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ISSUE #1

SEPT. 4-7

2009
Dragon*Con is a star studded event with something for
absolutely everyone, including our annual Dragon*Con
Parade, Masquerade, Costuming Contest, Cosplay Contest,
Dawn Look-Alike Contest, Miss Klingon Empire Beauty
Pageant, Live Bands and DJs, huge Dealers/Exhibitors Halls,
Comic Artists Alley, Art Show and Exhibits, Independent Short
Film Festival, Triple X-treme Wrestling, Walk-of-Fame, over
35 Fan Tracks making up over 3,500 hours of programming,
and hundreds of Guests, including: Patrick Stewart

Battlestar Galactica’s Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos


Clockwork Orange’s Malcolm McDowell
Comics & Low-Brow Pop Artists: Mark Brooks, Darwyn
Cooke, Paul Dini, Tara McPherson, Kathie Olivas, George
Pérez, Brandt Peters, and Humberto Ramos
Farscape’s Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Virginia Hey,
and Lani John Tupu
Firefly’s Ron Glass
Fringe’s Jasika Nicole and John Noble
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola
Mary McDonnell
Hellraiser’s Pinhead, Doug Bradley
Night of the Living Dead creator George A. Romero
Stargate’s Lexa Doig, Paul McGillion, and Michael Shanks
Star Trek’s John Billingsley, Robert Duncan McNeill,
Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, and Garrett Wang
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, and Poltergeist
director Tobe Hooper
Twilight’s Justin Chon, Peter Facinelli, and Michael Welch!

Malcolm McDowell

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CONTENTS

Announcements.................................................... 2 Dragon*Con Invades the


Featured Guests..................................................... 5 Georgia Aquarium.................................... 42
Additional Guests................................................ 14 The Goon 10th Anniversary
Live Performances............................................... 17 Inbred Hillbilly Hoedown........................ 42
Fan Tracks........................................................... 21 Guest of Honor Banquet............................... 43
Dealers/Exhibitors Lists....................................... 34 23rd Independent Film Festival...................... 43
Host Hotels......................................................... 32 Late-Night Entertainment............................. 43
Overflow Hotels.................................................. 32 Nuts on the Road: Gonzo Sound & Vision... 44
Courtesy Buses.................................................... 33 Reading Sessions........................................... 44
Contests Video & Film Rooms.................................... 44
Anime Music Videos..................................... 36 Walk of Fame................................................ 44
Art Show Awards........................................... 36 Wrestling....................................................... 44
Comic Book Quick Sketch............................ 36 Writer’s Workshops (Basic and Hourly)......... 45
Cosplay Contest............................................ 36 Convention Services
Dawn Look-Alike Contest............................. 37 Child Care.................................................... 47
Dragon*Con after Dark................................ 37 Disability Services......................................... 47
Friday Night Costuming Contest.................. 37 Fan/Band Concourse Tables.......................... 48
Hallway Costume Contest............................. 37 Hospitality Suite/ConSuite............................ 49
Masquerade Costume Contest....................... 38 Information Desks........................................ 49
Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant............ 38 Tournament Gaming
Star Wars Costume Contest........................... 38 General Information..................................... 50
Robot Battles™.............................................. 39 Board Gaming............................................... 51
Convention Events Collectible Card Gaming (CCGs)................. 53
8th Annual Dragon*Con Parade..................... 40 Digital Gaming............................................. 53
Art Show & Print Shop................................. 40 LARPS.......................................................... 54
Autograph Sessions........................................ 40 Miniatures Gaming....................................... 55
Blood Drive................................................... 41 Role-Playing, Campaign Gaming.................. 55
Charity Auction............................................ 41 Role-Playing Gaming.................................... 56
Comic Artists Reception............................... 41 Online Gaming............................................. 56
Dragon*Con Cabaret.................................... 42 Registration Form.......................Inside Back Cover

Update #1 2009
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Announcements

** Tired of standing in that long registration line? Well this year we are offering something
new and exciting! We have packed up and moved registration to the Sheraton, so
instead of having to stand in that impossibly long yet well worthwhile line at the
Hyatt you can stand in the new and improved hopefully not so impossibly long yet well
worthwhile line at the Sheraton.
** Were you disappointed with your thin badge from last year’s con? Well not to worry
because we traded in all those pre-gut Riker badges for all new post-gut Riker badges.
And for those of you who missed TNG (shame on you) we are going back to thicker
badges.
** Eternals, are you forever wondering why you have to stand in that everlasting line in
VIP badge pickup? Well your wait has come to an end. This year we are happy to
announce that Eternals will have their own line in VIP badge pickup which will also
be housed in the Sheraton.
** Sticking with the Sheraton theme, fan tables will not only be located outside of the
Grand Hall of the Hyatt, but have fanned out to the Sheraton as well.
** In response to an outpouring of requests from the Goth fan base, this year band tables
will be moving into the Marriott because the hotel is rumored to be using lower
wattage light bulbs that are dimmer than the Hyatt’s.
** This year’s Comic and Pop Artist Alley is going to be Super Man. So if you’re Kraven
some comic action, turn off the Cable and Dash on down to our new location in the
Grand Hall West of the Hyatt. Hell boy, we reached Maxx capacity in the Hilton and
have moved the whole Thing into the Art Show.
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(Gaming will be in the Hilton and Sheraton this year.)
** If you don’t like fighting the crowds or just did a little too much late night celebrating
and can’t make it out of your room, you will be happy to know that we will again
be putting some of the daytime main events held in the Centennial and Atrium
Ballrooms onto Dragon*Con TV. Make sure you keep your Pocket Program handy
because it will note which events will be televised. And be sure to watch LIVE every
morning at 9:00 AM for the BRAND NEW D*CTV Morning Show! Don’t prentend
you aren’t up, we know you haven’t gone to bed yet!
** We are quickly approaching 400 guests for this year’s show, and by now you have
hopefully been able to check out some of the talent who will be attending. With the
quality and quantity we are bringing in this year, you will be happy to know that The
Walk of Fame will stay in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton. We were shooting for a
water (or adult beverage) station in the Leonard Nimoy line to break up the wait, but
were told that our request was highly illogical.
** We are using an online application process for bands and other performance groups.
But don’t worry; just because you can apply via broad band don’t think all girl acts get
preferential treatment.

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** This year we have established online programming for tracks. That might not seem
like it means much for our attendees, but behind the scenes it means a lot. Our
programming director and all of the varied track directors are a great group who
volunteer their time to share something they love with you, the fans. And while they
have done a stellar job in years past, having online programming will help them to get
the most accurate information in a timely manner and smooth out any wrinkles that
might arise ahead of time. So what this really means for you is that when you show up
at the Sheraton for a Skeptics discussion panel, there is actually a Skeptics discussion
panel actually taking place in the scheduled room instead of being greeted by a sign
saying that your panel has been moved to the Hyatt.
** Speaking of rooms, the Hilton has renamed its programming rooms to use numbers
instead of names. This was done in an attempt to make it easier for those guests who
take advantage of Fog Cutter Fridays to find their way to the correct rooms.
** Get your convention on three hours earlier—official programming will now start
Friday morning at 10:00 AM!
** Last year I witnessed a Klingon heckling
a box trooper across the road between
the Marriott and the Hilton. With his
peripheral vision impaired, the angered
box trooper attempted to cross the busy
intersection between the two hotels to
defend his honor after the size of his
package had been called into question. All
that remained of the cardboard Imperial
was a few popcorn remnants and some
packing tape. But don’t worry! I am
happy to say that in an attempt to avoid
a repeat of this tragic event, a walkway
between the Hilton and Marriot has been
constructed and is now open!
** None of us want to anger the Fire Marshal
gods, so in an attempt to appease them,
we have established not one, but two
areas deemed worthy by the gods for all
of you with fully loaded camera sidearms
to do some shootin’! Unfortunately, the
cameras will still need to be holstered
from 7:00 PM until midnight on the
Centennial Ballroom level of the Hyatt Landing at the Hyatt Regency
each evening.
Downtown Atlanta
** I almost forgot, this year’s charity is
the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer’s September 4–7, 2009
Association.

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EXCLUSIVE Night at the Georgia Aquarium
For Dragon*Con Attendees ONLY

Saturday, September 5, 2009


7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
 Cash Bars Open Until 10:30 PM
 Food Court Open Until 11:00 PM
 Shuttles Available from Host Hotels
 Nandi, the FIRST manta ray in the USA
 Titanic Aquatic: See artifacts from the wreckage,
assume the role of a real passenger and see
if you live or die ($8.00 extra)
 And so much more!

$17.00 ADMISSION
Purchase Your Admission Today at
georgiaaquarium.org/dragoncon

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Featured Guests

It’s only June and already Dragon*Con has 377 confirmed Guests! Dragon*Con is proud to
present the most talented writers, actors, comic book creators, and artists in the sci-fi, fantasy,
horror, media, pop-culture, and everything in between universe!

Karen Allen
Best known for her role as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the
Lost Ark, Karen has also had roles in the films National Lampoon’s
Animal House, Starman, Scrooged, and Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin is an American science fiction author. He has written spin-
off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and
is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include
the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated
Karen Allen Assemblers of Infinity.

Catherine Bach
Catherine is best known for playing Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard
and for playing Margo Dutton in African Skies.

Michael Connell Biehn


Best known for his roles in the Hollywood science fiction-action films such as The Terminator,
Aliens, and The Abyss, Michael has also acted in other genres, including the Western Tombstone,
the action film The Rock, and the zombie action movie Planet Terror.

Claudia Black
Claudia is an Australian actress, known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the sci-fi television
series Farscape and as Vala Mal Doran in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1.

Barry Bostwick
Arguably best known for playing Brad Majors in the 1975 cult
classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Barry also starred as Mr.
Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You, as well as Mayor
Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City.

Bruce Boxleitner
Bruce is best known for his leading roles in the television series
How the West Was Won, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Babylon 5.
He recently joined the cast of Heroes for season three, playing
New York Governor Robert Malden.
Barry Bostwick

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Doug Bradley
Well known for playing the role of the Cenobite Pinhead in all eight Hellraiser films, Doug
was also the character Captain Elliot Spenser in two of the films Hellbound: Hellraiser II and
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.

Dan Brereton
Dan is a professional writer and illustrator who is known for his skills as a painter with a lush
and vibrant palette, as well as his distinctive character designs. His most famous work is The
Nocturnals.

Ben Browder
Ben is actor and writer, best known for his roles as John Crichton
in Farscape and Cameron Mitchell in Stargate SG-1.

Lois McMaster Bujold


Author of science fiction and fantasy works, Lois is one of the
most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the prestigious
Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A.
Heinlein’s record. In the fantasy sphere, The Curse of Chalion won
the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated
for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and both her
fourth Hugo and second Nebula were for Paladin of Souls. Doug Bradley

Charisma Carpenter
Charisma is best known for playing the character Cordelia Chase in the television series Buffy the
Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.

Justin Chon
Justin is best known as Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer
and will reprise his role in Twilight’s sequel, New Moon scheduled for release later this year.

Claudia Christian
Claudia is most famous for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova
on the science fiction television series, Babylon 5. She also plays
Janine Foster, mother of Peri Brown, in the Doctor Who audio
drama “The Reaping”.

Darwyn Cooke
An Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist
and animator, Darwyn is best known for his work on the comic
books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, and The Spirit.

Charisma Carpenter Felicia Day


Known for her work as “Vi” on TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
as well as the Internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Felicia is the star, script writer and
producer of the originally YouTube-based web series The Guild.

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Paul Dini
An American television producer of animated cartoons, Paul is best known as a producer
and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon
Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/
Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, and Duck Dodgers. Paul has gone on to write and story-
edit the popular ABC adventure series Lost.

Doktor A
Trained in model making, Doktor A’s artwork has been influenced
by steampunk and Victoriana, often incorpoarating flourishes
like rusted metals, brass or rivets. He is currently a gallery artist
working mostly in the Art Toy genre. He produces paintings and
objects primarily in the Victorian Futurist style and has a range of
his own characters called “Mechtorians”.

Aaron Douglas
Best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on Battlestar
Galactica, Aaron is now moving on to his new show called The
Peter Facinelli Bridge where he stars as Frank Leo, big city police officer turned
president of the police association.

Peter Facinelli
Peter joined the cast of the feature film Twilight as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the patriarch of the
mysterious vampire family, living in the small town of Forks, WA. He is currently co-starring in
the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.

Tom Felton
Tom performed the voice of James in the television series Bugs and landed his first feature film
role in 1997 when he played the part of Peagreen Clock in Peter Hewitt’s film The Borrowers.
However, he is best known for playing the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series.

Joe Flanigan
Joe had guest roles in numerous television series including Profiler,
First Monday, and Sisters, until he got his breakthrough with his
current role on Stargate Atlantis as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard,
the military leader of the Atlantis Expedition.

Alan Dean Foster


An American author of fantasy and science fiction, Alan authored
ten volumes of novelizations based upon Star Trek: The Animated
Series, several involving taking the script for a half-hour episode
and expanding it into a full-length novel. Alan also co-wrote the
original novelization of Star Wars.

Tom Felton

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Huck Gee
Influenced by Japanese and Hong Kong pop art, Huck is a contemporary artist, illustrator, toy
maker, and designer best known by toy enthusiasts for his iconic “Skullhead” character.

Ron Glass
Known for his roles as the witty Detective Ron Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller,
Ron has worked most recently as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the science fiction series
Firefly and its sequel film Serenity, and as the voice for the knowledgeable scholar Garth in the
2008 video game Fable II.

Dean Haglund
Dean is probably best known for his nine seasons playing Langly,
one of the computer geeks known as “The Lone Gunmen” from
the hit FOX TV series The X-Files. He also starred in the The
X-Files spin-off series The Lone Gunmen.

Charlaine Harris
A published novelist for over twenty-five years, Charlaine created
The Southern Vampire Mysteries series about a telepathic waitress
named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a northern Louisiana bar.
The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony
Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001.
Ron Glass
Tobe Hooper
Tobe is best known for his work in the horror film genre, including Salem’s Lot, Poltergeist, and
the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, along with its first sequel The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre 2.

Doug Jones
Doug is best known to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans for his various roles playing non-
human characters, often in heavy makeup, in films and television series such as Buffy the Vampire
Slayer, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Peter Jurasik
Peter is an American actor best known for his television roles as
Londo Mollari in the 1990s science fiction series Babylon 5. He
also appeared in the Doctor Who audio adventure Winter for the
Adept.

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherrilyn is the leading pioneer of the current paranormal genre
and is a #1 bestselling and award-winning US writer of both
fiction and nonfiction. She writes Urban Fantasy, and is best
known for her Dark-Hunter vampire series.
Doug Jones

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Joseph Michael Linsner
Joseph Michael Linsner has become one of the comic book industry’s most celebrated artists;
Cry for Dawn Volume I, published in 1989, marked his debut, making this the 25th anniversary
of its publication.

Traci Lords
Traci is a film actress, producer, film director, writer and singer.
Her unique voice can be heard today in many forums, from
animation (The Chosen One) to video games (True Crime New
York City, for which she took Best Supporting Actress at the Spike
Video Game Awards).

James Marsters
James first came to the attention of the general public playing
the popular character Spike, a platinum-blond English vampire in
the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series,
Mary McDonnell Angel. Since then, he has gone on to play other science fiction
roles on Smallville and Torchwood.

Mary McDonnell
In addition to receiving an Academy Award nomination for her role as Sands with a Fist in
Dances with Wolves, Mary is best known to sci-fi audiences as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar
Galactica.

Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm’s career has spanned more than forty years and includes notable roles in if..., A Clockwork
Orange, O Lucky Man!, Star Trek Generations, the TV serial Our Friends in the North, Entourage,
Heroes, Metalocalypse, and the 2007 remake of Halloween.

Paul McGillion
Paul has worked extensively in film, TV and theatre for over fifteen years and is best known for
the role of Dr.Carson Beckett, the loveable Scottish physician in Stargate: Atlantis.

Robert Duncan McNeill


Robert is an American actor, producer, movie director, and
television director who is best known for his role as Lieutenant
Tom Paris on the television show Star Trek: Voyager.

Tara McPherson
Tara is an American painter, freelance illustrator, poster artist,
comic book artist and teacher in New York City. A recurring motif
in her work is a stylized heart-shaped hole through a person’s chest
in the place of an actual heart.

Malcolm McDowell

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Mike Mignola
Famous for creating the comic book series Hellboy for Dark Horse Comics, Mike has also worked
for animation projects such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire and the adaptation of his one shot comic
book, The Amazing Screw-On Head.

Jason Momoa
Jason is best known for his roles as Jason Ioane in Baywatch and as Ronon Dex, an elite warrior,
in Stargate Atlantis.

Kate Mulgrew
Most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryan’s Hope and
Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Kate has has
earned multiple awards for her acting, including an Obie Award,
a Golden Satellite Award, and a Saturn Award, and nominated
for a Golden Globe.

Leonard Nimoy
Leonard played the character of Spock on the original Star Trek,
an American television series that ran for three seasons from 1966
to 1969, a role he reprised in the movie sequels, including the
most recent film, and the follow-up series Star Trek: The Next
Generation. Most recently, he’s appeared in the Fox series, Fringe Leonard Nimoy
as Dr. William Bell.

John Noble
Best known for his performance as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
film, John played Russian Consul Anatoly Markov in the sixth season of the American television
series 24. Currently, John is starring as mad scientist Walter Bishop in the critically-hailed J. J.
Abrams television series Fringe.

Kathie Olivas
Kathie is a multi-media artist who has been featured in numerous galleries across the globe and
is represented in the permanent collection at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Edward James Olmos


For the last five years Edward has starred in the Sci Fi Channel’s
breakout hit, Battlestar Galactica as Admiral William Adama.
He’s also well known for his role as Gaff in Blade Runner, and Lt.
Martin Castillo in Miami Vice.

George Pérez
George is an illustrator and writer of comic books who primarily
illustrates superhero comics, mainly published by DC Comics
and Marvel Comics, and is known for his clean, dynamic, and
ornate style.
John Noble

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Brandt Peters
The subject of Brandt’s paintings is a world of creepy side-show icons, deviant animalia, and
‘masked’ glorified cartoon alter egos. He utilizes these icons and character cultures as antithetical
counterparts to what we are lead to believe as being innocent and socially acceptable.

Eric Powell
Eric has written and provided artwork for franchises of Dark
Horse, DC Comics, and Marvel, but is most regarded for his
original series The Goon, which is marking its 10th anniversary
this year. The Goon’s quality was recognized with an Eisner Award
in 2004 for Best Single Issue as well as an International Horror
Guild award.

Humberto Ramos
Humberto is best known for his work on American comic books
such as Impulse, The Spectacular Spider-Man, his creator-owned
series Crimson, and miniseries, Revelations. Following Revelations,
Edward James Olmos Ramos returned to Marvel Comics, joining writer Marc
Guggenheim as the new creative team on Wolverine.

James Randi
James is a retired professional magician now best known internationally as an investigator of
paranormal, supernatural, and occult claims. He currently offers a one million dollar prize to
anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event,
under test conditions agreed to by both parties.

Mike Resnick
Mike is an American science fiction author and executive editor of Jim Baen’s Universe. He has
been nominated for thirty-three Hugo Awards and won five times.

Eric Roberts
Eric appeared in the Doctor Who TV movie as the Master, The
Dark Knight as Sal Maroni, voiced the Superman villain, Mongul,
in the animated series Justice League, voiced Dark Danny in
Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom, and appeared in Heroes as
Thompson, an associate of Mr. Bennet.

George A. Romero
George is a film director, screenwriter, editor and occasional actor,
best known for his gruesome and satirical horror films about a
hypothetical zombie apocalypse, including Night of the Living
Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, and Monkey Shines. George A. Romero

Christine Rose
Cristine is a graduate of Stanford University best known for her role as Angela Petrelli on the
science fiction drama Heroes and Claire Pryce on Charmed.

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Alan Ruck
Alan is perhaps best known for his role as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s hypochondriac best
friend Cameron in John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and as Stuart Bondek, the lecherous,
power-hungry member of the mayor’s staff on the hit ABC sitcom Spin City. Alan portrayed
Captain John Harriman in Star Trek Generations.

John Schneider
John is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1980s
American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, and as Jonathan
Kent on Smallville. Alongside his acting career, John performed as
a country music singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums
and a greatest hits package, as well as eighteen singles.

Michael Shanks
Michael is a Canadian actor who achieved fame for his role as Dr.
Daniel Jackson on the science fiction television series, Stargate
SG-1. He also provides the voice of the recurring character Thor
on the same series.
John Schneider
Helen Slater
Best known as the lead role in the film, Supergirl, Helen had a recurring role as Clark Kent’s
biological mother, Lara, on the Superman-themed TV series Smallville, and has guest starred in
Supernatural.

Patrick Stewart
Patrick has had a distinguished career in theatre for nearly fifty years, including performances
as various characters in Shakespearean productions. However, he is perhaps most widely known
for his television and film roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and
Professor Xavier in the X-Men films.

Kristy Swanson
Kristy is probably best known for her starring role in the Twentieth
Century Fox feature film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also
appeared in The Phantom, Deadly Friend, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,
and Dude, Where’s My Car?

Michael Welch
Perhaps best known for his roles as Luke Girardi on the TV series
Joan of Arcadia and as Mike Newton in the 2008 film Twilight,
Michael has also appeared in Star Trek: Insurrection, X-Files, and
Birds of Prey.
Patrick Stewart

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Writing for over thirty-five years, Chelsea has worked in a wide
variety of genres, from science fiction to westerns, from young
adult adventure to historical horror. She is the author of over
seventy novels and numerous short stories, but she is best known
for her series of historical horror novels about the vampire Count
Saint-Germain.

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of thirty-five science fiction books,
including eight Star Wars books, the young-adult Dragonback
series, the Cobra series, and the upcoming From the Ashes, a
Michael Welch
prequel to Terminator Salvation.

Programming Panel Attendees 2008

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Additional Featured Guests

But we couldn’t stop there—in addition, Dragon*Con is proud to present the following featured
Guests! (Current as of June 10, 2009).
** Lynn Abbey ** Patrick Burns ** Talon Dunning
** D. A. Adams ** Matt Busch ** Bob Eggleton
** Richard L. Altstatt ** Tim Byrd ** Josh Elder
** Lou Anders ** Ginger Campbell, MD ** John Everson
** Zachary William ** Luciana Carro ** Sean Patrick Fannon
Anderson ** James Cawley ** Bill Fawcett
** Heidi Arnhold ** Jamie Chambers ** Susan Fichtelberg
** Catherine Ann Asaro ** A. C. Charania ** Rob Fitz
** Attaboy ** Sandra Anglin Chastain ** Charles Fleischer
** Christina Barber ** Colin Christian ** Stephen Fleming
** C. Kevin Barrett ** Sas Christian ** Tom Fleming
** Jeremy A. Bastian ** Freddy Clements ** Louise Fletcher
** Davey Beauchamp ** John Cmar ** Eric Flint
** Trace Beaulieu ** Julie Cochrane ** Jason Flowers
** Michelle Belanger ** Amanda Conner ** John L. Flynn
** Dirk Benedict ** Frank Conniff ** Bill Fogarty
** Julie Benz ** Dave Cook ** Rick Forrester
** Bob Bergen ** Bill Corbett ** Eugie Foster
** Mark F. Berry ** Joe Crowe ** Francesco Francavilla
** John Billingsley ** Carl Cunningham ** Stephen Furst
** Dee Bitner ** Colin Cunningham ** Dr. Pamela L. Gay
** Dr. Bob Blackwood ** Larry D. Curtis ** Stephen L. Gibson
** Jennifer Blanc ** Jeremy Dale ** Allan Gilbreath
** Darlene Bolesny ** Bruce Davison ** Laura Anne Gilman
** M. H. Bonham ** Aaron Armand de ** Paul Goddard
** Dr. John E. Bradford Orive ** Christopher Golden
** Bill Bridges ** Keith R. A. DeCandido ** Dr. Frank Gordon
** John Bridges ** Brian Denham ** Stephen Granade
** Mark Brooks ** Anna DeStefano ** Erin Gray
** Fiona Broome ** Lexa Doig ** Kevin R. Grazier
** Julie Caitlin Brown ** Linda L. Donahue ** Andrew Greenberg
** Matthew J. Brown ** Elizabeth Donald ** Robert Greenberger
** Chesya Burke ** Carole Nelson Douglas ** Hugh S. Gregory
** James Burns ** Elonka Dunin ** Eric Griffin
** Laura A Burns ** Brian Dunning ** Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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** Stacy Hague-Hill ** Kaza Kingsley ** Patrick Mason
** Cully Hamner ** James P Kinney III ** Ginny Mauldin-Kinney
** David Harmer ** Caitlin Kittredge ** James Maxey
** Nicole Harsch ** Richard A. Knaak ** Peter Mayhew
** Raven Hart ** Nancy Knight ** Todd McCaffrey
** A. J. Hartley ** Alethea Kontis ** Kandyse McClure
** Richard Hatch ** Mary Robinette Kowal ** Sandra Ann McDonald
** Jason Hawes ** George Krstic ** Richelle Mead
** Gary Kim Hayes ** Bonnie Kunzel ** Travis Scott Merrill
** Tom Heintjes ** Katherine Kurtz ** Byron Patrick Merritt
** Mark Henry ** Stephen & Suzie Lackey ** Tanya Michna
** Diana Tixier Herald ** Mur Lafferty ** Kara Mikos
** Richard Herd ** Cheralyn Lambeth ** Trish Milburn
** Rita Herron ** Rich Larson ** Cindy Miles
** Virginia Hey ** Rosemary Laurey ** Rebecca Moesta
** Kathryn Hinds ** Misty Lee ** Anthony Montgomery
** Kane Hodder ** Rob Levy ** James A. Moore
** Bill Holbrook ** J. F. Lewis ** Tony Moran
** Eva Hopkins ** Todd Livingston ** Sharon Morgan
** Kriss Hougland ** Kelly Lockhart ** Eric Morin
** Dr. Stephen D. Howe ** John Lotshaw ** Tee Morris
** George Hrab ** Travis Louie ** Tracy S. Morris
** John Hudgens ** George Lowe ** Dean Motter
** J. C. Hutchins ** Daniel Loxton ** Chris Mueller
** Richard Jakiel ** Jonathan Maberry ** Sabutai Musashi
** Bill “Splat” Johnson ** Scott MacMillan ** Ted Naifeh
** Les Johnson ** Jim Mahfood ** Michael Nankin
** Benjamin Curtis Jones ** Don Maitz ** Scott Nicholson
** Gary Jones ** Racheline Maltese ** Joe Nickell
** Alessandro Juliani ** Mari Mancusi ** Jasika Nicole
** Stacia Kane ** Julia S. Mandala ** Steven Novella
** Neil Kaplan ** Marrus ** Friggatriskaidekaphobia
** Lloyd Kaufman ** James Marsters Treatment Nurse
** Susan Kearney ** Gail Z. Martin ** Jody Lynn Nye
** Bill Keel ** Laura Martin ** Jana Oliver
** Jackie Kessler ** Lee Martindale ** Heather Osborn
** Richard Kiel ** Randy Martinez ** Terri Osborne
** Annie Owens

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** James Palmer ** Selina Rosen ** Karl Story
** Jason Palmer ** Tony Ruggiero ** William Stout
** Jimmy Palmiotti ** Andy Runton ** Gillian Summers
** Teresa Patterson ** Chris Ryniak ** Jonathan Tarbox
** D. M. Paul ** Mike Sakuta ** Anthony Taylor
** Carlos Pedraza ** Richard Saunders ** Sean Taylor
** Mary Jo Pehl ** Jason Schneiderman ** Greg Theakston
** Felice Picano ** Edmund Schubert ** Toy Baroness
** Phil Plait ** Dwight Schultz ** Tiffany Trent
** Van Allen Plexico ** Randal L. Schwartz ** Michael Trucco
** Lynnette Porter ** Tracy Scoggins ** J. M. Tuffley
** Cherie Priest ** Eugenie C Scott ** Clifton Tunnell
** David Prowse ** Steve Scott ** Lani John Tupu
** Brian Pulido ** ScottC ** Denise Vasquez
** Wayne Pygram ** Stephen H. Segal ** Kate Vernon
** Benjamin Radford ** Josepha Sherman ** Jeffrey Joseph Wagg
** Rodney Ramos ** Seth Shostak ** Doug Wagner
** Trina Ray ** Scott Sigler ** Widgett Walls
** Barry Reese ** Bradley H. Sinor ** Garrett Wang
** Kat Richardson ** Susan Sizemore ** Jean Marie Ward
** John D. Ringo ** Sket One ** Graham Watkins
** Eliza Roberts ** Dave Slusher ** Rebecca Watson
** Scott Rorie ** Alison Michelle Smith ** Toni Weisskopf
** John C. Snider ** Mark I. West
** Jennifer St. Giles ** M. B. Weston
** Michael Stackpole ** Chris Wiese
** Cat Staggs ** Michael Z. Williamson
** Ken Steacy ** C. L. Wilson
** Kim Steadman ** Grant Wilson
** Jeanne C. Stein ** Gene Wolfe
** Brian Stelfreeze ** Janny Wurts
** Rick Sternbach ** Derek Yaniger
** Paul Stevens ** Fiona Zedde
** Maggie Stiefvater
View from Stage
** S. M. Stirling
** Karen Stollznow
** Eric James Stone

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Live Performances

ArcAttack
ArcAttack employs a unique DJ set up to generate an ‘electrifying’
audio visual performance. The HVDJ pumps music through a PA
system while two specially designed DRSSTC’s (Dual-Resonant
Solid State Tesla Coils) act as separate synchronized instruments.
These high tech machines produce an electrical arc similar to a
continuous lightning bolt which put out a crisply distorted square
wave sound reminiscent of the early days of synthesizers. The music
consists of original highly dance-able electronic compositions that
sometimes incorporate themes or dubs of popular songs. ArcAttack
uses these machines in conjunction with other homemade and
traditional instrumentation.
ArcAttack

Atlanta Radio Theatre Company


“The Call of C’thulhu”
The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, in celebration of twenty-five years of quality, original audio
drama, returns to its roots with an original adaptation by Ron N. Butler of H. P. Lovecraft’s
highly influential tale of horror, The Call of C’thulhu. In 1987 ARTC performed this classic story
at the very first Dragon*Con. That adaptation, by Gerald W. Page, has since been lost and, just
as the Elder Gods slumber, this story slept as well in the memories of devoted fans of ARTC and
Lovecraft. Now...the horror is reborn.
“Fresh Blood 2”
Original audio drama provokes the imagination as few other media can. Delving deep into the
psyche of the listener, the sound effects, the music, and most importantly the story itself can
incite feelings of elation, terror, jealousy, or even love and hatred for the characters. ARTC once
again calls upon its troupe of talented writers to bring forth the best that the imagination has to
offer with a collection of never-before-heard selections.

Ayria
Ayria (pronounced “area”) is anime, glam, 80’s, gothic Lolita,
cyber, punk all wrapped up into an energetic ball of furry.
Canadian singer/songwriter Jennifer Parkin has become a true
icon on the electronic music scene with her unique writing and
performing style. In 2003, she began her project Ayria and shook
the foundation of the electro-industrial scene by mixing striking
feminine visuals, straight old-school industrial music with harsher,
aggressive electro while still maintaining elements of electro-clash
and 80’s new wave. Ayria has been intensively and successfully
touring across the globe over the past 3 years gaining a very solid
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Bedlam Bards
The Bedlam Bards have been performing rowdy Celtic music at trashy bars, renaissance festivals,
and sci-fi cons for over a decade. Their award-winning album On the Drift: Music Inspired by
Firefly and Serenity cemented their position as the musical voice of Browncoat fandom, won
them a free cruise, led to numerous brushes with stardom, and gave them the chance to raise lots
of money for charity. They have performed from one end of the United States to the other, as
well as in Canada and Mexico. Their most recent album, Barnyard Bedlam, was recorded live at
the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, and may violate morality statutes in several states.

Big City Burlesque and Vaudeville Review


Big City Burlesque and Vaudeville is Atlanta’s original, all retro
troupe. This unique concept is the brainchild of creator and
artistic director Kenton McGhee, aka ‘King Rouge’, and has been
painstakingly developed in both style and content. This dream
to reality has been to recapture the sultry glamour and smoky
magic of by-gone eras. From a seductive fan dancer of the late 30’s
to film noir femme fatales of the 40’s, a bewitching belly dancer
as well as comic heroines of all yesteryear, Big City Burlesque
and Vaudeville was the first to bring this concept of Old World
Vaudeville to the stage in Atlanta and today remains Atlanta’s
premier Burlesque and Vaudeville troupe. Big City Burlesque

Crossed Swords
For over twenty years, Nicole Harsch and Mike Sakuta have been performing the Crossed Swords
Stage Combat Shows across the U.S. and Canada. They teach stage combat and have been fight
directors for renaissance festivals and many historical plays including Hamlet, Camelot, Robin
Hood, and Romeo & Juliet, and can be seen as performers in two nationally syndicated TV
documentaries shown recently on cable stations TBS and A&E.

Crüxshadows
A blend of new wave, gothic, pop, rock, and electronica, the band’s
unique and often catchy songs have become staples of the dark
wave, ebm, and electro-alternative scene. One of the most popular
dark-wave bands internationally, the Crüxshadows started in the
early 1990’s in a little town in North Florida. Over the last fifteen
years their success among the gothic, ebm, new wave, and dark
electronic genres has earned them a near legendary underground
status. The band’s dark electronic rock and introspective lyrics
quickly earned them a fan base beyond the United States,
particularly in Europe. With a constant and ambitious release
schedule, and a dizzying live performance itinerary, they have
Crüxshadows turned conventional wisdom on its ear and maintained their
position among the scenes elite from each year to the next.

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Emerald Rose
Emerald Rose is one of the top Celtic folk-rock bands in the Southeast US. A rich “world fusion”
sound with influences ranging from the Chieftains to Jethro Tull has given this band a thirteen
year career and national following. The band’s original lyrics address everything from Celtic myth
to modern science, often with a touch of humor as noted in their release Con Suite. Blending
vocal harmonies, pennywhistle and world percussion with driving guitars and bass, their sound
is “rock-n-reel” but not ear-splitting. Emerald Rose music has been
included in two soundtracks, Ringers (about Lord of the Rings fans)
and Done the Impossible, about the Firefly/Serenity series.

Faith and the Muse


Amidst a diverse musical background ranging from dark alternative
rock and electronica to world music and neo-classical, to jazz,
avant-garde and folk, Faith and the Muse provide one of the rarest
experiences in art, theater and music. From personal acoustic
pieces and traditional/tribal folk melodies to grand orchestral
production and dark rock epics, this diverse combination of
simplicity and complexity places Faith and the Muse in their own
Emerald Rose musical category. As we question all that goes on around us, the
media-projected problems in the world and down the street, we
need to quiet our mind and spirit enough to pursue our individual
purpose. Faith and the Muse’s purpose is clear. While sequestering us inside the mythical and
mystical environment of their otherworldly music, they bring to light the real elements that
are true within all of us: a quiet and perfect human connection that has guided our hearts
throughout history, yet in this world, is commonly lost.

Pandora Celtica
Pandora Celtica is a five piece vocal quintet offering soulful Celtic harmonies in rich layering.
These talented singers pride themselves on their songs of ship wrecks and troubled times found in
the mists of Celtic history. With a Renaissance feel, the singers will have you swigging your pints
and thinking back into the stormy past of Celtic prehistory! Don’t hope for cheery songs from
this lot, but if you thrive on mayhem, death and plunder, then they are your crew.

Tom Smith
The only recording artist to appear on both NPR’s Sound and
Spirit and The Dr. Demento Show, Tom Smith has more than a
dozen albums, thirteen Pegasus Awards, a spot in the Filk Hall
of Fame, and fans around the world. His concerts combine
high-energy folk rock, SF/fantasy, popular culture, Life with
Computers, progressive politics, cartoon voices, web comics,
Lovecraftian mythos, stuffed animals, unbelievably bad puns, and
the occasional recipe into a show you will never forget.

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Spider Lilies
Spider Lilies is a musical project created by Stacey Campbell, former guitarist/backup vocalist of
the Crüxshadows. The first Spider Lilies song, Sand, produced by Rogue of the Crüxshadows,
was published online in 1999. Spider Lilies’ music is a blend of rock, dark wave, and Goth,
featuring female vocals, guitar, with electronic beats and samples.

Voltaire
As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described
as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the
macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star
Wars to keep a con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him
for his song Brains! from the Cartoon Network show The Grim
Adventures of Billy And Mandy. Voltaire’s live shows, whether
solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are highly theatrical—full of
stories and games. The theatrical quality of his performances
is not surprising; Voltaire has been directing commercials and
animating short films for the last twenty years. Spider Lilies

Voltaire Live at Dragon*Con 2008

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Fan Tracks

Can’t wait until 1:00 PM on Friday to start the festivities? Now you don’t have to! Official
programming will be starting at 10:00 AM on Friday! With three extra hours and over 3,500
hours of scheduled events in only four days, what are you waiting for?!
Our exciting foray of regular events include, panels, seminars, workshops, film and anime
showings, gaming, the Masquerade, Independent Film Festival, charity auctions, our now annual
Parade and much, much more.

Alternate History-NEW!
Welcome to the world of the Alternate History Track, debuting
this year. Within our panels, you will find the fantastical and
anachronistic worlds of steampunk, time travel, alternate history
and historical romance, as portrayed in literature, music, film,
fashion, and on television. You can find out how to get involved
in historical reenacting and living history. Learn about retro-
futuristic dirigibles, submersibles and difference engines. You
will see makers interpreting works of science fiction into actual
working contraptions! Have you ever wanted to take a trip back
in time to a world where gentility was commonplace and everyday
Steampunk Costume objects were beautifully designed? Or, would your trip include
hefting sword or shield in the defense of a lost cause?

American SF Classics
Whatever your interests are, we have something for, you as we cover; Raiders of the Lost Ark,
Supergirl, Classic Galactica, Forbidden Planet, dinosaurs, robots, Batman, faith, and more! For
additional information visit us at www.americanscificlassics.com.

American SF Media
The American SF Media staff is once again bringing you the
what’s what in American genre contributions since 1995. Heroes,
Cylons, and Spies…OH MY! From Smallville to True Blood,
we’re showcasing the popular and the obscure—the upcoming,
the frontrunners as well as the dearly departed.
Passionate fans create interactive panels to discuss all aspects of
your favorite shows and movies, while an array of special celebrity
guests make the Dragon*Con/AMSFM experience one-of-a-
kind.
Join us at http://www.scifitvtrack.com, and follow the buzz at http://
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Animation Programming
From nostalgia to propaganda to art, animated media has
influenced the US and the world for the last century. Join
Dragon*Con’s Animation Track for a new year of classic
favorites, intense discussions of style and form, special events,
and discussions with the industry professionals that bring some
of your favorite cartoons to life! The track will feature panels,
workshops, and events catered to your cartoon needs, including
a how-to on voice acting, some incredible actors from popular
shows, and advice from animation creators on what they love.
We also welcome back the annual Cosplay Contest, hosted jointly
with the Anime/Manga track, featuring some top notch costumes
from animated TV, movies, and games around the globe. Catch Mach 5, DC08 Parade
your seat early to view the best of the best recreated anime/
animation cosplays!

Anime/Manga Programming
We’ve created a special track devoted exclusively to anime, manga and media from the Land of
the Rising Sun and beyond. We will be having a wide array of panels, speakers and workshops
covering everything from classic anime, the history of manga, the future of the industry, and
how to break into the business. Guests will include professionals, creators and insiders from all
over the industry. There will also be a full schedule of anime video programming. These events
are guaranteed to satisfy even the most ravenous otaku. Come and be a part of the anime/manga
revolution!

Anne McCaffrey’s Worlds


What author is better-suited to Dragon*Con than the one who literally wrote the book on
dragons? Anne McCaffrey’s Worlds (also known as Weyrfest) returns for another year of high-
flying fun and excitement as we discuss and celebrate one of the 20th century’s foremost women
of science fiction. Coauthors and fan favorites Todd McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye are back
to answer questions and share their latest literary efforts, and our fans will get to show their
talents (or do we mean Talents?) in our annual costume and art contests. We’ll sing with crystals,
ponder the pitfalls of planet pirates, and even get a little feisty with our frank discussion of
how dragons… well, make more dragons. (Ahem.) With so
many universes brought to life by Anne’s vast and wonderful
imagination, there’s always something to talk about! Grab your
favorite klah mug and get in on the gather.

Apocalypse Rising
Apocalypse Rising track is Dragon*Con’s “end of the line”. It
doesn’t get any scarier than the end of the world and we bring it to
you from every direction! Apocalypse Rising is proud to bring you
an amazing line-up of programming stretching across multiple
fields to give everyone a taste of “the end”, in addition to a nuclear
line-up that includes things such as the uber-popular Zombie
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and pandemics, Zombie 201, a special Needcoffee panel, and much more! And for fans who
want to be the best dressed at the end? We will help you “Pimp Your Apocalyptic Costume”!
Our panel room is THE hot spot to gather your horde… or hoard your precious resources!

British SF Media
Britain has inspired every aspect of our modern culture. Dragon*Con’s British media programming
continues this with an insightful exploration of every facet, fad, and pop culture idiom of British
culture.
Our interests are broad and diverse, spreading across the genres of British film, TV, comics,
music, animation and comedy. The Sun never sets on the Brittrack Empire! It is a huge fandom
whose passions include: Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Monty Python, Torchwood, Robin Hood, the
Prisoner, Sapphire and Steel, Warren Ellis, Fawlty Towers, Shakespeare and other cultural legacies
of the United Kingdom.
Check us out on our website at http://www.brittrack.org for more
info!

Comics and Pop Art


Featuring a diverse lineup of talent and exhibits from comics,
animation, lowbrow, pop surrealism and designer toys, this year’s
convention promises to hold a great deal of excitement for fans of
this constantly-evolving track.
Hosted by Richard Garrison, Dave Newton, Troy Pierce, and
Benno Rothschild, a must-see for fans of comics and illustration
is the Comic Book & Fantasy Cover Gallery (celebrating its 10th
Year at Dragon*Con). Original artwork for more than fifty covers
Comics Artist Alley
will be on display Saturday in the Artists Alley. Come see covers by
Bode, Buscema, Cho, Craig, Finlay, Freas, Hughes, Jones, Kaluta,
Kane, Kirby, Krenkel, Loehle, Severin, Stelfreeze, Tuska, Vess, Wood and Wrightson—to name
but a few. You’ve got to see this exhibit!
Note: This summer’s event marks the relocation of the Comics and Pop Artists Alley to the
Grand Hall of the Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the Dragon*Con Art Show.

Costuming
Besides hosting the Friday Night Costuming Contest and Dragon-
after-Dark contest, as well as the basics of building and armor
panels, we are going deeper into the subject of body-painting and
airbrushing, bringing back our dentist friends to speak more on
fangs and dental appliances, the fairies are coming back to talk
about wings, and Steampunk! Whether it is the standard comic
spandex-clad superhero or the newer versions in leather and latex,
we want to explore the “hows” and “whats” to bringing your
favorite hero to life. All of this…and a few surprises as well!

Costuming Group

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Dark Fantasy
Horror, urban fantasy, and gothic entertainment converge on the
Dark Fantasy track - Dragon*Con’s home for all thing macabre,
sinister, twisted, and downright weird. From bestselling authors
to acclaimed artists, visionary metaphysicians to cutting-edge
musicians, vampires to zombies, Hellboy to...well, Hellraiser, the
Dark Fantasy track is sure to offer something to everyone with a
taste for “the dark side.”
Tentative topics to be discussed this year are vampires in southern
fiction, body horror, Weird Tales magazine, world-building
in urban fantasy, Edgar Allan Poe, gothic fashion, the hit TV
show True Blood, supernatural themes in music, the logistics of Horror Costume
immortality, combining fantasy and mystery, and a writers-eye
view of goth culture.

Electronic Frontiers Forum


Worried about freedom of speech, privacy, and YOUR rights online? So are we! Electronic
Frontiers Forums covers your rights on the Internet, legal issues online, and the latest trends in
online media. Topics this year include digital forensics, spam, phishing and online fraud, ACTA
(the “secret” copyright treaty), botnets, personal encryption, ISP’s and three strikes, bandwidth
caps, self publishing, marketing with Twitter, Obama report card, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009,
and asserting your Fourth Amendment rights.
Returning favorites include Hacking 101/201/301, Webcomics, Self Publishing, and the
Cyberpunk Film Festival.
For the latest information, schedules, and past audio recordings, please visit www.efforums.net.

Filk
Filk singing began life as a typographic error of “Folk Singing” in a convention program book
back in the early 1960’s. Instead of correcting the mistake, a new form of music called “FILK”
was created.
Filk songs come in several varieties - parodies of popular songs
with an SF theme (or fantasy or horror, etc.), original music
with fantasy and/or sci-fi themes, and songs about any aspect of
fandom.
This year’s FiLK track will have concerts Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday night. Open filking every night. Workshops, panels,
performances in the FiLK track room, and moderated discussions.
Confirmed FiLK performers include Tom Smith and The Bedlam
Bards!

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Gaming Programming
This year Dragon*Con will host more than twenty panels on all facets of gaming. There will be a
number of panels on LARPs, table top role-playing games, board games and computer gaming.
There will be scholarly presentations as well presentations from game companies and gamers
themselves designed to entertain you, inform you, introduce you to new games, and enhance
your gaming experience. Check out the Pocket Program when you arrive at the convention or join
us at the Hilton during the convention for more details.

Independent Film & Festival


It’s another big year for film lovers of all kinds. Our featured
event is “The Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival”.
This acclaimed fest brings you the very best in genre film: over
seventy movies from live-action horror to animated comedy. While
shorts are the thing, we have a few features: expect a different
kind of vampire and a post-apocalyptic world in crisp animation.
And don’t miss the return of Late Night Inappropriate Shorts.
If that isn’t wild enough, we’re bring back our midnight cult
film panels—time to scream your thoughts in a no holds barred
exploitation flick arena. There will be plenty for filmmakers:
panels on directing, low-cost F/X, makeup, and distribution. The
MMORPG - World of Film Track will also host a Machinima festival. Come join us if
Warcraft Costume you want to learn more, want to make some contacts, or just want
to enjoy what the screen has to offer.

MMORPGs
Over sixty-five hours of programming, twenty-three MMORPG’s (and counting), nine game
development companies (we’re not done yet), six parties, two bestselling authors, one amazingly
cool geek celebrity gamer babe, a live action quest that lasts all weekend, and a charity event
that we’re gonna make you bleed for (relax, it’s part of the blood drive), MMO track is ready to
get your game on! And we’re not done yet. If you would like to know more about what we have
going on as part of the MMORPG track at Dragon*Con this year, stop by http://www.dc-mmo.
org. We will post up-to-date information on the people, games, and things that we’ll be bringing
to you this year.

Podcasting
Are you an author looking for a new way to market your work?
We’ll have discussions with some of the most successful authors in
the podosphere, some of whom have even utilized portable media
to become New York Times best selling authors. We’ll also be
hosting the Third Annual Parsec Awards, dedicated to rewarding
excellence in various aspects of Speculative Fiction Podcasting,
Sci-fi & Fantasy Original Content, and Podiobooks.
For details as they unfold, podcasts of our featured panelists as
well as information about podcasting and portable media, follow
us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dragonpod and check out the
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Robotics
Build Robots! See Fighting Robots! Do you appreciate the mystical power that turns mere
motors, wires, etc. into metal machines that do your bidding? The Robotics Track is chocked
full of fun and excitement, so stop by and get your fix with all of the battling and building you
can handle!

Science Track
Genetic engineers. People who make antimatter for a living.
Forensic detectives. Weapons specialists. Artists makin’ music
with bolts of lightning. Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow. Big
explosions. SubGeniuses. Decapitated frozen heads. Wanna-be
SuperVillains. The folks who make our booze; precious, precious
booze. And, of course, the infamous Mad Scientists Ball—a lewd
spectacle of wanton depravity and mind-numbing mayhem!
Wanna meet the people who turn science fiction into science fact?
Plus some amusing and potentially lethal lunatics? Of course you
do! Just grab a body, yours or someone else’s, living or dead, drag
it on down and donate it to the DragonCon SCIENCE Track for
Robotics Class a few hours; we’ll handle it from there. “We’re scientists, and YOU
are in good hands.”

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literature


The Science Fiction and Fantasy track is back again for another great year. Among our offerings
this year are Writer-to-Writer interviews: for instance John Ringo interviews our literary guest
of honor Lois McMaster Bujold. We’ll show off our knowledge in SF Jeopardy and argue about
who’s the best writer in the world. Discuss with us the ideas behind the genre, the facts and the
fantasies. Join fellow fans of the written word in delving deeper into what makes it tick and what
makes it tock. Learn something you didn’t know and maybe teach something too. It’s all in the
SF and Fantasy Literature track this year!

Silk Road: Asian Cinema & Culture


Our programming track covers many aspects of Asian culture,
from traditional to new wave pop culture and cinema. We explore
and discuss Asian dress from ancient to contemporary, form and
function of styles ranging from classic kimono to modern day
Harajuku, interactive discussions and demonstrations on various
forms of Asian dance, music, and theater, from Chinese sleeve
dancing, to drum rhythms, and Kabuki theater.
Explore the vast richness of Asian mythology and traditions, and
how it still affects, and guides modern day culture and values.
Peek into the secret world of the Geisha. Learn the history and
evolution of ancient weaponry, as well as lively demonstrations of Dragon Dancers
the many variations of martial art disciplines.

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Skeptic Track
Providing a full compliment of live entertainment and discussion panels for the legions of free
thinkers, science enthusiasts, and skeptics helping to put the science in science fiction, our list
of guests include many of the world’s most prominent skeptics from the world of television,
podcast and print media: ‘The Amazing’ James Randi, Skeptic Society Jr. Skeptic Editor Daniel
Loxton, Benjamin Radford, Joe Nickell, Alison Smith, Dr. Phil Plait, and Margaret Downey,
just to name just a few.
For events as they unfold, to join in the discussion groups, and for more information about
Skepticism, critical thinking and paranormal investigation visit Skeptrack on the web at www.
skeptrack.org.

Space Track
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy! The Space Track
will have lots of astronomers to fill you in on the wonders of our
Universe and the latest discoveries. Of course our Live Astronomy
is returning bigger and better than ever, with not only our solar
telescopes but telescopes set up for nighttime viewing of the sky
over Georgia as well. Do you believe in aliens but not little green/
gray men? SETI believes it and for years have been using science
to discover how to find them. Come hear the head of SETI tell
how, and why, they do it.
After filling your mind with all the wonders of Universe, it’s time
to let loose your bodies! The Space and Science Tracks will team up Colonial Marines Group
again this year for our 2nd Annual Mad Scientists’ Ball—featuring
the musical wizards of electricity, ArcAttack.

Star Trek: TrekTrak


TrekTrak is thrilled to welcome to Dragon*Con none other than the One True Vulcan, the
Real Mr. Spock—pop culture icon Leonard Nimoy! And as if one iconic legend isn’t enough,
how about two? TrekTrak is also thrilled to welcome none other than Captain Jean-Luc Picard
himself... Patrick Stewart! But wait! There are just too many phenominal guests to list-you will
have to come and see them for yourself!
And do not miss the biggest event of the year: The Miss Klingon
Empire Beauty Pageant (details listed on page 36). Then celebrate
the winner’s victory at Happy Hour at Ten Forward, featuring—
because you demanded it!—the return of… Klingon Disco!
TrekTrak is also proud to once again host the awesome Rainbow
Flag Party!
For complete information, visit the TrekTrak web site at www.
TrekTrak.com! Live Long and... Q’pla!

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StarGate Multiverse
Celebrating fifteen years of the Stargate franchise, the Stargate Multiverse Track is debuting in
2009 (replacing the former SGOWF track), bigger and better than ever! Join us for four days
of Stargate programming including panels, games and roundtable discussions ranging from
the original 1994 film through SG-1, Atlantis, and the new SG: Universe series debuting this
fall. Guests are scheduled to include Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig, Ben Browder and Claudia
Black from Stargate SG-1, and Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa and Paul McGillion from Stargate:
Atlantis.
In 2008, the Stargate Track raised over $13,000 for the American
Heart Association in Memory of Don S. Davis. Our goal for 2009
is “$15,000 for 15 years of Stargate” for the Georgia Chapter of
the Alzheimer’s Association. Please come be a part of our Charity
event, and help us reach our goal in 2009.

Star Wars
New events include: Spaceballs: The Panel (all about parodies,
spoofs and pop culture references); Lightspeed Dating followed
by the Star Wars Singles Meet and Mingle; Last Jedi Standing
Trivia Contest; Saber School; and a special panel/celebration
commemorating the Ten Year Anniversary of The Phantom
Laser Battle Menace. Fear not though…your old favorites will be back such
as: The Mr. Star Wars Pageant; the SW Costume Contest; The
SW Prop Challenge; and Saber Idol! And of course there will be plenty of Fangroup interaction
thanks to the 501st, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs. We won’t subject you to Jedi
Mind Tricks because we know you won’t want to miss this!

Tolkien’s Middle-earth
Welcome to Tolkien’s Middle-earth! This track is for fans of JRR Tolkien’s beloved Middle-earth
fantasy works, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the myriad of
related works that comprise Tolkien’s legacy.
Tolkien’s Middle-earth welcomes back John Noble who portrayed
Denethor! Dr. Lynnette Porter, Constance Wagner, and Susan
Neese will be covering a myriad of scholarly topics, separately and
jointly throughout the weekend. We will be screening a fan film,
The Peril to the Shire, during the Sunday night panel, Board of
the Rings; Lord of the Rings gaming, as well as having a Making
of a Fan Film panel on Monday. The One Ring dot Net will be
back this year with their very informative insiders update on
the upcoming movie, The Hobbit. For updates, visit us at www.
tolkientrack.com.

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Whedon Universe
It’s been a year since we last met and we’re a step closer to ruling the world since our fandom is
now “Active”. From dolls to mad scientists, evil lawyers and all the vampire slayers in-between,
the Whedon Universe has become the Wonderfloninum of the Sci-fi World. Our evil plans this
year include the notorious Buffy Horror Picture Show, The Mighty Fine Shindig, and not one
but two LEGEN...wait for it...DARY performances of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! If that’s not
enough horribleness, then enter our maniacal Costume Contest, lose your destiny while singing
your heart out at “The House Always Wins” Andy Hallet tribute night and finally relive the most
heinous of the Whedon Universe Big Bads during our 2nd annual video countdown. See you in
the aftermath. Peace! ...But not literally...

Wheel of Time
2009 will go down as an exciting year for Wheel of Time fans,
with book twelve, The Gathering Storm, co-written by the late
Robert Jordan and relative newcomer Brandon Sanderson hitting
bookstores November 3rd. With two more installments promised
by 2011, the next few years should be full of revelations and
closure for many long running theories and arguments. Please
join the Wheel of Time track as we prepare for the first Wheel
of Time book published after the death of it’s original author.
Program highlights include our annual costume contest,
Winespring Inn party and Sword Form demonstration, as well as
our numerous discussion groups on everything from Asmodean’s Dr. Horrible Costume
killer, costuming, Aes Sedai hijinks and more.

Writer’s Track
It was a dark and stormy night . Many writers were gathered in the dungeon called Manilla/
Singapore. Many faced one direction, a Few glared back from the other. Suddenly, one in the
middle spoke, asked a question of the Few.
Others behind the table spoke in turn, sometimes enthusiastically,
interrupting each other. Wisdom passed from the Few to the
Many…A storm rumbled overhead, but the writers paid little
heed, for the discussion riveted their attention to the front of the
room.
Suddenly, there was enlightenment. One of the Many rose and
querried...One among the Few answered. Then another. And
another. More wisdom transferred from the Few to the Many...
And, thus, Writer’s Track sustained the Many thirsting after
knowledge. And, it was good.
Planet of the Apes The Writer’s Track is the place to be if your ambition is to become
Costume a published writer in any genre. We take on all comers…comics,
gamers, novelists, screenwriters…and more.

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XTrack
XTrack is trilled to welcome back TAPS and Dean Haglund this
year to Dragon*Con. Additionally, we welcome John Noble and
Jaliska Nicole from Fringe and Michael Biehr from Aliens to track
main sessions. We look forward to our numerous panels on your
favorite fandom shows, including Lost, Supernatural, and even
our old standbys, The X Files, and The Lone Gunmen. Paranormal
topics remain one of our attendee favorites and we will be hosting
panels on Hypnosis, Parapsychology, and Paranormal Research,
to name a few. Scheduling is not done yet and XTrack staff look
forward to seeing you at Con, with a few surprises and things that
go bump in the night!
Harry Potter Costume

Young Adult Literature


The YA Lit Track will be hosting our first Twilight guests as Michael Welch (Mike Newton),
Justin Chon (Eric Yorkie), and Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen) join us to kick off the 2009
convention. To keep rolling with the Twilight fun, we’re hosting a Twilight Vidding contest! We
are far from being about any one book or fandom, however. We have some special Harry Potter
programming and surprises in store for you. We’ll have some new things for you, like Harry
Potter team trivia, Harry Potter late night games, hosted by members of Atlanta HP. And we’ll be
dancing the night away at the Yule Ball and awarding prizes for the Costume Contest. Come join
us with your recommendations for this and our other book discussions, including minorities in
YA Lit, women warriors, Harry Potter, vampires and werewolves, and sci-fi in YA Lit.
Can’t wait till con to talk about it? Our track website is at yalit.dragoncon.org.

Stargate Panel DC08

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Location and Travel Information

Host Hotels
Our host hotels for 2009 will again include the familiar
surroundings of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta along with the
legendary Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the Hilton Atlanta, and
the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. The Hilton is across the street from
the Marriott which is connected by a climate-controlled tube-
way to the Hyatt. After many years of waiting, we are pleased
to announce the addition of a sky tunnel between the Marriott
Marquis and the Hilton Atlanta!
Dragon*ConTV will be available at all four host hotels, and many
of the main programming events will be broadcast throughout
the convention! So stop standing in line—order room service, Marriott Lobby
kick back and enjoy the show from the comfort of your hotel
room!
Hotel Phone Single Double Triple Quad
Hilton Atlanta 404-659-2000 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Hyatt Regency Atlanta 404-577-1234 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Marriott Marquis 404-521-0000 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 404-659-6500 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

NOTE: All four host hotels are completely sold out!

Overflow Hotels
Dragon*Con welcomes the following hotels to our family as our official overflow hotels for
2009:
Hotel Phone Single Double Triple Quad
Baymont Suites 404-659-7777 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Days Inn 404-523-1144 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
The Glenn Hotel 404-521-2250 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Hampton Inn 404-589-1111 $139 (DCI) $139 (DCI) $139 (DCI) $139 (DCI)
Hilton Atlanta Airport* 404-767-6890 $185 (DGC) $185 (DGC) $205 (DGC) $225 (DGC)
Westin Hotel 404-659-1400 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Wyndham 404-659-2727 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

* NOTE: The Hilton Atlanta Airport does not have shuttle service between the hotel and the
convention, but the hotel offers a shuttle to and from the airport/Marta station. One room night
deposit is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable.

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Courtesy Buses
Dragon*Con is proud to provide courtesy buses between all of our host and most* of our
official overflow hotels! The bus stops for this year will be located
at the following places: the Days Inn on Baker Street at the front
entrance to the hotel, the Westin-Peachtree will be on Andrew
Young International Blvd. across the street from the side entrance
to the hotel, the Glenn Hotel will be on Marietta St. in front of
the hotel, Marriott/Hyatt on Peachtree Center Ave. in front of
the Marriott, the Baymont Suites and Wyndham on Piedmont
directly in front of the two hotels, the Hilton Atlanta will be
on the northeast corner of Baker and Courtland, the Sheraton
will pick up in front of the hotel on Courtland, and the Hyatt
Regency at the northeast corner of Baker and Peachtree Rd. (this
stop is for wheelchairs only). Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for a
resizable map!
Sheraton Atlanta NOTE: The Hilton Atlanta Airport does not have shuttle service
between the hotel and the convention, but the hotel offers a shuttle
to and from the airport/Marta station.

Parking
** Hilton Atlanta Downtown: $28/day valet parking.
** Hyatt Regency Atlanta: $27/day valet parking (parking garage height is 6 feet).
** Marriott Marquis Atlanta: $28/day valet parking ($30/day for oversize vehicles).
** Sheraton Atlanta Hotel: $20/day self parking and $25/day valet parking.
** The parking decks around the main hotels: $5–$10 per day, but generally don’t allow
in-and-out privileges.

Marta
All four hotels are convenient
to MARTA’s Peachtree Center
station. The Hyatt, Marriott,
and Hilton can be reached
from the station via indoor
walkways. MARTA has direct
train service from Hartsfield
Airport’s terminals with no
transfers, with an approximate
travel-time of 30 minutes
from the airport to Peachtree
Center and our hotels. Fare is
$1.75.
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Dealers/Exhibitors Lists

With over 80,000 square feet of selling space, Dragon*Con hosts the largest Dealers/Exhibitors
Halls in the world! Merchandise runs the gamut of products, from weapons to games, comic
books and art to costumes, and videos to jewelry. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s here!
(Current as of June 10, 2009).
Exhibitors ** Ms. Martha’s Corset ** Fool Moon Treasures,
Marriott Marquis, Imperial Shoppe Inc.
Ballroom (Hall 1) ** Museum Replicas, Ltd. ** George Perez
** A Wrinkle in Time ** Onyx Hollow ** Heroes & Dragons
** Adventure Retail ** Pegasus Publishing ** Holistic Design
** Artemis Leather ** Pendragon Costumes ** Honeck Sculpture
** Austin Browncoats ** Quantum Mechanix, ** Intergalactic Trading
** Big City Comics Inc. Co.
** Blade Replica ** Rebel Base Comics & ** James Hill Gallery
** Blind Ferret Toys ** Kerlak Publishing
Entertainment ** RT Originals ** Kif ’s
** Campaign Coins ** Saracura ** King Roach Enterprises
** Catalyst Games ** Scarlett’s Corset ** Larry Smith, Bookseller
** The Contact Lens ** Shadows on the Wall ** Lightspeed Fine Art
Company ** The Shoe Guy ** Linsner.Com
** Edgework Imports, Inc. ** Solomon’s Mine ** Magical Fashions
** Ellen Million Graphics ** Southeastern ** Mainframe T-Shirts
** Georgia Fantasy Browncoats ** Maxx Empire LLC
Authors ** Starbase Atlanta ** Meana Styles
** Greyson Wolf, Inc. ** TalesOf Wonder.Com ** Miniature Building
** House of Anime ** Utilikilts Authority
** K and J Non-Sports ** Wendy Ellertson Studio ** The Missing Volume
Cards ** World in Chains ** More than Publicity
** Meow-Comics ** Mythril Merchants
** Mighty Barnacle Marriott Marquis, Marquis ** Needleplay Design
Ballroom (Hall 2) ** Pegasus Publishing
** A Wrinkle in Time ** Reel Art
** Applehead Factory, Inc. ** SellingOutForFun
** Bead-azzled AndProfit.Com
** Bruteforce Leather ** Sparkle!
** Bud K Worldwide ** StylinOnline.Com
** Capt. Comics ** Titan Games
** Chessex Manufacturing ** Tom Durham Studios
** Corsets by Casta Diva ** Troll & Toad
** Dark Horse Comics ** Troma Entertainment
** Earth Wisdom ** Unique Unicorns
** Elmore Productions ** Voodoo Baby
DC08 Exhibit Hall
** Faery Life

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Dealers ** The Fantasy Art of Ash ** Queen’s Domain LLC
Marriott Marquis, Evans LLC ** Rak Graphics
International Hall ** Fashions by Figment ** Ravenwing Wearable
** Ambient Arts ** Firefly Cargo Bay Art
** Anime Palace ** Gamer Concepts ** Reel Imports
** Anime Remix ** Global International ** Rick Dakan
** Aradani Studios Trading ** Rowena
** Arsenal Models ** Godsavethequeen ** Ruth Thompsons
Fashions Tarnished Images
** Badali Jewelry
Specialties ** Greentea Design Inc. ** Sci-Fi Genre Comics &
** Bast’s Garden ** The Griffin Works Games
** Bill Stout ** Hair Candies by Xyn ** Sea Salt Creations
** Binarysoul Designs ** Heroes & Dragons ** Sigh Co. Graphics
** Brick by Brick Design ** Holy Cow Anime ** Spacial Anomaly
** Imperial Quartermaster Gallery
** Buzzy Multimedia
** J & J Enterprises ** Spiral Moon
** Chimera Publishing
** Jaxbooks ** Starbase Atlanta
** ClayGuy.Com
** Jerry Ohlingers Movie ** Stephanie Romano
** Cool Wick
Memorabilia ** Strike Zone
** The Contact Lens
Company ** Junior’s Comics and ** StylinOnline.Com
Cards ** Sundreams and Myths
** The Crafty Celts
** Kamo Kilt ** Titan Games & Comics
** Crazy Ed’s Comics
** Kit Rae Design Studio ** Triangle Cards
** Creativi-C Designs
** The Lovers Knot ** Troll & Toad
** Crimson Chain
Leatherworks ** Madd Hatter’s Treasure ** Twilight Creations
Chest ** Venusian Airship Pirate
** The Crossed Swords
** Marvelous Mayhem Trading Co
** Crystal & Fantasy
Creations ** Medical Visions ** Walkin’ Willie’s Comix
** Darkepoison Designs ** Midnight Syndicate ** Wee Bee Cards
Soundtracks ** Wes Tillander
** Darkside Ltd.
** Morlock Enterprises ** Wings by Uber Kio
** Discotek Media
** Mythix Studios, Inc. ** The Wizard’s Wagon
** The Dragon’s Keep
** Nancy’s Treasured Gifts ** Wolfhome Adventuring
** The Dragon’s Lair
** Nene Thomas Outfitters
** Dumpster Wear
Illustrations ** Wordfire, Inc.- Kevin J.
** Eclipse
** Odin’s Cosmic Anderson
** The Enchanted Fairy Bookshelf ** Yard Dog Press
** F.A.E. ** Offworld Designs ** Yuki Pearls/ Yuki
** Fandom ** OnTheRunVideo.Com Trading Co.

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Contests

Anime Music Videos


What is an Anime Music Video contest? An Anime Music Video contest is a place where anime
fans and video editors can use their imagination and talents to create spectacular blends of music
timed perfectly with animation sequences from their favorite anime. For full contest rules, visit
us at www.dragonconamv.com today!

Art Show Awards


The Art Show jury determines most of our awards but convention
attendees will vote on a portion of the art awards referred to as
the Special Awards which include: Best Alien, Best Amazon,
Best Dragon, Best Horror, Best Spaceship or Space Scene, Best
Warrior, and Most Humorous. Juried award categories will
include but are not limited to Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place, Best 2-D, Best 3-D, Best Photography and Best Mixed
Media. There are also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for student
entrees (if applicable). Art Awards will be presented on Saturday
of the convention. Votes cast by attending Artists determine the Art Show
Artist Choice Award winner.

Comic Book Quick Sketch


So, you think you can draw? Think you can draw quickly? The Comic Book Quick Sketch is
open to all con attendees. Check your program book or check in at the Contest Registration
table in front of Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt for more information about time and locale.
It is usually in the Learning Center of the Hyatt on Monday morning, but please verify in your
program book.
Winners will receive a plaque proclaiming them as the winner in their category and while the
contestants are doodling, drawing, lettering, and creating, our guest artist(s) will be doing the
same - and the original signed artwork becomes prizes for the winners!

Cosplay Contest
Short for “costume play”, Cosplay is a subculture centered on
dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video
games, Japanese pop music bands, and Visual Kei. Dragon*Con
loves cosplay! And to prove it, we’re putting together another
fantastic Cosplay Contest!
The Anime and Animation tracks are proud to bring back the
Cosplay Contest! The Cosplay Contest location and time will
be listed at the convention in the pocket program, and please be
sure to come by Pre-Judging if you wish to enter the contest! Pre-
Judging will be held in the Anime Programming room prior to
the contest: you’ll parade your costume in front of our panel of
Soul Eater Cosplay judges and they will rank the winners. Contestants are judged on
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get a chance to show off their handiwork at the Cosplay Contest on the stage! Contest forms will
be available on-site at Pre-Judging only.
Note: Dragon*Con hosts a plethora of costume contests. We ask that only costumers with
animation, Japanese anime, or video game costumes enter the cosplay contest.!

Dawn Look-Alike Contest


Grand Prize: $1,000 Prize
Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn is one of the hottest characters
in comics, so in 1998 we hosted the first-ever Dawn Look-Alike
Contest, with a $1,000 cash First Prize. If you’re a fan of beautiful
women, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. The contest is fully
authorized by Joseph (who’ll be on hand for the contest), and
Dawn’s publisher, Sirius Comics.
Great news for contestants: though Dawn is usually depicted
with red hair, she has occasionally appeared on various covers as
everything from blonde to brunette! Contestants will be judged
DC08 Dawn based on how well they capture the image and spirit of Dawn—
confident yet mysterious, and sexy without being sexist.

Dragon*Con after Dark


Our rapidly growing Dragon after Dark contest on Saturday, spotlights macabre and mature-
themed costumes. We see them in the hallways and at the bar, but this provides a chance to
display them in a venue that does not compete with the noise or interruptions of the typical
social setting! Once they are finalized, contest rules and entry forms will be available at www.
dragoncon.org, so check back soon if you want to participate!

Friday Night Costuming Contest


This costume contest focuses solely on Costuming and will be
held Friday night. Judges will be looking at the costume itself,
the workmanship, design, and inspiration. This will be open
to groups and individuals, experts and novices, and costumes
from mainstream or self-creative. Although there will be one
“celebrity” judge, the panel will mostly be people with extreme
costume backgrounds.

Hallway Costume Contest


Contest staff will be roaming the halls of all venues with digital DC08 FNCC
cameras, taking pictures of those folks who are too shy to get up
on stage in the Masquerade, but who have great costumes. We will also take pictures at the
Contest Registration table in front of the Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt. You may purchase
a copy of your official entry picture for $10–with the proceeds going to the Dragon*Con charity
of the year.

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Masquerade Costume Contest
In the grand tradition of convention costuming, dating back nearly five decades in SF fandom,
Dragon*Con is proud to present the largest Masquerade Costume Contest in the Southeast and
one of the largest in the world!
The Dragon*Con 2009 Masquerade Costume Contest will be held in the Hyatt Centennial
Ballroom. Registration for the Masquerade will be available during the con at the Contest
Registration Desk located outside the Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt. Registration will be
open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 3:00
PM. There is no pre-registration, simply drop by the Contest Registration Desk during the con
and register.
NOTE: New time limits for contestant performance–individuals
are limited to 90 seconds (a minute and a half ) and groups
to three minutes. New in 2009: your CD will be retained by
the Masquerade staff after the track is approved at contest
registration.

Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant


The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant has been recognized by
America Online as one of the “Top 11 Offbeat Beauty Pageants
across America”, featured in Discover, Spin, and Shock magazines,
and seen on FoxNews.com and HowStuffWorks.com! The Eleventh
Annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant is open to any DC08 Masquerade
qualified attending female member of the 2009 convention who
is at least 21 years of age, except for members and relatives of the
TrekTrak Staff, TrekTrak Programming Committee and/or Dragon*Con General Staff, and who
agrees to abide by the rules of the contest as posted on the TrekTrak web site, now and in the
future. There is NO registration fee, nor any additional cost to participate. Membership in
or affiliation with any Klingon-oriented organization (i.e., KAG, KLAW, etc.) is not required.
For more information about the MKE Beauty Pageant, including rules and prizes, to see
video clips from previous pageants and to register as a contestant, please visit www.trektrak.
com/2009/09pageant.htm.

Mr. Star Wars Fanboy Pageant


We’re out to find the ultimate fanboy. No, this isn’t a trap. It’s
an improv, think on your feet, and try to be funny, show us your
swagger, and get bonus points for your Star Wars knowledge and
use of quotes kind of contest to find the greatest fanboy in the
entire universe. Think you’ve got what it takes to be Mr. Star Wars
Fanboy in 2009...come by, but come prepared!

Star Wars Costume Contest


Think you’re a dead ringer for Han Solo? Got a killer General
Grievous getup? Can’t decide if Princess Leia or Padme Amidala
DC08 Star Wars
had a better wardrobe? Dedicated to all things Star Wars, our
Costume Contest
annual Star Wars Costume Contest is open to all!

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Robot BattlesTM
Robot BattlesTM is the second-oldest robotic combat competition in the world, and is a
direct descendant of the oldest-the Critter Crunch. We don’t have a TV show, we don’t have
supermodels, and we don’t have huge cash prizes. What we do have is a radio disc jockey with
very poor taste in costumes, the most involved audiences in the country, the most imaginative
builders around, and the most unique stage hazards in the sport, ranging from rubber snakes to
stuffed animals to soft spongy rubber ducks.
For the nineteenth year in a row, Robot BattlesTM will be returning to Atlanta for the largest
competition of the year. This is the one robotic event you do NOT want to miss!
For more detailed information, including the complete list of rules, please visit their website at
www.robotbattles.com.

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Convention Events

8th Annual Dragon*Con Parade


You know Dragon*Con is in full swing when downtown Atlanta is officially invaded by aliens,
princesses, wizards, and warriors! Our annual parade signals loud and clear we have laid claim to
the city. In 2008, over 2000 costumed Dragon*Con members and their themed vehicles took
over Peachtree Street on Saturday morning, amazing and delighting thousands of onlookers.
This year’s parade promises to be bigger and better yet!
Interested? Parade participation is open to all Dragon*Con
members and signing up to march is quick and easy. To find out
more, contact us at dc_parade@dragoncon.org or join our Yahoo
group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dc_parade/.

Art Show & Print Shop


At the convention we will have over 150 artists and 5,000 pieces
of original art and prints. Our Show includes the Artist Bazaar
(where you will find 50+ attending Artists who will be selling and
may even personalize many art items for you), the Art Gallery
(where we have both 2D and 3D original artwork priced for all
budgets), the Art-on-Demand section (which allows you to have
art the way you want it), the Doll section (which has unique, one Art Show
of a kind dolls), and the Print Shop (where we have prints priced
for all budgets).
We are planning many exciting events for the 2009 Dragon*Con Art Show including the annual
Iron Artist competition, a large canvas on which all the attending Artists can draw or paint (which
will be sold at the Art Show voice auction), live music, demonstrations, and other wonderful
events. We will be hosting our annual Artists’ Reception on Friday night of the convention.
There will also be booths for local colleges with Art programs.

Autograph Sessions
Each year, Dragon*Con assembles many of its willing guests for scheduled autographs (signings)
in one area. Not every guest is willing—or able—to sign items, but
we do inquire as to each guest’s willingness to do so.
Some guests-usually screen stars-charge for autographs, but
autographs staged in our Autograph Area are always free.
Limitations on number and type of items may be made,
generally at the request of the signer, and sometimes due to time
considerations.
Autographs will be handled on a first-come, first-signed basis. We
will promote equal access for handicapped persons but this does
not exclude them from the first-come, first-served rule; as with
other convention attendees they will get their autograph in order
of their arrival.
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Blood Drive
Robert A. Heinlein, the man who started the tradition of science fiction convention blood drives
at MidAmericon back in 1976, believed very strongly in blood donation and in giving to the
community in general, in his words, “paying it forward.” In addition to a lifetime of writing, this
is part of the marvelous legacy he left us.
The success of this drive is a reflection of the wonderful generosity
of the Dragon*Con community and a fitting tribute to the man
who gave so much of himself to his sci-fi family.
Our goal for this year’s drive is 1200 units! Please help us to
continue Robert Heinlein’s legacy.

Charity Auction
Imagine visiting your mother on Christmas day and her not
knowing who you are. How about watching your grandfather,
who was once a master violinist, just sit and stare at his violin
unable to even figure out what it is. Or an uncle, who holds 3
electronic patents, lying in bed in a fetal position unaware of the
501st Group world around him. For millions of Americans, they don’t have to
imagine it... it’s real life.
Dragon*Con is proud to announce that this year’s charity auction will benefit the Georgia
Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal
brain disease. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s
destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to
affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Today
it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
For more information on this devastating disease please visit http://www.alz.org/georgia/. If
you would like to donate to this year’s auction, please contact John Tackett at charityevents@
dragoncon.org.

Comic Artists Reception


Mark your calendars for the Dragon*Con
Comics and Pop Art Reception, taking
place Friday evening, September 4,
beginning at 8:30 PM in the Regency
Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency.
Celebrating an exciting and diverse array
of talented creators at Dagon*Con, this
annual event features live art, creator
signings and sketches, music, and mingling
- making it the perfect opportunity to kick
off your convention experience! DC08 Comic Artists Reception

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Attendees to this year’s reception will enjoy Dunny*Fest—a
Toy Release Celebration with eight amazing Dunny designers!
Presented by Kidrobot and Dragon*Con, this special signing
event will feature appearances by many of today’s favorite vinyl
artists, and an exclusive advance release of Dunny Series 2009.
In addition, this event will mark the debut of the Dragon*Con
exclusive Mechtorians Stephan LePodd art toy, designed for
Dragon*Con attendees by Doktor A. (making his first US
appearance) and produced by MINDstyle. Limited to only 100
pieces, this figure is sure to sell out quickly!
Running simultaneously will be the Dragon*Con Comics Sketch
Jam, to benefit Hero Initiative. Many of the industry’s top DC08 Cabaret
illustrators will be on hand to sketch for fans and raise funds and
awareness for this vital organization.

Dragon*Con Caberet
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the 2nd Annual Dragon*Con Cabaret. Come see the
elaborate costumes and fun, eye-winking humor and class reminiscent of the late 1800’s through
the mid 1940’s in this vintage type show. Big City Burlesque and Vaudeville will headline, along
with featured performers Stormy Knight, Scarlett Letter, and many more!
There are still guest performer spots open! Contact Audrey Starphoenix at stormyknight42@
gmail.com for more information and to apply.

Dragon*Con Invades the


Georgia Aquarium
On the evening of September 5, 2009, the
Georgia Aquarium is prepared to welcome all
Dragon*Con attendees. Fans can purchase
their tickets in advance online at www.
georgiaaquarium.org/dragoncon for a very
exclusive price of $17.00 each. This special
Georgia Aquarium Shark Exhibit “after-hours” evening is a unique experience.
Video highlights of previous Dragon*Con
events will be projected in the atrium. Food court and cash bars with signature Dragon*Con
themed cocktails will be available as well. This event is expected to sell out so grab your
costumes and get your tickets and experience a night with our “creatures”.

The Goon 10th Anniversary Inbred Hillbilly Hoedown


Help celebrate a decade of Eric Powell’s award-winning comic book masterpiece at The Goon 10th
Anniversary Inbred Hillbilly Hoedown.
Featuring music, contests, prizes and more, this is sure to be some foot-stompin’, shine-swillin’,
knife-to-the-eye fun (no real eyes will be harmed before, during or after this event). Keep
checking the Dragon*Con website for further details!

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Guest of Honor Banquet
Join many of Dragon*Con’s Guests of Honor for an evening of fine food and entertainment.
Banquet tickets may be reserved through our office. Please note that seating is limited and tickets
will be available at the convention only while they last.
The 2009 Dragon*Con Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 7:00
PM in the Regency VI-VII Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets are $50.00 and may
be purchased by calling the Dragon*Con office, mailing in the registration form, or ordering
online through our store.

23rd Independent Film Festival


The Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival is a four day event of film screenings and panels,
with directors, producers, writers, actors, SFX and makeup artists all sharing their expertise. The
Festival competition is for short films (under 60 minutes). A few
independent features will be shown (out of competition) in the
evenings.
We focus each year on showcasing the finest independent short
films of the fantastic. We welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and
Horror films, but any film of the imagination that steps out of
the slice-of-life category. This includes Mysteries, Thrillers,
Film Noirs, Comedies, GBLT, Slip Stream/Magical Realism,
Surrealistic films, and most dramas, just to name a few, as well as
short animated films of all types. We take narrative shorts as well
as documentaries. Films are screening in themed blocks which
have included cyberpunk, gay lifestyle, and Asian-influenced in
DC08 Julie Award the past. Films will be judged in specific categories, and awards
will be presented on Monday at 1:00 PM.

Late-Night Entertainment
We’ll again offer late-night DJ’d dances Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, beginning after
the last concert’s over in the ballroom and lasting until dawn, so you vampires can dance until
the sun comes up!
Traditional Sci-Fi convention filk-singing will take
place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings,
late-night. Filking will begin at midnight and will
also continue to the light of day.
For the last few years, we’ve also had an impromptu
drum-circle form up for several hours. In 2000 the
drum-circle was made a formal part of the schedule
for Friday through Sunday night. This tradition
will continue in 2009, so bring your doumbek
or djembe (or your congas or your violin or your
flute...) if you’ve got one.

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Nuts on the Road: Gonzo Sound & Vision
The rumors are true. The wackos who brought you the Gonzo Film Fest have returned. Again.
Needcoffee.com and QuickStopEntertainment.com have been working overtime in their lab to
bring about the next step in Gonzo evolution—the result? Music, mayhem, along with the
usual audiovisual assault on your peace of mind. Surprises, prizes and more. It’s all Saturday
night just at Dragon*Con.

Reading Sessions
Offering readings by authors from their own works (and usually
some discussion with the audience afterward), our past readers
have included T.W. Miller, Janny Wurtz, Kevin J. Anderson, Jana
Oliver, Karen McCollough, Tracy Hickman, Laura Curtis, and
Caitlin Kiernan. Check the website closer to the convention for
the latest on who will be reading for you this year!

Video & Film Rooms


Dragon*Con will feature two video rooms: one devoted to
mainstream movies and the Video Festival, and the other for DC08 Wrestling
Japanese Animation.
** Main Video
The Main Video Room shows some of the latest movies you might have seen, and
some you might never have known existed.
** Anime Video
Dragon*Con’s Anime video room shows the latest animated titles from Japan, and
some classics you might have overlooked, available subtitled or dubbed in English.

Walk of Fame
This year, the Walk of Fame will be moving to the
fabulous Hilton Atlanta hotel in the Grand Ballroom!
Our Walk of Fame houses some of the biggest names in
multi-media today. In the past we have had such guests as
Mythbusters, the Ghost Hunters, George Romero, Lou
Gossett, Jr., James and Oliver Phelps, Vic Mignona, and
Tippi Hedren! Check the Dragon*Con website (www.
dragoncon.org) closer to the show for a complete floor plan
of the 2009 Walk of Fame!

Wrestling
Back for 2009, DCW is in the HOUSE! Yes, it’s true, we
did bring the house down last year, well at least parts of
the walls, and if you missed the show last year, you missed
a wrestling show that was as good as any Pay Per View
that’s been on. Back this year will be wrestlers from TNA,
DC08 Wrestling NWA Aranchy, and from Triple X-Treme wrestling. You
don’t want to miss this year’s show, that’s for sure!

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Writer’s Workshops
Dragon*Con is proud to bring even more Writer’s Workshops to the 2009 convention!
** Basic Writers Workshop
C. Crispin will again be offering her Basic Writers Workshop on September 3-4, 2009.
Ms. Crispin’s Basic course provides a full overview of the science fiction and fantasy
genre. It gives students insight and information on how to market their fiction in
today’s competitive publishing environment. The Basic course also includes, at no
extra charge, a personalized manuscript critique by Ms. Crispin.
This course will run for two full days at Dragon*Con, on Thursday (one day before the
con “officially” begins) and Friday, September 3-4, 2009. Submission of a manuscript
for review by Ms. Crispin is desirable, but not required.
Ms. Crispin will not be offering the Advanced Writers Workshop in 2009, but will
instead offer a FREE mini-workshop on “How to Get a Real Literary Agent.”
For more information on the Basic Writers Workshop, including FAQ and syllabus,
and her free mini-workshop, visit the web at http://dragoncon.org/writers_workshop.
php.
** Writer’s Hourly Workshop
New York Times Bestselling authors Aaron Allston and Michael A. Stackpole combine
their talents to provide a dozen hour-long seminars on writing which will help you
turn your dreams of being published into reality. With over fifty years of publishing
experience between them, and hundreds of publications from bestselling novels to
short stories, graphic novels and gaming material, Stackpole and Allston have build
long careers through strong storytelling techniques and secrets they will share with
you. The seminars cover everything from the very basics and writing in a franchise
universe, up through plotting and characterization, and even cover presenting your
manuscript and strategies for success in the age of digital publishing. Why hope for
success when you can learn from working writers and guarantee it?
The cost for the Hourly Workshop is $8 per seminar (in advance) or $80 for all 12
seminars (in advance). Contact the Dragon*Con Office if you wish to pay in advance:
(770) 909-0115. The cost at the door is $10 per seminar or $100 for all 12.
For more information on the Writer’s Hourly Workshop, including seminar
breakdowns, visit the web at http://dragoncon.org/writers_hourly_workshop.php.

DC08 Parade

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Convention Services

Child Care
Dragon*Con will sponsor Child Care Services during our normal Dealers Room hours:
Friday: 1:00 PM–7:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Child Care Services are provided by Discovery Point, at no
additional charge for kids potty trained-7 years, if they’ve been
registered at the normal adult rate. Child Care Services are
available on a first come, first serve basis with a limited number
of spaces available.
To use this service, simply register your child with the convention
at normal convention rates (a bargain, for up to 30 hours of
supervised care). Either pre-register your child through this web
Orc Child site or at the convention; sitters will not collect any rate “by the
hour” during scheduled hours.
We will be serving a mid-morning and afternoon snack, but you must pick up your child for
his/her mid-day meal. Anyone leaving a child in Dragon*Con child care is required to have a
working cell phone on them at all times.

Disability Services
Dragon*Con supports equal-access and provides on-site assistance for anyone who has a disability.
Please be sure to stop by the Disability Services table inside Registration at the Sheraton Atlanta
if you need any assistance.
We can offer a variety of services to help you enjoy your Dragon*Con
experience, including:
** Sign Language interpreters are available for events
upon request.
** Audio description for events are available upon
request.
** We will have the Con schedule in large print available
(to be read at our table.) Braille may be available only if
requested two weeks or more before the Con.
** People who need assistance at the convention should
contact Disability Services in advance. We strongly
suggest that if an individual has difficulty walking long DC08 Registration Area
distances that they consider renting an electric scooter.
Scooter and Wheelchair rentals are available by contacting
ScootAround Inc. toll-free at 1-888-441-7575, by email at info@scootaround.com, through their
website at www.scootaround.com or by fax at (204) 478-1172. Please contact them early.

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Fan/Band Concourse Tables
This year, our fan tables and freebie tables will be located in two different hotels, the Hyatt
Regency (outside the Grand Hall) and the Sheraton. Tables for Performers and Bands will
now be relocated to the Marriott Marquis’s Convention Level.
The acoustic/ambient music stage remains in its traditional location, outside the Hyatt’s
Centennial Ballroom and one floor below the lobby.
** The Hyatt Concourse
The area in the Hyatt known as “The Concourse” now consists of the two floors
below the hotel’s lobby, through which most traffic to the ballrooms and panel
rooms must pass. Quite a few things will be located on these two floors:
** Convention Information Kiosk
** Contest Registration Desk (for Costume Contest, Hall Costume
Contest, and other contests)
** Parade Registration (until Friday evening)
** Concourse Performance Area, for acoustic and electronic performers...
basically, anyone without a full drum-kit
** Fan tables (lower level outside Grand Hall)
** The Marriott Concourse Area
The Marriott Marquis’ capacious, newly-renovated Ballroom Level pre-function
area will host all of our band tables and performers’ tables. This hotel has high
visibility and traffic flow due to the Marriott’s famed 47-story open atrium lobby,
and is also home to Dragon*Con’s two Exhibit Halls and the Dealers Room,
making it the mercantile capital of the con.
** The Hilton Concourse Area
There will be a limited number of select skeptics tables available at the Hilton.
** The Sheraton Atlanta Area
Brand new in 2009 the Sheraton Atlanta will now house several of our fan
tables.

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Pirates of the Carribean Costumes - DC08 Parade

Hospitality Suite/ConSuite
“Consuites” are a tradition of sci-fi and fantasy conventions throughout the United States. We’ll
provide a lounge stocked with all sorts of complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and munchies for
all attendees to enjoy when feeling a bit hungry. We have planned a Consuite with plenty of
snacks that will be open twenty-four hours a day throughout the convention (with a few breaks
for cleaning purposes).

Information Desk
The Information Desk is your one-stop center for getting all your questions answered. We will
have an information booth located in each of the four host hotels. Their exact location will be
available on the mini maps provided in the Pocket Program at the show. The staff will be able
to help you find where everything is located and just about any other question or request you
may have. And if they don’t know the answer, they’ll send you directly to the person who does
or contact them by radio.

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2009 Tournament Gaming

Introduction
For the 2009 convention, gaming remains in the Atlanta Hilton. Full details with maps will be
available in the Pocket Program detailing where each section of gaming will reside.
The Way Things Work-How to Survive the Gaming Experience at Dragon*Con
Here are a few words that will hopefully give the prospective
gamer a useful overview of how gaming is run at Dragon*Con. It
should prove to answer some of the obvious questions and help
both the new and veteran convention gamer as you plan your
adventure with us.
Please check our website, www.dragoncon.org, and select the
Gaming link for information about pre-registration. The event
tickets you buy via the website will be available at Gaming
Registration which will be open Thursday evening and at 8:00
AM every morning of the convention.
In order to play in most events you will need an event ticket. Most
event tickets cost $3.00, but there are some free demonstration Gaming Registration
games and a few are more expensive. CCG “sealed deck” and
“booster draft” events can cost considerably more but you are also
buying product in whatever game you are playing. You can also purchase generic tickets that are
usable at any event. If an event is sold out you can show up for that event with a generic ticket and
if anyone with a “real” ticket for that event does not show up you will be able to step in. This is
particularly true for the larger events where there is more of a chance of a no show or cancellation.
People often ask why Dragon*Con charges for tickets, and there are two major reasons. The first
is to fund prizes for the events. We award “Dealer Coins” to the winners of events that can be
used as money in the Exhibition Hall in the Marriott. For some of the major events we have
plaques and awards made. The second reason is to insure attendance of events. We’ve learned
that players are much more likely to show up for a game if they’ve already spent $3.00 on a
ticket. When we tried not charging for events and signed up players on registration sheets in
the past. However, many players signed up for everything they were remotely interested in and
then only played the events they were most interested when the time came. This was unfair to
fellow gamers and judges who would never know if all the names on a given registration sheet
would show up.
Dragon*Con uses four hour sessions in an effort to maximize the number of games each player can
experience during the convention. The four-day period is divided into 14 gaming sessions as follows:

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Time


Session 1 Session 5 Session 9 Session 13 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Session 2 Session 6 Session 10 Session 14 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
Session 3 Session 7 Session 11 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
Session 4 Session 8 Session 12 10:00 PM–2:00 AM

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Ideally tournament judges will manage their time so that each game is finished with fifteen
minutes left in the session allowing everyone time to get to the next game. Large tournaments in
some of the gaming areas do not follow this patter, and some games run over one and a half or
two sessions which is usually noted in the description area for that event. When you are looking
at events in the listings, you will see that events are typically referred to by their session numbers
and not the day or time.

DC08 Game Table

NSDMG returns!
The fine folks at the NSDMG will return to the convention this year. They will be running
different formats of their games and doing some great presentations. Full details can be found at
http://www.nsdmg.org.

Board Games
We will be offering our $5 play all con badge. You can participate in most of the events in the
board gaming area for just a single purchase.
** Open Gaming
There will be dedicated open gaming space this year.
Whether it is a game you just purchased or an old
favorite that you can’t get any one at home to play,
bring it to open gaming and you are sure to find fun
and challenging opposition.
** Settler’s of Catan
The Catan tournament at Dragon has grown into
a whole con affair. Can you take home the coveted
Dragon*Con Plaque?
Game Setup
** And Many More...

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New games are being added all the time. Please check the gaming website for schedule updates.
I look forward to seeing you at the show.
Board Gaming FAQ
1. What is Board Gaming? At Dragon*Con board gaming is a catch all section
including traditional box games as well as non-collectible card games.
2. Does this include games like Monopoly and Clue? Mostly our focus is on old
school wargames and the newer German-style games, as these tend to be what our
fan base wants to play, but we are open to all types of games providing we can find
good, knowledgeable judges.
3. So these games are complex with lots of rules?
Complexity varies from tactical games like Star
Fleet Battles (whose rules take up a 4” binder and
turns take well over a hour each) to simple card
games like Flux (the only rule, “draw one, play one”
and usually lasting no more than fifteen minutes
a game)
4. Do I need to know how to play before I can join
in the fun? No, the judges at Dragon*Con are
specifically chosen for their instructional abilities
and would be happy to teach you as much of
the rules as you need to play in any of the non-
Card Game
tournament games we offer. For tournaments, we
do recommend a degree of game knowledge as this
allows all participants to have a fun game experience.
5. Tournaments? So are there prizes? Most of our tournaments offer prizes ranging
from copies of the games to framed certificates to show off to your friends
6. Sounds fun, where do I sign up? Once the gaming registration site is up, you
will be able to purchase the $5 board gaming ribbon as well as tickets for limited
seating tournaments.
7. I am interested in judging _____ . Contact us at dragoncon@dragoncon.org listing
the game you wish to run and we will get back in contact with you to discuss.

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CCG (Collectible Card Games)
Below is an abbreviated list of events being held at the convention. Please keep an eye on the
Gaming Registration website linked via the main Dragon*Con website for full details for our
offered events and tournaments.
** Magic: The Gathering
** World of Warcraft
** Star Wars National Championship
** Yu-Gi-Oh
** UFS
** Warlord
** Vs
** Anachronism
** City of Heroes
** Vampire: The Eternal Struggle

Digital Gaming
Tournaments:
We will be following the rest of gaming from a shift
perspective:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9:00 AM,
1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 10:00 PM
Monday: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM
We will be running a 24 hour operation with the
hours of 5:00 AM–8:00 AM reserved for necessary
maintenance and downtime.
The following preliminary tournament list will be
used:
1. Call of Duty 4–NEW!
2. Unreal Tournament 3–NEW!
3. Counterstrike: Source
4. America’s Army–NEW!
5. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars–NEW!
6. Team Fortress 2–NEW!
Halo Costume
7. Half Life 2: Deathmatch
8. Company of Heroes–NEW!
9. Warcraft3: Defenders of the Ancients–NEW!
10. Left 4 Dead–NEW!
In addition, we will feature a console gaming section this year.

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Gaming Panel Programming
This year Dragon*Con will host more than twenty panels on all facets of gaming. There will be a
number of panels on LARPs, table top role-playing games, board games and computer gaming.
There will be scholarly presentations as well presentations from game companies and gamers
themselves designed to entertain you, inform you, introduce you to new games, and enhance
your gaming experience. Check out the Pocket Program guide when you arrive at the convention
or join us at the Hilton during the convention for more details.

Live Action Role-Playing Games (LARPs)


Live Action Role-Playing Games (LARPs) at Dragon*Con 2009 builds on several consecutive,
highly-successful conventions that set new standards for Live Action Role-Playing at Dragon*Con.
We continue responding to the input of our attendees by focusing
on genres for which there is a strong demand and on production
companies that produce the highest quality experience for our
attendees.
LARP gaming remains in the Hilton. Because of ongoing
construction at various hotels throughout the convention, space
assignments have not yet been finalized for the LARP division.
Necessarily, the number and types of games run will depend on
the space we have to host those games; consequently we are still
in the process of finalizing the games that will be approved. The
LARP division is also excited that the long anticipated “cat walk”
running between the Hilton and the Marriott Marquis has finally
been completed and attendees no longer have to try crossing Gamers
Courtland Street!
As for the games themselves, we anticipate the return of many fan-favorites including Dark
ConFrontation, Nightfall’s World of Darkness, and North Georgia Games’ Chaotic Fluidity.
Nightfall will also be running a one-shot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer LARP. The Camarilla returns
for another sanctioned two-night Requiem and three different, single-session, daytime games. All
of those LARPs are above and beyond the host of new LARPs that are under consideration.
As always, space permitting, we expect to have several
“display-only” tables for those LARP games that run
continually throughout the year. So, if you want to “live
the part” or if you just want to find some information
on what exactly Live-Action gaming is, join the LARP
division for a fun-filled weekend of gaming.
All events and scheduling are tentative until scenario
production and staff scheduling are complete.
Dragon*Con reserves the right to modify the availability
and/or times of the games being run.
NOTE: As of press time, the LARP division is still accepting
applications to run LARP games at Dragon*Con. If you
would like more information on running a LARP, or for
general information on LARPs, please contact the LARP
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Miniatures
Miniatures gaming at Dragon*Con should have something for everyone. You’ll find many
of the most popular titles and genres, from large scale battles to squad level skirmishes, from
historical simulations to fantastic clashes between monsters and mages. For those of you looking
for something new, don’t despair, we’ll also have a variety of unusual and interesting games being
demonstrated. The WizKids envoys will be back, along with many other favorites from years
past, and new things to try, so be sure to check the Dragon*Con web page for the latest offerings
and news!

Campaign Gaming
Campaign Gaming at Dragon*Con 2009 will continue
with the bonanza of offerings started last year, and adding
to that in order to provide something for everyone. This
year, Campaign Gaming will be offering six campaigns,
ranging from standard D&D to d20 modern/future to
non-d20 based systems.
Living Forgotten Realms, WotC’s newest shared world
campaign has become the largest RPGA shared world
campaign to date. With a wide variety of events being
Miniatures offered all over the world, attendees can be assured of a
wide variety of LFR events from which to choose.
Witch Hunter: Dark Providence will make it’s third appearance at Dragon*Con, after a very
successful debut and an even more successful 2nd year. Witch Hunter: Dark Providence is based
on the latest Paradigm Concepts campaign system, set in a gothic horror version of 1600’s
Earth.
Fellowship of the White Star will also be making a third appearance at Dragon*Con. This
campaign is set in 1910’s Earth, with a similar gothic feel, based on a variation of the d20 game
system.
Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor will be making a return to Dragon*Con, only this year it will be
included under the purview of Campaign Gaming. We are expecting an even bigger and better
offering from DAB than in year’s past, and that’s saying a lot. As usual, we will have a premiere
event or 2, along with an extensive list of previously released events with a judge staff able to run
any and all the events as necessary to accommodate each and
every player.
Making it’s triumphant return is AEG’s flagship campaign,
Heroes of Rokugan, based on the incredibly popular Legend
of the Five Rings game system. We hope to have at least one
premiere event this year, along with a couple of rerun events.
Also returning for a second year, and looking to be even bigger
and better than ever is Paizo’s flagship campaign system,
Pathfinder Society. This year marks the release of Paizo’s own
rulebook, based on the D&D 3.5 OGL, with some slight
enhancements and modifications. Last year, every available
slot sold out, and we’re looking to have even more events and
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Roleplaying
Dragon*Con will be offering a wide selection of Role Playing Games from a variety of game
systems including new systems run by their developers. A sample of systems we have so far:
Stargate, D20 modern, Savage Worlds, Serenity, World of Warcraft and D&D. The Cheese
Grinder returns. This year they are shaking things up, changing the format and bringing a new
challenge for the players, Team Cheese!

Online Gaming (MMORPGS)


For 2009 and beyond we have split Online Gaming to its very own track. The Online Gaming
panels and parties will be held at the Sheraton this year.
We will feature panels and presentations for Age of Conan, City of Heroes, EQ, EQ2, EVE,
Global Agenda, Guild Wars, DC Universe Online, Second Life, Star Wars: The Old Republic,
The Agency, oh and World of Warcraft.
Complete and up to date information can be accessed at http://www.dc-mmo.org.

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DRAGON*CON 2009 REGISTRATION FORM
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purchased in advance at one time, in one envelope.
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you may phone us at (770) 909-0115 or e-mail us at dragoncon@dragoncon.org.
I agree to be completely responsible for any and all damage I cause to Hotel or Convention property. I further
understand that violation of Convention rules will result in the loss of my Convention badge and forfeiture
of my Convention membership.
I understand that access to all Convention functions requires a Convention badge worn in plain sight, and
that there are no replacements for missing or lost badges.

Signature: _________________________________________________________________________
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