When: Monday September 2 , 2019 – 11:30am
When: Monday September 2 , 2019 – 11:30am
So, you think you can draw? Think you can draw quickly? Come on out and we’ll see. The Comic Book Quick Sketch is open to all con attendees. Check your program book or check in at the Contest Registration table in front of Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt for more information about time and locale.
Contestants will have 30 to 45 minutes to draw, color, and letter a character, a comic book page, or whatever their fevered imaginations can create. Plain 8 ½ x 11 white paper and pencils (both black and colors) will be provided. If your preferred medium is something other than that, please bring it to the contest.
When our Celebrity Artist has declared time is up and the Director says ” Pencils down,” the creations will be collected and judged. Two winners will be declared in the 18-and-under category and two in the adult category (over age 18, not because of content)–one winner for best single drawing and one for best comic book page. What can you win? A plaque proclaiming you are the winner in your category AND . . . while the contestants are doodling, drawing, lettering, and creating, our guest artist(s) will be doing the same – and the original signed artwork becomes prizes for the winners.
We have had Jim Lee, Jeff Smith (Bone), Bob Burden, Georges Jeanty, and Dan Brereton as our artist-judges.
Come on down and try your skills!
Where: Hilton Grand West
When: Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 @ 4:00PM
The Anime and Animation tracks at Dragon Con are proud to bring back the Cosplay Contest! The Cosplay Contest is a craftsmanship award show, with a pre-judging session and a catwalk display. Join us for pre-judging in the Galleria 4 room of the Hilton on Saturday at 11:30AM if you wish to compete for fantastic prizes! Don’t want to compete but still want to show off your great contest? Come by pre-judging and let us know to have a walk-on only.
We focus each year on showcasing the finest independent films of the fantastic. We welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, but any film of the imagination that steps out of the slice-of-life category. That includes short animated films of all types.
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 competition is primarily for short films (under 60 minutes), but we do take a few independent features.
Please go to the Main Festival Page for more information on the Dragon Con Film Festival and on Film Panels at Dragon Con.
Panels and Programming
With all our great films, you might forget our panels. Don’t. The directors, writers, and producers of our films will discuss their experiences, and tell you how they created their works. Plus don’t miss our seminars on the technical aspects of film production. You want to make a film? We’ll show you how.
Where: Marriott Marquis, Atrium Ballroom
When: Friday Aug 30, 2019 – 8:30pm
Dragon Con’s Friday Night Costuming Contest (FNCC) focuses solely on the craftsmanship of the costume and inspires both audience member and contestant alike.
Judges will be looking at the costume itself, the workmanship, design, and inspiration. This will be open to groups and individuals, experts and novices, and costumes from mainstream or self-creative. All judges are costuming professionals with extreme costume backgrounds.
Join us for a spectacle of hand made wonder from every skill level and genre.
Online pre-registration is now open! Please note that pre-registration is required to participate in this costume contest. For more information and to register, please visit the Costuming Track’s contest page.
Contest staff will be taking pictures of those folks who have great costumes, but are too shy to get up on stage in the Masquerade. Photos will be taken at the Contest Registration table in front of the Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt. We will need your correct name and badge number in order to enter the contest. The photos will be displayed at the Contest Registration table in the Hyatt in front of Centennial Ballroom. You may purchase a digital copy of your official entry picture for $10 – with the proceeds going to the Dragon Con charity of the year.
Contestant photos will be displayed on monitors near the Contest registration table in the Hyatt in front of Centennial Ballroom by Sunday morning. The voting takes place on Facebook, where the photos with the most likes by Sunday at 5pm are the winners! Winners will be announced at the Masquerade on Sunday evening.
Where: Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom
When: Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:30pm – 11pm
In the grand tradition of convention costuming, dating back nearly five decades in SF fandom, Dragon Con is proud to present the largest Masquerade Costume Contest in the Southeast and one of the largest in the world!
The 2019 Dragon Con Masquerade Costume Contest will be held in the Hyatt Centennial Ballroom. Registration for the Masquerade will be available until midnight Wednesday before the con, by completing the on-line registration form.
This form will require you to agree to abide by the rules of the Masquerade. Please make sure you have read them before you register. The rules are listed below.
You can also register during the con at the Contest Registration Desk located outside the Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt. We’ll be open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Even if you have pre-registered you need to stop by the registration table to let us know you are here and to receive your backstage pass and instructions. Simply drop by the Contest Registration Desk during the con.
*NOTE: REMINDER – TIME LIMITS FOR CONTESTANT PERFORMANCE – INDIVIDUALS ARE LIMITED TO 90 SECONDS (A MINUTE AND A HALF) AND GROUPS TO THREE MINUTES.
**NOTE: REMINDER – YOUR CD WILL BE RETAINED BY THE MASQUERADE VOLUNTEERS AFTER THE TRACK IS APPROVED AT CONTEST REGISTRATION.
See below for Rules & Information and the Masquerade FAQ.
ZERO, but you must have a Dragon Con membership badge and show it to the Masquerade volunteer who registers you.
Use the pre-registration form prior to the Wednesday before the Con on this site by following the link or stop by the Masquerade Registration table in the Hyatt in front of the Centennial Ball Room and fill out a registration form before 3 p.m on Sunday. We will be staffed Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EVEN IF YOU PRE-REGISTERED ON THE WEBSITE YOU NEED TO COME BY THE REGISTRATION TABLE TO CONFIRM YOU ARE AT THE CONVENTION AND TO RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS. REGISTRATION FOR THE MASQUERADE WILL CLOSE SUNDAY AT 3:00p – we need time to prepare the entry forms for the emcees, and we will be completing the tabulations for the Hall Costume Contest.
The volunteers at the table will log you in as an entrant, read your form, and assist you (if necessary) in composing the best announcement for your entrance. The volunteer will also check whether you have planned to use a CD for audio music or dialogue; if so, the CD will be tested to verify that the track is acceptable; then it will be retained by the Dragon Con Masquerade volunteers and loaded onto our equipment. You must remain at the registration table to learn if your CD will be able to be played during the show. Your entry form will be kept by the volunteers, and we will enter all the forms into a computer and print them so that the emcee will be able to read your announcement. We need your real name on the entry form, not your con nickname. You will be given something to note that you are a registered contestant – this will gain you access to the prep area before the Masquerade. Do not lose it.
Children go on stage in the first group of the evening. The children’s winners are determined and announced; then, the children and two family members for each child will be seated in a reserved area of the auditorium to enjoy the rest of the show. The first item of business for the Director during the backstage prep will be to ask if anyone has a pressing legitimate need to be in the first adult group to go on stage. This will happen at 6:30p, so if you need to be among the first contestants to go onstage, be at the prep area before 6:30p. A legitimate need is defined as a physical limitation or a costume that is too hot or uncomfortable to be in for more than 2 hours or so.
All other contestants will be assigned sequence numbers for going onstage at the discretion of the Director, using a time-tested scientific method: pretty girl, monster, skit. (Hey, it works.)
The Director has made the determination that no microphones will be given to contestants due to problems in past Masquerades. BE AWARE: Do not try to project your normal voice into the audience – it is too large a room and will have too many bodies. We have found that contestants who try to address the audience directly cannot be heard, not even by the judges at their table in front of the stage. If you attempt to address the audience directly, you will be escorted off of the stage.
We can use CDs with any music, dialogue, etc. that you wish – as long as there is no profanity. This is a family show. We will not accept tapes due to problems playing them in the past. The CD track MUST be approved by a Masquerade volunteer at the contest registration table when you register (before 3:00p on Sunday). Your CD will be retained by our volunteers and loaded onto our equipment. Our volunteers will make sure that your assigned contestant number for the show is put on your CD, and the CD will be given to the tech crew as backup in case our primary equipment fails.
If you want your CD back, you can go to the tech station in the ballroom immediately after the contest (it is located on the wall across from the entrance into the ballroom), or pick up your CD at the Masquerade Registration table on Monday after 10:00a We will not be responsible for CDs left after the end of the Convention. On Monday afternoon, they will be discarded.
During the pre-contest set-up, the Director will assign a Masquerade volunteer to a group of contestants. We try to keep the numbers manageable, so there will be approximately 10 to 12 people in each group. This may be 6 individual entrants and one skit of 6 people, or a similar mix. The den mother will be responsible for reviewing registration sheets with the assigned numbers, verifying that the contestants understand the rules and will abide by them, collecting contestants’ tech sheets (ALL CONTESTANTS MUST HAVE A TECH SHEET WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE TURNED IN A CD), and turning it all in to the volunteer collecting the data for the Director and the tech crew.
The den mother will then make sure that the contestants stay comfortable, get water, keep as quiet as possible in the backstage area, and get up on the stage when the time arrives, and then help them to get backstage after their performances.
We will have all of the children go onstage first at the Masquerade – and each child receives a certificate. It is helpful to have the names of the children before the Masquerade so the certificates can be ready for distribution at the conclusion of their performance. The other categories help us create a level playing field. If an entrant has won “Best in Show” at a previous convention, he or she is considered a “Master” – then all the “Master” category entrants compete against each other for a “Best in Show – Master” Award. We award a “Best in Show – Novice” award for the best scoring first-time entrant (someone who has never entered in a contest before).
We award a “Best in Show – Journeyman” award to the best competitor in the Journeyman category (someone who has won a category award previously).
We award a “Best in Show” to the best non-Master entrant. In any future Dragon Con Masquerades they enter, they will then compete in the “Master” category.
As stated above, we will have “Best in Show – Master”, “Best in Show – Journeyman”, and “Best in Show – Novice” awards. The top-scoring entrant who is not a Master will win an award entitled “Best in Show.”
We will have awards for other categories, depending on the entrants. In years past, we have utilized the following categories: Skit, Humor, Horror, Fantasy, Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Historical Recreation, Farscape, Lord of the Rings, Comic Book, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Audience Favorite . . . the list goes on.
Basically, the judges score all entrants, the scores are logged into a spreadsheet, and we check the tallied scores for the highest total scores. This is a very quick process – thank goodness for computers! The contestants with the highest scores are then checked for category. If there were two Star Wars contestants who scored equally well and we had 6 or more Star Wars entrants, we might break the category into Star Wars Hero and Star Wars Villain. However, if you are the only Farscape entry it does not necessarily mean you will win Best Farscape; you may be moved into a general SciFi category. It all depends on the number of entrants, what they do on stage, and the scoring by the judges.
The judges (3 to 5 convention guests) award a score of 0 to 10 for each of 3 attributes for each contestant. The attributes are:
Originality/Adaptation: Is this the most original concept the judges and audience have seen, or the best adaptation of a known concept? For example, a contestant made a “super hero” costume out of gold lame placemats; another contestant had a completely authentic Alien costume, down to the dripping mouth drool. Note to contestants: describe the inspiration for your costume in your emcee announcement.
Composition: Did someone go out and buy this, or did the contestant spend hours gluing, sewing, welding, etc. – is this a labor of love or dollars? For example, a contestant had hand-sewn thousands of yards of lace to make a beautiful historical costume; another contestant had hand-hammered hundreds of metal rings for chain mail. Note to contestants: tell us how long it took and the craftsmanship required in your emcee announcement – blow your own horn.
Presentation: Does the contestant(s) stay in character (or do something completely out of character) that grabs the audience? For example, the Alien guy made a little sign that he whipped out after he had menacingly advanced towards the emcee – the sign said “Ripley Sucks”; two contestants in historically correct medieval attire slowly crossed the stage while giving the royal wave and nod to their subjects – and we all felt like their subjects; a group came out in Klingon makeup – with Kiss make up on top and declared themselves to be a Klingon Kiss rock band. Note to contestants: get into character and stay there, or find a way to exploit or turn your character into the unexpected – grab the audience – humor helps.
There are plaques for Best in Show – Master, Best in Show, Best in Show – Children, Best in Show – Journeyman, and Best in Show – Novice; the rest of the category winners get a nice certificate suitable for framing. Winners may receive dealer bucks. Dealer bucks are tokens accepted in the dealers’ room for merchandise. Dollar amounts have not been announced for this year. The overall Best in Show winner will receive $500 and a guaranteed reservation at a host hotel for the next Dragon Con so they do not have to play the Hunger Games to book their room for next year.
NO – we cannot risk the Atlanta Fire Department shutting us down.
We can’t say for sure at this time – but we will get back to contestants who have a specific concern.
We have a ramp on both the entrance and exit sides of the stage, screened from the audience with pipe and drape. We will have volunteers to guide contestants up the ramp; the director will be at the end of the ramp to help you on stage. On the exit side of the stage, there will be another ramp – and two Masquerade volunteers to help contestants down and direct you to the backstage area.
We will have a professional photographer take pictures of all contestants for Dragon Con backstage before the show. After the Masquerade, the photographer will take pictures of the winners. We will have a “photo op” in the Centennial Ballroom for all convention attendees who would like to take pictures of all the contestants. It is suggested you have pictures taken prior to your arrival backstage.
No – we do not have adequate room backstage for anyone who is not directly involved with the show. If you have a large prop, you can have a helper or two – but they will have to be approved by the Director prior to the show on Sunday and they have to have the Masquerade authorization to be back stage.
Storm Troopers at the disposal of the Director will escort the offending contestant(s) from the stage. BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE RULES LISTED BELOW – AND BE AWARE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL THAT CONTESTANTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND – DO NOT BORE THE AUDIENCE.
Journeyman: A contestant who has won at least one, but less than four, category awards at a WorldCon, CostumeCon, Dragon Con, or ICG-recognized competition.
Novice: A contestant who has never won an award (as indicated above) in competition.
Junior: Any contestant under 16 (There will be two groups – ages 1 – 4, and ages 5 – 16).
We hope this answers your questions – if not, please stop by the Masquerade Registration table at the Hyatt in front of the Centennial Ballroom.
Where: Sheraton Grand Ballroom
When: Sunday, Sept 1, 2019 @ 5:30
We are excited to have the 11th Annual Miss Star Trek Universe return to its original home in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton. This popular event with celebrity judges and Host Garrett Wang. All ladies interested in being a contestant should email our pageant director Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robot Battles™ is the second-oldest robotic combat competition in the world, and just gets getting bigger and better. It doesn’t have a television show, it doesn’t have supermodels, and it doesn’t have huge cash prizes. What it does have is a very outgoing host, the most involved audiences in the country, and the most imaginative builders around (including come competitors you may have seen on television).
For over a quarter-century, Robot Battles has made Dragon Con home and is proud to be back again this year with Robot Battles 68, featuring two days of action-packed competition in four different weight classes. If you love mechanical mayhem combined with the thrill of an ancient Roman spectacle (without the bloodshed, of course), this is the one robotic event of the year you do NOT want to miss!
Tentatively, the SW Costume Contest will be held Sunday, September 2nd, at 4pm in the Imperial Ballroom of the Marriott. Participants *must* attend 1 (one) pre-judging session in order to participate (pre-judging times are subject to room availability and schedule changes).
****2019 UPDATE ****
Legend of the Chosen Costume Registration Location
5:30 pm-7:00 pm Sharp
Enter Aquarium Door across from Johnny Rockets
280 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
On its many visits to see the Great Phoenix, the Great Dragon always debated with its rather distant southern cousin. The cause of this latest flap of wings was due to the mass of soft little ape like creatures that tended to gather around whenever the two majestic creatures met. Amongst this small enlightened group were those who went to great lengths to pay homage to the many great stories that the Dragon shared with the Phoenix over the millennia. This faction called themselves…“Cosplayers.” These little beasties gathered in an annual festival they dubbed “Dragon’s Con,” where they paid the greatest tribute possible to the Dragon and his tales.
The Dragon felt that upon each of his visits, there should be a great contest to determine which “Cosplayer” honored the majestic creature most. The Phoenix was jealous of the “Dragon’s Con” and vowed to spoil its creation. Based on ancient text that dictated The Phoenix rules by Air and The Dragon rules by Fire, the Phoenix declared that there could be no contest unless a venue existed where a champion “Cosplayer” could be crowned amidst the two remaining elements, Earth and Water; and witnessed by a host of spirits of the deep. The Phoenix laughed for he knew that this land of towers known as “Host Hotels” contained many muddy rivers and ponds, but nary a body of water great enough for the great spirits to reside.
The Dragon’s despair was great and he spent many years searching for the perfect combination of Earth and Water. On his 28th visit, the Dragon morphed into his human form and followed a large group of “Cosplayers” outside of the towers. They wound through the concrete jungle until finally arriving at a magical venue called The Georgia Aquarium. It was a wondrous place where he walked its many halls, entranced by what he encountered. One particularly dark hallway beckoned to the desperate Dragon and he followed the strange walkway to its end. There he came to a brilliant and magical window with a small child standing alone, staring through in wonder. He turned to the Dragon and said “Isn’t it wonderful. It’s like a great ocean right here on Earth.” The Dragon stared, dumbfounded, at this great sage as a vast silhouette passed over them. It was the shadow from of one of the greatest Spirits of the Deep; and it was indeed here on Earth. Behold…the Whale Sharks Four.
Thunderstruck by this occurrence, the Dragon decreed, “Here! It is here that I shall gather these great costumed Dragon Spawn. Here my “Cosplayers” will congregate. Here will I bring forth my Chôsen. With a roar of satisfaction, the Dragon took to the sky, eager to inform the Phoenix that his plan had been thwarted.
On this 32nd gathering of the Dragon we declare that the most faithful shall enter the great Sea on Earth known as the Georgia Aquarium and shall be witnessed by the Spirits of the Deep, who will decide the Chôsen. On September 1st, Dragon Con presents The Chôsen, the greatest Cosplay Contest on Earth and Sea. Join fantastic emcees, along with a panel of celebrity Cosplay judges, at the Georgia Aquarium for a Cosplay experience that promises to be out of this world.
Be a witness or enter “The Chôsen” for your chance to win a three night stay in a host hotel for Dragon Con for the following year. This event will sell out fast so get your tickets in advance.
“The Chôsen” is an open event that will feature the top 20 costumes from our onsite pre-screening. To enter simply be there early. For more details or questions email SpecialEvents@dragoncon.org
If you would like to be in the contest or just experience the event, you can purchase tickets at www.georgiaaquarium.org/dragoncon.