Comic Con

Posted in Authors, Books, Comic Con, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 29 August 2014, by , 0 Comments

Dragon Con Logo | Ingenious TravelWhat is Dragon Con you ask? It’s an annual convention, held over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, that covers all things geek: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, gaming, comics, cosplay and more.

Dragon Con started in 1987, hosting 1,400 Sci-Fi/Fantasy devotees. Today, more than 50,000 fans congregate in Atlanta to participate in 45 areas of interest (including Anime/Manga, Brit Track, Fantasy Literature, Star Wars, Video Gaming, Writer’s Track, and many, many more), costume contests, the Dragon Con Parade, celebrity and author panels, and celebrity autographs and photo opportunities.

Dragon Con is spread out over five hotels: the Marriott Marquis Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Hotel Atlanta and the Westin Peachtree Plaza, which have advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Dragon Con doesn’t have to close down as early as conventions held at convention centers; therefore, activities start as early as 9 a.m. and end after 3 a. m.
  • Transportation – you don’t need a car. MARTA offers easy accessibility to the downtown area.
  • Lodging – Even if rooms sell out at the conference hotels, there are a number of options within a short walking distance
  • Food options – hotel restaurants, a food court, and local restaurants offer a variety of options
  • Fantastic people watching – it’s everywhere!

Disadvantages:

  • With the con being spread out over five hotels, you need to make sure you can get to your panel/workshop/activity in enough time.
  • Food options – be prepared to wait in line, especially at the food court
  • Weather – it’s known as Hotlanta for a reason! Be prepared for hot temperatures and high humidity.

Don’t forget to bring money! The number of vendors has grown over the years requiring them to be in their own space. You’ll find the vendors/exhibitors at The Atlanta Convention Center at Iceman |Dragon Con 2014| Ingenious TravelAmericasMart. Looking for a kilt or corset? You’ll find them there. Maybe you need a new light sabre or sonic screwdriver; you’ll find those there as well. Authors also have booths there, be sure to check to see when they’re doing book signings.

All in all, if you are a fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, comic books, video games, cosplay, or just want to get your geek on; this is the con for you! Memberships go on sale in September for the following year and are reasonably priced. Buy early as they do sell out.

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Posted in Authors, Comic Con, Movies/Television, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 16 July 2012, by , 7 Comments

Comic-Con, what is it? Think of it as a giant trade show and people watching extravaganza housing everything hot in pop culture today.

A Little History

This convention (con) started 43 years ago as a one day event showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy, film/television, and related popular arts. Over the years it has morphed into a four-day event that includes a larger range of pop culture, showcasing elements from animation, anime, manga, horror, toys and collectibles, webcomics and video games in the form of panels, booths, and costumes. Let’s not forget mainstream pop culture. Along with the traditional sci-fi/fantasy elements, you’ll find panels for shows such as Family Guy, Psych, Bones and Glee.  Comic-Con has become so popular that it sold out within 90 minutes of tickets being released online.

Costumes

I’m always amazed at the amount of creativity people put into their costumes for Comic-Con. You have the traditional Star Wars characters (though I didn’t see as many Storm Troopers, Darth Vaders or Princess Leias this year), Star Trek characters, Doctor Who, a variety of faeries, and a number of super heroes. This year’s favorite was a gnome sitting on a toadstool. That being said, I must admit I love the Steampunk costumes. (What is a Steampunk? Think Victorian era meets advanced machines based on 19th century technology. Steampunk.com)

What to do at Comic-Con?

There’s plenty to do at Comic-Con, be it walk through the booths on the convention center floor, watch panels, or sit and people/character watch. You won’t leave empty handed as many of the vendors give away swag (buttons, posters, bookmarks, etc.). And to help you carry it all, you receive a nice big bag at check in. Careful though, it can get heavy quickly! Oh, and if you’re a reader, make sure you check out the publishing house booths, they give away books!

The crowds can be overwhelming, especially for a first-timer. Thankfully, you get an events guide to help you navigate through the organized chaos. You’ll find the events schedule for all the panels, autograph signings, film festival showings, an exhibitor map and more. As for food and drink, you may want to bring your own with you as it can be a bit pricey (I paid $4 for a bottle of soda). And be prepared to wait in line. Keep in mind there are over 130,000 people who attend the con, so it’s important to bring your patience and wear comfortable shoes!

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Posted in Anaheim, Authors, Comic Con, New Orleans, San Diego, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 20 June 2012, by , 6 Comments

With hockey season over, this summer is starting off the right way, with lots of books. Yes, I’m an avid reader and this summer, not only do I have more time to read, but I get to hang out with a lot of great authors, too! Let the Summer of Authors begin.

I kicked off my Summer of Authors Monday night with Richelle Mead at her book signing for The Golden Lily here in Santa Monica, and so thankful, too, as it almost didn’t happen. While in the middle of a seven city tour, she caught a bug and her son broke his arm. Ah, the life of a working (author) mother! But I digress…

A brief recap:  Richelle opened her session by greeting her fans then reading a scene from her new book The Golden Lily, where characters Sydney and Adrian are preparing to take a self-defense class in Palm Springs. The fans were captivated, myself included. She then took the time to answer fan questions before signing books and posing for pictures. I love how personable and approachable she is!

And to know her work a bit better, Richelle Mead is known for the Georgina Kincaid Series, Dark Swan Series, Vampire Academy Series, and Bloodlines Series. For more information about her, check out her website at www.richellemead.com.

The rest of June seems to be a quite month, only one more signing to see Leigh Bardugo in Redondo Beach. July will be filled with Comic-Con in San Diego and the National Romance Writers of America Conference in Anaheim. August will be fun as well as I’m attending Authors After Dark in New Orleans.

Look for additional updates throughout the summer!

Who are your favorite authors? And, what questions would you like to ask them?

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