Chances are this Labor Day weekend, you either spent the time lounging at Lake Lanier or stuck in Midtown traffic.
If you were the latter, then I know you got to see the assortment of cosplayers and visitors attending this year’s Dragon Con.
A variety of events and panels were scheduled for Friday which began for the Giant King and I with an amazing 1-on-1 interview with novelist Chris Paolini.
We then got to relive our childhoods by attending the Spongebob Squarepants Panel with voice actor: Tom Kenny. As an avid Spongebob fan, it was a dream come true to hear Mr. Kenny physically jump between his normal voice and Spongebob’s.
Towards the end of the panel, a Q&A session took place where audience members of all ages were able to asked Mr. Kenny various questions on his career and comedic roots.
I myself was able to ask him a question regarding ways in which aspiring voice actors and actresses can practice or even find ways to begin in the industry. (I gotchu ATL actors.)
His response was flawless: “Just hear everything and listen; you’re always one audition away from changing your life”. He also said to check out: http://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com so take his advice!
Later on, the Giant King entered into the “Lord & Ladies Coiffure Contest” hosted by the Alternate History Track. The contest focused on best types of hair which ranged from mustaches and beards, to amazingly styled “head-hair” designs.
The Giant King ended up winning 2nd place in the “Best-Styled” Head Hair category. The Gnome Queen was so proud.
Towards the end of the evening, I entered Talloolah Love’s Pinups by the Pool Contest which featured a lovely group of pinups and cosplayers.
I actually made it into the “Stage” Round of the contest with my amazing “Drinker Bell” cosplay costume. For those of you who don’t know, Drinker Bell is Tinker Bell’s rave-loving cousin.
The entire day was a solid success and I knew that the remaining weekend would be even better.
On Friday of Dragon Con this weekend, I had an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with one of my favorite childhood novelists: Christopher Paolini.
Paolini is best-known for his Inheritance Cycle series, which he originally began writing at the age of 14.
“Reading and watching movies, and listening to music were all ways for me to experience the world outside of Montana,” said Paolini
The story of Eragon actually began as an experiment in order to see if he could write a full-fledged novel.
“I was very methodical…I stopped writing and starting reading books on how to write.” explained Paolini.
Some of these books included Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, works from Joseph Campbell, and various writing essays by different authors.
“I said ‘I’m going to create a whole fantasy land, and all the characters, plot out a story, and I’m not going to write it’,” said Paolini.
In doing so, he was able to flesh out the entirety of his series as well as the characters.
“I think one of the reasons it did succeed so well [Eragon] was the relationship between Eragon and Saphira …but also the fact that is an archetypal hero story,” described Paolini.
Paolini went on to explain that the character Brom was actually inspired by professional writer and artist Gerald Brom. Gerald Brom or “Brom” is best-known for his dark, fantasy-based artistic style as well as his horror novels.
A fun fact about this year’s convention was that Brom himself attended as the 2018 Dragon Con “Artist Guest of Honor”.
Strange how the world works like that.
Paolini also informed me that an upcoming space opera is in the works, but a release date has not be set as of yet.
You known the Gnome Queen be hitting the book store when its out.
The interview concluded with Paolini discussing his favorite aspects of the Con which included the general vibe of the attendees and panels.
“Its kind of crazy, but it really is a fan convention…its not only a business event for me, but also like a vacation.”
I 100% agree. Its not everyday a Royal Gnome gets to meet one of her favorite authors, let alone one so cool and down to earth.
If you live within a 15 mile radius of Atlanta, then you probably caught a glimpse of the 32nd Annual Dragon Con earlier this week.
While some non-attending locals may have been extremely confused by the horde of cosplayers and visitors, this year’s Dragon Con actually began a whole day earlier due to the high-volume of expected turn out.
This year also marked my very first Dragon Con, and with me was my loving photographer: the Giant King. For Thursday, The Giant King cosplayed as a “Morty Trying to Find His Rick” while I was a “Cat That Curiosity Couldn’t Kill.
We began our day going through each host hotel and shopping area, catching an assortment of cosplayers and even a “Quest Master”. Attendees could also donate blood to the Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” Blood Drive
Later that afternoon we attended the Opening Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis, where patrons were provided with a live musical intro from the Black Sheep Ensemble and Funk Cake.
Dragon Con President Pat Henry gave a brief background on the Con and introduced the new: Diversity in Speculative Fiction & Literature Fandom Track. This Track would include a “Wakanda Welcomes the World to Dragon Con” party, a variety of art and film panels, as well as Literary Guest of Honor: Steven Barns.
The Opening Ceremony concluded with another live performance from the Black Sheep Ensemble and Funk Cake.
Check out the photos below to see more Thursday cosplaying from Dragon Con 2018!
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