On Thursday I hopped on a redeye from LAX to ATL. I wasn't able to sleep, and emerged bleary-eyed from the plane. Jumped on a subway to the hotel area where DragonCon was held, and proceeded to be lost for an hour, while a nice homeless man walked me to the correct hotel. I made it in time for the Media Relations director to take us on a 1.5mi walk through the convention center, showing us all the various aspects of Dragon*Con. This was a tour for new reporters, and it was my first time at the con. I wish every con would do this.
Atlanta is really hot and humid- Friday I took 3 showers and Saturday I took 4. I went upstairs to change (my cousins had a room on the 42nd floor) and dashed down for an afternoon of intense photoshoots. The first few days I got lost a lot, but eventually found my way around. My friend Bill Watters was running around posing and placing hundreds of cosplayers for huge group shoots, and I also ran into another SoCal photographer I knew, Pat Loika. It always amuses me to run into LA people when I'm in another city. George Perez was hamming it up in all the DC shoots, and it was super fun to see so many great cosplayers in one spot.
That night I just ran around Pulse Bar and headed out earlyish to try to get some sleep. Lyft took a bit to find me, and eventually I ended up at my friend Heather's place with her awesome super fluffy orange cat.
Saturday I had to get up suuuuper early and shoot the parade. That's right- DragonCon, has it's own parade. It's .9 mi long and all these people in huge complex costumes walk the entire route. I was a bit afraid of getting lost, but eventually found the press pit. It was everything I wanted a geek parade to be. Endless streams of characters from every popular comic book, movie, tv show, movie, and video game, mixed with occasional celebrities, Big Bird, and cosplayers in wheelchairs. Absolutely loved it. Reporters even got walked into it for better shots, and my cousin saw me on DragonCon TV.
DragonCon runs two tv channels that go to the hotel rooms. If it's super hot out and you don't want to deal with lines, you can just party in your hotel room and watch everything streamed closed circuit. It's pretty fantastic.
We wandered around a bunch at night, and made it to the Mad Max party. IT STARTED AT 3a!!! My friend Steve Troop, a puppeteer, found us and someone gave us some glowsticks. I taught the puppet how to dance with them. That party might have been the most fun I've had at a convention party. So many amazing glowy costumes, and the movie theme was really fantastic.
Sunday I was pretty destroyed, but I did make it to a kid's Harry Potter party, which was really cute. The private party we ended up after was super lame, and we kinda gave up and just went to sleep. Monday I ended up hanging out with family after hearing reports of Harleys running around with costumes and no makeup.
Super recommended! Here's all my photos from the event on CBR! www.comicbookresources.com/art…