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Aug. 29: Dragons roam Downtown Atlanta

If it's Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta, it's Dragon*Con!
If it's Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta, it's Dragon*Con!
Original Artwork: New Dragon*Con Logo

Here’s what happened.

Not real dragons, of course. But Dragon-Con (or as real fans prefer, Dragon*Con) is such a cultural phenomenon and tourism booster that Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta wouldn’t be the same without it. The fantasy/sci-fi/comic convention was first held in 1987. This year’s edition is set for August 29 – September 1, 2014.

Here’s why it matters.

Dragon*Con began as a project of a local science fiction and gaming group called the Dragon Alliance of Gamers and Role-Players (DAGR). Dragon*Con attracts gamers, cosplay enthusiasts, computer avatar modelers, memorabilia collectors, and folks who enjoy escapist fun safely.

Activities and exhibits typically reflect traditional, new, or reinvented themes, especially from film and television. Leading writers and performers from various genres often participate as speakers and signers. Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek universe costumes now compete for attention against outfits from the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and vampire series franchises. Expect to see many variations of characters from superhero movies such as Batman, Spider-Man, or the Avengers.

The Annual Parade will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 30. This year, the convention offers a new feature: free Drawing Classes for artists of all ages and skill levels, featuring models in full cosplay attire. For more information about all the convention activities, visit the Dragon*Con web site.

Here’s an interesting fact!

The fun doesn’t stop there! Anime Weekend Atlanta is set for September 26-28, 2014 in Cobb County. For more information, visit the AWA web site.