WWW.DRAGONCON.ORG2022 PROGRESS REPORT
Dragon Con Progress Report 2022 | Published by Dragon ConAll material, unless otherwise noted, is © 2022 Dragon Con, Inc. and may not be reproduced without permission. All other artwork is TM and © 2022 by respective owners. Dragon Con, 5044 Clark Howell Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30349Phone: 404-669-0773 (M–F 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)SEPT. 1 - 5, 2022 • ATLANTA, GEORGIA • WWW.DRAGONCON.ORGCover © 2022 Dragon Con, Inc. Progress Report © 2022 Dragon Con. All Rights Reserved.Announcements ...........................................................................2 Registration Dethroned... Long Live Badge Pick Up!?!? ..3 Guests ....................................................................................................... 5 Featured Guests ...................................................................... 10 Attending Professionals ......................................................... 26Performers ................................................................................... 29 Vendors ........................................................................................ 33 Fan Tracks ................................................................................... 38Special Events & Contests ..................................................... 49 Art Show .................................................................................... 49 Art Show Anime District ......................................................... 49 Blood Drive ............................................................................... 50 Comic & Pop Artist Alley ........................................................ 50 Friday Night Costume Contest ............................................. 51 Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra .......................................... 51 Hallway Costume Contest .................................................... 51 The Late Night Puppet Slam ............................................... 52 Masquerade Costume Contest .......................................... 52 The National Puppet Slam ....................................................... 52 Night at the Aquarium ........................................................... 53 Star Wars Costume Contest ................................................. 54Parties ........................................................................................... 56Workshops ....................................................................................57 Writers' Workshop with Jody Lynne Nye ............................57 Writer's Hourly Workshop ...................................................... 58 Swordplay and Stage Combat with Robert Chapin ........ 58 Voice Acting: Master Class ................................................... 59 Board Game and RPG Design: Two-Day Workshop with Steve Jackson and Bill Fawcett ..................................60 Practical Self Defense with Keith R.A. Decandido .......... 60 Tai Chi Workshop with Erin Gray ......................................... 60 Creature Fur Workshop with Russ Adams ......................... 61 The Art of Magic with Curt Anderson and Jon Armstrong............................ 62Gaming ......................................................................................... 64Convention Services ................................................................ 69 Disability Services .................................................................. 69 Travel Information .................................................................... 70 Hotels ........................................................................................ 70 Transportation ......................................................................... 70 Places to go, things to do, and people to see!FEATURED GUESTSFAN TRACKSChoose your own adventure with one (or all) of our fan-run tracks.Moments you won’t want to miss and have to see for yourself!SPECIAL EVENTSLearn from the masters and pick up some new skills while you’re at it.WORKSHOPSGAMINGJoin gamers from across the Universe in our world of gaming.INSIDE
2PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAannouncementsTo our members, fans, and continued supporters:Geesh. Here we are again. Getting ready to welcome home our amazing Dragon Con family while still working through a pandemic. We are so happy that the situation (as of this publication) is better than it was this time last year, particularly with severe illness associated with the pandemic, however, we aren’t quite ready to proclaim victory and party like it is 1999, errr…2019, with so many of our wonderful friends and family. As mentioned before, we will have an attendance cap that is higher than our 2021 numbers, but still makes it possible to leave a little room for everyone to move around. As part of that overall attendance cap, we will have a very limited number of one-day memberships for all days of the show for purchase on August 1st at 10a EDT. Mark your calendars now; these will go fast, particularly the much sought after Saturday. Prior to these memberships going on sale, we will be releasing our COVID precautions and rules. We continue to keep in touch with the experts and city, and work with our venue partners to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. Badge checks will continue to be in place across the show to support the capped attendance and spacing. If you don’t have a membership for Dragon Con, we ask that you participate in some of our awesome virtual elements highlighted below, as the hotels will be closed to members only. Due to renovations and permanent construction at AmericasMart Building 1, the gaming events formerly located in Building 1 have now moved to AmericasMart Building 3. Building 3 is one block north and west (catty-corner) from Building 1, directly across John Portman Blvd from Building 2 where the Vendor Halls and Comic and Pop Artist Alley are located. More details can be found in the Gaming section of this Progress Report.We are happy to continue some of our virtual options from the past couple of years for fans that are not able to be with us and further expand the footprint and joy that is Dragon Con. Virtual happenings to expect include: streaming two never-before-seen panels per track over the course of the weekend on our Fan Track channel, broadcasting several of our Main Events from the weekend so you don’t miss out on panels or try to solve that forever question of how to be in all places at once, social offerings across all platforms aimed to include you from the comfort of your home OR the lobby of your favorite hotel. We will again host a virtual marketplace including Vendor Hall, Comic and Pop Artist Alley, and Art Show through our amazing partners at eveneny. You can pick up all sorts of goodies whether you are attending the event or not and it will even be open through Friday, September 9th. For the latest updates and information, our official social media channels will report any changes or important announcements. Please follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to stay in touch.In the meantime, take a look through the pages of this booklet and see the great guests and events we have planned for our members so far. Just remember, any information here is subject to change as events and information continues to unfold.We continue to look forward with cautious optimism in hopes of making Dragon Con 2022 a fantastic event. We hope to see you there.
3INFOFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGIMPORTANT INFORMATION • As you may have noticed - who are we kidding…EVERYONE has noticed and not stopped giving us a hard time for it yet - you will no longer be receiving a postcard with your membership purchase. We now ask that you bring the QR code you receive during your membership purchase and a valid government-issued photo ID with you to registration. • Already have your Dragon Con 2022 membership, but can’t find the confirmation email? Or maybe you need to make sure your badge name is correct? We are here to help! Click here (https://app.tango.us/app/workflow/9ee94dc2-1104-46a5-9a46-de4f9115e22e) if you need to know how to resend your confirmation email so you can have your handy dandy QR code ready for registration. Click here (https://app.tango.us/app/workflow/5ee213f3-2b28-4bd6-92ae-b12beed916e7) to sign your waiver and make sure your badge name is correct so you can avoid unnecessary wait times onsite. If you are having any trouble, feel free to reach out to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help! • We take harassment very seriously at Dragon Con. Our goal is to be the most accepting convention in the world regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or planet of origin. There’s space for everyone to be who they want to be here in the Dragon Con community. We continue to focus on Rule #7: DON’T BE A JERK. For more information about our convention policies, please visit our website at https://www.dragoncon.org/about/dragon-con-policies/. • Shuttle buses will be available again this year, including the popular dedicated shuttle between the host only hotels. Additionally, we will have special shuttles available for the exclusive events. • Please Note: Service dogs are welcome at Dragon Con, but emotional support animals and therapy animals are NOT permitted in Con space. Please see our policy. • Dragon Con Disability Services seating policies will be updated for 2022 to include a seating cap on disability seating. See the “Convention Services” section in this report for more information.REGISTRATION DETHRONED. . . LONG LIVE BADGE PICK UP!?!?Honestly, we should quit calling it Registration. We need to rename it to "Badge Pick Up" or "Badge Reclamation." Maybe even "Gimme My Badge?" "Badge Grabbing?" "Badge Gathering?"Why? Well, because, starting this year, you will not be able to pay for your membership at "Registration," aka "Badge Pick Up." All memberships must be purchased online via our membership provider: GrowTix. This includes single day and multiple-day memberships. Visit https://www.dragoncon.org/buy-now/ for more information.Please note that there is an attendance cap for Dragon Con for 2022. There will be a limited number of single day memberships for each day. They will go on sale after COVID protocols are announced and when they run out - no more will be added. If there are memberships available as we get to the convention, they'll be available for purchase - but online only.One more time: you will not be able to walk in to Registration, aka "Badge Pick Up," at the convention to purchase a membership. You MUST do it online. Sure, you can do it while you stand in line, or while waiting in Atlanta traffic (but not if you are driving of course), but the hard-working volunteers handing out badges will not be able to complete a purchase for you. They'll be busy scanning QR codes, verifying identification, and handing out badges to get you in and out as quickly as possible.Memberships can be picked up at Registration - which is really now just Badge Pick-Up - in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel on the very bottom level. It's at the corner of Courtland St. and Andrew Young International Blvd., one block south of the Marriott. Here's a Dragon Con footprint map to help you out.And the hours of operation:Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4INFOPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GA
5FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGRUSS ADAMSRuss Adams is an award-winning special effects artist familiar to audiences for his work on Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, the highly-rated SyFy Channel reality series. Also known for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 50 First Dates, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Juarez 2045.JARROD ALBERICHJarrod “The Yard Sale Artist” Alberich is the creator of his own original comic, Hamilton vs. Burr: A Werewolf Tale. He's written for Z2Comics and done trading card art for Marvel & Upper Deck. He’s currently the inker for Pulsar and Cold Lightning for White Rocket Comics.RAÚL ALLENRaul Allen is an adept comic book illustrator who has worked on The Immortal Iron Fist and Secret Avengers. He has done over a hundred covers for various publishers. Allen is currently working with Patricia Martín on the Dune graphic novels alongside writers Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson.BRIAN D. ANDERSONBrian Anderson is the bestselling fantasy author of The Godling Chronicles, Dragonvein, The Sorcerer\'s Song, and Akiri (with co-author Steven Savile) series. His books have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and his audiobooks are perennially popular. Today, he divides his time writing and traveling the country. CURT ANDERSONCurt Anderson is a professional magician who has performed across the United States, 8 countries, and has been featured numerous times on Television, radio, and a variety of internet programs. In addition to performing, Curt is working on a master's degree in Human Communication with a specialization in human deception.KEVIN J. ANDERSONKevin J. Anderson has published 140+ books, more than 50 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.MELODY ANDERSONMelody Anderson is best known for her role as "Dale Arden" in Flash Gordon. She can also be seen in Firewalker, Manimal, All My Children, and many more. She is also a social worker and public speaker focused on the impact of addiction on families.DINO ANDRADERecently Speedy Gonzales (New Looney Tunes) voice actor Dino Andrade is Mekkatorque, Putricide and Mimiron (WoW), plus Scarecrow (Arkham Asylum). Other credits: Star Trek Online, Loud House, Fortnite, Wasteland 3, Bidoof’s Big Stand, Call Of Duty, Vampirina, M*F*K*Z*, Hellsing Ultimate, and Pop (of Snap, Crackle, And Pop)!JON ARMSTRONGJon stars in the NetFlix's Magicians: Life in the Impossible. You have seen him amaze on The Today Show, cause Penn on CW’s Penn and Teller’s Fool Us to exclaim his act as “the most original I’ve ever seen!”, and wow Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.ERIC R. ASHEREric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and Steamborn steampunk series.ROBERT ATKINSRobert Atkins has worked on Heroes for NBC, Legion of Superheroes, Iron Man, Heroes For Hire, The Amazing Spider-Man, G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Forgotten Realms and Elders of the RuneStone. He is currently the artist of G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes published by IDW.guests
6GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GADANE AULTDane Ault is the artist behind Monkey Minion Press, an art company he runs with his wife and business partner, Ashlie Hammond. Monkey Minion Press has been publishing art books, kid’s books, and all manner of POPaganda, science, and space-related art prints and posters for over a decade.JASON AZEVEDOJason Azevedo is a professional Dungeon Master, acclaimed miniature painter, and the President and Founder of RealmSmith - a Toronto-based channel that offers immersive and interactive D&D 5th-Edition Content. You may also have seen him at conventions partnering with WizKids and Vallejo to teach miniature painting seminars.DARRYL BANKSDarryl has worked on Legion of Superheroes and Green Lantern, co-creating the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, Parallax, and others. In addition, his work also includes Captain America and X-Men for Marvel, Tomb Raider: Epiphany from Top Cow, GI Joe Reloaded for Devil's Due Publishing, and covers to Moonstone's Phantom series. ANDY BELANGERAndy Belanger works as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator. He does work in the mainstream comic market, plus a wide variety of work for the Canadian Film and Television industry. In the mainstream comic market, Belanger has worked for such comic publishers as D.C. Comics, Wildstorm, Devil's Due, and Boom! GREGORY BENFORDGregory Benford has published over forty books, mostly novels, and is a noted scientist, a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine.CHRISTOPHER BIVINSChris Bivins freelances in the comics and film industries. His clients include Marvel Games & Blumhouse.ROSS BLOCHERRoss Blocher is co-host of the hit podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie! and an investigator with the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group.DR. JOHN BRADFORDDr. John Bradford is President and Chief Technical Officer for SpaceWorks Enterprises in Atlanta. He is an expert in the human exploration of space, hypersonics, and the commercial space industry. He is a thought leader and strong advocate for developing human stasis capabilities for space flight.BREED BREED is a comic book/pre-production/animation artist with over 26 years of industry experience whose work has been featured by Marvel Comics, 20th Century Studios, Zenescope Entertainment, UpperDeck Co., Red Stylo Media, IDW, Stranger Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, and Counterpoint Comics.JENNIE BREEDENJennie Breeden is the creator of the autobiographical webcomic The Devil's Panties. Breeden has been updating her comic daily since 2001 with over 4,000 comic strips online and multiple graphic novels that are in comic shops and book stores around the world.PATRICIA L. BRIGGSPatricia Briggs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series; she has written 28 novels to date and has no intention of stopping! In addition, she has written eight fantasy novels and several short stories, comic books, and graphic novels.CHUCK BROWNChuck Brown is an Eisner and Ringo award-winning comic book writer. He is the current writer for Aquamen. He has written Bitter Root (co-creator), The Punisher, Black Panther, and Wolverine. He is also the writer and creator of the Quiet Kind and On the Stump. JEFF BURNSJeff Burns is the creator of the superhero comedy series Super Knocked Up and host of the improv comedy show Super Geeked Up. He’s one of the authors of the Dragons of a Different Tail anthology and writes comedic, geeky erotica as Riley Rose.
7GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGJIM BUTCHERJim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly.KIRSTEN Z. CAIRNSStage director, public speaker, and singer Kirsten Z. Cairns is a senior staffer for TheOneRing.net. Often seen at events as a panelist for TORn, a performer, or interviewing Hobbit cast members, Cairns brings knowledge of literature, music, theatre, and fantasy to all her interactions with fans and celebs!JACK CAMPBELLJack Campbell (John G. Hemry), retired US Navy officer, writes the New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series, Genesis Fleet series, Lost Stars series, and \"steampunk meets high fantasy\" Pillars of Reality series. His latest books are Boundless, The Empress of the Endless Sea trilogy, and the Corsair comic series.MIKE CAPPS Dr. Mike Capps is CEO of Diveplane, dedicated to keeping the humanity in AI. He's best known for a legendary career in video game development, as an executive, writer, designer, and lead programmer on videogames like Gears of War, Fortnite, and Unreal Tournament; and co-designing the upcoming Marvel Multiverse TTRPG.TOM CAVANAGHGolden Globe-nominated actor / director Tom Cavanagh can be seen acting in and directing Warner Bros.' The Flash (2014) on the CW. In addition to his current series, Cavanagh has extensive television, film and theatre credits including Scrubs, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow.AMY CHUAmy Chu writes comics and animation for DC, Marvel, Netflix and more, including DOTA: Dragon's Blood, Green Hornet, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja. Poison Ivy, Aero, Sword Master, Emma Frost, Ant-Man, and Deadpool. She is also the author of the graphic novels Sea Sirens and Sky Island (Viking Press).DEVON M CHULICKDevon is the creator of Total Party Chill, the award winning D&D actual play channel. He is the Cofounder of StartPlaying, the largest platform for finding Pro Game Masters. He has been featured in Bloomberg, SF Gate, Marketwatch, Yahoo! News, Bleeding Cool, and more.JEREMY CLARKJeremy Clark has worked on multiple comic projects including cover ink/finishing work for DC (Punchline), IDW (TMNT, TMNT: The Last Ronin), Boom (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Image Comics (Prodigy, Undiscovered Country), Dynamite (Vampirella), Titan Comics (Blade Runner: Origins), Zenescope (Grimm Fairy Tales), Coffin Comics (Lady Death), and more.ROGER CLARKRoger Clark is a full performance motion capture and voice actor performing Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption II.FREDDY CLEMENTSFreddy Clements is currently a distinguished Professor of Drama/Costume Design at Jacksonville State University. He holds an MFA in costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in early twentieth century corsetry, kilt construction, and costume technology.PAMELA COLE Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater in Chicago over 40 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, reenactors, in the Atlanta area.HOLLY MARIE COMBSHolly Marie Combs is known for her roles as Kimberly Brock in Picket Fences, Piper Halliwell in Charmed, and Ella Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars.GERRY CONWAYProlific writer, Gerry Conway, penned many amazing comics including The Amazing Spider-Man and JLA is the co-creator of The Punisher, Ms. Marvel, Firestorm, Power Girl, and many other iconic characters. Gerry's most recent works include What If Flash Thompson Was Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, and Carnage. Appearing Fri-Sun.
8GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAM. D. COOPERMalorie (M. D.) Cooper has released over 100 books in her Aeon 14 universe, hit the NewYork Times bestseller list, and sold millions of copies to eager fans. It is her dream to make Aeon 14 one of the most expansive—yet internally consistent—universes ever created.SEAN ANDREW COPELANDSean Copeland is the principal historian of Story & Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment leading its team of loremasters. His team partners works in tandem with all development partners so they can create the award-winning games, goods, and cinematic content for our blockbuster franchises with confidence.JOE CORRONEYJoe Corroney has been illustrating Star Wars for Disney and Lucasfilm along with Star Trek art for CBS Studios for more than twenty-five years.HUNTER CRESSALLHunter is a writer and director working in Birmingham Alabama. He, with his partners Brian Pace, David Woods and Phil Sutton run Obvious Notion a multimedia production company.WILSON CRUZ Wilson Cruz can be seen recurring in the CBS series Star Trek: Discovery playing the role of Dr. Hugh Culber and recurring on the Netflix’s series, Thirteen Reasons Why, playing the role of Dennis Vasquez. Cruz won the hearts of audiences playing Rickie Vasquez on My So Called Life.SHAWN CRYSTALShawn Crystal got his first job while in school, Resident Evil: Fire and Ice, a mini-series for Wildstorm. Around five years ago, Marvel hired Shawn on Deadpool, living his childhood dream. He is currently an artist for Marvel comics and Valliant Entertainment.PETER CAPN' CUTLERPeter Capn, Cutler artist for New Legends' Tiki Zombie. Done over the last 30 years for ABS inc., Con-Tees, Galactic Press, East Cobber and Guy Gilchrist production. Also working on his own Spookie Kookies art, books and many other items.JULIE E. CZERNEDAAuthor/editor Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things and optimism through her science fiction and fantasy, published by DAW Books, NY. To Each This World, her 23rd novel and a new standalone SF, will be out this November.BENJAMIN BYRON DAVISBenjamin Byron Davis is a full performance motion capture and voice actor performing Dutch van der Linde in Red Dead Redemption I and II.FON DAVISFon Davis appears on Prop Culture, Battlebots, Cake Masters, and Superfan Builds. In his 3 decade career, Fon has worked on over 40 feature films including The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Star Wars Series.DELILAH S DAWSONDelilah S. Dawson is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma and Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, The Violence, the Minecraft Mob Squad series, the Hit series, the Blud series, the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen), and the Tales of Pell, written with Kevin Hearne.SHARI DEBENEDETTIShari DeBenedetti is a member and paranormal researcher for The Atlantic Paranormal Society based out of Rhode Island. Shari is a paranormal researcher and is best known for her role as an investigator for the hit television series Ghost Hunters and Ghost Nation.KEITH R.A. DECANDIDOKeith R.A. DeCandido has written tons of novels, short fiction, and comics, in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own milieus in the fictional Cliff's End and Super City and also New York and Key West. He writes about pop culture for Tor.com.ARIEL DIAZAriel Diaz is a committed multimedia artist/ illustrator based in Dallas, Texas, known by the name "DivineImmortality". Ariel is always striving to challenge herself everyday for the next opportunity to translate her passion into art.
9GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGGARRET DILLAHUNTGarret Dillahunt is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in Burn Notice, Raising Hope, Justified, Deadwood, The 4400, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, ER, The Mindy Project, and Fear the Walking Dead.JULIE DILLONJulie Dillon is an internationally recognized and award winning fantasy artist living in the Pacific Northwest. Her previous clients have included Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, Tor Books, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, Subterranean Press, and Llewellyn Worldwide.LEXA DOIGLexa Doig is best known for her role as Rommie in the science fiction TV series, Andromeda. She has also appeared in Stargate: SG-1, Continuum, Arrow, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, and many others.MARK DOS SANTOSIllustrator and comic artist Mark Dos Santos has worked with celebrated creators such as Steve T. Seagle (IMPERIAL), Garth Ennis (A Train Called Love), and Bill Willingham (Lark's Killer). He has created book covers for Silence in the Library, Star Trek TNG, and Hugo award-winning writer, Morgan Gendel (Planet 6).DC DOUGLASDC Douglas is known as the chilling voice of Albert Wesker in 10 Resident Evil games, Legion in Mass Effect 2/3, Yoshikage Kira in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Ryu in Shaman King 2021, Kamoshida in Persona 5, Chase in Transformers: Rescue Bots, and more.MARGARET DOWNEYSCHOTTMILLERMargaret Downey is the founder and president of The Freethought Society and the president of the Thomas Paine Memorial Association. She is the organizer of the yearly Dragon Con Skeptic Parade entry and created a character known as “The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse” in order to teach critical thinking skills.J.M. DRAGUNASJ.M. Dragunas is a freelance illustrator currently working on his creator owned book L.C. Noir. He is best known for his contributions to the Little Nemo anthology, the 1001 Knights anthology, and for being the illustrator for Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery.SCOTT EDGINGTONDr. Scott Edgington is a Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He specializes in atmospheric physics and chemistry of the Outer Planets and spacecraft operations. He currently works as a Science Planner on the InSight mission and is training for a similar role on the Perseverance mission.NICK EFTIMIADESNicholas Eftimiades is a professor and author. He spent 34 years in US intelligence and diplomacy with postings in Europe and Asia. Eftimiades is a renowned expert on China and authored books and articles on national security, emerging technology, and outer space related issues.JEFF ELLOJeff Ello (aka jello) is a filmmaker/technologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of the latest technology and techniques for independent filmmakers and CG artists. He develops solutions that power high-volume video production facilities, real-time visual effects and live streaming.JOANNA ESTEP Joanna Estep is the critically acclaimed illustrator of such titles as Fantastic Four, X-Men, New Mutants, (Marvel Comics), Bitch Planet (Image), Death Head (Dark Horse), and The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Boom!/Archaia). Her work has earned the S.P.A.C.E. Prize, and nominations for Eisner and Harvey awards.MIKE FABERMike Faber founded the geeky and ever-expanding ESO Network. He hosts The Earth Station One and Earth Station Who podcasts. The ESO Network podcasts celebrate all things sci-fi, fantasy, and much, much more. Along the way, he mentors and teaches new podcasters how to start and produce new projects.BILL FAWCETTBill Fawcett has created and edited over 400 SF books. He has collaborated on the Mycroft Holmes, Ian Fleming, and Madame Vernet mysteries. His books include Hunters and Shooters, The Teams, and a UFO handbook. Fawcett also has edited/written over a dozen books about great mistakes in history.
and many, many, many more.and many, many, many more.Matthew zukSavannah Welchcurran waltersjoivan wadecristina veeMichael ShanksRiley Shanahananthony Rappdanielle Panabakernolan northDanielle Nicoletrachel Luttrellconor lesliebrian krauseWalter KoenigSam j. JonesLennie Jamesmichelle hurdChristopher Heyerdahldiane guerreroDanay GarciaJoe flaniganlexa doiggarrett DillahuntWilson cruzholly marie combstom cavanaghMelody AndersonFEATURED GUESTSFEATURED GUESTS
11GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGJOE FLANIGANJoe Flanigan is an American television actor best known as Major/Lt. Colonel John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis.TANA FORDTana Ford is the artist on Marvel’s Silk, she has done work on Gwenpool, Star Trek, Jem and the Holograms, VenomVerse, and Amazing Spider-Man. She is the creator of the award-winning lesbian comic book series DUCK! She has recently collaborated with writer Nnedi Okorafor in the Black Panther universe.CHANDRA FREEChandra Free is the writer/artist of The God Machine graphic novel series and co-founder of Machina Corpse LLC, a spooky comic book company. She’s an illustrator on books like John Carpenter’s Tales For A Halloween Night, Fraggle Rock, and Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar.ESTHER FRIESNERNebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of over 40 novels, 200 short stories. Best known for series Chicks in Chainmail (Baen), Princesses of Myth (Random House), and above all, funny fantasy. Latest include stories in Portals, Galactic Stew, When Worlds Collide (ZNB LLC Press,) and UFO Publishing anthologies.DREW FULLERDrew Fuller is best known for his portrayal of Chris Halliwell in the television series Charmed and for playing soldier Trevor LeBlanc on Lifetime's Army Wives.BRYAN SCOTT FYFFEBryan Fyffe creates moody and naturalistic art inspired by gothic horror, nature and science and themes. His work is a mix of hand drawn elements fused with a variety of photographic textures.CHARLES E. GANNONDr. Charles E. Gannon‘s 20+ books have won the Dragon Award, the ALA Choice Award (Outstanding Book), the Compton Crook Award, and multiple Nebula nominations. He is best known for the Caine Riordan series of hard sci-fi novels (Baen), which have all been national best-sellers.DANAY GARCIADanay García is a Cuban actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Sofía Lugo on Fox's drama series Prison Break and Luciana Galvez on AMC's horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead.ANDREW E.C. GASKAAndrew E.C. Gaska is the UKGE and Ennie award-winning settings/adventure writer for Free League Publishing’s ALIEN RPG. A franchise consultant to 20th Century Studios on Alien, Predator, and POTA, he’s also the lead writer on The Terminator RPG and two Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novels.GAWKIGawki is a surreal, fantasy artist with dreamy vibrant colors, otherworldly characters, and lush landscapes. They are known for working entirely as an independent self-publishing artist, for being accepted into Spectrum seven times, LGBTQAI+ content, environmental justice involvement, and for establishing the Drawtober art challenge with Vonnart and pals.ANNIE STEGG GERARDAnnie Stegg Gerard exhibits her work in galleries and has done notable publishing work for clients such as Disney, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Easton press, Ballistic Publishing, and more. Her work is found in private collections all over the world.GIL GERARDGil Gerard has starred in numerous successful made-for-television movies as well as feature films. He is best-known to SF audiences as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers in the SF TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. His other roles include several movie and TV series appearances. JUSTIN GERARDJustin Gerard is an illustrator whose client list includes Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Harper Collins, Penguin, Random House, Sony, Riot, Blizzard, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, and Riotminds. His work has won awards in art competitions such as Spectrum Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators, Infected by Art, and Expose.
12GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GASTEVE GONSALVESSteve Gonsalves is a long time member and paranormal researcher for The Atlantic Paranormal Society based out of Rhode Island. Steve is a paranormal researcher and is best known for his role as an investigator and tech specialist for the hit television series Ghost Hunters and Ghost Nation.J. GONZOJ. Gonzo is a comic book creator who has spent the past 25 plus years using his creative skills at ad agencies, toy, and comic companies, design studios, freelancing, and creating his own comic book title La Mano del Destino.MICHAEL GORDONMichael Gordon is a writer, editor, publisher, and podcaster. His creator-owed comic, Tiki Zombie, has been running for over a decade. Gordon can also be heard saying, “Howdy!” on the weekly Earth Station One podcast, as well as a number of other shows.STEPHEN GRANADEStephen Granade is a physicist and writer specializing in robotics, machine learning, and sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from 10 feet away, tracked drones, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He was most recently seen on the Science Channel's NASA's Unexplained Files.KEVIN GRAZIERKevin R. Grazier Ph.D. is a planetary physicist specializing in the early Solar System and is the Staff Scientist for Masten Space Systems. He has served as the science advisor for several television series and feature films and is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.MATT GREENFor over three decades, Matt Green has been one of the Southeast's most active filmmakers. Having directed 10 feature films in the last twenty-four years and creating creature, makeup, and physical effects for the past 35 years, Matt has helped other filmmakers produce and coordinate their own films.STEPHEN GREENStephen Green is an artist and penciller residing in Savannah, Georgia. Despite various rumors, he did not attend school there. His work has been featured in Dark Horse Presents, The Legacy of Luther Strode, Hellboy and The B.P.R.D., and Lobster Johnson.CLAY GRIFFITH Clay Griffith is the co-author of official tie-in novels for The Flash and Arrow shows on the CW. He is the co-creator of the Vampire Empire series, co-author of the Crown & Key series, and a comic book writer for characters such as The Tick and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.CLAY AND SUSAN GRIFFITHSusan Griffith is the co-author of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. She is also the co-creator of the Vampire Empire series and writer for characters such as The Tick and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.DIANE GUERRERODiane Guerrero is known for her roles on Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She voiced the character Isabela Madrigal in Encanto and currently stars as Crazy Jane in Doom Patrol.H.C. WARNERH. C. Warner has worked extensively over 30 years in the mediums of painting, print design, screen printing, murals, commercial exterior, interior conceptualization and design, sculpture, and film. Aside from his painting/sculpture compositions, Warner curated and installed the first Dragon Con Comics and Pop Art Show 20 years ago.CHRIS HAMERChris Hamer is an artist based out of Georgia. He is working for Scout comics on his creator-owned book The Adventures of Byron as well as variant covers for Scout releases. He has had work and is being published in the upcoming Hannibal artbook by Printed in Blood.AMANDA HAMONAmanda Hamon is a Senior Designer working on Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. An award-winning tabletop game designer and developer with more than a decade of experience, Amanda is a co-creator of the Starfinder RPG by Paizo. She can be found supporting the hobby at events worldwide.ROBERT E. HAMPSONDr. Robert E. Hampson is a scientist and author who uses cutting-edge science every day. His research is the basis for an upcoming medical device to treat Alzheimer's Disease. He writes short and long fiction in military and hard SF genres, with common themes of medicine, bionics, and scientific exploration.
13GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGSCOTT HANNAScott Hanna is an inker in the comic book industry who has worked with DC Comics and Marvel. He started his career with Eternity Comics and worked for DC for five years. He has worked for Marvel Comics for almost 14 years and inked almost every major character.IAN HARRISThe skeptic comedian Ian Harris is known for his biting social commentary on third-rail subjects. If you can not prove it with science, Harris will likely poke holes in it... in a hysterical way. Clever comedy, science, social commentary, characters, and sometimes impressions!SAMANTHA HARTESamantha is an anime producer for Emmy Award winning Japanese anime studio GONZO (Hellsing, Afro Samurai, Last Exile) where she handles story development for upcoming anime. She is also an animator and voice actor best known for being the Japanese voice of the Chocobo for Square Enix.A. J. HARTLEYA.J. Hartley (AKA Andrew Hart) is the bestselling author of 24 novels including Burning Shakespeare, Impervious, and the Steeplejack trilogy. He writes fantasy, thrillers, paranormal, YA sci-fi, and (with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182) Sekret Machines. He is Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte, and has a J-rock YouTube channel.JASON HAWESJason Hawes in one of the founders of The Atlantic Paranormal Society based out of Rhode Island. Jason is a paranormal researcher, best-selling author and executive producer. However, he is best known for his role as lead investigator for the hit television series Ghost Hunters and Ghost Nation.MATTHEW HAWKINSMatthew Hawkins is a maker, paper toy artist and illustrator. Matt weaves humor and energy into bold, whimsical art for humorous and often surprising results. He has made work Disney, DC, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, Sega and WWE.TOM HEINTJESTom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of the Eisner Award-winning Hogan's Alley magazine, one of the leading magazines on contemporary and classic cartooning. He is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and for years wrote biographical essays for Will Eisner’s Spirit Magazine for Kitchen Sink Press.CHRIS HEYERDAHLChristopher Heyerdahl played the characters Halling and Wraith commander Todd in Stargate Atlantis, and Pallan in the Stargate SG-1, the demon Alastair in Supernatural. He also played the part of Zor-El in the television series Smallville, as well as playing John Druitt and Bigfoot in Sanctuary.TRACY HICKMANTracy Raye Hickman (born November 26, 1955) is an American fantasy author. He wrote the Dragonlance novels with Margaret Weis. He also wrote role-playing game material while working for TSR and has co-written novels with his wife, Laura Hickman. He is the author or co-author of over 60 books. LEANNA RENEE HIEBERLeanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright, tour guide, and award-winning, bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels and A Haunted History of Invisible Women, a non-fiction account of women’s ghost stories. She's been featured on Mysteries at the Museum and Beyond the Unknown discussing Victorian spiritualism.BILL HOLBROOKBill Holbrook creates three daily comic strips. On the Fastrack features the modern office through the eyes of Dethany, the corporate goth. Safe Havens is a science fiction fantasy set in a genetics lab. In 1995 he began a strip called Kevin & Kell now the internet’s longest-running webcomic.DENNIS HOPELESSDennis Hopeless is a New York Times bestseller and Harvey Award winning comic book writer. His works include X-Men, Avengers Arena, Spider-Woman, and Jean Grey from Marvel comics, WWE from Boom Studios, LoveStruck from Image Comics, and The Answer from Dark HorseGREG HOUSERGreg Houser is known for his vocal work with companies like PetSmart, DuPont, American Express and many others. In anime, Houser has had the privilege to be a utility actors for titles such as Evangelion, Ikki Tousen, Shiki, Tales of Vesperia, and many others.
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15GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGTINI HOWARD Tini Howard is a comic book writer and swamp witch from the Carolina Wilds. Currently, she writes Euthanauts, Assassinistas (with Gilbert Hernandez), and Hack/Slash: Resurrection, with occasional stories for two of her favorite things: Rick and Morty and WWE. Previous work includes Power Rangers: Pink and The Skeptics.MICHELLE HURDMichelle Hurd is known for her television work as Raffi Musiker in Star Trek series Picard, Shepherd in Blindspot, and recurring appearances on Hawaii Five-O, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones.D.B. JACKSOND.B. Jackson/David B. Coe is an award-winning fantasy author, and has edited several anthologies. As D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles. As David B. Coe, he has recently published the Radiants supernatural thriller series. He has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University.STEVE JACKSONSteve Jackson has been designing games for over 40 years and has no plans to stop. His creations include Munchkin, Illuminati, the GURPS and Fantasy Trip roleplaying systems, Ogre, Car Wars, and Zombie Dice. He prefers to be a citizen of the internet.STUART JAFFEOver 20 years in the business, over 50 books, and hundreds of short stories, Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Ridnight Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more.LENNIE JAMESLennie Michael James is a British actor, screenwriter, and playwright. He is best known for playing Tony Gates in Line of Duty, Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, and has appeared in many films including Snatch and Blade Runner 2049.GEORGES JEANTYGeorges Jeanty is an Eisner winner and NYTimes best selling artist for the critically acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His art can be seen at Marvel on Xtinction, Captain America and Man-Slaughter to name just a few. He is also working on Disney’s Star Wars:The High Republic series. PAUL JENKINSPaul Jenkins has been creating, writing, and building franchises for over 30 years in the graphic novel, film, and video game industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons.LES JOHNSONLes Johnson is a physicist, science and science fiction author, and NASA technologist. His books include Saving Proxima, The Spacetime War, and Graphene. Johnson leads two NASA space missions, appears in multiple space documentaries, and was featured in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic.DAN JOLLEYDan Jolley is a multi-media writer. He co-created the Jason Rusch incarnation of DC Comics' Firestorm, wrote the main story for the video game Dying Light, and has had more than a dozen original novels published, including the Gray Widow Trilogy, The Storm, and The Runemaster Homicide.CATHERINE LEE JONESCatherine Jones is the owner of GSTQ Fashions, a costuming studio in Atlanta, GA. Her shop works primarily with the television and film industry. You may have seen her shop's work on The Gifted, Black Lightning, Rampage, Doom Patrol, Lodge 49, and Wrestlemania.SAM J JONESSam has over 70 films and hundreds of television shows to his credit. He is best known as Flash Gordon, The Spirit, The Highwayman, and as SG-1’s The Bounty Hunter. He’s also known for his memorable comedic appearances in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted & Ted 2.LIANA KANGASLiana Kangas, comic artist and writer, has worked on titles such as Star Wars Adventures, RAZORBLADES, Tyranny Rex & Future Shocks, Joan Jett, Blondie & RZA with many more announcements to come. They have drawn original titles for TRVE KVLT, She Said Destroy, and co-wrote Seeds of Eden.
16GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAJOE KARGJoseph Karg is an illustrator and professor. As an artist, his clients include Marvel, Netflix, FXX, Comedy Central, and the Wu-Tang Clan. His work spans several areas, including television animation, feature films, fine art galleries, gaming, university lecture halls, pop culture conventions, public art spaces, and stand-up comedy stages.BILL KEELAstronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet, The Road to Galaxy Formation, speaks on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism. Keel has appeared at nine Dragon Cons, running Live Astronomy overnight sessions.JASON KEITHJason Keith is an Eisner Award nominated color artist, who for the past 15 years has colored exclusively for Marvel Comics. Credits include The Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider, Ultimate Avengers, Star Wars, and Darth Vader. SHERRILYN KENYONDefying all odds is what #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does best. Since her first book debuted in 1993 while she was still in college, she’s placed more than 80 novels on the NYT list and has more than 70 million books in print worldwide. J. GREGORY KEYESGreg Keyes is the author of over 30 science fiction and fantasy novels, from original works The Age of Unreason, Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Chosen of the Changeling, and The High and Faraway, to licensed universes including Star Wars, Babylon 5, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, and The Elder Scrolls.NANCY KNIGHTNancy Knight has been an award-winning, bestselling author since 1986 with 12 novels and numerous short stories published. She has also edited anthologies. A produced playwright and screenwriter, with Co-writer Yasmin Bakhtiari, she wrote a screenplay filmed in 2018 and now in distribution. She's taught creative writing since 1987.WALTER KOENIGWalter Koenig had a recurring role of the quintessential scoundrel Bester on the television series Babylon 5 (1994). He has also appeared on dozens of other television series, including his role as Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek (1966) series and subsequent movies. ALETHEA KONTISNew York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a voice actress, a storm chaser, and a geek. She is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow every year at Dragon Con. Alethea narrates stories for multiple award-winning online magazines, and she contributes regular book reviews to NPR.BRIAN KRAUSEBrian Krause is an American actor. He is known for his role as Leo Wyatt on Charmed and for portraying the lead role of Charles Brady in the 1992 horror film Sleepwalkers.STEPHANIE LAW2022 Artist Guest of Honor Stephanie Law's images trace the boundary between dream and reality. The chaos of Nature's wild growth, and conversely the beauty of decay, echo in the textures and fractal patterns of her work.CREEES LEECreees is a variant cover artist, and is the interior artist for Black Mask’s Lab Raider. He has worked for Image, Dynamite and Chapterhouse Comics. LEO LEIBELMANLeo Leibelman began his professional career for Marvel Comics in the pages of Savage Sword of Conan, where he provided painted covers and interior artwork. From there Leibelman went on to work for Acclaim Comics, working on such titles as Turok Dinosaur Hunter and Magic the Gathering.CONOR LESLIEConor Leslie has worked frequently in television, including as a series regular on Western Klondike, Other Space, and Shots Fired. Leslie appeared in the first three seasons of The Man in the High Castle. She is currently starring as Donna Troy / Wonder Girl on the superhero series Titans.
17GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGLEIGHANN LORDLeighann Lord is a stand-up comedian and the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do it Standing Up. Lord has also been a co-host on StarTalkRadio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson. She has been seen on Comedy, HBO, and Showtime.LOTHLENANLothlenan (Andrea Tamme) is a Canadian/Estonian illustrator known for her clever recreations of famous historical paintings. She is also a YouTuber and comic artist, with several published works under her belt including being a creator with Image Comics, Oni Press, and Boom!JOHN LOTSHAWJohn Lotshaw is a cartoonist and animator from Atlanta, GA. He is the creator of Accidental Centaurs, which has been running since 2002. In addition, he has been a publisher of cartoonists such as Bill Holbrook and Greg Cravens, and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society.COMFORT LOVEComfort and Adam made their names as professional self-publishers with The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark. They also wrote a massive how-to book for Random House called The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing. Their work can be found on the site Webtoon.com, where they’ve been read by millions.GEORGE LOWEGeorge Lowe is the ad-libbing madman behind Space Ghost. Cartoon Networks wildly popular Adult Swim block was built on the cult hit Space Ghost Coast to Coast which ran for a decade with legions of fans responsible for its success.RACHEL LUTTRELLRachel Luttrell is an accomplished actress and singer who has worked in film, television and on stage. Luttrell was cast in the role of Teyla Emmagan in the SYFY Channel’s spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis, a show that won the loyalty of a worldwide fan base and ran for five seasons.JONATHAN MABERRYJonathan Maberry is a New York Times and Audible #1 bestseller, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, three-time Scribe winner, and Inkpot winner, anthology editor, comic book writer, writing teacher, executive producer, editor of Weird Tales, and president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. ERIN P MACDONALDErin Macdonald (PhD, Astrophysics) is an internationally recognized space science expert, writer, speaker, and consultant. Her academic research background is in gravitational waves and general relativity. She currently lives in Los Angeles working as a writer as well as the science consultant for the Star Trek franchise.DAVID MACKDavid Mack is an Emmy nominated, New York Times bestselling author and artist of Kabuki, writer of Daredevil, cover artist of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Jessica Jones, and Fight Club 2. He is the artist on Jessica Jones Netflix opening titles and Captain America The Winter Soldier film titles.MARI MANCUSIMari Mancusi is the award-winning author of over 30 books for kids, teens, and adults. She writes Frozen novels for Disney as well as sci-fi/fantasy books other major publishers. An Emmy-award-winning former TV news producer, she also writes branching narrative fiction for mobile gaming companies.BRIANNA MARIEBrianna Marie is the co-producer and cast member of the Dungeons and Randomness podcast, a show which has run in a single world for over a decade! She is also one of the lead writers for their series of 5e world books, The Adventurer's Guide to Theria.GAIL Z. MARTINGail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, and the Assassins of Landria.PATRICIA MARTINPatricia Martín is an illustrator and comic artist, multiple Harvey Award nominee, and selected winner by American Illustration. Martín has worked in the illustration and comic industry for the last eight years. She is currently working on the graphic novel adaptation of the novel Dune with Abrams Books.
19GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGJASON MASSEYJason Massey has been the DM for the Dungeons and Randomness podcast for 10 years. He now has over 13 years of podcasting under his belt and has co-authored the first book about his setting called The Adventurer's Guide to Theria: Vol 1 with his partner and an incredible team.CAPT MARK MCDONAGHMark McDonagh is a physicist and retired Navy submarine force Captain who has been running the National Security Decision Making Game since 1990. He lectures extensively on emerging technology, modern weapons,geopolitical topics and military history with particular expertise in WWII, the early Cold War and history of submarine warfare.MARK MEERMark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, the Vorcha, Niftu Cal, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes Dragon Age, Baldur's Gate, and The Long Dark. Meer is a cast member of D&D streaming shows The Black Dice Society and Idle Champions.TRAVIS SCOTT MERRILLTravis Scott Merrill is a founder of Sick Sense Productions, a company specializing in theatrical and motion picture productions. He is also currently in his ninth season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as a costume crafts artisan. He specializes in costume design, leatherwork, mask-making, dyeing/distressing, puppetry, and armor construction.SARAH MILKOVICHDr. Sarah M. Milkovich is a scientist and an engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has spent over 15 years exploring the solar system with a variety of spacecraft and currently works on the Mars Perseverance Rover. Milkovich enjoys sharing the stories of the people behind the robots.JAMES MINZJames Minz has worked in genre publishing for nearly 30 years, first at Tor for more than a decade, then briefly at Del Rey, until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth, landing at Baen Books, where he is currently Executive Editor and Director of Subsidiary Rights.REBECCA MOESTARebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.JAMES C MULLIGANJames Mulligan has been a Disney artist for over two decades, with properties featuring everything from the classics to recent favorite Frozen. His design, fine art and gallery work includes Playboy, Coca-Cola, Fox, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, the Chuck Jones Family, Marvel, DC, Lexus, and the Elvis Presley Estate.BOBBY NASHBobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, audio, and more. On occasion, he acts in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor, but sometimes they even let him speak. He puts pen to paper and doodles.DANIELLE NICOLETDanielle Nicolet currently stars as Cecile Horton on The Flash. Fans may also know her from her time on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Born Again Virgin, and The Starter Wife, or as the voice of Storm in the X-Men miniseries and video games and several characters in Naruto: Shippûden.LARRY NIVENSFWA Grand Master, Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. Other works include The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall, Neutron Star, The Gripping Hand, Protector, and many more.NOOLIGANHaiNaNu "nooligan" Saulque is an artist, comic creator, and graphic designer based in Sacramento, Ca. From the cartoons of his youth to films he missed by decades, from golden age comics to classic newspaper strips, you will find a creator who has immersed himself in what he loves.
20GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GANOLAN NORTHNolan North actor who has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man." His voice work includes characters such as Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Desmond Miles from Assassin's Creed, the Penguin in Batman: Arkham, and several Marvel characters, most popularly Deadpool.JODY LYNN NYEJody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats." When not engaged in this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction. She has published over 50 books and more than 170 stories. Nye teaches writing seminars and is Coordinating Judge for the Writers of the Future Contest.NNEDI OKORAFORLiterary Guest of Honor Nnedimma "Nnedi" Okorafor is an award-winning New York Times Bestselling writer of science fiction and fantasy for both children and adults. The more specific terms for her works are africanfuturism and africanjujuism.ZU ORZUZu Orzu is an artist and animator who has worked on the DC Comics series Cover. Along with coloring the series, she did the art for the first issue's variant cover and is also the cover artist for Valiant Comics on titles such as X-O Manowar and Punk Mambo.DANIELLE PANABAKERDanielle Panabaker can currently be seen playing Caitlin Snow in the CW series The Flash. Panabaker has also starred in several feature films including Sky High and Yours Mine and Ours as well as many thriller films such as Friday the 13th, Mr Brooks, and The Crazies.YANICK PAQUETTEYanick Paquette began his career as a comic book illustrator in the United States in 1994. He worked for Topps, Marvel and DC Comics, illustrating titles including Wonder-Woman, Superman, Batman, Avengers, JLA, X-Men, Wolverine Weapon X, Terra Obscura, Seven Soldiers, and New 52 Swamp Thing.JAMIE PEARCEDr. Jamie Pearce PhD is the founder of Historic Haunts Investigations. She has been professionally involved in the paranormal for over 25 years, is a Paranormal Investigator, and has a PhD in Parapsychology, and is a member of the Rhine Research Center, MUFON, and the Society for Psychical Research.ROBERT PENDARVISBob Pendarvis has been teaching sequential art courses since 1991, the year they started at Savannah College of Art and Design. They developed the Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Sequential Art and SCAD and have spent 18 years creating and teaching comics and animation courses for the school. RICHARD PINIIn 1977 Wendy and Richard co-founded Warp Graphics, and the following year ElfQuest was born. Widely regarded as the “first American manga,” ElfQuest has won industry awards and continues to be a publishing phenomenon as well as an inspiration to its readers.WENDY PINIIn 1977 Wendy and Richard co-founded Warp Graphics, and the following year ElfQuest was born. Widely regarded as the “first American manga,” ElfQuest has won industry awards and continues to be a publishing phenomenon as well as an inspiration to its readers.LAN PITTSAn Atlanta native now residing in Baltimore, Lan Pitts likes watching, talking, and writing comics about professional wrestling. His writing resume includes BOOM!'s WWE title and also co-created Beast Heart! Strikers with Joe Hunter. Ask him about wrestling and The Simpsons. He loves that.VAN ALLEN PLEXICOVan Allen Plexico is a multi-award-winning writer best known for the Sentinels illustrated superhero novels and comics, 1960s crime novels, and the Shattering space opera universe. His White Rocket Entertainment network features ongoing podcasts and videos covering James Bond, Babylon 5, The Avengers, and more.
21GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGROBERT W POPECartoonist/animator Robert Pope draws the Peanuts gang for Simon Spotlight and BOOM and Looney Tunes for DC. He’s drawn Scooby-Doo, Batman, Powerpuff Girls, and more for DC, IDW, as well as animating for CN classics Space Ghost Coast to Coast, ATHF, Animaniacs, The Brak Show, and others!ANDY PRICESince issue one, Andy Price has been the lead pencil/ink artist for the incredibly successful and record breaking My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book from IDW Publishing. MLP broke the 100,000 pre-sale mark, the first independent book to beat out DC or Marvel in 9 years!CHERIE PRIESTCherie Priest is the author of 20-odd books and novellas, most recently the acclaimed mystery Grave Reservations and southern gothic The Toll, as well as the hit YA projects I am Princess X. She is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker.ANTHONY RAPPAnthony Rapp is an actor and singer, best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Rent. He is currently playing Lieutenant Paul Stamets CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery. Anthony also performed in the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and the musical If/Then.TRINA RAYTrina Ray is currently the Investigation Scientist for the radar instrument on NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission. She worked 20 years on Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (specializing in Titan), and started her career working on the Voyager Spacecraft. She is a public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation.RICO RENZIRico Renzi is an artist, colorist, and designer from Washington DC. His work has appeared in the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Enter The Spider-Verse and Marvel Comics like Spider-Gwen, She-Hulk, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and many more. He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and daughter who tolerate his foolishness.AFUA RICHARDSONAfua Richardson is a Native/African American comic creator best known for her work on Top Cow's genius. Richardson is the artist of Marvel's new Blade series, All Star Batman, and Attack on Titan's American anthology. She is the singer and flute player in the band Waking Astronomer.BALDEMAR RIVASBaldemar Rivas is an up-and-coming comic book artist winning the first ever DC Round Robin Tournament. Baldemar is currently working on the new series DC Mech. He is the artist and co-creator of Unearth. Baldemar has done covers for DC, Image, IDW, Valiant, and Lion Forge.CORINNE ROBERTSCorinne Roberts is an illustrator working in comics and children's books, including the Bug Bites and Out and About series. Her newest book Drawing Dragons, a step-by-step, drawing book to help create your own imaginative dragons, was released in April 2022.NAOMI ROMERONaomi Romero is a character design for animation and illustrator for childrens literature. She has worked for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Sesame Workshop, Illumination Studios, Facebook, Spin Master, and more. Naomi is the current artist for the new baby dragon plush for Dragon Con. DON ROSADon Rosa became internationally famous starting in 1987 when he began writing and drawing new stories based on Carl Barks’ Uncle $crooge and Donald Duck comics which are still the world's best-selling outside of North America. Duck Fans have made him one of the world's best-known and most popular cartoonists.STEVE SAFFELSteve Saffel is a senior acquisitions editor for Titan Books, focused on science fiction, fantasy, and media tie-ins including programs for Alien, Gears of War, and Conan fiction stemming from the works of Robert E. Howard. He’s produced illustrated nonfiction with Charles Vess, Drew Struzan, and Robert E. McGinnis.
22GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAAARON SAGERSAaron Sagers is a TV host, journalist, and paranormal researcher. He appears on the Travel Channel/Discovery+ hit show Paranormal Caught On Camera (filming its sixth season), hosts Den of Geek's Talking Strange paranormal interview show, is host of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ripley’s Road Trip.CHRIS SCHWEIZEREisner-nominated Chris Schweizer is the cartoonist that divides his time between two graphic novel series: the award-winning historical fiction Crogan Adventures (Oni Press), and the upcoming horror series The Creeps (Abrams/Amulet). Schweizer has previously taught aspiring artists at SCAD-Atlanta for five years.RILEY SHANAHANRiley Shanahan developed a love for acting through theater and pursued a college degree in theater. He made his way to LA and acted with Alicia Vikander in a music video for The National. Shanahan currently plays Robotman in DC's Doom Patrol.MICHAEL SHANKSMichael Shanks is best known for his role as "Dr. Daniel Jackson" on Stargate SG-1. He has also guest starred on a number of television series, including a turn in Stargate: Atlantis, as well as Andromeda, and The Outer Limits.DIETRICH O SMITHDietrich Smith is an artist in the field of comics who has illustrated a variety of titles such as Superman, Spiderman, Shaft, and a bevy of others. He has been nominated or awarded various honors and currently has his hand in development of a diverse group of projects.ANNE SOWARDSAnne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy, science fiction, and romance for the Ace and Berkley imprints. The talented authors she works with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and Kim Harrison.MICHAEL STACKPOLE Michael A. Stackpole is a writer and game designer best known for writing the New York Times Bestselling novels I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron.T. ALEXANDER STANGROOMT. Alexander Stangroom is the Director of Operations at the multi ENnie award-winning tabletop roleplaying publisher Kobold Press. A professional Dungeon Master, TTRPG designer, and writer whose credits include publications from Wizards of the Coast, Alexander can be found as a Special Guest at various events around the world.KIM STEADMANKim Steadman is a Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover Engineering Operations team and the Operations Lead for the SHERLOC instrument. She has also worked on the Opportunity rover, Curiosity rover, and the Cassini Mission.JEANNE C STEINJeanne C. Stein is the author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and The Fallen Siren Series written as S. J. Harper. She also has more than three dozen short story credits, including the most recent published in 2021: Shadow Atlas, Dark Landscapes of the Americas.TJ STERLINGTJ Sterling, a former Marvel/DC Comics artist, lives and works in New York City. TJ also creates his own comics via his indie publishing label RAE Comics. To date, TJ has raised over $50K via Kickstarter and is a drawing teacher at the Joe Kubert School of comic art. S. M. STIRLING2019 Dragon Award winner, S.M. Stirling was born in France in 1953 and became an American citizen in 2004. He published his first novel, Snowbrother in 1984. His latest books are The Sky-Blue Wolves, Black Chamber, Theater Of Spies, Shadows Of Annihilation, and Daggers In Darkness.KYLE STRAHMKyle Strahm is an independent comic book artist/writer whose creator-owned books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. He is the co-creator of Twig, Spread, Into Radness, Unearth, and Horrorium.
23GUESTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGBEN B TEMPLESMITHBen Templesmith is a multi award nominated artist & writer known for horror comics like 30 Days of Night that became movies and creator owned works such as Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse & Fell.JAMES R TUCKJames R. Tuck has written 11 novels, seven novellas, and countless short stories (some under the name Levi Black). He has been a professional tattoo artist for 27 years and he used to throw people out of bars for money.CHRIS UMINGAChristopher Uminga is a Connecticut based painter and illustrator. He has spent the last ten years developing a unique style that blends together creepy and cute. You can find the influences of classic movies, Saturday morning cartoons, graffiti and low brow/outsider art in his work. TREVOR S. VALLETrevor S. Valle is a paleontologist who has appeared on Doomsday: 10 Ways The World Will End and Mammoths Unearthed, is a cast member on the D&D campaign A Sinner's Dream, the dinosaur creator for Atlas Games' Plangea D&D setting, and Creative Director of the GeekyJerseys D&D jerseys.CRISTINA VEECristina Vee is a Los Angeles based voice actress, director, and producer. In animation, she is known as Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon, Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins, among many more. She has worked on hundreds of video games and was the first canon female Black Power Ranger.JOIVAN WADEJoivan Wade is an English actor known for playing Manyou in the BBC comedy television series Big School, Jordan Johnson on the BBC soap opera EastEnders, and Victor Stone/Cyborg in the HBO Max series Doom Patrol.CHRISTIAN WAGGONERChristian Waggoner is known worldwide for his Star Wars Reflection series paintings. He as been working with Lucasfilm over 12 years. His uniquely enhanced, photo-realistic style makes viewers wonder how he achieves such detail with a mere brush and canvas.DAVID F WALKERDavid F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and comic book writer. He is the co-creator of Naomi and Bitter Root, and the author of The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History, The Life of Frederick Douglass, Power Man & Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Occupy Avengers, Cyborg, Shaft, among others.CURRAN WALTERSCurran Walters began his career in acting in 2014, playing various roles on television until getting his first major role as Jason Todd (the second Robin) in DC Titans, becoming a regular in its second season in 2019. In 2020 he unveiled his new character, Red Hood, a vigilante anti-hero.JEAN MARIE WARDJean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories, and two popular art books. The former editor of CrescentBlues.com, she is a frequent contributor to Galaxy’s Edge magazine and the online convention Con-Tinual.TONI WEISSKOPF Toni Weisskopf has been the publisher of Baen Books since 2006. Baen is known for its innovative e-publishing program, which has expanded under Weisskopf’s leadership to include titles from other publishers. She is interested in space science and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Interstellar Research Group.SAVANNAH WELCHActor/Musician Savannah Welch is known for her acting roles in the HBO Max series Titans , Oscar nominated film Boyhood, film Tree Of Life, and a recurring guest starring role as ex-Marine Dawn on the History Channel’s Six. She is also a member of the Alt-Country group The Trishas.ROB WIETHOFFRob Wiethoff is a full performance motion capture and voice actor performing John Marston in Red Dead Redemption I and II.ROBERT WILSONRobert Wilson IV is a comic artist and illustrator living in Dallas, TX. He is the co-creator and artist of Heartthrob at Oni Press with writer Christopher Sebela and colorist Nick Filardi. He also co-created Knuckleheads at IDW / Monkeybrain with Brian Winkeler and Like A Virus with Ken Lowery.
24GUESTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAADAM WITHERSComfort and Adam are best known for the series The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark. They also wrote a massive how-to book for Random House called The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics. Their work can be found on the site Webtoon.com, where they’ve been read by millions.DEREK YANIGERDerek Yaniger is a toothless hillbilly that’s got a way long history of scratchin’ out art for lots of king-sized bigwigs like Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. But nowadays he strictly digs the gigs that let him beat his own bongos.THOMAS F. ZAHLERThom Zahler is the creator, writer, and artist of the Harvey-nominated, fan-favorite superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes. He has also written and drawn issues of IDW's successful My Little Pony miniseries. Recently, he sold his first script to the Ultimate Spider-Man animated cartoon airing on Disney XD.TIMOTHY ZAHNTimothy Zahn is the author of sixteen Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, Sibyl’s War, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil and A Call to Insurrection (with David Weber and Thomas Pope). Upcoming books include The Icarus Plot.MATTHEW ZUKMatthew Zuk is an actor, known for Doom Patrol (2019), Fear Street: Part Three - 1666 (2021) and Fear Street: Part One - 1994 (2021).CHRISSIE ZULLOChrissie Zullo has created comic book covers for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Vampirella, Life With Archie, and Vertigo’s Fables: The Wolf Among Us series. She has worked for DC Comics, Fandango, Mattel, Dark Horse, Devil’s Due, IDW, Topps, and Harper Collins.
26PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAAttending Professionals • aSwanNamedEmily • Mary Abreu • Stephen Adams • David Afsharirad • Jer Alford • Quincy J. Allen • Drew Allison • Ayla Almee • Cristina Amaya • Daryl Andrews • Corey Applegate • Dyrk Ashton • Davis Ashura • Will Aymerich • Kevin Bachelder • Michael Bailey • Griffin Barber • Aretta Baumgartner • Davey Beauchamp • Leigh Bennett-Conner • Kaitlin Bevis • Lazarus Black • J.D. Blackrose • Jennifer Blackstream • Bobby Blackwolf • D.J. Bodden • Ian Boley • David Boop • Jon Boutelle • Kurt Boutin • Arthur Bowling • Jay Boyce • Bill Bridges • Bethany Brookshire • Matthew J. Brown • Dr. John Edgar Browning • Jennifer Bruce • Doug Burbey • Raychelle Burks • Tyra Burton • Darin M. Bush • D.J. Butler • Jessica Cail • Kenneth G. Carpenter • Alison Carrier • Dr. Julia Ann Cartwright • Cathalson • Catieosaurus • Karen Ceesay • Robert Chapin • Michael Chatfield • ChelseaBytes • Echo Chernik • Casey Chorba • Gene Chorba • Joshua Colwell • Ryan A. Consell • Harmon Cooper • Jason Cordova • Crippled Critic • Katie Cross • Stephanie Crugnola • Paul B. Currie • Joshua Cutchin • Veronica Dahshell • Ron Daniels • Milton Davis • Jason De La Torre • Rita De La Torre • Ryan DeBruyn • Lali DeRosier • Matt Dinniman • Beth Dolgner • Cecilia Dominic • Addie Dove • Patrick Dugan • Em Dupre • Andy Dykes • Marc Edelheit • K.D. Edwards • Kevin Eldridge • Mike Ellison • Kacey Ezell • Michael Falkner • Emily A. Finke • Declan Finn • Nick Fish • Teddi (FSM) Fishman • Rob Fitz • Tom Fleming • Dustin Fletcher • Sean Fletcher • John L. Flynn • Anthony Francis • Adam Friedman • Paige Gardner • J. B. Garner • Jenna Garrett • Tristan Gibbon • Clay Gilbert • Alison Gill • Dwayne Goetzel • Thomas Gofton • Savannah Jo Goins • Nicoli Gonnella • John Goodwin • L.R. Gould • Grandmafun • Dr. Craig Greathouse • Andrew Greenberg • Darrell Z. Grizzle • Dr. Nicole Gugliucci • L. J. Hachmeister • Henry Hanks • Isabelle Hardesty • Thomas Harper • Scott Harris • Will Harris • John G. Hartness • Laura Hayden • Drew Hayes • M. Haynes • Travis Heermann • Rick Heinz • May Hemmer • Devan Henderson • Tony P. Henderson • Karl Herlinger • Lucas Hernandez • HeyGude • Madaug Hishinuma • Chris Hofmann • Brian Holder • Kali Holder
27FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGPROS • Jeff Hubbs • John Hudgens • Rebecca Huguet • Walter Hunt • James A. Hunter • Topher Hunter • Kevin Ikenberry • ImaginaryNomad • Chris Jackson • Kristin Jackson • G. S. Jennsen • Bernadette Johnson • Emily Jones • Omega Jones • Christopher Kao • Charlie Kaufman • Kavura • Charles Kelso • Darin Kennedy • Christina Kieffer • Roy Kilgard • Sue Kisenwether • Gini Koch • Jeffrey L. Kohanek • Aleron Kong • Dakota Krout • Shemer Kuznits • Steph LaMassa • Cheralyn Lambeth • Erika Lance • Ed Larson • Dr. Law • DN Lee • Laura Levy • Rob Levy • J.F. Lewis • Philip Ligon • Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue • F.T. Lukens • Tara Lynne • Courtney Lytle • Megan Mackie • Terry Maggert • Josh Maltby • Lisa Manifold • Thomas Mariani • Melissa McArthur • Katie McClenahan • Dale McGowan • Amanda McKnight • Joseph Meany • Jason R. Miller • Michael R. Miller • Savannah Miller • Tim Miller • Stephanie Mirro • Christopher G. Moore • David Moscato • Bill Mulligan • Rob Mulligan • Mark Muncy • Amy J. Murphy • Nayr • James Nettles • Jeffrey Nix • Alexis Noriega • Corinne O'Flynn • Melissa F. Olson • Summer Olsson • Hansi Oppenheimer • Jon R. Osborne • Chantelle Aimee Osman • James Palmer • JM Paquette • Thomas Parham • Cabot Parsons • Sean Patton • Rae Pendergrass • Matthew Penick • Gabriel Perez • D.R. Perry • David Petrie • Berta Platas • Gary Poole • Alan J. Porter • Phillip Pournelle • Wonder Puppets • Marx Pyle • Rachel Rawlings • Tatiana Rice • Alison Sky Richards • Gray Rinehart • Aaron Michael Ritchey • Rob Roberts • William Joseph Roberts • Dennis Robinson • Mera Rose • Robert Ross • M.A. Rothman • Steve Ruskin • Bailey Sanchez • Hannah Sargeant • Tony Sarrecchia • Daniel Schinhofen • Anne Schlea • Shellie Schmals • Lydia Sherrer • R. Alan Siler • Tamsin L. Silver • Melissa Simpson • Alan Smale • Alex Smith • Ken Snaps • Spat • Janine K. Spendlove • Torrey Stenmark • Mike Jack Stoumbos • Shami A. Stovall • Brandon H Strauss • Ebony Warrior Studios • Kyle Mackenzie Sullivan • Kimbra Swain • Ray Tesi • The Tattooed Santa • Alain TheDungeonMeowster • Mandisa Thomas • Mel Todd • Steve Troop • Hayley Tsukayama • J.M. Tuffley • Brian Urbanek • Alexi Vandenberg • Daisy Viktoria • R.R. Virdi • VivSai • Constance G.J. Wagner • Benjamin Wallace • Henrik Warpefelt • Sean Weiland • Dave West • Garon Whited • Marie Whittaker • Emily Whitten • Brandon Whitworth • Jennifer Whitworth • Arras Wiedorn • Will Wight • Jonathan Williams • M.C. Williams • Michael Williams • Valerie Willis • Marisa Wolf • Tao Wong • Trisha J. Wooldridge • Vanessa Ionta Wright • Jessica Ann York • Celia Yost • Bryan Young • Mark Zoran
29FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGPERFORMERSperformersTHE ATLANTA RADIO THEATRE COMPANY The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company has been creating audio drama and comedy in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror, detectives, and a couple of Regency Romances since 1984. We have been performing live, on the radio, on podcasts, and on YouTube.ATLANTA SWING ORCHESTRAThe Atlanta Swing Orchestra is a group of musicians from the Atlanta area that really love to play the big band music that gets you tearing up the dance floor! They are musicians who are dedicated to keeping the Great American Songbook alive by playing tunes from the 30s and 40s to modern classics.BATHROOM OF THE FUTUREBathroom of the Future is nerd rock for punks, or maybe punk rock for nerds. Influenced by Weezer, Nerf Herder, and Rozwell Kid, Bathroom of the Future offers up short, fast, catchy songs about life, love, losing at fighting games, and meeting someone cosplaying the same character you are. BLIBBERING HUMDINGERS The Goofy acoustic nerd rock for wizards, witches, gamers, jedi, hobbits, time lords, LARPers, browncoats, SCAdians, and all manner of hoopy froods. You\'ll be positively gruntled by our non-sequitur nonsense and musical mayhem.BROBDINGNAGIAN BARDS The Brobdingnagian Bards are back for a Dragon Con reunion! They take traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, mix it up with Lord of the Rings music to create a unique brand of Celtic Filk.CRÜXSHADOWS One of the most notable dark-wave bands internationally, The Crüxshadows' motto is "live, love, be, believe," and it serves as a reminder that while The Crüxshadows may write catchy songs, the band has depth that extends beyond the dance floor.THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE Take real life Transformers playing music from Transformers the Movie in true 80\'s metal style. Add in samplings from anime, genre and videogame crowd pleasers then combine with awesome original material for one unforgettable night of robot rock.DUST BOWL FAERIESA faerie-tale fusion of dark cabaret, gothic polka and post-punk music, Dust Bowl Faeries is a dark-carnival band from the New York Hudson Valley. Accordion, singing saw, acoustic guitar, lap-steel, bass, and percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries otherworldly sound.THE FAITHFUL SIDEKICKS The Faithful Sidekicks are an award-winning comedic acoustic geek folk-pop duo who write and perform original catchy songs about fandoms, gaming, and technology.
30PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAPERFORMERSFOOT POUND FORCEGet ready to be nerdy, get ready to rock, and get ready to laugh out loud. Better pay attention though, for there may be a quiz afterward from these rockin’ rocket scientists. Foot Pound Force, a band composed of more than its units.THE GEKKOSHailing from Orlando, Florida, The Gekkos are the greatest nerd rock polka band in the multiverse. Comprised of brothers Jared on accordion and Zack on keytar, The Gekkos are sure to get you pumped and ready to get weird!HAWTHORN & HOLLY Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter, Doctor Who and other fandoms. Leah Schroeder and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars, while Dave Beaucar of Baltimore, Maryland slaps his amazing bass.LANDLOCH'D From the highlands of Scotland, and the Moor-infested plains of Spain, two men met upon the high seas and decided to share their love of Celtic and pirate music with the masses... Esteban Diego de Castille and Edward the RedBeard are LandLoch'd! (Oh, and Tilly too!)MEGA RANNerdcore hip-hop touching on videogames, comic books, cartoons, wrestling, and more.MASON MIKEY Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a ball of contagious enthusiasm who sings about role-playing games, sci-fi, fantasy, cats, and being a geek. He’s been heard on nerdist, SyFy, TheFuMP, and Dr. Demento, and is a truly must-see event.MC CHRIS mc chris (always intentionally spelled lowercase) is a rapper known for rap, nerdcore, hip hop, and comedy. His last album, mc chris is good music charted on Billboard, debuting at #2 in the comedy genre. He is the only rapper that was ever an animator for Cartoon Network for five years.JASON CHARLES MILLER Lead singer of Godhead, will play a combo of songs from southern rock solo albums, Godhead, and video games and TV shows he has sung on.MUTANT COUNTY LINEAt the corner of Americana music and science fiction, Mutant County Line is an Atlanta-based band that plays honky-tonking and heartbreaking music about love, loss, and lightspeed. Mutant County Line proves that three chords and the truth is out there. BETH PATTERSONA one-woman, one-bouzouki show of songs spanning Celtic, Louisiana, parodies, snark, and surprise metal licks.RASPBERRY PIE With the sounds of late 70s funk and disco, combined with a nerdy lyrical sensibility, Raspberry Pie have been packing dance floors since 2015. Their tasty grooves and singalong choruses can turn any venue into a dance hall, with audience members becoming active participants in a full body funk experience.SEPTEMBER MOURNINGSeptember Mourning is a dark culture fantasy based on a graphic novel created by singer, Emily Lazar (September) and comic legend, Marc Silvestri. Over the past year, the band has released three singles through standard media playforms and a new single "Dirty" exclusively through a generative project collaboration with NFT Media Box (September's Monsters).TOM SMITH Back again with a slew of new songs and a new album, Tom Smith once again stretches the boundaries of filk with serious, funny, musical, mythical, maniacal, political, and pun-filled performances!
31FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGPERFORMERSTHRILLKILLER Exploding on the scene in the fall of 2015, mixing elements of metal, rock, pop, and others, Thrillkiller delivers a viciously unique style of music. With the launch of their debut EP, Time, followed by their totally fan funded debut release Showdown, Thrillkiller are currently supporting their third release, San Francisco Moto.THE TOMB TONES50’s rock 'n' roll collides with punk rock mania in The Tomb Tones' spook show bizarro! Dance the night away to hilarious hair-raising tunes about serial killer romance, monster beach parties, and taxidermy gone wrong!TWILL DISTILLED Twill Distilled is a singer, rapper, and musical producer originally from the Baltimore and DC Metro Area. She is know for her high energy performances, and unique dirty pop style.VALENTINE WOLFE A Symphony of Darkness, Valentine Wolfe performs gothic metal inspired by seances, 19th century gothic literature, and classical music. Combining the haunting soprano of Sarah Black and the bleak maelstrom of Braxton Ballew’s solo double bass, the only muse they follow is their own. VISION VIDEO Vision Video is a goth pop band fronted by veteran, firefighter and paramedic Dusty Gannon, playing music reminiscent of goth classic acts like the Cure and Joy Division, with a fresh new take on the genre. AURELIO VOLTAIRE Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer, performer, author, creator of comic books, films, animation, toys, and home decor.WAKEFIRE Wakefire takes an unorthodox approach to the traditional. They are here to create a new sound to delight and surprise any who would hear. They tell stories and create sounds to move the heart and body with a combination of Celtic Rock, Slavic Punk, and Americana Pop.
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33FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGvendorsDRAGON CON VENDOR HALLS:Extra, extra, read all about it! Besides providing the best shopping experience on the planet, the Vendor Halls now offer workshops! That’s right. We said workshops! And that’s not all. This year we are also excited to bring you exclusive Dragon Con products, and be included as a programming track in the Dragon Con app!The Dragon Con Vendor Halls are, by far, the finest shopping experience in the convention world! Our vendors are second to none, coming to Atlanta with the most outstanding products and newest trends. We are located in the AmericasMart Building 2, which is only a short walk from the Dragon Con hotels. And, once you arrive, we have four incredible floors of must-have items ranging from D20 dice to gaming tables. You might even pick up a kilt you didn’t realize you needed. And that’s only scratching the surface. Our diverse vendors offer a range of products, including t-shirts, books, toys, puzzles, chopsticks, comics, corsets, chainmail, light sabers, weapons, anime merchandise, and everything cosplay. There are way too many products to list here, but trust us, there is so much more to be found in our Vendor Halls.The 4th floor is dedicated to some of the world's best Comic and Pop creators and artists, with over 200 guests and attending professionals filling the room. Below, on floors 1-3, we have almost 300 vendors who are ready to sell their wares to you all weekend long.Remember, we mentioned that the Vendor Halls now offer workshops? Well, that wasn’t a misprint. Dragon Con is teaming up with our talented vendors to level up and bring you some informative and entertaining make-and-take workshops! For the first time ever, we are introducing a series of exceptional workshops throughout the weekend, guaranteeing a unique and fun experience for all ages. Worried that you won’t know any details on these workshops and other exciting things occurring in the Vendor Halls? Have no fear! For the first time ever, we will be included in the Dragon Con as a programming track, which means we can communicate the fun details on these new workshops and when and where special guests and writers will be. Exclusive Dragon Con product lineup? That’s right. Each day there will be a handful of vendors selling a limited number of exclusive products. We will announce the selected vendors and their products via Dragon Con’s social media platforms as well as each vendor’s individual page. This exciting new venture will enable members to get fun products that are 2022 exclusives that will never be offered again!!If you can’t make it to our Vendor Halls in person, make sure to jump on eventeny throughout the weekend to check out the online shopping experience from the comfort of your couch or hotel room! The Virtual Marketplace will again be open from 1159 pm on August 31st through 1159 pm on September 9th, giving you plenty of time to shop from the comfort of your own home once you have returned from the event.EXHIBITORS, AMERICASMART FIRST FLOOR • Alien Entertainment/Doctor Who Store • Anime Gift • ArchaicSmiles Artwork • Arda Wigs • Armory Quest • Art of Straya Obscura • Artemis Leather • Blade Daddy • Brittnee Braun Designs • Case Ology • CDH Creations LLC • Chessex Manufacturing • Critical Hit Collectibles • Critical Hit Gaming Supplies, LLC • Diana Stein • Edgework Imports Inc • Esclair Studios • Fandom Metalworks • Fine Collectibles Protection, Frames, & Displays • Fool Moon Treasures Inc • Forged Foam
34VENDORSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GA • Galaxy Press • Geek Boutique • Geek Orthodox • Glitch Gaming Apparel • Got Kilt • Honeck Sculpture • Horror Show Jack Productions • Imperial Quartermaster • Intergalactic Trading Co • Jason Engle • Lolita Collective • Magical Fashions • Mario's Comics and Art • My Little Demon • Neon Culture • New Age Discoveries • Night Phoenix Designs • Nightfall Forest/Sugar Lagoon • Nite Owl Workshop • NoFlutter Studio • Norse Foundry • Orange Ribbon Studios • Panakal Art Ltd. • Pegasus Publishing • Pendragon Costumes • Queen of All Shadows • Ravenswood Leather • Rebel Base Comics & Toys • Reel Art • Ruby Art • Ruth Thompson Fantasy Art • Shadows On The Wall • She-Jackal Arts • Silver Leaf Costumes • Steve Argyle Studios • Tairen's Lair & Authors Lair • Talon Dunning • Tasty Peach Studios • Tentacle Kitty LLC • TG Comics 512 • The Blonde Swan Hats • The Dragon's Keep • The Dragon's Lair • The Missing Volume • The Wasteland Gaming • Titan Games & Comics • Triangle Cards & T-Shirts • Ukoala Bag inc • Ultra Sabers • Uniglitter, LLC • Unique Unicorns • Volante Design, Inc • William StoutEXHIBITORS, AMERICASMART SECOND FLOOR • Akiba HQ • Altruistic • Armoured Wolf Productions • Back to Earth Creations • Badali Jewelry Specialties • Bard & Broad • Bard's Tower • Baz Chopstick Company • Blade Daddy • Borderlands • Button Fox • Calou Calay • Cantina Comics & Cafe • Captured Curls • Closet Geek LLC • Content Play • Convention Exclusive.Com • Corsets By Casta Diva • Crafty Celts • Crazy Cat Collectables • Crazy Ed's Comics • Cross Country Collectibles • Cut/Sew Patternmaking • Darwin and Wallace: A Nature & Fossil Store • Delicious Boutique • Dimension Decals • Dragon Pets • Echo-X Llc • Fanboy Collectibles and Comics • Fanboy Entertainment • Galaxy Props • Gamer Concepts • Gingee Girls Art • Haha Anime & Games • Hatcore.Com • House Of Anime • J & J Collectibles • J and J Enterprises • James Hill Studios Gallery • Junior's Comic And Cards • Little Petal • Midnight Syndicate Soundtracks • Milton's Emporium • Mirkywood Emporium • Moss Fete • Nerdy Novelty Design • O Christmas Geek • Obsidian's Caldera • Oh, Jessa! • Otherworldly Alchemist • Outer Rim Toys/Out of The Toy Box Jewelry • Oz Wars Toys • Pawstar • Plantcycled • Plastic Empire • Poetic Earth Handmade Journals • Posh Geekery • Posters And Comics • Ravenwing Wearable Art • RBF Custom Creations • Reliquary Arcanum • RootisTabootus Illustrations LLC • Ruth Nore Designs • Sam Flegal's Fateful Signs • Sarah Wilkinson Art • Scorched Design Co • Sean's Celtic Creations • Shadow Alley Press • Sparkle! • Spartamac Publishing, LLC • Spiral Moon - Unleash the Goddess • Starbase Atlanta • Steam Forged Studios • Stl Ocarina • Studio de Sade • Sugar & Geek Candle co. • SuperVillain Comics, LLC • Surreal Makeup • Tea & Absinthe • TeeTurtle • The Colorful Geek • The Evergreen Burrow • The Fairy Stitch Factory • The Paisley Poppy • Troll & Toad • Twilight Creations • Twisted Heroes
35FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGVENDORS • UCF Video Games • Where The Gods Live • Wolfhome Adventure Outfitters • World Of StrangeDEALERS, AMERICASMART THIRD FLOOR • A Punch In The Art • All The Dwagons • Andrew Herman • Anime Remix • Arsenal Models • Art of David Wong • Art of Gabby Ramirez • Beautifully Dark Art By Deanna Davoli • Bek's Books, LLC • Blue Rose • Body Color Cosmetics • Chris A. Jackson • Chubby Bunny Studios • Commissioned Credentials Llc • Crescent Creepers • Crimson Chain Leatherworks • Daniel French's Art and Leather • Discotek Media • Dragon Hatchery/ The Leather Arts Store • Dragonwycks • Edgework Imports Inc • Evil Bunny Empire • Fairywood Grove • Fearless Readers • Forbidden Knowledge • Frederick's Forge • Furry Feline Creatives LLC • Geeky Endeavors • Geeky Girl Stitches • Grave Markings • Greenvine Glassworks • InterEtching • Kitsch and Crossbones • Kopes Kreations • Lost Alien Collectibles • M. Lineham Art • Miniature Inspirations • My Dope Dolls • Not Cool Co • Palmer Creations • Paper Bones • Planet Comics • Random Smash • Ribbon & Charm • Sideboard Games and Collectibles • Southern Celebrations • Spandex Splinters • Spot Colors • Stardust Strings • Stephanie Romano • Studio Pen Pen • Sugar Lich • The Dragon's Hoard Soaps • The Glassy Geek • The Stray Wolf • Three Sisters Co • Time Machine Collectibles • Wickedly Twisted Fun • With a Grain of Salt • Wyrd ArmouriesEXHIBITORS, AMERICASMART THIRD FLOOR • Alkemie & Artistry • Arca Noctis • Art Afterlife Skeletons • Art of Will Pigg • Artist Scott Spillman • Baby Rabiez • Bead Geekz • Big City Comic Studio • Boxwood Board Designs • Bricker Builds • BumbleFly~N~ButterBees • Carolina Game Tables/ Beautiful Brains • Catskill Mountain Moccasins • Cave Geek Art • Chicagoland Games: Dice Dojo • Comic Concepts • Dryad Pottery/Dryad Tea • Emizart • Family Dragon • Famore Cutlery/Specialty Product Sales • Fandom Laser by The 308 Collective • Fantastical Menagerie • Feather Wings by Uber Kio • Figments and Fripperies • FireChilde Glass Studio • Geekify • Global Games Distribution • Graded Power • Harebrained Design • In My Parents Basement • Kaleidoscope Shop • Meloria Maille • Midnight Fury Design LLC • Nattie Black LLC • Nerds & Nomads • OOAKrafts • Pop N Toys • Popcycled Baubles • Precious Plunder • Press Start Games New England • Pride Kitty - Like A Cat • Quiltoni • Resplendent Rogues • Retro Daddio • Rumble and Roar Wandmakers • Scrolling Fantasy • Snarkfish T-shirts • Sorensen's Precision Diceworks • Super Sox Shop • Tangled Earth Arts • The Black and White Guy • The Mana Pool Bazaar • The Truffle Cottage LLC • Ultra T Studios • Viciouskill • Wyrmwood
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38PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAALTERNATE & HISTORICAL FICTIONThe Alternate and Historical Fiction Track is the destination for all things bygone and never was. It covers everything from fan discussions of period films and TV, speakers on overlooked history and society milestones, to even demos of period costuming techniques. There is fun for all who fancy festive frolics through factual and fictional former times. The flux capacitor is set to give a peek into the past and future: fan panels on shows like Our Flag Means Death and The Gilded Age; maker panels on recreating vintage hair, makeup, and fashion; historical dives into spiritualism, powerful women, sea shanties, and even the cults of our beloved Dragon Con itself! For historians of all ages, there will be historical musical sing-alongs, build-your-own (and then race!) Splendid Teapot Racer, and more. This year, the Temporal Ball is back, prefaced by the ever-popular ballroom dance class! Events across hotels and the good ol' interwebs will take us through the ages with both in-person programming and virtual events to enjoy both at the con AND before. More details on precon online happenings can be found across our social media channels - Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/alternatehistory, Twitter at https://twitter.com/DCon_AltHistory, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dcon_althistory/ and YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbMmPbV4bRnRdJ2zCYkPEA/featured.AMERICAN SCIFI & FANTASY MEDIA You better be using some super speed this year! At the heart of the Track, they focus on media content, big screen and small. With the pandemic production issues starting to fade, they have so much great content this year to cover. You can expect fan panels that look into the insanity of Marvel Disney+ series, the range of the MCU Multiverse, the shift from the CW to HBO for DC, and more! However, they’re not just superheroes here! There will also be content that looks at fan favorites like Upload, Raising Dion, and Russian Doll, as well as the fantastic movies that have come out on streaming and in theaters There will of course be some amazing guest panels as well, and where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and get some answers on fan favorites. This year they are also expanding Lang Belta classes so you can truly manage the patois of a belter, just in time for the Black Moon (Mung Belék) Bar, that is docked at Tycho station, a place to socialize, practice those lessons, and chat up other Expanse fans, all while dodging some Inners at the next table. There’s a return of the One True Pairing panel, and this year they will have the Battle of the Chrises! You’ll get to compare Pratt to Evans to Hemsworth, with some classic Chrises as well. It should be a great year!AMERICAN SCIFI CLASSICS Between the time when Billy Ocean drank Atlanta and after the rise of the Con of Dragon, there were days upon days of geekiness undreamed of, where fans, festooned in naught but the finest cosplay and/or t-shirts, reveled at a programming track that dared to show Mac and Me on purpose, twice. Join learned individuals and emboldened goofballs, as they celebrate those awesome movies and TV sagas from the bygone realms of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Let them tell you about the days of American Sci-Fi Classics. American Sci-Fi Classics features panels, game shows, giveaways, and events that venture into the archives of movie and TV awesomeness. This year, be part of the lightning-round hour of random movie madness at Roll-A-Panel. The track offers tributes to Nicolas Cage, fictional bands, sci-fi movie novelizations, GI Joe, and presents the charity lock-in movies, where you must donate to the Dragon Con charity if you want to escape. Also there will be talk about Conan the Barbarian, if Crom wills it from high on his mountain.Classics Track keeps Dragon Con going all year long on social media and with live YouTube shows every couple of weeks. Join the fun by searching fan tracks
39FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGTRACKSfor “American Sci-Fi Classics (https://www.youtube.com/c/AmericanSciFiClassics).” ANIMATION The Animation Track welcomes fans, voice actors, industry professionals, artists, and creators of Western, American, and international animation and cartoons. This track covers animated storytelling that isn't Japanese anime, though there is often crossover. Programming will highlight your favorite nostalgic comfort toons and dive into new shows that help us transcend reality! Besides fan discussions and guest Q&As, expect returning toon-tastic sing-along events, artist networking opportunities, and the Dragon Con Cosplay Contest, jointly hosted with the Anime/Manga Track. Details about the Cosplay Contest can be found in the Contests section of this Progress Report. Highlighted guests of the Animation Track this year include voices from Netflix's breakout animation series and professionals who spearhead original animated productions. Remember to bring your cosplay, autographing pen, fan theories, and business cards to make connections through our love of cartoons, art, and the animation industry!ANIMEMANGA The Anime-Manga track is dedicated to the enjoyment of art and animation produced in Japan, but loved worldwide. They are located in Hilton Galleria 4, and will feature panels and presentations that’ll highlight anime and manga both old and new. Throughout the weekend, the track room will also showcase a variety of fan-created Anime Music Videos for your viewing pleasure. Outside the track room, the track will be hosting panels that will feature guest appearances from some of your favorite English dub voice actors and directors. In partnership with the Animation Track, the team will host the ever-popular Cosplay Contest that celebrates the skill and hard work needed to bring animated characters to life. Details about the Cosplay Contest can be found in the Contests section of this Progress Report. APOCALYPSE RISINGWhether the world is ending, or you’re just trying to survive after it has, Apocalypse Rising is your one-stop shop for all things before, during, and after an apocalypse.Survival panels will prepare you for the worst with panels for every level of “prepper,” including even more panels than previously offered on what it means to be a contemporary homesteader and raising a family in a post-apocalyptic world. Experts will also be taking an in depth look at topics like the next possible pandemic (too soon?), what society has/has not learned over the past 2+ years, and first aid and trauma response.But things aren’t all doom and gloom in an apocalypse! Seasoned apocalyptic authors will make you laugh and cry as they walk you through their favorite dystopian stories and world building tips and tricks. And pivoting from fact to fiction, the Friday night courtesy Zombie Makeovers and Zombie Prom will be back and wild enough to raise the dead! You can experience the return of the hilarious Aliens vs Zombies and watch “experts” debate which species would dominate in any number of wacky apocalyptic scenarios. You can also look forward to lively fan discussions on such seasoned TV favorites as The Walking Dead - in all its variations - and The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as one season wonders Station 11 and Y: The Last Man. With the new Netflix series coming out, you can take a trip to Racoon City with the track’s first ever Resident Evil panel.So, whether you’re bugging in or out this year, be sure to check out the virtual panels airing on DCTV during Dragon Con! And always gear up and follow them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/dconapocrising/, Twitter at twitter.com/AR_track_DC, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ApocRising for more update!BRITTRACKThe BritTrack’s Mission Statement is to celebrate all Anglophiles, and the love for media/pop culture of the United Kingdom at Dragon Con. Fans can enjoy panels, a party, and interactive events on the UK's music, animation, culture, literature, comics, movies, and television. The list includes: Doctor Who universe, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Black Mirror, Monty Python, Downton Abbey, Ziggy Stardust, James Bond, The Young Ones, Jane Austen, Peaky Blinders, Big Finish Audios, Neil Gaiman, and many other UK Topics.2022 features the triumphant end of Jodie Whitaker’s Doctor, and the beginning of RTD’s second tenure as showrunner for Doctor Who, as well as the historic premiere of our first black Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa. The Young Ones turns 40, Ziggy Stardust turns 50, and Sir Elton turns 75.
40PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GATRACKSFelt Nerdy returns for two panels: their amazing DW-themed show, and a puppet-crafting-hour for our youngest fans (or young at heart!). All of your favorites are also returning, such as the Pageant of Rassilon, Vogon Poetry Slam, the Monty Python Experience, Curse Like a Brit, and the Ministry of Silly Walks Silly Walk contest, to new classics such as the Royal Sing-Along (featuring 80s Brit Pop Invasion), Mythological Balderdash, Team Trivia, and, surprisingly, Whose Line is it Anyway? This year the team is adding a few new exciting events/games such as Taskmaster, a Screening of Spice World for its 25th Anniversary, and A Beginners Guide to UK Football to name a few. Of course, it wouldn’t be the BritTrack without the infamous Doctor Who Ball on Sunday night!In continuation of last year’s addition to the in-person panels, you will also have a selection of virtual panels for your viewing pleasure. You can stream them on their YouTube channel and the Facebook Group The BritTrack at Dragon Con.Once again the BritTrack is scheduled to be in Galleria 5 at the Hilton. In addition, there are a host of ways to get in touch via social media! You can join theFacebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BritTrack/ where they chat about all things BritTrack throughout the year and over-the-course of the convention weekend. The Facebook group is very active with 3,500+ members, and one of the first places to get new and up-to-date information. Also, if you are a fan of Discord, check out the track in the Dragon Con Channel under #hilton > #brittrack-discuss. As always you can follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/brittrack and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dcbrittrack/?hl=en for more fun times and silliness. COSTUMINGThe DIY of Dragon Con, Costuming Track is bringing back many old favorites as well as a few new surprises. First up are the Muscle Nerd Showdown and the Bunny Hutch Contest Thursday night to celebrate cosplayer fitness and creative bunny/Hef costumes, respectively. The craftsmanship contest, the Friday Night Costuming Contest, is returning to award the best designers and makers. Strut your bad self on the catwalk; the Villain Vogue Fashion Show features crafty villainous couture for bad guys/gals, henchmen, and their nemeses Sunday afternoon. The Mad Makeup Mashup was a huge success last year and will return Sunday night for the makeup enthusiast in us all. We know you missed it, so this year the Costuming Exhibit returns and the team is busy curating stunning works for your amazement. A new costume contest arrives Saturday night – The Cults of Dragon Con. From Marriott carpet print to googly eyes, ribbon collections to dancing dinos, and flaming speakers to FedEx boxes, etc. we award the most original costumes based on favorite Dragon Con cults. Let us not forget the hands-on workshops where select educators are finalizing amazing track workshops that provide an opportunity to learn a new skill for the low cost of materials reimbursement. And we haven't even mentioned the great panels, meetups, and parties! More information and registration for the exhibit, fashion show, workshops, and all contests is available on the website atwww.dragoncon.org/costuming.DIGITAL MEDIAIn a post-covid world, zoom, TikTok, and twitch rule! The Digital Media Track offers audiences a world rich in sci-fi, fantasy, geek culture, satire, and original music through audio and video programming. Ever-growing and evolving, the community has proven they are willing to put their resources behind creators through funded support allowing content creators freedom to share their visions and thoughts without reserve. The Digital Media Track at Dragon Con will be bringing fans and aspiring creators together to experience their favorite shows live and round-table discussions and workshops by some of the
41FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGTRACKSmost successful creators in the field. Truly, it is a golden age for content creators! For more information, visit twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/dcdigitalmedia, follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dragoncondmt, and follow the youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRimz0e6h_XM8A1qPSFKIg. DIVERSITY IN SPECULATIVE FICTION & LITERATURE FANDOM TRACK Diversity once again is front and center as a mainstay of Dragon Con’s Ethos! It is the track’s 5th year and they are excitedly moving forward with a host of exhilarating panels, fantastic parade participants, and exciting parties. Each year the goal is always to bring back some of the great talents from the previous year while providing even more diversity to the event by adding new faces to the lineup. It is a priority to build on the greatness that has been established. This space includes important and interrelated dimensions of human identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, nationality, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and age. This is where forward-thinking individuals can come together and share their fan experiences through animation, art, books, comics, cosplay, games, movies, and more! So, come share your geek experiences, encourage one another, and have fun! Oh, and there is cake!Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiversityInSpeculativeFiction/ for more information and exciting announcements.ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FORUMSOriginally inspired by the Association for Computing Machinery's "Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference," Electronic Frontiers Forums at Dragon Con covers civil rights and civil liberties in online and technology-mediated spaces, including VR/AR-mediated worlds. They examine the intersection of technology, law, activism, and society, including online culture, and how they fit within the framework of a democratic society. The track endeavors to bring together the best minds in law, technology, and advocacy to map out a shared future, highlight the risks, and consider the promises that technology can bring to that future.The major theme for 2022 will be the ever-increasing threats to privacy, including privacy for children in an educational setting. Topics to be covered this year will include newly proposed privacy legislation, such as the American Data Protection and Privacy Act and the Government Surveillance Transparency Act, the already enacted Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), proctoring software in schools and in virtual education, privacy in the MCU (Marvel Universe) and what it means for the world, ransomware and cyber insurance, data scraping, the return of EARN-IT and its effect on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and many others. Returning favorites include Hacking 101 and 201, Webcomics, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters, and Copyright 101.For more information, follow EFF on Twitter at https://twitter.com/efforums, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EFForums/, or visit the archive website at www.archive.efforums.net with schedules, audio, and video from past years.FANTASY LITERATUREKicking off this amazing weekend is The Page to Stage Costume Contest (https://www.facebook.com/DragonConP2S) on Thursday evening. Interested in participating? Hurry up and register! Spots are limited! (https://fantasylit.legionof7.com/pagetostage/)Looking to meet authors and maybe even buy a new book? If so, the Fantasy Gather is the place for you to be Friday Night! In addition to their amazing new content being planned, you can expect the return of Delphic Oracle, the Fantasy Dating Game (Saturday), and of course the Boinking Beasties Panel on Sunday!Interested in more sneak peaks? Make sure to follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fantasylitdc and join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcfantasylit.FILK MUSICFrom its humble beginnings as a misprint of "Folk," the controversy continues into the present as to the exact definition of filk music. Here at Dragon Con, the belief is that everything is filk! The Filk Music Track is the music of fandom, whether it is a parody song about Firefly or an original piece about Marvel vs. DC Comics. Filk is the music by fans for fans, and you are encouraged to come check them out, whether you want to sing (Open Filk), learn about making fandom music (workshops and panels), or listen to your favorite filk music artists (concerts). If you are looking for fandom music of all stripes, you will certainly find
43FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGTRACKSsomething for you in the Filk Music Track!FILM TRACKThe Film Track focuses on panels for film-lovers, filmmakers, and those who’d like to be filmmakers. Expect film review and history panels, looking at great films, flawed movies, classics, and modern blockbusters. The track will even take a look at the Oscars and where they’ve gone wrong over the years. Plus the cult film panel will return; join in to dive into the twisted side of cinema. If you are more interested in how-to, you can enjoy panels looking both at the artistry and the technology of film production. There will be instructional panels covering directing, producing, F/X, cinematography, editing, sound, makeup, and distribution and a look at the tech side of the business, covering cameras, storage, conversion, and much more, with tips you can use on your next film projectHIGH FANTASYThe High Fantasy track at Dragon Con is your home for classic stories such as The Lord of Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Wheel of Time. The track also includes newer favorites such as Game of Thrones, Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, and The Witcher. Dig deep into the mythological roots of High Fantasy and how it inspires the stories you love. Come talk about The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power debuting on Amazon Prime during Dragon Con. The plan is to host a preview panel before it airs and a full spoiler reaction panel after folks have had a chance to watch. And of course, there will be more Lord of the Rings panels. Speaking of new shows! HBO’s House of the Dragon, based on George R. R. Martin’s bestselling novels and prequel to the cultural juggernaut Game of Thrones will debut mere weeks before Dragon Con. Expect panels discussing the new show, its relationship to the source material, and to the previous adaption. Love it or hate it, the Wheel of Time has also been adapted into a series by Amazon Prime and there will be panels discussing the merits of the adaption as well as the themes of the original novels. The second season of The Witcher has debuted on Netflix, along with the animated movie Nightmare of the Wolf, and there will be speculation on the upcoming Witcher: Blood Origin prequel series. But the track isn’t just TV shows. There will be discussion of themes in High Fantasy such as world building, diaspora, and more. Several classic stories are having landmark anniversaries this year, such as Conan the Barbarian, Dark Tower, and The Sword of Shannara. HORROR TRACKFrom the written word to the silver screen, the Horror Track is your destination for tales of terror, psychological suspense, and the darkest edge of fantasy. Programming features authors, musicians, fans, and creators from the dark side of the imagination. Events for 2022 include a 100th anniversary screening of the vampire classic Nosferatu with a live score, discussions about horror literature, panels spotlighting horror films and television shows, and the annual round table on Goth culture. Be sure to make plans to join the track party patterned after a Goth club night. In addition to the on-site events, look for their virtual panels “Dracula: The 125th Anniversary” and “Terror on TV” on DCTV.The Horror Track is proudly sponsored by Netherworld Haunted House.KIDS TRACKThe Dragon Con Kids Track in 2022 features family friendly and kid-centered programming for all ages in the safest possible environment. Youth panelists discuss their favorite games, books, shows, and online personalities in the Kids Talk panel series. Activities for all age ranges include a family playroom, drawing tutorials, arts and crafts, family trivia, and writing activities and workshops. Kids Track annual events return, including a fort building contest, coloring with Duckman, and more. Parent-centered panels are also offered on discussing tough topics with kids and getting the most out of Disney. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian and all children seven years and older must have a Dragon Con badge to attend.
44PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GATRACKSMILTARY SCIFI MEDIA The Military Sci-Fi Media Track is launching its 7th mission of military sci-fi, fun, and fandom at Dragon Con in 2022! The track aims for the best in character, costuming, storyline, and social issue discussions from a variety of military sci-fi and space shows: Andromeda, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Farscape, Firefly, Space: Above and Beyond, Space: 1999, Stargate, Starship Troopers, Personal Space, Space Force, The Orville, Pandora, Moonbase 8, and now, Halo (the TV show). Suit up and roll out with MSFM!Returning events this year include an interactive MST3K-style episode panel, the lowkey chillfest that is the annual onesie mixer, and for younger recruits, there is a games and crafts panel for some family-appropriate competition and fun. MSFM also believes in mixing duty and entertainment to do good deeds for a good time for all! The Firefly party charity event is the Can’t Stop the Signal Dance, the MSFM Team Trivia night raises money while testing geek/nerd knowledge, and the MSFM main charity event is the annual Don S. Davis Memorial Charity Auction, all to benefit Open Hand Atlanta! For more information on these and other events and panels before the show, the MSFM Track can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MSFMTrack and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701370370114274/.PUPPETRY TRACKThe Puppetry Track celebrates puppetry in pop culture and brings the magic of live puppetry to con-goers! See live puppet shows for both children and adults. Bring your own puppets for special “puppets only” events! Get one-on-one instruction from professional puppeteers in Puppet Coaching and Characterization and Puppetry for TV and Film. Compete in the Ultimate Puppet Ninja Warrior challenge! Kids can make their very own dragon puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. Dragon Con fan favorites Bob and Carl: The Sci-Fi Janitors will emerge from their stasis chambers to present The Late Night Puppet Slam for its 12th blockbuster year with even geekier puppet insanity. Dragon Con and Heather Henson’s Puppet Slam Network are proud to present the National Puppet Slam!ROBOTICS AND MAKERSThe Robotics and Maker Fan Track is dedicated to exploring all aspects of robotics and the maker movement. They hold informative panels, workshops, and competitions designed to feed your interest and increase knowledge on the practice and application of creativity and engineering. The focus is on technology and engineering based creative pursuits, including rovers, fabricating, creating, fighting robots, and much more.The track’s goal is building skills and creativity to be used in bringing new ideas to the world. The Robotics and Maker Fan Track is your stop for all things created “when tech meets imagination.” This year there will be even more hands-on experiences, including the return of the knitting and crochet workshop and a new tentative partnership with a local educational robotics team to give you an in-person robot building experience. Expect discussions on vintage electronics, creative techniques, and even fighting robots for your enjoyment!SCIENCEMultiverses are big in the movies, but are they scientifically possible? Humans need water to live, but why is it so awful in so many ways? How do you learn science once you're no longer in school? The Science Track has all these questions covered and more! From the science in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds to the triumphant return of Solve for X, the science-themed variety show, the team is talking science and entertainment and how they combine. Plus a certain movie in which a celestial body that orbits the Earth hurtles towards the planet may be making an appearance at Science vs Movies, the show where science communicators are forced to explain why that movie’s science is 100% correct. Learn more about the track’s plans on the Dragon Con Discord located at https://discord.com/invite/dragoncon or on Twitter at twitter.com/dconscitrack!SCIFI LITERATUREThe Science Fiction Literature Track brings together fans of the written word and the creators of those words. The track focuses mainly on the stories that come from the extrapolation of science, from contemplations of “what if?” and from pure imagination. People who enjoy good stories, well-written stories, and stories that make you think come together for lively discussions and insightful presentations.This year will include old favorites, such as SF Jeopardy and Starship Showdown, along with a
45FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGTRACKSmix of new panels centering on individual authors, such as Octavia Butler. Come delve deeply into some of the giants of the genre and talk to writers who are just coming into their own. The Little Free Library will return so bring any books that need a new home or find one to take home with you. This is a place where you can come and meet old friends, make new ones, and discuss shared interests.SILK ROADThe Silk Road Track explores film, dance, and culture from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean - everything found along the Ancient Silk Road. If you're into Godzilla, origami, martial arts, K-Pop, and more, the Silk Road Track IS your destination. And be sure to check out their talented attendees in the Silk Road Performance Exposition!SKEPTICSThe Dragon Con Skeptics Track celebrates the world of critical thought, the examination of extraordinary claims, and the promotion of good science over the vast array of supernatural and paranormal claims. The track offers live entertainment, topical discussion panels, and talks for science lovers, freethinkers, and skeptics who come each year to keep the flame of critical thought alive during Dragon Con. Keep an eye out for news on the track website at skeptics.dragoncon.org, follow Skeptics on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/skeptrack, or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Skeptrack.SPACEThere is that well known saying from that ever so popular TV series: 'Space: The Final Frontier.'That may be true in a sense but so far Earthlings don't even know for certain what the beginning of that 'Frontier' is, but hope to learn more soon! By the time you get to Space Track in 2022, the long, long, long, much anticipated, first images from the James Webb Space Telescope will have been shown and likely many more since then. This is when Earthlings will truly begin to see the beginning of that Frontier! But there's so much more happening in the here and now.Remember that lunar eclipse that gave us almost 1 1/2 hours of a blood red moon? Astronauts are still being launched into space and spending time at the ISS. By the time of DragonCon, hopefully the long awaited LSL/Artemis launch will have occurred and the largest solar sail ever made (a project overseen by Dragon Con’s own Les Johnson) will be on its way to check out an asteroid. Psyche mission is scheduled to launch this fall. DART will crash into an asteroid weeks after Con is over. TESS should complete its exoplanet survey this year. India and South Korea will be launching missions. China is still roving the moon and the question is did it find water under its wheels? Expeditions on Mars are still in full swing. Perseverance is now exploring the floor of Jezero Crater and the Ingenuity helicopter has blown away all expectations and as of this report is still active! It has been known that Jupiter eats a fair share of comets/asteroids but research shows a larger than expected metalocity which means that during its early formation it likely gobbled up a large number of planetoids as well! And it's also now proven that plants can be grown in lunar soil!Still, the universe itself has a lot to tell. The area around our own Milky Way Galaxy's central black hole has now been image captured! Binary black holes that will merge to form a single massive black hole in a few million years have been captured. Astronomers have believed for a long time that there are 'free floating' black holes wandering our galaxy and scientists now believe they've found one! Ever heard of a 'brown dwarf'? Not quite a star but not a planet? Scientists believe there should be loads of them all through the galaxy and beyond and now they're finally finding them!There is ALWAYS something happening in space and the Space Track tries to keep you up to date on all of it. They Bring the Universe to YOU!STAR WARS TRACKHello there…You know the response, and you just heard it in his voice, didn’t you?Wow! What an amazing time to be a Star Wars fan! While fans may be spending a lot more time on Tatooine than originally thought, The Book of Boba Fett brought some amazing new story developments and guest stars, and Obi-Wan Kenobi is really filling in some blanks between Revenge of the Sith, Rebels, and A New Hope. Of course there will be discussions/speculations about all the amazing new content coming like The Acolyte, Andor, Ahsoka, Visions, and the new games like Jedi: Survivor, and new comics and books. All Star Wars, all of the time. This is
46PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GATRACKSthe way.In addition to exciting and insightful discussions, you can expect the return of your favorites like The Last Party on Alderaan (was it a peaceful planet, or did they just say that to cover all the spies and parties?), the fan reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (possibly in a bigger room with even more ridiculous props), and the awesomely viral/ridiculously difficult trivia contest (drawing and crying optional). Can’t make it in person? Check out 2 virtual panels on DCTV, and different virtual fan panels on Facebook & YouTube streaming during Dragon Con. Can’t wait that long? Join the conversation in the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWatDC/, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWatDC and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/swatdc/. TREK TRACK The Dragon Con Trek Track needs no explanation, but just in case, they satisfy your Star Trek needs! The “Away Team Photo Scavenger Hunt” will be back on Friday of the con! Get ready for the Chu-Chu dance at another Trek Track “Ten Forward Party.” “Klingon Karaoke” will return as well for two nights. The wildly fun “Infinite Riker Games” will be happening again. Felt Nerdy will be bringing another entertaining puppet show and the track will host the 13th annual “Miss Star Trek Universe Pageant.'' You are invited Thursday evening to come mingle with other Trekkies in the track room that will continue to be decorated with wonderful art. Meet fellow fans and get updates on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/dragoncontrektrack.URBAN FANTASYThe Urban Fantasy Track celebrates its tenth year with two special events. First, the Spooky Tales and Haunted Music event returns: the reading of four ghost stories with musical underplaying, followed by a concert from Valentine Wolfe. Second, in celebration of twenty-five years since the series debut, they will present the live action Buffy Horror Picture Show. Literary programming will feature over fifty authors on panels covering topics such as the role of setting in urban fantasy, chosen vs. choice, ghosts, the urban fantasy hero, vampires, the use of folklore and mythology in urban fantasy, and the toll of magic.In addition to book/literary programming, they will host fan panel discussions over the television shows covered on the track, ranging from longtime favorites Buffy and Supernatural, to the recently-ended Lucifer, A Discovery of Witches, and Motherland: Fort Salem, as well as the exciting new offerings Sandman and First Kill.The Urban Fantasy team is very excited to welcome cast members from the original Charmed show for their first appearance at Dragon Con.. VIDEO GAMINGDragon Con Video Gaming is back for another year of panels, parties, and pedantic perspicacity. From Coin-ops to Black Ops, if it has pixels, we have panels.Many of your favorite events will be returning this year with panels highlighting both fan-driven content as well as information on the making of video games. Special guests include voice actors from many of the most popular video games including Fallout 4, Mass Effect, World of Warcraft, and more!The Video Gaming Track is pleased to announce more panels on augmented and virtual reality gaming, eSports, and even more content covering retro video gaming including coin-op arcade games as well as games on vintage computer hardware such as the Apple II.WRITERS' TRACKThe smell of anticipation flavored the air with a tinge of fear, of excitement, of challenge. She lurked behind the structure of the escalator, peering at the line hugging the hall. They seemed fearless to her—even with all those monsters and elves and superheroes and villains clustered about jockeying in and out of the line. Should she step into the line? The teeth on that vampire looked too real to be fake. And, that zombie with the weeping wounds had to be real. The blood that oozed out of his injuries sure wasn’t ketchup. Should she rush back up the escalator and out into the street? Her deodorant, applied exuberantly this morning, began to fail her. It wasn’t the fear of all those others, she sensed, but her own. Maybe she should run back to her room and reapply. Deodorant was a poor substitute for courage.And, there he was. HER FAVORITE AUTHOR . . . THE AUTHOR . . . sauntering along with a cluster of laughing guests. One of them had the audacity to poke him in the arm with a jab that implied friendship. THE AUTHOR jabbed him back and clapped his arm around the guy’s shoulder. A female elf, with long silken blonde hair, slid her
47FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGTRACKSarms around THE AUTHOR and kissed his cheek. THE AUTHOR acted like it happened all the time. Chat Noir and Ladybug stepped in front of THE AUTHOR and handed him a book and pen. THE AUTHOR actually signed the book! They gave her the courage to step into line. “Great costume,” a guy said, joining her in the line.“Thanks,” she whispered back. “Yours, too.”She instantly felt at ease. Their conversation took off as they compared notes about their favorite books and authors. Just inside the door, THE AUTHOR took a seat at the front of the room, and, the sharing of knowledge began . . .XTRACK/PARANORMAL Aliens, Ghosts, and Bigfoot, OH MY! X-Track ielebrates these and other weird, unexplainable phenomena. From crop circles to abductions, Bunyips to Bigfoot, orbs to apparitions, and everything in between, X-Track is here to help you find answers about all that unexplained phenomenon, and quite possibly prompt even more questions. A few new TV shows are up for discussions this year, such as The Envoys, La Brea, and The Lost Symbol. And no one could forget that there’s a new season of Stranger Things that everyone is just dying to talk about! Don’t fret, there will be plenty of time to talk about old favorites like Project Blue Book, Manifest, and of course The X-Files. Other topics that will be covered include local cryptids, paranormal investigations, and all of your favorite conspiracy theories! Returning this year is the 80’s Prom Dance Party and the ever popular tarot readings! Your feedback has been heard and incorporated, and the tarot readings will have a new and improved sign up process! For track updates and info follow them on Facebook located at www.facebook.com/DragonConXTrack. YOUNG ADULT LITERATUREWhether you’re a regular at the Young Adult Literature Track or you’re joining us for the first time, you’ll find something to get excited about! Discussions of your favorite books - from Hunger Games and Harry Potter to Shadowhunters and Children of Blood and Bone, and everything in between. They also have a great line-up of authors ready to discuss topics like writing craft and fandom and their books recommendations are epic - including the popular LGBTQ+ YA panel. Tons of TV shows based on YA books to discuss, and as always they will have some magical events for you to look forward to, including the Yule Ball! Join them all weekend for amazing author guests and great discussion - the team can’t wait to talk books with you!
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49FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGP E N S A C O L A , F L O R I D ADOZENS MORE GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED! • GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR TICKETS AND INFO@pensacolapensacon facebk.com/pensacon@realpensaconscan the qr code for the latest guest aouncements!GREY DELISLE GRIFFINAVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDERADASSAENCANTOALAN OPPENHEIMERMASTERS OF THE UNIVERSETOM ARNOLDTRUE LIESSAM J. JONESFLASH GORDONLAUREN TOMFUTURAMATREVOR FEHRMANCLERKS 2MARILYN GHIGLIOTTICLERKSJASON MEWESCLERKSJEFF ANDERSONCLERKSBRIAN O'HALLORANCLERKSSCOTT SCHIAFFOCLERKSPAUL MCGANNDOCTOR WHODAPHNE ASHBROOKDOCTOR WHOSYLVESTER MCCOYDOCTOR WHOSOPHIE ALDREDDOCTOR WHOPETER DAVISONDOCTOR WHOSTEVE AGEEPEACEMAKERSEAN GUNNGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYCAREY JONESTHE BOOK OF BOBA FETTJAMES ARNOLD TAYLORSTAR WARS: THE CLONE WARSMIRIAM MARGOLYESHARRY POTTERTHE 8BIT BASHThe Dragon Con Video Gaming Track is proud to present The 8-Bit Ball, featuring music from the golden age of video games (or, as most people would call it, the ‘70s and ‘80s). This year, multiple DJs will be spinning the tunes from start to finish (whenever that might be...no one really knows). The 8-Bit Ball will be on Thursday night in the Westin (as if you needed another reason to come to Dragon Con a day early)!ART SHOWWalking through the Dragon Con Art Show, located in the Grand Hall of the Hyatt, is like no other experience. Experts concur that there is no better feeling than a piece of art touching your soul upon first glance. Artists from all over the world come to Atlanta over Labor Day weekend to showcase their best work, chat about the art world, and even offer guidance to other aspiring artists.The Art Show has grown and evolved over the years; however, it has and always will maintain the integrity and spirit that is the Dragon Con experience. Each artist is juried and carefully selected from hundreds of applications each year so that all fans can excite their senses all over again. This wonderful team of volunteers are always present to answer questions, andhelp in any way they can. Their programming continues to be outstanding in its content and uniqueness, allowing artists to bring their A-game each and every year! The art auction is always a favorite event and all proceeds go towards the Dragon Con charity, so please come and take some very affordable treasures home with you and support Open Hand Atlanta in the process. Each artist that participates, decorates a unique one-of-a-kind item that can’t be found anywhere else in the universe. In the past the Art Show has had unique pieces like hand painted bird houses, plates, charcuterie boards, and keepsake boxes. Additionally, the pièce de résistance of the entire weekend is a 4-part canvas auctioned that each artist has beenencouraged to draw, paint, or color on throughout the entire weekend. The charity auction is held on Monday morning, and is definitely something you don’t want to miss!A children’s sketchbook was introduced in the Art Show in 2021 and was so successful that it will return for the foreseeable future. While supplies last, your little artist can pick up a sketch book at the information table in the Art Show and walk around to find artists that will be happy to sign their book! This special treat is in both Comic and Pop Artist Alley AND the Art Show, and is great fun for your blossoming artists to begin engaging in the art world. As always, art IS subjective; so you might want to check it out, prior to bringing smaller children.Be sure to check the Dragon Con website for a complete list of artists who have been invited for 2022 including the talented Stephanie Law, the 2022 Artist Guest of Honor. The 2019 Artist GOH Julie Dillion will also be returning and you will have the chance to meet dozens of other trailblazing artists that call Atlanta “home” for Labor Day Weekend. Join the Art Show in person, OR if you can’t find the time to, visit VIRTUALLY in 2022 through the eventeny virtual marketplace!! ART SHOW ANIME DISTRICTNo need to travel all the way to the Akihabara District of Tokyo, as a taste of modern Japanese pop culture is being brought to you! Dragon Con is proud to introduce a brand new area of the Art Show dedicated to otaku art culture. Mirroring the Art Show operating hours and showcasing why there is a meteoric rise in western interests in anime, brand new artists to Dragon Con are ready to welcome every fan. From gorgeous depictions of sakura blossoms and onsens, to quirks and the slayer corps on the ready, there’s something for everyone! The Anime District will be working with the Anime Track located in the Hilton, to bring you fabulous programming about this art genre; a first in Anime Track history!events & contests
50EVENTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAAUTOGRAPH SESSIONSEach year, Dragon Con assembles many of its willing guests for scheduled autographs (signings) in one area. Not every guest is willing – or able – to sign items, but they do inquire as to each guest’s willingness to do so.Some guests, usually screen media guests, charge for autographs in our Walk of Fame, but autographs staged in our Autograph Area are always free. Limitations on number and type of items may be made, generally at the request of the signer, and sometimes due to time considerations.Autographs will be handled on a first-come, first-signed basis. They will promote equal access for handicapped persons, but this does not exclude them from the first-come, first-served rule; as with other convention attendees, they will get their autograph in order of their arrival.BLOOD DRIVEGive the gift of life and donate blood at the Dragon Con Blood Drive. For LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospitals in the Atlanta area and more than 110 hospitals in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, Dragon Con is a major donation venue.In 2022, the Blood Drive will be held at the Hyatt on the Conference Room level. Don’t miss out this year! All donations will be appointment only. Visit their website located at www.lifesouth.org for more information.Join them, give blood, get a free T-shirt!BUNNY HUTCHWelcome to the Playboy Mansion where everyone is invited to wear their own unique interpretation of a Bunny or Heffner costume. Happening Thursday night, this is one of the first parties of the Con. Souvenirs and party bling provided while supplies last and special prizes for winners of the Hutch Costume Contest. Visit the website located at www.dragoncon.org/costuming for more details.DRAGON CON BURLESQUE: A GLAMOUR GEEK REVUEBe sure to mark this on your must-do list for the weekend, because it's just dang fun! Last year made 10 years of Dragon Con Burlesque for Talloolah Love but now she’s handed over the reins to her right hand man and stage manager. The internationally known burlesque dancer and producer May Hemmer is so excited to continue on this legacy and she is proud to introduce some of the finest performers and artists that this country has to offer. This show is just dripping with the most glamorous geeks you can possibly imagine! The infamous Cocoa Barbie from New Orleans, May Hemmer, shall be your mistress of nerdery at the fabulous Sheraton hotel! To find out show details, “teasers,” and more, like the Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/DragonConBurlesque. Auditions for this show have closed, but are held annually in February through the above mentioned Facebook page.CELEBRITY PHOTO OPPORTUNITIESDragon Con is pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for attendees to be photographed with some of their favorite media guests! Epic Photo Ops will be handling these photo sessions throughout the weekend. Check the website at www.epicphotoops.com for more details as they become available in the near future.COMICS & POP ARTWith over 200 illustrators, sculptors, painters, and writers in attendance, Comic and Pop Artist Alley offers an eclectic array of creators from comics, animation, pop surrealism, lowbrow, and art toy design. Attendees have the opportunity to meet their favorite creators, get autographs, purchase comics and art, and attend fan panels over the course of four fantastic days. They're also offering several "how to draw" workshops for both kids and adults and featuring live painting in Artist Alley. Once again, complimentary Kids Sketchbooks will be available in Comic and Pop Artist Alley, that kids can take to all participating artists for free sketches.
51EVENTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGDragon Con Comics and Pop Art returns to the AmericasMart in 2022, conveniently located on the 4th floor of Building 2 in close proximity to the hundreds of exciting vendors in the Dragon Con Vendor Halls below. The Comic and Pop Artist Alley guest list is truly a wealth of amazing guests, including Jim Starlin, John Romita Jr., Frank Cho, Mark Bagley, Tini, Howard, Andy Belanger, Mike DeCarlo, Tana Ford, Darryl Banks, Raul Allen, Patricia Martin, Amy Chu, Gerry Conway, Chuck Brown, David F. Walker, Ant Lucia, J. Gonzo, Dennis Hopeless, Yanick Paquette, Jim Krugar, Kyle Strahm, Liana Kangas, Rico Renzi, Stephen Green, David Mack, Zu Orzu, and many more!The Atlanta Area Art Collectors will be back again this year with another amazing display of original art! Make sure you swing by and check it out. COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHYWe are proud to again partner with Bryan Humphrey (Mad Scientist with a Camera) to offer cosplay photo ops throughout the show to capture all of those special costumes. Even if you don't know his name, chances are you have seen the work of photographer Bryan Humphrey. He has been a staple at conventions for many years and his costuming photos have become some of the most iconic and well known in the hobby. Through the use of top-of-the-line professional equipment, dramatic lighting, and years of experience shooting costumers, Bryan's work at cons is often unparalleled in quality and scope. Bryan will be set up on the Marquis level of the Marriott Marquis (one level below lobby) from:12n – 12a (with a break from 6p – 730p) Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and 12n – 4p on Monday. Visit the website located at https://www.dragoncon.org/things-to-do/photos-ops/ for details on pricing and availability.FRIDAY NIGHT COSTUMING CONTESTDragon Con’s Friday Night Costuming Contest (FNCC) focuses solely on the craftsmanship of the costume and inspires both audience members and contestants 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.Be sure to come to see 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 view the FAQs, please visit the Costuming Track’s contest page located at https://www.dragoncon.org/costuming/what-to-do/contests/.GEORGIA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS:A special musical experience! Hear live symphonic versions of some of your favorite scores from iconic film and TV shows.For the eighth year, Georgia Philharmonic presents a musical night of beloved genre favorites. A perfect concert for kids of all ages, including adults! We feature magnificent scores from some of the best-known movies, TV, and video games everyone will know.HALLWAY COSTUME CONTESTContest staff will be taking pictures of folks who have great costumes but might be too shy to get up on stage for the Masquerade. Photos will be taken and then displayed at the Contest Registration table in front of the Centennial Ballroom IV in the Hyatt. Your correct name and badge number is needed in order to enter the contest. In addition, 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, Open Hand Atlanta.On Sunday morning, contestant photos will be displayed on monitors near the Contest Registration table in the Hyatt in front of Centennial Ballroom for voting to take place. The voting takes place on Dragon Con Masquerade Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/DragonConMasquerade/, where the photos with the most likes on Sunday until 3 p.m. are the winners! Winners will be announced at the Masquerade on Sunday evening..
52EVENTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GATHE HEROES AND VILLAINS BALLThe biggest and baddest party at Dragon Con returns!In previous years, they've had celebrity appearances, dancing Deadpools, lightsaber limbo, and Wil Wheaton's walk of shame. Costumes welcome, but not required. DJ Spider will be spinning 'til the wee hours!The doors open at 10:00 PM. Saturday night, Westin Peachtree Ballroom. THE LATE NIGHT PUPPET SLAMJoin Dragon Con’s very own puppet ambassadors, Bob and Carl: The Sci-Fi Janitors, as they present a variety show of adult geeky puppet acts from the Guests and Pros of the Puppetry Track!Don’t miss the hilarity, inappropriateness, and awesome puppetry that has made this one of the most popular events at Dragon Con! PUPPET SHOW! 18+LIVE PERFORMANCES & DJSWe will again offer late-night DJed dances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, beginning after the last concert and lasting until dawn, so you vampires can dance until the sun comes up!Traditional SF convention filk-singing will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, during late-night hours. Filking will begin at midnight and will continue to the light of dayMAD MAKEUP MASHUPThis wacky contest pushes contestants to create unique and creative makeup looks with only the tools and products provided. Audience participation, wacky designs, hilarious results… it’s got everything our fans look for in a makeup contest. No advanced registration required to participate. Visit www.dragoncon.org/costuming for the mad details.MASQUERADE COSTUME CONTESTIn the grand tradition of convention costuming, dating back nearly five decades in Science Fiction fandom, Dragon Con is proud to present the largest Masquerade Costume Contest in the Southeast and one of the largest in the world! The 2022 Dragon Con Masquerade Costume Contest will be held in the Hyatt Centennial Ballroom. Registration for the Masquerade will be available until midnight Saturday before the Con by completing the online registration form located at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoHQ0AICSgIAyPDxjOHcVkmlLQj5ZATfFHMGnvfWcSsYf4vw/viewform.This form will require you to agree to abide by the rules of the Masquerade so please make sure you have read them before you register. You can also register during the Con at the Contest Registration table located outside the Centennial Ballroom IV in the Hyatt on 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, please stop by the Contest Registration table to let us know you are here and to receive your backstage pass and instructions.MISS STAR TREK UNIVERSE PAGEANTWe are excited to have the 13th Annual Miss Star Trek Universe return to its original home in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton. This popular event has celebrity judges and host Garrett Wang. All ladies interested in being a contestant should email our pageant director Lucy at email@example.com.THE NATIONAL PUPPET SLAMThe Dragon Con Puppetry Track is proud to partner with the Puppet Slam Network to present the National Puppet Slam 2022. Curated from acts nominated by their local slams from across the country, the National Puppet Slam showcases excellence and variety in short form adult puppet theatre. Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network. Visit the website located at www.puppetslam.com or follow them on Facebook located at www.facebook.com/PuppetSlamNetwork.
53EVENTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGNIGHT AT THE AQUARIUMIt’s baaaccccck! Channel your inner fantasy and join us for the return of Dragon Con Night at Georgia Aquarium. Here, you can experience exclusive after-hours views of the Aquarium galleries, with ambient music and food and drinks available for purchase with a General Admission ticket. To take your experience to the next level, consider the VIP experience which includes food and an open bar located in a private ballroom with upgraded décor. Don’t miss this mystical and magical experience as you journey through 11 million gallons of wondrous water. We can’t wait to see your creativity in all things Dragon Con on this special night. Purchase your tickets at https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/events/event/dragon-con-night-2/ before they sell out!THE PALMETTO KNIGHTS TOURNAMENTSThe Palmetto Knights (501 3-c), the Southeast’s premier medieval combat sports association, is thrilled to be returning for their 8th year to Dragon Con in Atlanta GA on September 3rd, for the event’s celebrated Dragon Cup Tournament! The Palmetto Knights, open to all genders, leverage their expertise in historic battle effectiveness of tactics and weaponry, focusing on research applied in tandem with vigorous training, to bring the public the experience of foot combat from the Renaissance and Middle Ages. These competitions are unlike any other, drawing from practical application of scholarly martial studies to engage in non-choreographed competitions throughout the tournament. In all categories (Duels, Groupfights, Profights), it is full contact no holding back with each competitor giving their all and trusting their armor to keep them safe for YOUR ENTERTAINMENT!! These competitions will have several internationally and nationally ranked gold medalist champions competing along with members from the number 1 team in the USA, Knyaz USA. The Dragon’s Cup will have multiple teams, including the Dallas Mythics and Warlords, the Knights of Wakanda, Arizona Blood Eagles, The Wandering Sword Project, Atlanta's very own Harvesters, and many others from around the country. Additionally the Palmetto Knights will be hosting various panels which will provide the opportunity for discussion and education based on their shared real world equipment and combat insights. Be sure to check out their schedule for the various panels and tournaments. For more information on the Palmetto Knights and their upcoming events, visit their websiten located at www.palmettoknights.com.DRAGON CON'S PINUPS BY THE POOL May Hemmer and her bevy of bathing beauties bring to you a poolside treat! Music, gorgeous ladies, and fun is what’s to be had at the poolside party as it returns for its tenth year to the fabulous Sheraton Hotel. Be sure to don your best poolside pinup attire as there will be a pin-up competition! Your mistress of Ceremonies will be the incomparable Phoebe Nyx, and May Hemmer will be there with her Burlesque Bombshells from Saturday night’s gorgeous Glamour Geek Revue. Auditions for the pinup competition are held 30 minutes before the party poolside. All of its fabulous prizes will be announced on Facebook located at www.facebook.com/DragonConBurlesque in August.READING SESSIONSOffering readings by authors from their own works (and usually some discussion with the audience afterward), our past readers have included T.W. Miller, Janny Wurtz, Kevin J. Anderson, Jana Oliver, Karen McCollough, Tracy Hickman, Laura Curtis, and Caitlin Kiernan. Check the schedule
54EVENTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAcloser to the convention for the latest on who will be reading for you this year.ROBOT BATTLES™Robot Battles™ is the second-oldest robotic combat competition in the world, and just keeps getting bigger and better. For over a quarter-century, Robot Battles™ has made Dragon Con home and is proud to be back again this year, featuring two days of action-packed competition in four different weight classes. For rules and more details on being a part of Robot Battles™, visit their website located at http://www.robotbattles.com/ and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/robotbattles. 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!SPECTRUM PARTYWe’re celebrating the LGBTQQIP2SAA fans of Dragon Con and their allies with the fierce dance beats and spectacular visuals of DJ Neon the GlowgoBear. This year’s theme, Candyland, is sure to thrill the Greek mythology lover in all of us. Dance hits and LGBTQQIP2SAA anthems will be played with the occasional sprinkling of movie soundtracks. All are welcome.STAR WARS COSTUME CONTESTCome Padmés, Grogus, Mandos, Sith, Jedi, troopers, and whatever else from anywhere in the galaxy far, far away! Want to participate? Make sure you check the app and attend an in-person pre-judging session (in-person, in costume, no photographs). Just want to witness the amazing costumes? Be sure to attend the finals on Sunday (time TBD) - the contestants are always an awesome sight, in all galaxies!SPLENDID TEAPOT RACEBy jove, perchance this jovial crew might be looking to Dragon Con attendees whom might want to race in the Splendid Teapot Race at Dragon Con this Labor Day weekend! If you have the skills to navigate the obstacle course of chaos, sweet talk the judges, and win the hearts of the audience - be sure to sign up at http://eepurl.com/cdJYvv.THE MUSCLE NERD SHOWDOWNWhat happens when the worlds of fitness and cosplay collide? A Dragon Con showdown like no other! The Muscle Nerd Showdown is a bodybuilding-for-costuming competition. This is a body-positive experience that promotes physical fitness and healthy living in the cosplay community. Participants come directly from the con community and spend a lot of time and effort working on their bodies to enhance their cosplay. Here, we seek to celebrate those efforts. Contestants are judged on their physique, costume, and presentation. From He-Man to Zangief, and from Lara Croft to Wonder Woman, watch as muscle nerds “flex” their creative (and actual) muscle for the chance to win the top prize. For 2022, national-level bodybuilder Scott Holliday and IFBB Fitness Pro Abbie Elsner will guest pose during the Thursday evening show. Prejudging starts at 5pm in the Marietta Room and finals are at 7pm in the International Ballroom, both in the Hyatt. Visit the website located at https://MuscleNerdzFitness.com to register. Space is limited.DRAGON CON IN THE MULTIVERSE OF CONNESS PARTYHave No Way Home? Experiencing a Crisis on Infinite Earths? Then come join Dragon Con Thursday night at 9 p.m. in the Imperial Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis. Mingle with your multiverse counterparts and dance to the sounds of an Extended Universe! It will be Everything Everywhere All at Once!!!TWISTED TOONZAre you ready to attend the one event at the con that everyone will be talking about next week, not only those of you who are there, but people all over the world? Then you do NOT want to miss the famous “live movie read” featuring the biggest voice acting superstars in the galaxy! With millions of hits on YouTube and rave reviews internationally, this is the event that will kick Atlanta in the A**!! You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Winnie the Pooh as Darth Vader, Christopher Walken as Harry Potter, or Pinky & the Brain as Frodo and Sam! This event will be packed, so get there early and strap yourself in! It’s time to experience your favorite movies in a brand new, completely hysterical and utterly TWISTED way! Be prepared, you may never be the same again!MAIN VIDEO ROOMJoin us as Explorers through your imagination as we trip through the decades. Feel like Flash Gordon as you rocket to see a Battle Beyond the Stars. Thrill as we fight The Ice Pirates and killer robots as we trip through The Black Hole. Enjoy some tasty Soylent Green in a Futureworld as you
55EVENTSFOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGexchange stories with The Last Starfighter on The Planet of the Apes.If space is not your thing, engage with Wizards as they duel over the fate of The Black Cauldron. Meet Arthur and try to pull Excalibur from the stone and battle The Sword and the Sorcerer to protect The Dark Crystal, and to become the Dragonslayer.Round out your adventure by joining Time Bandits along with Doctor Who and the Daleks, in a trip through history with A Boy and His Dog, meeting The Omega Man as he tries to save Earth.These and many other cult favorites are waiting inside, so bring your popcorn and candy and enjoy the show!ANIME VIDEO ROOMThe world used to be split in two - you had cartoons and you had anime. Times have changed and now there is a rich mix of anime, traditional cartoons, digital animation, and mixed media animation. You'll still find all of your anime favorites and new exciting animation in the Anime Video Room repertoire.Come hang out and see what is playing. The Anime Video Room tends to fill up quickly, so get to your showing early. Oh, you want to know about subs and dubs - both will be on hand - so don't worry.The Video Game Costume Contest is back for another year. Rules and pre-registration information will be available very soon. VILLAIN VOGUE FASHION SHOWThe Villain Vogue Fashion Show is a ballroom event featuring both cannon character costuming and couture interpretations together on one runway. This unique event features top-drawer talent who take the stage in their villainous character interpretations for your viewing pleasure. Are you villainous enough? If you have crafted a cunning costume, built awesome alternate character couture, or want to share a unique styling twist on your favorite villain at the show, please visit the website located at www.dragoncon.org/costuming for more details.WRESTLINGHooligans, are you ready!?!? Dragon Con Wrestling is coming in hot with the best show yet. This year marks 20 years for DCW, and this journey has been amazing because of you...the fans! It's always a fun packed night with lots of surprises, so of course there is a lot planned this year. Through the years there have been hooligans, wrestling cosplayers, and wrestling legends in the crowd cheering the event on. Each year new friends and fans join the crowd cheering on their favorite DCW wrestler. What’s a DCW show without Slim J, Azreal, Crystal Rose, Mikal Mosley, Man Child, the Washington Bullets, and many more? Maybe even a few more surprise guests!!! You know the team has to keep you guessing about who will be there! They love and appreciate all of you, their Hooligans, for your continued support through the years.
56EVENTSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GATHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1STThe Multiverse of Conness PartyBunny HutchRock Me Amadaus - 80's Prom8-Bit BashFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2NDGoth PartyK-Pop Dance PartyZombie PromCan't Stop the Signal DanceSATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3RDSpectrum Party10 Forwad PartyExpanse Belter BarThe Last Party on AlderaanCartoon Bebop DanceHeroes and Villians BallSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4THThe Yule BallRock the Box! Doctor Who BallTemporal BallPARTIES
57FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGWRITERS’ WORKSHOP WITH JODY LYNN NYEBest-selling science fiction and fantasy writer Jody Lynn Nye directs this two-day workshop sponsored by Dragon Con. Jody has more than 50 published books and over 170 short stories to her credit, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, John Ringo, and Robert Asprin. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago and at numerous writing workshops for more than twenty years, and is now the Coordinating Judge for the Writers of the Future contest.The aim of this workshop is to help aspiring writers to learn to practice their craft at a professional level. Students of every level are welcome, from beginners to those writers who are starting to sell their work. Among the subjects to be touched on during the two-day course are story structure, character development, world-building, narrative hook, research, description, collaboration, nonfiction, format, the business of writing, marketing, and promotion.Guest lecturers will speak during the course on topics involving their expertise. Among her past speakers are Toni Weisskopf, Publisher of Baen Books; Jim Minz, Chief Editor, Baen Books; Anne Sowards, senior editor at Ace Books; Kevin J. Anderson, publisher of WordFire Press and bestselling co-author of the Dune series; Rebecca Moesta, co-publisher and author of the Young Jedi Knights series; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of the Saint-Germain cycle; and Lynn Abbey, author and editor of Thieves’ World; and Courtney Sarnow Lytle, an intellectual property attorney and law professor. The students are encouraged to ask questions after the experts’ presentations.Each participant is asked to submit a manuscript to Jody of 2,000 to 7,000 words of a completed short story or partial novel. Novels must also include a full synopsis. All manuscripts must be submitted in standard format, double-spaced in Courier or Times New Roman 12-point type, pages numbered in the upper right corner. No handwritten manuscripts will be accepted. Your cover letter must include your name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. Jody offers an individual written critique of your manuscript. If you wish your piece to be workshopped in class by Jody and your fellow students, an electronic copy is also required, to share with other students, e-mailed as an attachment to Jody Lynn Nye, once you are notified you have a place in the workshop.The workshop will take place on Thursday, September 1, and Friday, September 2, 2022, in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, from 9 AM to 5 PM. To sign up please visit the Workshop Page or contact the Dragon Con Office @ (404) 669-0773.Send the manuscripts by August 1, 2022 to: Dragon Con Attn: 2022 Writers’ Workshop PO Box 16459 Atlanta, GA 30321-0459Important Notes • Participants will need to bring pen and paper, laptop or voice recorder for taking notes, plus copies of their own work and critiques that they have made on their fellow participants' manuscripts. • If you bring an electronic device, you may need an extension cord. • No videos of the workshop are permitted. • Workshop size is limited to 20 and pre-registration is required. (Jody maintains a waiting list if anyone who has been accepted drops out). • Cost is $300.00 per person + tax, for Dragon Con members (required). Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022.If you have further questions, please write to Jody Lynn Nye at firstname.lastname@example.org
58WORKSHOPSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAWRITER'S HOURLY WORKSHOPSNew York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole provides eighteen hour-long seminars on writing which will help you turn your dreams of being published into reality. The seminars cover everything from the very basics and writing in a franchise universe, up through plotting and characterization, and even cover presenting your manuscript and strategies for success in the age of digital publishing. Why hope for success when you can learn from working writers and guarantee it?Important: • Cost for ALL seminars (Pre-purchased): $140 + tax (member price), $240 + tax (non member price). Fee includes all 18 seminars. • Cost for ALL seminars (Onsite): $150 + tax (member price), $250 + tax (non member price). Fee includes all 18 seminars. • Cost for individual seminars (Pre-purchased): $8 + tax (member price), $108 + tax (non member price) • Cost for individual seminars (Onsite): $10 + tax (member price), $110+ tax (non member price) • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022. • Space is limited for each workshop. First-come, first-served.For more information, please contact the Dragon Con Office, 404-669-0773 during office hours, Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm EST. or email email@example.com.To the right is a list of seminars being offered for 2022. For full descriptions, please visit the Dragon Con Workshops page.FRIDAY SEMINARS • 10:00 AM Foundations of Success • 11:30 AM The Compost Heap of Inspiration • 1:00 PM Letting Characters Grow • 2:30 PM What's That Doing Here • 4:00 PM Creating Reader Engagement • 5:30 PM How Writing FanFic can Speed Writer DevelopmentSATURDAY SEMINARS • 10:00 AM Focus on Romantic Comedy • 11:30 AM Crossing the Finish Line • 1:00 PM 21 Days To A Novel • 2:30 PM Folklore and Urban Fantasy: Why You Don't Want To Step In That Faery Circle After All • 4:00 PM Writing Great Monlogue • 5:30 PM PlottingSUNDAY SEMINARS • 10:00 AM Finding The Story • 11:30 AM Building Tension - Surprise Vs. Suspense • 1:00 PM Advanced Characterization • 2:30 PM Perfecting Your Pitch and Query Letter • 4:00 PM Freelancing 101 • 5:30 PM Making The Next Draft the BestSWORDPLAY AND STAGE COMBAT WITH ROBERT CHAPINFor the first time ever, Robert Chapin (Ring of Steel, The Hunted) will be bringing his epic sword-fighting workshop to Dragon Con! Learn the basics of swordplay and fight choreography in this hands-on two hour class.Robert is a swordplay / stage combat instructor in Hollywood with over 40 years of experience working on films like Hook and Army of Darkness. He has also worked with stars such as Karl Urban, Robin Williams, Marc Singer, John Saxon, Dante Basco, and Richard Lynch. Robert has taught classes at ULCA, Strausberg, the Inosanto Academy, Westside Fencing Center, Gascon Academy, National Wushu Training Center, various Highlander conventons, and has been certified with the SAFD, SBFD and FDC (societies of American, British, and Canadian Fight Directors).Practice weapons will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes you can move in, sensible shoes, and water. Capes, puffy shirts, and a whimsical but tragic backstory are optionalImportant • Cost: $50 + tax (requires a valid Dragon Con Membership) • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • When: Saturday, September 3rd • Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm • Limited to 20 participants!To learn more and register, visit the Dragon Con Workshops page.
59FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGWORKSHOPSVOICE ACTING: MASTER CLASSWho wants to be a Hero…and a Villain?! (A two-day voice over masterclass workshop for animation & video games. Presented by Voice Actors Dino Andrade & Greg Houser) • Choose either a morning or afternoon workshop Thursday, September. 1st & Friday, September 2nd: • MORNING Workshop: Part One: Thurs, 9 am-1 pm and Part Two: Fri, 9 am-1 pm • AFTERNOON Workshop: Part One: Thurs, 3 pm-7 pm and Part Two: Fri, 3 pm-7 pm • Cost – $80 + tax (member price), $180 + tax (non member price).Important Information: •• Workshop size is limited to 30 and pre-Workshop size is limited to 30 and pre-registration is required. (A waitlist is maintained registration is required. (A waitlist is maintained if anyone who has been accepted drops out).if anyone who has been accepted drops out). •• Fee does not include a Dragon Con Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership.Membership. •• No refunds for the workshop will be granted No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022.after August 1st, 2022.Dream of a career in voice-over for original animation, anime & video games? Voice actors Dino Andrade (World of Warcraft, Fortnite, Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Greg Houser (Evangelion, One Piece, Tales of Vesperia) present a fun, full-participation, two-day immersive, voice over master class that covers it all!Over two days you will learn the VO acting techniques you must know to make it in original animation, Anime, or video games!Whether participants have lots of acting experience or none at all, everyone is guaranteed to have a blast at this interactive, fun, informative, and enlightening peek into the REAL world of voice over! Dates: • Part One – Thursday Sep 1st • Part Two – Friday Sep 2ndTime: • 9AM – 1PM (morning class) • 3PM – 7PM (afternoon class)THURSDAY PART ONE • Fundamentals of Voice Acting • How to Discover the Different Character Voices Within You • Visualization techniques that Make Characters & Scenes Come Alive • Video Games Acting Techniques & StylesFRIDAY PART TWO • Anime & Live Action Dubbing Techniques • The Art of Creating Great Villains • Audition Techniques • Course Concludes with a Casting Session & Table Read of an Authentic Production ScriptWhether participants have lots of acting experience or none at all, everyone is guaranteed to have a blast at this interactive, fun, informative and enlightening peek into the REAL world of Voice Over!Your Instructors:Voice actor Dino Andrade was recently featured as Speedy Gonzales, for The New Looney Tunes, and Tlacuache in the Netflix Original movie Xico’s Journey. Dino is best known to video game fans as The Scarecrow from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham Underworld. Dino is also known as the voice behind Professor Putricide, Mimiron, High Tinkerer Mekkatorque, The Mad Bomber, The Death Knight Gnomes and more from World of Warcraft & Hearthstone!Additionally, Andrade has lent his voice to such high-profile properties as The New Looney Tunes (as Speedy Gonzales) Loud House, Bidoof’s Big Stand, Fortnite, Wasteland 3, Demon Souls, Dishonored 2, Prey, Star Trek Online, Vampirina, Sophia The 1st, Shimmer and Shine, Call of Duty, Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter, Brutal Legend, and Guitar Hero. Anime/gamer fans know him for his starring roles as Willy in MFKZ, Kenshin in Sengoku Basara and Ragou in Tales of Verperia, as well as his guest appearances in Weathering With You, Night is Short, Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle, Hellsing Ultimate and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.Online Dino recently starred in Zuzabaland as Zuzu, Dutch the Dog in Get My Goat for the Dreamworks TV YouTube Channel, and Enormous Coal in Hanazuki. On television, Dino has provided sound-a-likes for both the short-lived CBS series $h*! My Dad Says and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Dino has also been heard in both radio and television campaigns for Kellog’s Rice Krispies as the iconic voice of Pop of Snap, Crackle and Pop fame!Greg Houser is proof that anyone from any background can become a voice actor. He originally joined the voice acting ranks through his background in IT and Engineering (no, seriously). Earning advanced degrees from Pennsylvania State University and studying drama with the Walnut St. Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, and the People’s Improv Theatre.Without ever leaving his native Philadelphia, Houser has had a fun career behind the mic for over 18 years providing vocal talent for companies such as American Express, Dupont, Lockheed Martin, CBS, Honda of America, Virgin Mobile, Petsmart, and both the MBA & NBA. In the anime world, he’s had the privilege to be cannon fodder for titles such as Evangelion, Ikki Tousen, One Piece, Shiki, and Tales of Vesperia (alongside Dino Andrade).The need to relocate to Hollywood (and/or any of those other entertainment centers of the world) for a career in voice over is rule #1. Greg is living proof that rules are made to be broken!
60WORKSHOPSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GABOARD GAME AND RPG DESIGN: TWODAY WORKSHOP WITH STEVE JACKSON & BILL FAWCETTNoted game designer and game company owner Steve Jackson, along with author and Mayfair Games founder and designer Bill Fawcett, will for a second year, direct this two-day workshop. The workshop will include discussions each morning and game presentations in the afternoon. Rick Heinz will also be reviewing games and speaking on RPG design. He is the designer and head writer for The Red Opera Roleplaying game and Head writer for both Geek and Sundry and the Nerdist’s DM Tips. A practicing Intellectual Property lawyer will also address the class on copyright and trademark need-to-knows. Additional gaming professionals and authors will be joining in the design reviews.Each student is encouraged to bring a prototype or draft of the game they wish to have reviewed by both the speakers and their fellow designers. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive advice about your game.Students with a range of experience are welcome. This workshop will include all aspects of successful game design, production, and marketing. Among the subjects to be touched on during the two-day course are basic design elements, game structure, what has made past games a success, elements that will make your game more playable, licensing, publishing your game, the business side of tabletop gaming, marketing and promotion.The workshop will take place on Thursday, September 1, and Friday, September 2, 2022, from 9 AM to 4 PM.Important Information: • Cost is $200 per person + tax, for Dragon Con members (required) • Pre-registration is required • Space is limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-served. We will maintain a waiting list if anyone who has been accepted drops out. • Participants will need to bring pen and paper, laptop or voice recorder for taking notes, plus a draft or prototype of their own work that can be shown to faculty and fellow designers. • If you are bringing your game design in a Power Point or other electronic format on your laptop, please notify us so that we can have the correct equipment available. • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022.PRACTICAL SELFDEFENSE WITH KEITH R.A. DECANDIDOFourth-degree black belt Keith R.A. DeCandido gives a guide to some basic self-defense techniques that can be useful in difficult situations. No previous martial arts training required. Recommend that attendees wear comfortable street clothes and shoes.This is a free workshop, so come on by and check us out!Important Information: • When: Friday, September 2nd, 1:00pm – 2:00pm • Where: Hilton 404-405TAI CHI WORKSHOP WITH ERIN GRAY"Tai Chi is a powerful healing art, a moving meditation, and a non-contact martial art all in one. Once you learn Tai Chi and Chi Kung, you can practice these ancient Chinese healing art forms anywhere, anytime, and for the rest of your life. When I discovered Tai Chi, I found an exercise that satisfied my physical, mental, and spiritual needs equally. After 30 years of practice, I feel Tai Chi contains within its structure, principles that are key to unlocking our greatest potential." Erin GrayErin Gray's one hour workshop will be an introduction to the theory and practice behind Chi Kung and Tai Chi. The first half of the class will include 8 simple Chi Kung exercises, combining breath and gentle movements. Chi Kung, the art of energy, is also the foundation behind Tai Chi. These Chi Kung movements will open and balance the channels of energy running throughout your body and improve the function of your organs. In the second half of the class you will learn the principles behind Tai Chi, and the first five movements of the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Core form as taught to me by Grandmaster Dr. Carl Totten at the Taoist Institute. . Much like Yoga, Tai Chi calms your mind, enlivens your spirit, and strengthens and relaxes your entire body. Unifying mind, body, and spirit through the
61FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGWORKSHOPSCREATURE FUR WORKSHOP WITH RUSS ADAMSRuss Adams is an award-winning special effect artist known to worldwide audiences for his work on the SyFy network’s hit television show, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. Generous and grateful to his fan base, Russ is one of the most recognizable personalities on the show. Russ was selected from nearly a thousand artists to appear on Season 1 and his wit and presence quickly made him a fan favorite.Russ is also the author of the popular how-To series, A Workshop with Russ Adams.Important Information • Cost: $50 – includes a tool kit worth $65-85 • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022. • Workshop size is limited to 20 and pre-registration is required. • Hosts: Russ Adams (Creature Designer), Kim Clark (NFT), Fred Fehrmann (NFT) • Date: Friday, September 2nd • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (approximately)The goal is to educate new creatives on the proper use and handling of faux fur/hair fabric. In this workshop, we hope to dispel any misconceptions or fears associated with fur-work. Using key techniques and quality materials can be a huge game-changer for future creations.Discussion • National Fiber Tech Fur • How It’s Made • 4-Way Stretch • Why Quality Matters. • Patterning • Fur Direction • Plotting Patterns to Reduce Waste • Fur Cutting Methods • Using Scissors • Using Razor Blade • Correcting Mistakes • Sewing Long and Short Pile Fur • Hand Stitching Methods • Machine Sewing • Trimming Fur with Scissors and Clippers • Styling Fur • Volume • Sculpting • Combing and Brushing • Cleaning Fur • Tricks of the Trade – Example: using a damp cloth to move fur/hair aside when installing or using a zipper. • Q&ATool Kit includes: • 1 Reusable Tote bag • 1 sqft sample of NFT 5-7” Fur (Random Color) • NFT Advert • 1 pair of Thread Snips • Escape Design FX Business CardImportant Information:practice of Tai Chi develops your awareness, and awakens your true nature which brings peace, balance, and happiness into your life."Scientific studies show that Tai Chi helps chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, & diabetes. It also improves balance, prevents falls, & reduces stress," says Dr. Paul Lam.Please wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and be prepared to be either barefoot, wearing socks, or flat shoes. If you have foot problems and have to wear your tennis shoes and inner supports, that’s fine. Important: • Fee includes a single session. Members receive a $100 discount off the $120 fee. • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • All classes cover the same material. If you want to attend more than one session then add another Tai Chi Workshop to your Shopping Cart and pick another session. • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022. • Workshop sizes are limited to 25 and pre-registration is required.The schedule is as follows: • Friday, September 2nd – 4:00pm – 5:00pm • Saturday, September 3rd – 2:30pm – 3:30pm • Sunday, September 4th – 2:30pm – 3:30pmTo learn more visit the Dragon Con Workshops page.
62WORKSHOPSPROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GATHE ART OF MAGIC WITH CURT ANDERSON AND JON ARMSTRONGWorld-renowned magicians Jon Armstrong and Curt Anderson are teaming up once again to teach two small groups of Dragon Con members the art of magic!The first one-of-a-kind class is the Beginner Magic Workshop, where you’ll not only learn the secrets behind some mind-blowing magic but also how to perform these effects for maximum amazement! Curt and Jon will teach you everything you need to know to wow your friends and family and will provide one-on-one instruction to ensure you’ve got everything down before the workshop endsThe Beginner Magic Workshop will be two 90-minute sessions. The first session is on Thursday at 1 pm. and the second session is on Friday at 1 pm No magic experience is necessary to take part, though those who are already magic fans will get to improve their skills and hear two pros talk shop.In the first session, participants will learn the foundation of illusion, how to perform the mechanics and basic sleight-of-hand behind some incredible feats of magic, the psychological structure of building deception, and how to best perform in front of an audience. The second session will delve into more advanced techniques and skills, and Jon and Curt will review and help you perfect your work from the first session.The second one-of-a-kind class is the Intermediate Magic Workshop. Are you already able to do some magic, or did you take the workshop last year? This workshop will teach you some brand new tricks, improve your skills, and help you grow in the art of magic. Not only will you learn more amazing new routines, but you will also learn ways to make the magic you already know present much better. This Intermediate Workshop will also teach you how to better learn magic in general, so your magic journey can continue on your own.The Intermediate Magic Workshop will be two 90-minute sessions. The first session is on Saturday at 11:30 am. and the second session is on Sunday at 11:30 am.In the first session, participants will learn how to take the foundations of illusion, sleight-of-hand and presentation learned in the first session (or elsewhere) and build on them to help bring your magic to more of a professional level.The second session will delve into more advanced techniques and skills, and Jon and Curt will review and help you perfect your work from the first session.EVERYTHING YOU NEED WILL BE PROVIDED! In addition, you will have access to digital instructions to brush up on what you learned after Dragon Con is over. As a special thank you for attending the workshop, you’ll also be given access to additional tricks to learn from the comfort of your own home. The workshop is open to almost all ages (10 years young or older) and skill levels.Sign up fast! This will be a very limited seating workshop to ensure every participant gets the personal instruction they need. Important Information • The cost for the Beginner Magic Workshop is $100 + tax. • The cost for the Intermediate Magic Workshop is $100 + tax. • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • Workshop size is limited to 24 and pre-registration is required. (A waitlist is maintained if anyone who has been accepted drops out). • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership. • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2022.Jon Armstrong and Curt Anderson are award-winning professional magicians whose combined credits include performing on The Today Show, Penn and Teller’s Fool Us, and Masters of Illusion as well as being a magic consultant on several shows, including Supernatural, Arrested Development, The Mentalist, and Shut Eye. You can learn more about Jon at cardjon.com and Curt at magicurt.com.
Present an AMAZING weekend of events in an exciting, LARGER new location for 2022!&Huge, Exclusive Command ZonePlay goes from 3PM Thursdayto 3PM Monday96 continuous hours of allyour favorite formats!Sealed, Draft, Convention League,Commander PreCon Sealed,MiniMaster, Modern, Standard, Legacy,Pioneer and MORE on demand!You're going to want to preregister forthis one and bring your decks!Never played before?Let us teach you!Everything happens at America's Mart #3, across the streetfrom the Dealer Hall on PortmanGet all the details here! www.sunmesaevents.comMore events, more space, more prizes, more fun thanks to Dragon Con and our Sponsors!Magic: The Gathering logo property Wizards of the Coast LLC all rights reserved. Used with permission.
64PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GADue to renovations and permanent construction at AmericasMart Building 1 the gaming events formerly located in building 1 has now moved to AmericasMart Building 3. Building 3 is one block north and west (catty-corner) from Building 1 - directly across John Portman Blvd from Building 2 where the Vendor Hall and Comic and Pop Artist Alley and Programming are located.The War College/National Security Decision Making Game, Live Action Role-playing games, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Werewolf and other social deception games, Video Gaming Programming, and Table Top Programming remain located in the Westin Hotel in their traditional meeting rooms.Shorter version: if what you were doing was in the Westin last year, it’s in the Westin again this year, minus some of the role-playing games. Here’s a handy table to help: • Gaming Registration (and Help!) AmericasMart Building 3, 1st Floor • Artemis Spaceship Bridge Westin, 14th Floor Ansley 7 • Board Games AmericasMart Building 3, 1st Floor • Campaign Role-Playing Games AmericasMart Building 3, 2nd Floor • Collectable Card Games AmericasMart Building 3, 1st Floor • Demonstrations AmericasMart Building 3, 1st Floor • Joystick Gamebar Arcade Games Offsite – 161 Peachtree Center • LAN Gaming and eTournaments AmericasMart Building 3, 1st Floor • LARPs Westin, 12th Floor, Piedmont Rooms • Miniatures Games AmericasMart Building 3, 1st Floor • Non-Campaign Role-Playing Games AmericasMart Building 3, 2nd Floor • Open Gaming AmericasMart Building 3, 2nd Floor • Table Top Panels Westin, 7th Floor, Augusta 1, 2, 3 • Video Gaming Panels Westin, 7th Floor, Augusta A/B and E/F/G/H • War College / NDMG Westin, 7th Floor, Augusta C/D • Werewolf / Social Deception Gaming Westin, 14th Floor, Ansley RoomsWe will have the usual maps included in our Quick Start Guide, our mobile app and the Gaming Guide to help you navigate. There is also signage that will help direct you to the proper floor, meeting room or area. If all else fails and you have trouble finding where you need to be please ask a helpful volunteer at Gaming HQ/Registration located In Building 3 of AmericasMart. On the first floor. Gaming Registration will be open Thursday at 4PM and also every day of the convention at 8AM. Please check our gaming specific website, www.gaming.dragoncon.org. You can submit events of your own to judge or purchase event tickets for events you see listed there.ARTEMIS STARSHIP BRIDGE SIMULATORJoin a crew (or two) on their fully interactive Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. It’s a LAN party/LARP/Escape Room mashup experience you can’t duplicate online! You and your friends assume the roles of Captain, Helm, Science, Weapons, Communications, and Fighter Pilots to operate the Terran Stellar Navy spaceship, Artemis.New for 2022 – two bridges! Players will be able to compete or play cooperatively.Captain: Channel your inner Kirk/Picard/Janeway and make the tough choices.Helm: Ahead warp factor 1, then slow to impulse and hard to starboard. Bring us behind the enemy fleet just outside torpedo range.gaming
65FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGGAMINGWeapons: Load... lock... fire! Turn big enemy ships into small pieces. Just don’t fire nukes at point blank range; go for beam weapons instead.Science: Scan the sector, find the enemies, and check for secret intel and weaknesses. Watch out for cloaked ships.Communications: Incoming message! Our space station is under attack! Taunt the enemy fleet leader to draw them away from the base, then call for reinforcements from other Terran vessels.Engineering: Power and cooling are the name of the game. Boost power to warp to get us there, to weapons for more boom, and to shields when we’re getting toasted! Give it all she’s got!Fighter: The Artemis can launch up to 2 single-pilot fighter craft to join the fight and add a bit more punch. Your crew’s success--or failure--depends on your ability to follow the Captain’s orders and work together to defend Terran bases against an alien invasion. This event is a 6 to 8 player experience, suitable for ages 10+. Don’t have a group large enough for a full crew? No problem! Sign up and join with another small party and make new friends! Purchase tickets online at www.Jump2Warp.com) or in-person in the Westin Ansley Room 7. NATIONAL SECURITY DECISION MAKING GAMEThe fine folks from the National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) will return to the convention this year. If you pay attention to the news or current events, or have an interest in military and geopolitics, it is a hoot! They will be running different formats of their game, plus giving some great lectures and panels. They focus on contemporary, historical, and futuristic geopolitical, military, technological, and economic issues.In the NSDM political, military, and economic role-playing game: “You players are the congress. You over there, you’re the Cabinet. You folks in the corner are the Joint Chiefs. This guy’s the President. The scenario is: it’s the world as you know it today. Fix it. You may start now.” New issues and problems arise in every game with different nations in play, showing a range of real issues across the world and modeling a number of different political systems through which the players navigate. Can you affect Iranian policy as the US? As China, can you keep the West from interfering with your ascent to superpower status? And how do you solve a problem like Korea? Several of the games are ear-marked specifically for science fiction and futuristic themes such as artificial intelligence and robotics, space exploration and exploitation, nuclear reactor disasters, electromagnetic pulse, supervolcanoes, and of course, pandemics.WEREWOLF SOCIAL DECEPTION GAMINGLong a staple of Dragon Con gaming, they have had our own dedicated gaming space since 2017. Are you ready to lie and deceive your friends? Located on the 14th floor of the Westin, The Social Deception group at Dragon Con presents 4 days of Social Deception gaming! Regular business hours will be available 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Thursday - Monday. The Social Deception group provides experienced moderators to give you the best social deception experience! Join us for your favorites – Ultimate Werewolf, Witch Hunt, Secret Hitler, Two Rooms and a Boom, and more! A social deception gaming library will be available. In addition, there will be prize giveaways all weekend! All that is required to play is a Dragon Con Werewolf sticker (and of course a Dragon Con membership)!Stickers can be purchased for the low price of $10 in advance or onsite at Gaming Registration or the Board Games check out desk located on the ground floor of AmericasMart Building 3 in the main gaming hall.BOARD GAMESTime to play some board games! Board Games starts your Dragon Con weekend off on Thursday and will be offering non-stop board gaming for $10 for the entire weekend! Dragon Con Board Games opens on Thursday afternoon and stays open until 2 a.m. nightly through Monday afternoon. Board Game Memberships can be purchased in advance or on site at Gaming Registration or the Board Games check out desk located on the ground floor of AmericasMart Building 3 in the main gaming hall.Returning this year, an opportunity to take home games that you have played throughout the weekend. Dragon Con will have a library of “Play to Win'' games in the library. The drawing will take place on Sunday evening and winners have until 2 p.m. Monday to claim their games. Learn a new
66PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAGAMINGgame and at the same time have the chance to take a copy home with you.Members can select from the Dragon Con board games library of over 450 games and play their skills versus the best that the con has to offer. The board games area is a great place to relax with a game and people watch while enjoying the large selection of games from major board game manufacturers as well as independents. The DragonCon library has games that are competitive as well as cooperative. Join in on scheduled tournaments and compete for Dragon Con Coins (also known as Dealer Dollars). Look for Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo/New York, and other tournaments.The Board Games area is also great for learning how to play and perfect strategies of games you may be thinking of purchasing for your home library. Some of the most popular titles will be available to try, as well as many classic games. The Dragon Con Board Games library offers you an opportunity to try before you buy and our volunteers can help you figure out how to play even the most obscure of games.CAMPAIGN ROLEPLAYING GAMESThis year, Campaign Gaming will be offering at least six signature campaigns. Five are yearly staples and continue to grow - Paizo’s Pathfinder Society (PFS), Paizo’s Starfinder Society (SFS), Paizo’s Adventure Card Game (ACG), WotC’s D&D Adventurers League (DDAL) including D&D On Demand and D&D Experience offerings, and Catalyst Labs’ ShadowRun Missions (SRM). One is brand new to Campaign Gaming – Torg Eternity, with free information available at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/350905/Torganized-Play-Shared-Campaign for this campaign offering.At present, we do not have a firm commitment on the specific events that will be offered, as release schedules for events have not been finalized by the various companies that offer campaign style gaming. In fact, current release schedules are even more in flux than usual, given the current issues with the global pandemic and supply chain. When current release schedules are available (ensuring the ability to provide the newest event scenarios, while being able to guarantee these scenarios will be received in a timely fashion for the show), the Campaign Role-Playing Games team will update the Gaming Registration website. All event scheduling should be available for the final Gaming Guide. Campaign Gaming will be in Atlanta’s Mart Building 3, 2nd Floor. Exact locations of each event will be updated closer to the show.COLLECTIBLE CARD GAMESDragon Con is excited to extend our 12+ year partnership with Sunmesa Events to present an extensive roster of Magic: The Gathering events including: 24 hour League and Eight Player Drafts, Innistrad Duo Sealed, Alara Block Draft, Commander Legends Battle for Baldur’s Gate, Dominaria United Draft, and Sealed plus many other formats. Drafts on Demand during all open hours of the Gaming Hall each day.Sunmesa Events and Dragon Con highlight Magic’s hottest format: Commander!With a dedicated Command Zone, players can get their battleship Magic fix all weekend long. Constructed, Sealed, Draft, 2-Headed Giant, Emperor, 1V1, Spelltable, Oathbreaker – whatever flavor of Commander you want, The Command Zone is where you’ll find it! Once pre-registration is open, registered players will get expanded access and a host of specialty items.All weekend (Thursday through Monday): • MTG Drafts On Demand • League play, pay once, play all weekend. • Command ZoneDaily, Thursday through Sunday: • Ascension Tournament • MTG Sealed including 2HG, 4 Pack Sealed, Trio Box Sealed, RePre with packs across MTG’s history • Sealed Commander w/ Preconstructed Decks
67FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGGAMINGincluded: Pods and Grand Melee • Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate Sealed and DraftDragon Con is also excited to bring back many popular legacy card games such as: Lord of the Rings TCG; check out our Cube Draft of one of the most popular licensed games ever. Star Wars CCG Cube Draft, Star Trek CCG 1st Edition, 2nd Edition, and Tribbles!, as well as other classics. Also, returning to Dragon Con after a many years absence is Yu-Gi-Oh! And we’re looking forward to popular new fresh games such as Flesh and Blood!Rose Tatu Productions returns to Dragon Con to teach and play card-based games throughout the entire con. Card based games may be fast and fun or they can be complex and full of strategy. Rose Tatu Productions will be teaching many stand-alone games that are played, mostly, just with cards. The cards will tell you what they can do, but you decide how best to play each one. We will have some hot new games such as Ark Nova and Dune Imperium along with classics like Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and Android: Netrunner. Come by and learn games such as Century Spice Road, Fields of Green, 7 Wonders, Dixit, Arkham Horror LCG, and more. Set learning and demo times can be found in the Dragon Con App or in the Dragon Con Gaming Guide.We will also feature dead collectable card games. Do you miss sailing the 7th Seas, dodging 10,000 bullets in Shadow Fist, finding the truth in the X-Files? Stop by Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to sign up! Then bring out your dead card games to play with others anytime during free play!LAN GAMES & ETOURNAMENTSLAN Gaming will have all your favorite PC games including STEAM and Battlenet access, plus classic and new titles on the consoles for the Switch, NES, NES Classic, XBox One, WiiU, and PS4. Players need to bring their own headsets for PC gaming, and are welcome to bring their own controllers for console gaming.The eTournaments team at Dragon Con will feature competitive video games. With PC and console gaming tournaments, there is a tournament for all kinds of players. Players are required to bring their own controllers for console tournaments and their own headsets for PC tournaments. Players may also bring their own keyboard and mouse for PCs.Online pre registration for all tournaments will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Gaming website located at www.dragoncon.org/things-to-do/gaming/ for more information. Onsite registration during Dragon Con will also be available in the eTournaments area.LIVE ACTION ROLEPLAYING GAMESLive Action Role-Playing Games (LARPs): where theater meets tabletop gaming! This year, LARPs is pleased to offer events from our returning fan-favorite productions, as well as some exciting games that will be making their Dragon Con debut. For those LARP games that run continually throughout the year, there will be “display-only” tables staffed and ready to answer your questions, located in AmericasMart Building 3. As the schedule is finalized, the gaming registration website located at https://gaming.dragoncon.org/ will be updated. Enjoy many different opportunities in a variety of styles and formats for everyone, from the novice to the experienced LARPer, and even a few for those curious about LARPs. Step away from the game table and live the part. Be sure to check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dragonconlarpgaming for updates! For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.MINIATURES GAMESIt's finally time to sling some paint! The Golden Dragon Miniatures Painting Competition returns for another year of stiff competition. Paint & Take will have more space and more seats and a ginormous claw to provide all the challenge you need to get those coveted premium Cool Mini or Not X-Men: United, IDW's Batman: the Animated Series, and Reaper minis!IDW is back with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, plus the all new Batman: The Animated Series can be played with TMNT!! Games Workshop is returning with Warhammer 40K and other classics returning include Classic BattleTech, WarMachine, Bravo Company, and BattleQuest!!NONCAMPAIGN ROLEPLAYING GAMESThe big addition for this year is that there will be a Non-Campaign Role Playing Game slot Thursday night (8 p.m. - midnight) to start your gaming weekend off early. Live events will be running in the Non-Campaign lair this year. While the sands of time are not yet set, there will be G.A.S.
68PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAGAMINGHeroes, Shaintar Legends, Paranoia, and Call of Cthulhu. Plus, expect the usual suspects Galaxy Rangers and Pygmies; with the following systems Cypher, Fate, and multiple flavors of D&D, there is something for every fan. We are looking for people on both sides of the game master screen; both players to explore the worlds created by others, and game masters to create those worlds for others to explore. Non-Campaign means a role playing game where you will play a character provided by the game master for generally one game slot. To find out more information about the roleplaying options and all of gaming, check out their registration website located at gaming.dragoncon.org. The site is now open for event submissions. If you have any questions about the non-campaign role playing options you can contact us at email@example.com.TABLE TOP GAMINGThe D&D fanbase, led by Millenials and Gen-Zers, have crafted D&D into a new ecosystem. Not only can you play D&D, but you can even wear clothes that have D&D themes, play video games that are related to D&D, and watch twitch channels where they play D&D. Dungeons and Dragons has now become a lifestyle.Please join us for panels including some of the biggest names in in D&D. • Amanda Hamon: A senior designer at D&D and WotC and co-creator of Starfinder. • T. Alexander Stangroom: Director of Operations at Kobold Press • Alex Smith: Head of the Podcast Quid Pro Roll • Skip Williams: Needs no introduction - his resume is too long! • Tracy and Laura Hickman: Need no introduction - other than to say that the new Dragonlance book will just have come out. • Jason Azvedo: A professional GM and a member of D&D in a Castle. • Steve Jackson: Needs no introduction • Devon Chulick: The head of Start Playing Games
69FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, VISIT DRAGONCON.ORGDISABILITY SERVICESDragon Con seeks to do its utmost to provide equal access to its participants with disabilities in accordance with state and federal law. We can offer a variety of services to help you enjoy your Dragon Con experience, including wheelchair accessible shuttles between the hotels, electronic programs for your screen reader upon request, dedicated staff in Main Programming areas, and assistance through registration for people with disabilities. We provide some standard accommodations based on seating requirements via stickers for your badge. If you need more information about our department or the standard accommodations we offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our Wiki. The Wiki goes into detail on all of the services we offer, as well as information on navigating the con, hotel hazards, self-advocacy, accessible dining options around the con, and more.Dragon Con spans five hotels and six city blocks on a hill. If you have difficulty walking long distances, we strongly recommend you consider renting an electric scooter.Scooter and Wheelchair rentals are available by contacting ScootAround Inc. toll-free at 1-888-441-7575, by email at email@example.com, through their website or by fax at (204) 478-1172. Please contact them early.Dragon Con Disability Services seating policies will be updated for 2022 to, unfortunately, include a seating cap on disability seating. This is done primarily to maintain the safety of attendees waiting for seating, both in the regular line and DCDS seating areas. DCDS, as always, works to set a level consistent with federal requirements for seating under the ADA. To facilitate this limit, each seating area will provide a returnable seating confirmation (a card) to each DCDS-approved attendee and one companion, beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of a panel. When the available seats run out, disability seating will no longer be available for that panel. In any situation where seats remain at the completion of the loading process, our existing policy will apply – we will do our best to accommodate attendees, but no seating will be guaranteedCONSUITEThe Hospitality Suite, aka the Con Suite, is a place for convention attendees to relax, get a bite to eat, and/or a soda or juice to wet their whistles. Located in the Hyatt, the Con Suite will provide snacks, as well as some larger grab and go options around meal times. Opening around noon on Friday, the Con Suite stays open around the clock until Monday afternoon, with intermittent closures for cleaning, zombie outbreaks, maintenance, and/or mental health purposes.INFORMATION BOOTHSThe information booths, located in each of the five host hotels, are your one-stop centers for getting all your questions answered. The booths exact location will be available on the mini maps provided in the Dragon Con 2022 App. The staff will be able to help you find where everything is located and help with just about any other question or request you may have. And if they don’t know the answer, they’ll send you directly to the person who does.COURTESY SHUTTLE BUSESDragon Con provides courtesy shuttle bus service between all main convention hotels and some of the overflow hotels during most hours of the day and night. We are proud to again offer a dedicated shuttle bus that only travels between the host hotels, as well as TWO special shuttles for the Night at the Georgia Aquarium. For a complete schedule, including times and locations, check our website closer to the convention, our 2022 Dragon Con Quick Start Guide, or reference your Dragon Con App.convention services
70PROGRESS REPORT | SEPT 1 - 5, 2022 | ATLANTA, GAHOST HOTELSOur host hotels for 2022 will again include the familiar surroundings of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta along with the legendary Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. The Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton are connected by tube-ways to make trekking through the hotels a breeze. All of our convention hotels are convenient to MARTA’s Peachtree Center station. DCTV will be available at all five of our host hotels! Exact channels will be available closer to the convention. Although our host hotels are sold out, there is always hotel space available at our many Atlanta hotels!ATLANTA AREA HOTELSThis year Dragon Con is proudly surrounded by 14 Atlanta area hotels, all located within a short walk, courtesy shuttle bus, or MARTA trip away! For a complete, up-to-date listing of area hotels, including contact information, location, any special booking instructions, and reservation rate codes, please visit us at www.dragoncon.org/travel/hotels/PARKINGParking is available throughout downtown Atlanta, and in limited supply at the various hotels. Be sure to check with your preferred venue for pricing closer to the convention. The parking decks around main hotels are approximately $10–$50 per day. We also recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through ParkMobile or Spot Hero.MARTAAll of our host convention hotels are convenient to MARTA’s Peachtree Center station. The Hyatt and Marriott can both be reached from the station via indoor walkways. MARTA has direct train service from Hartsfield Airport’s terminals with no transfers, with an approximate travel-time of 30 minutes from the airport to Peachtree Center. For complete Marta details, visit itsmarta.com.AIR TRAVEL Hartsfield International Airport, just fifteen minutes south of downtown Atlanta and the convention district, is a two-hour flight (or less) from 80% of the population of the United States.Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounted* airfares for Dragon Con 2022! Take advantage of these Travel Discounts. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® Reservations at 1-800-328-1111, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Central Time and refer to meeting code NMUWF. *To book your discounted fare, please enter NMUWF in the Meeting Event Code option field.Please note the following: • NOT ALL FARES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A DISCOUNT • Discounts range from 2% – 10% depending on class of service booked (the lower discounted fares have less discount). • Discounts apply to round trip travel only • Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers • Fare rules will determine eligibilityENTERPRISE & NATIONAL CAR RENTALDragon Con is proud to continue its partnership with Enterprise and National Rental Car. Dragon Con members are able to receive a booking discount no matter the date or location for the rental. You can book directly at https://elink.enterprise.com/en/dragonco.htmlNOTE: If you do not use the above link and access either Enterprise or National through their respective websites, you will need the following codes: Enterprise Code: XZ03A67 Pin: DRA National Code: XZ03A67travel information