Exclusive Interview with Netherworld Haunted House Co-Founder

Netherworld’s Co-Founder tells us about this year’s haunted house and more…

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Netherworld’s new Stone Mountain location.

Last week, I visited Netherworld Atlanta, one of the most popular and top rated  haunted houses in the nation. During the visit, I went through both attractions “The Awakened” and “Subject:Unknown.” Each were entertaining in their own way; the attention to detail of each haunt was impressive, and the monsters are realistic and lifelike, whether in the haunted house or roaming the grounds.

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Citizens residing in “The Awakened”

Once you descend into the pitch black hallways, you’ll find creepy, old authentic furniture, “jail cells” where monsters hide in the shadows and jump at you, and visual illusions like the vortex tunnel. Netherworld is pulling out all the stops this year and it shows.

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I got a chance to sit down with the co-founder of Netherworld, Ben Armstrong, to find out what it has to offer at their new Stone Mountain location.

ABD: How are you enjoying the new location? Is there anything you can accomplish here that you couldn’t at the old one?

BA: First off, we own the building now and 9.5 acres of land. So, we’re able to do what we need to with the structure to fit our needs. It’s been good so far; we have offices now, we have room to do escape games, for our monster museum and we have a ton more backstage space allowing the haunts to expand. All very important things!

ABD: How long have you been in the haunting business? How’d you get started?

BA: I’ve been haunting since I was a little kid. My background actually is in television, I worked in TV in Tallahassee, Florida for 18 years. I hosted a late night horror show, and produced segments of the Jerry Lewis telethon. When I moved to Atlanta, I realized there were professional haunted houses, like it was a business. That’s also when I met my business partner Billy Messina. One year, the guy who did the haunts we both worked on said “he was done with them.” And that’s where the first Netherworld started.

ABD: What does Halloween mean to you?

BA: It’s a unique holiday and one of fun. With haunted houses, it becomes a tradition and groups of people get together, go, scream, have a good time. I love when I see people on social media like “We’re going to Netherworld!” and see them getting scared as they’re on the way.

ABD: How many people does it take to keep Netherworld going?

BA: This year it took a big staff because we moved and had to recreate something we’ve been doing for over 20 years. Now that we’re open, we have an even larger staff, about 400 people. Around 100 to 150 people will work on any given evening.

ABD: What have you learned from all the years of doing this? Have you stuck to the same plan or do you often change it up?

BA: If you ever stop learning, you stagnate. If you think you know it all about any subject, that’s a sign that you don’t. I learn new things every year, really every day.  Some little shadow in the corner you didn’t think twice about scares people a lot, or fascinates them. It’s like a movie where some little character that doesn’t seem important ends up becoming the most popular character to fans.

ABD: Tell us more about your haunts.

BA: We have two new haunts this year, “The Awakened” and “Subject: Unknown.” Conceptually “The Awakened” encompasses all the things Netherworld is about. You’ve got supernatural, monsters, mythology, ancient cities; the traditional things you’d expect to see in a haunted house. “Subject: Unknown” is more the science fiction end of the scale. There’s aliens, robots, dinosaurs.

ABD: What can returning fans look forward to in 2018?

BA: We have 3 escape games we’ll be doing year-round. We have a large “midway” area where you gather after exiting the haunts. There’s a gift shop, food, games, TONS of photo ops. People love to take pictures and our live monsters running around will pose or maybe just “show up” in your pics!

We’re going to be doing additional shows that we will announce soon like a glow-stick very dark version of the haunted house, the weekend after we close, November 4th. We’ll also be doing a Christmas and Valentine’s show.

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Be sure to check out the Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain! It’s $23 on weekdays and $25 weekends and Halloween for “The Awakened.” For an extra $5 on weekdays, and $8 on weekends you can experience “Subject: Unknown” as well. For $55 on any night you will get a VIP Fast Pass which puts you to the front of line once you arrive.

For escape games book on the Netherworld site.

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During escape games you’ll have to work together.

 

Improve Your Dating Odds By Not Dating

Hi, Atlanta. Katie O’Hara here.

I have some advice for all you who are looking to add someone special to your lives and have found it rather daunting in the dating world lately. Let’s face it: online dating is akin to a dumpster fire at times and no one does speed dating anymore. Finding your next date at a dance club? No. The nearest hookah bar that hires models as servers? Good luck with that. What about the people you work with? Better talk with HR first.

My advice? Don’t date. Just have fun and make more friends. I know, that doesn’t make sense. Not dating is the opposite of actually dating. Or IS it?

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The top two issues of trying to find a person to date are “Where do I meet such a person?” and “How do I meet them?”  The answer to both questions are found by asking yourself, “What do I like to do for fun?” (Surprisingly, that can be a deeply profound question for some of us, so take your time!) The surefire way to meet someone is to join a sports or social club geared towards your interests and happiness. But where are these mythical organizations and how do we join them?

An afternoon game of ultimate frisbee

Atlanta Sports and Social Club is the largest provider of adult recreational leagues, teams, social events, and adult sports tournaments in town. ASSC is a year-round operation, specializing in “traditional sports like soccer and softball, as well as fun social sports like kickball and cornhole.” Schedules of events and teams are easy to navigate and there activities beyond sports, such as wine and beer festivals or crawls.

Zog Sports is another intramural social sports community in the Atlanta area. Zog Sports offers traditional sports like softball, dodgeball, and basketball, but offers corporate team options–maybe that’s a good way to chat up Kevin from the accounting department. Zog has  easy-to-access drop down menus to find a team or league near you OR your job.

Not into the straight crowd? Don’t worry, LGBTQ fam. The National Flag Football Association is a gay-friendly league. There is also Hotlanta Volleyball Association, Front Runners Atlanta, Atlanta Bucks Rugby, and Hotlanta Softball League.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

If you are not an exercise enthusiast or a gamer and want to find a more sophisticated crowd, perhaps you should try out Lunchtime Culture at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Lunchtime Culture is a free, monthly event curated by the ABG and other organizations, like The Bremen Museum and the Center For Puppetry Arts, to highlight performances, conversations, and tours in various Midtown venues, giving attendants “a fresh perspective” of Atlanta. November’s meetup is at the Alliance Theater for “Puppetry & Acting: Bringing Characters to Life.”

Fernbank Museum of Natural Sciences

If you can’t make the midday event at ABG, take a look at Fernbank After Dark’s recurring monthly lineup of fabulous live music, tapas, full bars, live science demonstrations and hands-on activities. Each month, Fernbank rolls out a themed event night that highlights the science of the season and the beautiful Georgian landscape. November’s event is “Science of Our Senses.”

Hiking with the Atlanta Outdoor Club

Combine both nature, sports and exercise by checking out Atlanta Outdoor Club. This organization has DAILY meetups for hiking around the metro area’s parks and landscapes. Membership is FREE, too!

Plant some trees, meet some peeps

Besides sports and nature, where else could you go to meet your next date? Volunteerism is another way to meet people. Hands on Atlanta, Trees Atlanta, and PAWS Atlanta are always in need of help! Do you like classical music? The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has volunteers act as ushers, ticket handlers and answer general questions–the payoff is free entrance to the symphony! The High Museum of Art is now accepting volunteers to help with upcoming exhibits, as well.

My point is: Happiness and joy start with you! Find out what activities fulfill you with joy and start looking when you’re in that environment. It’s the perfect strategy for when you don’t want to waste your time and you can meet other people on a platonic level with your shared interests, as well.

Keep dating, Atlanta!

 

 

 

A Quick Guide to Atlanta’s Haunted Houses

A Quick Guide to Atlanta’s Haunted Houses

What frightens you the most? Is it phantoms draped in blood-soaked clothing, clamoring for your life juices and organs? Is it gruesome gargoyles, zombies and demonic figures jumping out from the shadows to greet you? Is it the buzz of chainsaws, rusty mill equipment and screams of ghouls in the night?

The season of frights and freaky sights is upon us, and people seeking the thrill of a good scare will surely be able to get their fill this month.

Numerous haunted houses are up and running all around the Atlanta area, and the rest of Georgia. Take a look below for the low down on some of what Atlanta has to offer this year.

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld is Atlanta’s premiere haunted house. This year, it’s pulled up stakes to a new location in Stone Mountain, under new management. Netherworld promises uniquely frightening experiences for Atlantans and those in the city during October and early November.

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Attendees will scream in fright while being ambushed in close corridors by the likes of mummified corpses and extraterrestrial beings. Expect to be confronted by residents looking like they belong to an insane asylum, ghouls and giant robots wielding buzz saws.

The chamber of failed alien experiments at Netherworld.

Featuring two unique haunted houses with over 100 trained actors as zombies, ghouls and more otherworldly creatures, Netherworld is back and bigger than ever!

The Awakened, Netherworld Atlanta

The first haunted house, The Awakened, will have you traveling through the town of Whyshburg and the haunted Colber Mansion. Prepare to make your way past “The Awakened’s” residents, three-eyed once dead citizens, feral “Bone-Gnawers,” and more creatures of the undead. As you trek through cemeteries and the Forbidden City, you will confront and discover the origins of The Awakened, if you have the guts!

Subject: Unknown, Netherworld Atlanta

Netherworld’s second haunted house, Subject: Unknown, takes place in a research facility known as the BOX, where experiments on extraterrestrial and virus infected beings have gone awry, and they have broken free and roam about. You will witness alien autopsies, cloned prehistoric beasts and even take a ride in “The Elevator of Doom” as this horror science-fiction attraction gnaws away at your sanity!
This week, leading up to November 4th, Netherworld will have extended hours to accommodate the large crowds that are expected. You can pay extra to get a “fast pass” and jump to the front of the line.

Price: $23 for The Awakened | $28 to visit Awakened + Subject Unknown | $55 for a Speed Pass

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday – Saturday: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Dates: October 5th until November 4th.

ATL Dead
The ATL Dead attraction has been a staple in the DC area and in Oklahoma City. This year, it also comes to Atlanta.

“The undead have taken over the “A” and only one outpost remains, “ from the ATL Dead website. “Teams of up to 6, armed with foam dart guns, will fight their way through an abandoned storefront in search of a vaccine that could rid humanity from the infection. Will you survive long enough to save the city? One part haunted house, one part immersive theatre, and one part live action video game, this 45 minute adventure is recommended for brave souls 10 years of age and up. Flat closed toe shoes are recommended.”
Described in reviews as “a realistic Resident Evil,” or like being in “an episode of The Walking Dead,” ATL Dead brings a more interactive experience to the haunted house arena.
This haunted house will have attendees climbing ladders, firing Nerf and other foam guns for zombie tagging, cooperation and team involvement. Flat closed-toed shoes are recommended. This is a cooperative experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Price: $30 – 35

Hours of Operation: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. / Sundays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dates: October 11th – November 3rd.
*Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

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The Haunted Pink Trap House. Credit Haunted Pink Trap House & Atlanta Magazine.

The legendary 13 Stories is one of the few haunted houses in Georgia where, each year, it is required for patrons to sign a “waiver” upon entry. Monsters and creatures are allowed to “torment you mentally and physically” describes the 13 Stories’ website. The often talked about haunted house on social media is teaming up with rapper 2 Chainz’ “Pink Trap House” to bring you “The Haunted Pink Trap House.13 Stories will feature 3 haunted houses this year. To complete all three takes about an hour.

The Haunt – The traditional 13 Stories haunted house returns this year with a hip-hop themed vibe that will emulate scenes from 80s and 90s urban classic films. Expect horror meets retro film entertainment.

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Apocalypse Zombie Kill Experience – This attraction is an interactive zombie killing experience. Becoming increasingly popular across the nation, in this type of experience, you will be given a gun (in this case, an M4 rifle with 150 rounds), and will be tasked with eliminating the zombies populating a deserted wasteland. Think you, inside The Walking Dead with elements of first-person shooter video games.

The Sacrifice (Waiver required) – Unlike other haunted houses, this house requires signature of a waiver to accentuate the level of terror 13 Stories promises to bring. Creatures and denizens of the undead world will scare you, touch you and torment you from start to finish. Certain sections of the house must be completed alone. Strobe lights, smoke, loud noises and alarms, electric shock, water and animals are all potential methods of freaking you out. Gory scenes and lifelike violence may be portrayed. (Adults and children have been known to not make it through the entirety of the event!)

Price: Tickets range from $15 to $51, depending on how many houses you want to go in | $77 for VIP Access Fast Pass.

Hours of Operation: Weekdays 7:00 pm – 11:00 p.m. | Weekends 7:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Dates: Sept. 21st through Nov. 11th

Other Georgia Haunted Houses that are a small drive outside of metro area:
Folklore Atlanta in Acworth, Escape Woods in Powder Springs, Buford Corn Maze in Buford, and Camp Blood in Carrollton.
Are you brave enough to make it through one of Atlanta’s haunted houses this year, Atlanta?

Opening Night at Nick’s Flamingo Grill

As you all know by now, the Queen of the Gnomes is a massive patron of the theatre. From One-Act Plays to Musicals and Improv, I will see it all no matter the type.

On Thursday of this past week, the Giant King and I attended the World-Premier of Nick’s Flamingo Grill over at the Alliance Theatre.

Written by the multi-talented and legendary Phillip DePoy, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is described as a “play with live-music” performed by an amazing cast of actors. Bouncing between post-WWII Paris to 1950s Atlanta, Nick’s Flamingo Grill tells the story of two ex-WWII GIs with a dream of opening their own “club du jazz” here in America. Along with a Cuban songbird and a “pretty” French Resistance fighter, the four decide to create a “Camelot” of lively music and good food.

The play focuses on various themes from racial segregation to fraternal brotherhood. A unique aspect of Nick’s Flamingo Grill is that it’s actually based on a real place.

“The club was real…my father was in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and would sit-in with his friends and sometimes play there,” explained DePoy.

Located near the old Armor Meat Packing Plant [now Castleberry Hill]; the club was “technically” illegal due to Segregation Laws at the time. While DePoy may not have been able to verify the existence of this mystical, mixed-race club, that didn’t stop him from writing one of the most humorous and heartfelt plays performed on the Hertz Stage.

Featuring ten original jazz songs by both DePoy and New Orleans’s jazz pianist: Tyrone Jackson, Nick’s Flamingo Grill had the audience snappin’ and tappin’ throughout the evening.

The Gnome Queen highly recommends seeing this fantastic *performance not only for the music, but for the message as well.

*The play is about an hour and a half with no intermission and does include some loud “explosions” for those with sensory-sensitivities.

ATL by Night Artist Spolight: ATHRS

This article is by our new writer, Luminous. Enjoy!

Punk Rock electronic artist, ATHRS, born Mike Torres, performed for his second time at Imagine Music Festival (IMF), this year in Hampton, Georgia. The Orlando, FL, native often performs in the Southeast and said Atlanta’s premier electronic music festival is one of his favorites. “I love performing in Atlanta, this is my second year at Imagine. Glen and Maddie (of IRIS Presents) throw one of the best festivals out here and it’s always so amazing to be a part of it,” he said.

Rock and EDM have been in an increasingly intertwined relationship ever since Skrillex burst onto the DJ circuit after leaving his post-hardcore band “From First to Last.” Steve Aoki was a singer and guitarist in the scream band “This Machine Kills,” EDM powerhouse, Zedd, was once a member of death core band Dioramic, and bass legend, Bassnectar, also was once in a metal band. Some acts leave the “rock sound” almost entirely, trading guitars for synthesizers and hard bass, at times only referencing their roots in mashups or remixes.

ATHRS has managed to evolve into EDM while keeping his pop punk influences intact. This has allowed him to create original music that melds the two genres in a genuine way. ATHRS played for an intimate show for a crowd at the Six Feathers stage, splitting the set between his laptop and DJ Controller, and grabbing his guitar to leave behind the booth and rock out on stage and right in front of his audience.

Growing up on pop and punk music, ATHRS says he is influenced by bands like All Time Low, Green Day, and blink-182. He also has a penchant for DJs like Kayzo and Borgore, and says Adventure Club, who played IMF this year, is one of his biggest influences: “I was super hyped to see them! They killed it; it was an ABSOLUTELY epic show!” The pioneers of vocal dubstep put on an epic show full of lights, lasers, and their signature sound, famous for attracting many fest-goers into the electronic scene in the first place.

 

ATHRS thinks the diversity of sound within EDM music has attracted more and more people to American EDM music and events. He uses his platform to produce a unique combo he calls “pop-punk electronic” with vocals characteristic of punk rock, interwoven with synths, energetic beats and high energy drops. His songs vary from highly rock influenced to more house influences like his single, “Shed My Skin.” During his performance of “Under My Skin,” a cut from his upcoming EP, ATHRS croons about not letting the world get to him before a crescendo of heavy, melodic guitar riffs, with a dance beat picking up to join the melange of sound

“People are hungry for real talent, drive and ambition, and that’s what I hope to bring them. They also get to see [my] vulnerability. I think it really comes through in the music,” he said. ATHRS’ fans, at Imagine or people who want to hear his unique brand of punk EDM, can catch him next at Uncle Lou’s entertainment hall in Orlando, FL, on October 14th.

ATHRS’ latest EP “Pop Punk is Dead” will be releasing soon and a music video for his single, “Rollercoaster” was recently released on Youtube. Fans can find more of ATHRS’ music on Soundcloud, and Spotify.

 

ATL by Night Highlights for Oct 5th – 7th

I feel like you should start thinking ahead to October, because the spring and the fall is when this city goes INSANE with things to do at all times of the day and night.

The weekend of October 5th-7th kicks off a wonderful, event-filled month in Atlanta. First off is the A3C Festival, a hip hop music and culture event that is both a conference and a music festival. Most of the conference panels, meet and greets, and networking activities are scheduled October 3-5, leaving Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th dedicated to musical acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli and Young M.A.

Also happening but a separate event: the 8th annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day. This free, two-day music festival will be happening downtown at Woodruff Park. It will feature artists such as Skooly, Kwony Cash, and Lil Zane. Hosted by DJ Scream of 96.7 The Beat, this Saturday-Sunday outdoor get together will definitely make heads bounce, if not break some backs with sick beats.

Steve Aoki is playing at Ravine on Saturday, October 6th. Aoki hasn’t played in Atlanta for two years, and it feels like FOREVER since Midtown got that lit on a Saturday. This time, Aoki will be taking the EDM fire inside Ravine–no outside block party! It is going to be air conditioned for your sexy good times. Will there be cake thrown? Will this party be as crazy as I think it will be? I hope the answer to both questions is “YES!”  UPDATE: Beware Presents says there will definitely be cake thrown!

529 in EAV is throwing a great hip hop concert on Friday, October 5th titled We Are The Gard featuring Bumpy Knuckles, Breakbeat Lou and Opio. This is an official A3C Festival showcase, so you are guaranteed to hear something exquisite from the lineup. Free admission with A3C festival 5-day pass or tickets at the door

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The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is happening over Irwin Street this weekend as well. The two-day, FREE and family friendly music, food and arts gathering has a lot to offer: “From upcoming hip hop acts, to timeless R&B & Gospel stars, to Rap veterans, to Alternative Greats, the Sweet Auburn Music Fest has it all.”

What about the games and watch parties?? Sidebar is hosting UFC viewing party on Saturday afternoon and a Falcons-Steelers watch party on Sunday.

Looks like the start of a jam-packed October in the A–keep having fun, Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

The Cheese Festival Atlanta

Do you enjoy munching on various cheeses and meats from around the world? Do you take pleasure in tasting deliciously crafted beer and wines? Do you feel sophisticated when you hear the word “charcuterie”?

Well then, get ready because the Gnome Queen has the event for you!

It’s the 6th Annual: Cheese Festival Atlanta!

Started in 2012 by Gourmet Foods International, this amazing event brings an assortment of national and international artisan cheese makers’ right here to Atlanta. The event will take place from 5 P.M.-10 P.M. Friday, September 28th at the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

As of now, General Admission tickets include samplings of over 100 cheese and meat vendors, live music from Rachel Baiman, and access to the one and only: “Meltdown Competition”.  The Meltdown Competition features popular Atlanta chefs “grilling it out” for the highly honored People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards.

Patrons can also partake in an education class detailing the history and fermentation process of olives hosted by Divina; a “Pig and Pint” of charcuterie and beer pairings from Spotted Trotter; and finally, the Cheesemaker Unplugged/Uncensored: Meet the Maker. This session will feature cheese maker: Cellars at Jasper Hill who were awarded the 2018 “Best in Show” at the American Cheese Society Conference.

Now, for those of you who want a little bit more cheese-time with a specific drink pairing, then the VIP tickets are just for you. These tickets will include a seat in one of three select VIP-only pairing sessions and a VIP-only item upon festival entry.  The pairing sessions comprise of a Beer, Wine or Champagne option and will have a variety of times offered throughout the evening.

For the Gnome Queen, an amazing aspect of this delicious event includes a portion of all proceeds going to the local nonprofit: Giving Kitchen.  Giving Kitchen was started in May of 2013 by local community Chef Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen Hidinger in response to Ryan’s stage-four cancer diagnosis.

Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant workers and their families while in need. Through the Giving Kitchen Crisis Grants, over 1100 workers have been served not only in Atlanta, but in 47 counties across the state of Georgia.

So, if none of that sparked your interest in attending the wondrous Cheese Festival, then you are not only cold and heartless, but clearly you don’t appreciate the value of cheese, meats, and alcohol.

To Purchase Tickets: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/gfi/cheese-fest-atlanta

To Make a Donation to Giving Kitchen: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/d11bff52-0cd0-44d8-9403-465614e4f342

 

ICON A Celebration of Rihanna + Sia

Brigitte Bidet

This Saturday evening at The Deep End, ICON a Celebration of Rihanna + Sia will put on one of the best recurring entertainment shows in all of Atlanta. If you haven’t heard, this is a dance party and features performances to celebrity and music inspirations such as Lady Gaga, Janet + Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, to name a few.

Brandon Brandon, host of ICON a Celebration of, greeting the crowd at a past performance

Each month, The Deep End hosts the show and a rotating cast of performers put on a dazzling display of lip-syncing, dancing, aerial arts, burlesque, and sickening fashion to capture the essence of their inspirations as the music plays.  This September, the show is paying homage to Rihanna and Sia–two of the fiercest ladies in the music scene today! Last month was a celebration of Disco and it was AMAZING!

Diego Serna

If that’s not reason enough to come to The Deep End and see ICON then let me tell you the other reason to pull the drapes off the windows and sew yourself a cocktail dress: Shea Coulee of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10! That’s right, Shea Couleé will be a featured performer in Saturday night’s event. If you haven’t been keeping tabs on Shea, she has skyrocketed on both social media and live performances  worldwide since her appearance on RPDR. Shea is one of a few RDPD former contestants that have and will be appearing in WUSSY Magazine events around town.

Michael Robinson

Amongst the talented cast of local performers featured this month are Michael Robinson, Brigitte Bidet, Diego Serna, Dotte Com, T-Rex, Bella Dorado, PhaeMonae, and Porter Grubbs.  But wait there’s more! DJ La Superior of La Choloteca will be spinning uplifting tunes for the crowd and there’s even a photo booth by Savana Ogburn. Every ICON performance is an amazing journey in expression and creativity that captures the BEST of Atlanta and the wonderful LGBTQIA community it possesses.To say “it gave/gives me life” would be understatement–I hope you can make it out Saturday night to celebrate the city and its people that inspire us to come together. Incredibly straight people-friendly and diversity is highly encouraged at ICON.

Melissa Coffey

Tickets are still on sale for only $10 for general admission and $20 for the Meet & Greet with Shea Couleé.

Dragon Con Tales: Saturday Parade

Here are some awesome pictures from the Dragon Con Parade!

Infinity Stone Cast
The Mystery Machine
Scooby & the Gang
Dragon Cosplay
The Beloved Joystick Gamebar Staff
Magnificent Maleficent

Robot
Forest Gump Running Before the Parade
The Wicked Witch of the West
Aladdin’s Carpet
Cult of Marriott Carpet
Netherworld Creature
Netherworld Demon
Netherworld Wolf & Float
Ariel Ghostbuster
M’Baku & Killmonger
Wakanda Warriors
Block Storm
Wolverine Car
Deadpool Ballerina
The Deadpool Parade Squad
Pokemon
Captain America
Bumblebee
Zombie Girl
Immortal Joe
Handmadiens
Real Abs & Spartans
He-Man Squad
Pickle Rick
All Hail Bill Cipher
Aang & Appa
“Can I help you Peasant?”- Queen of Hearts
Pirate Float
Flying Spaghetti Monster Float  [I do believe]
Fabulous Rhodium
The Fan-Ship Who Lived
Sword Balancer
Hela Good Cosplay
Big Daddy & Little Sister
Blue BB-8
R2-D2
Run DMC Storm Troopers
Deadmau5 Tropper
A Great Rey
“Is that Mark Hamill?”
The Great Jawa Horde
Sandcrawler
Adorable
“Kill All Humans, Must Kill All Humans”
Darth Vader
I Want Pictures of Spiderman!

There you have it!

To see my Dragon Con Tales: Thursday post, clicker here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/02/gettin-schwifty-at-dragon-con-2018/

For Dragon Con Tales: Friday : https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/05/a-funtastic-friday/

For my Christopher Paolini interview : https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/03/a-great-interview-with-christopher-paolini/

I hope you had a great Dragon Con everyone!

Dragon Con Tales: Friday

Chances are this Labor Day weekend, you either spent the time lounging at Lake Lanier or stuck in Midtown traffic.
Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
If you were the latter, then I know you got to see the assortment of cosplayers and visitors attending this year’s Dragon Con.
Drinker Bell & Tinker Bell
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.
Rick & Summer Gone Give It to Ya!

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.

Tom Kenny!!!!

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.

Answering Questions

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!

Dragon Con Friends

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.

Alternate History Track

The Giant King ended up winning 2nd place in the “Best-Styled” Head Hair category. The Gnome Queen was so proud.

Ariel Pinup

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.

Wonder Woman Pinup

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.

Drinker Bell with Unicorn Tears Martini

The entire day was a solid success and I knew that the remaining weekend would be even better.

For more Pinups By the Pool, scroll below!

To check out my interview with Chris Paolini, click here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/03/a-great-interview-with-christopher-paolini/

To see Dragon Con Tales: Thursday, click here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/02/gettin-schwifty-at-dragon-con-2018/

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An Intense Pool Ball Game
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