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DragonCon is one of the largest SF/fantasy cons in the country. Roughly 80,000 people. It's held every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. I'll be returning as a guest this year. Anyone else planning on going?

And...the Decatur Book Festival is the same weekend. I'll be there on the Saturday of that weekend to do a zombie panel.
#1 - August 04, 2013, 09:03 PM
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I was planning on going but I think it will have to be next year due to scheduling conflicts. Have fun!
#2 - August 05, 2013, 04:55 AM
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DragonCon is one of the largest SF/fantasy cons in the country. Roughly 80,000 people. It's held every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta.

Every year I wish they'd move the weekend they hold it! It's one of the cons I'd like to attend, but with school-age kids, it's impossible.  Enjoy! 
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Every year I wish they'd move the weekend they hold it! It's one of the cons I'd like to attend, but with school-age kids, it's impossible.  Enjoy! 


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Labor Day weekend is a bit challenging in terms of scheduling...but it's worth it. And DragonCon is definitely kid-friendly.
#5 - August 06, 2013, 01:24 PM
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This year I avoided all cons to focus on my artwork...yay, me.

However, DragonCon was one convention I'd always wanted to attend, primarily because DRAGONS! and all the fantasy artists/illustrators and writers that inspired me and/or I've gotten to know over the years. But I resisted after hearing details about the alleged child molestation connection by one of its co-founders, enough to inspire a boycott:
http://www.themarysue.com/dragoncon-boycott/

Now that there's been a "separation", it's definitely something I'd like to consider attending next year.  ;D
http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2013/07/08/dragoncon-separates-from-controversial-cofounder-ed-kramer

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That person with the shady past has been removed from the organization and all ties with him have been cut. The board would like to have seen him buried at sea, but ousting him was as far as the law would allow.  He has no connection at all with Dragoncon.
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I'm trying to attend Dragon Con next year (2014) Any tips for a first time attendee? I already reserved a hotel room cause I know those book up!
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We took our kids this year for the first time and we're already excited for next year!
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I'm trying to attend Dragon Con next year (2014) Any tips for a first time attendee? I already reserved a hotel room cause I know those book up!

To avoid con crud: never touch your face or food unless you have just washed your hands. Avoid communal food (chip bowls, salad bars, bins of unwrapped plasticware/silverware). Take a multivitamin and eat as healthy as you can--there is a great little mall right don from the main hotel that has a Japanese takeout place and some other good options, besides just fast food.

Allow extra time to get in line to attend popular panels. Allow extra time to get from place to place through massive crowds of people gawking at costumes (and to allow yourself time to gawk at costumes and take pictures).
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To avoid con crud: never touch your face or food unless you have just washed your hands. Avoid communal food (chip bowls, salad bars, bins of unwrapped plasticware/silverware). Take a multivitamin and eat as healthy as you can--there is a great little mall right don from the main hotel that has a Japanese takeout place and some other good options, besides just fast food.

Allow extra time to get in line to attend popular panels. Allow extra time to get from place to place through massive crowds of people gawking at costumes (and to allow yourself time to gawk at costumes and take pictures).

Ahh yes I have heard speak of con crud! I will definitely try to avoid that at all costs as it sounds like no fun at all! Thanks for all the great advice! There's definitely a lot to consider.
#11 - September 11, 2013, 06:27 AM

Labor Day weekend is a bit challenging in terms of scheduling...but it's worth it. And DragonCon is definitely kid-friendly.

Yes, they've started a Kaleidoscope track for kids and their parents and it was fabulous!
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Apart from Con Crud...there are so many fun things to do. Don't carry a lot because you'll be doing a lot of walking. Good shoes help. Bring a camera. Tweet often. And plan your panels well in advance.

Also, if you're published, you can apply to be a guest at DragonCon. If they accept you, they pay air and hotel.
#13 - September 13, 2013, 06:59 AM
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