So, this past weekend, I drove over to Atlanta to check out my first DragonCon. I don't usually attend, in part because I've always had this one described as a mediacon, not a reading con, and mostly because it's usually held the same weekend as the unmissable World Science Fiction Convention. But this time out, DragonCon and WorldCon fell a week apart, and given the close proximity of my house to the former, I thought I'd check it out.
I was just making a hit and run, but enjoyed hanging with Jetse de Vries of Interzone (who drove cross country from Anaheim to be here) and meeting Yara Abuata of BenBella Books (who I previously only knew through our email correspondence. I occassionally write for their Smart Pop series.)
I'm still not sure, after checking out the convention, if it would be a good place to host a Pyr booth or not. With some 25,000 attendees, it represents good exposure, but my impression is that the guy installing vampire teeth for $65 a set made out better than any bookseller. (Would appreciate any opinions on this.)
Finally, it was a bit poignant for me standing in the back of a 600 plus crowd to catch a glimpse of Peter Jurasic, Mira Furlan and others from the Babylon 5 cast. Wanted to say a quick hello to folks I used to work with every day, but there was no way to even get close. Very good to see their amazing work hasn't been forgotten though. I don't think enough people on the book side of the SF fence recognize what an amazing and literate show B5 was.
I was really impressed with several of the costumes. I couldn't catch up with the Hell Boy when I had my camera out, but the guy dressed as Electro blew me away. His fingers really shot bolts! You can see them if you enlarge the picture. And this guy made a pretty convincing Lex Luthor.
Don't know when I'll be back, but I'm glad I made the trip this time.