Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dragon Con 2017 Survival Tips!

It's that time again, gang! Dragon Con is less than 2 weeks away, and if you listen closely, you can actually hear the shrieks of panicked cosplayers everywhere. :D

Sadly I can't help you finish a costume faster, but I CAN help prepare you for everything else! So let's go over my yearly run-down on what Dragon Con newbies and veterans alike should know for 2017. (Plus, as always, some of my favorite cosplay shots from last year!)

First, the basics:

What is it?

Dragon Con is an internationally known pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. It spans 4 days over Labor Day weekend, and averages upwards of 70,000 attendees. For 2017 some even expect attendance to top out over 80,000. Yowch.

Unlike most large conventions Dragon Con is NOT held in a convention center; it's held in 5 large "host hotels" and one shopping center, all of which span several blocks in the downtown Atlanta area. Here's a helpful map from Reddit:

Because the con is spread out over such a large area, it's easily the most confusing and potentially stressful event you'll ever attend. First years are guaranteed to be lost a lot of the time, as it can take 2 or 3 cons to really get the lay of the land.

HOWEVER, nothing can describe the exhilaration of being surrounded by "70,000 of your closest friends" as we attendees like to joke, and there's plenty you can do to prepare.

 The Marriott lobby, where all the best costumes come out to play.

 Quick Tip: DC doesn't sell tickets, they sell "memberships." On their website, there's no "buy" - it's "join." That can be confusing for first-timers, but rest assured it's the same thing. Right now tickets for all 4 days are $160 - but keep in mind for next year that if you pre-purchase you get steep discounts.

NEW FOR 2017:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our Figment Rocker's New Home

John shared this on the Fans of Epbot page the other week, and folks there seemed to like it so much I figured maybe you'd all want to see:

But wait, there's more! Would you believe a reader and her family were at the GKTW Village just a few days later? And they decided to go on a Figment hunt? So here's Elisabeth's two daughters in one of the Village playrooms:

Our Figgy's in a room with bright orange walls. This makes me happy.

I hope this starts a trend: I'd love to see a whole gallery of kids riding Figment!

And while we're talking rockin' dragons: after your response on the reveal post John and I've decided to try another one, so we can finalize and perfect the template to offer you guys. We plan to make the next dragon about 20% larger, so it fits older kids better, and we'll also do a different paint job, so it's not Figment-specific.

So here's my question, gang: what color should I paint the next dragon? Classic green? Smaug red and gold? Bubblegum pink? AAA I CAN'T DECIDE. Help me choose!