31
  • How to Get your Badge
  • Not Coming to Dragon Con?
  • Media Events at Dragon Con
    • Pub Crawl
    • New Reporter Walk Through
    • Parade
    • Podcast Opportunities
    • Interview Dragon Con Spokesperson
    • Parade
  • Cancellations
  • Updates


Limited Availability of DCMR 8/29-8/31
Aug• 28•17

Dragon Con Media Relations will be closing our home offices on 8/29 and beginning our epic journey to the Hyatt Regency.  We will open our doors as close to Noon as possible on Thursday 8/31. If you need to reach us between 8/29 and 9/31, email is the best method.  After 2PM on 9/31 the best way to reach is is to the call the Hyatt Regency We are watching it and will respond as soon as we can.

Email: MediaRelations@dragoncon.org

Hyatt Phone: 404 577 1234

Interview Update: 

Interview confirmations go out between today and Friday (Sept 1). They are sent from interviews@dragoncon.org as they are recieved from guests/agents.
You will not be notified if the request was declined by the guest.

Reminder: Dragon Con’s Logo is Purple!
Aug• 25•17

These are the Official Logos of Dragon Con 2017! We actually changed them a bit ago, but some folks still have the old ones. Now you have the new ones!

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