August 30th - September 3rd, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia

Convention Stats:
Location: Peachtree Center
Event Year: Thirty-Second
Reported Attendance: 80,000
Theme: N/A
Sketch's Costumes Worn:
Fox Mulder, The X-Files
Rick Castle, Castle
Mal Reynolds, Firefly
Han Solo, Star Wars
Shiro, Voltron
Shiva's Costumes Worn:
Dana Scully, The X-Files
Emerald Empress, Legion
Inara Serra, Firefly
Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars
Princess Reina, Final Fantasy V
Rei Hino, Sailor Moon
Our Events:
A Night at the Georgia Aquarium
Convention Photos:

Photo Credits:
Dragon*Con 2018 drew over 80,000 fans to Atlanta, Georgia over Labor Day Weekend for a five-day long celebration of pop culture. Featured guests this year included Peter Capaldi, the twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who, who thrilled fans throughout the weekend by openly socializing among the crowds. Also headlining the weekend was the original cast of Sesame Street, led by the legendary Carol Spinney (Big Bird), and also featuring Emilio Delgado (Luis), Bob McGrath (Bob), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon) who delighted several generations of Dragon*Con attendees with their easy banter. When asked why Oscar the Grouch lives in a trashcan, the 84-year old Spinney quipped, "the rent is cheaper." Other celebrities drawing large crowds were Felicia Day, Gina Torres from Firefly, Jennifer Morrison from Once Upon A Time, and the casts of Smallville and Star Trek: Discovery. Popular gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams even stopped by on Saturday to mingle with guests and attendees alike. Events included the annual Night at the Georgia Aquarium and the Saturday morning Dragon*Con Parade, as well as a performance by the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra and the second annual Dragon*Con Splendid Teapot Race. For the second year in a row, the Cult of the Marriott Carpet held an unofficial memorial in which attendees brought pieces they had collected of the famous rug and made a small shrine around a strip of it which still exists along the edge of a staircase in the Marriott. Dragon*Con also hosted its annual blood drive for the Red Cross and over the course of the weekend attendees raised $85,000 for this year's charity, Literary Action, Inc. which provides literacy, work, and life skill education to under-served adults across the Atlanta area.

Sketch and Shiva's Weekend Breakdown:
We'd sat out Dragon*Con 2017 since Shiva was eight months pregnant at the time, so we were both excited to return this year to one of our favorite cons. After saying our goodbyes to our 11-month old, we flew down to Atlanta Thursday afternoon. After settling in and picking up our badges, we met up with Sketch's sister and her family for a sushi dinner at Pacific Rim in Peachtree Center. Thursday night we changed into our Mulder and Scully costumes from The X-Files and headed out with Ellystar, Scarlet, and Majodere to wander the con; we all took photos on the outdoor staircases behind the Hilton and we had a blast reacting to all the alien cosplayers we encountered. Eventually we ended up at the "Hilton Park" atrium party, dancing to the awesome tunes being spun by the DJ and drinking frozés for the first time (frozen rosé wine) which were delicious!

Friday morning Shiva got into her Emerald Empress costume and Sketch got into Rick Castle and we went out to wander with Majodere in her My Hero Academia costume. We took some photos of everyone at the Hilton, and Shiva ran into a Brainiac 5 cosplayer from the Legion who was super excited to see an Emerald Empress and they took several pics together. There weren't any panels we were interested in attending that morning, so instead we re-familiarized ourselves with the convention's interconnected spaces and people watched for most of the day before grabbing dinner at Max Lager's.

Friday evening we chanted into our Firefly costumes and met up with the crew to check out the parties looking for which had the best music. Eventually we ended up at the Sheraton around 11PM; as we approached the entrance we noticed a small cluster of people near the door. At first we thought they were waiting to get into the party, but then we realized Peter Capaldi was just hanging out by the door taking selfies! As we jumped into the circle to chat with the twelfth doctor, Sketch's alcohol-infused brain finally caught up to the present moment. "Is that Peter fucking Capaldi?" he asked as we all cracked up. We all took selfies with him and shook his hand and he was the nicest, most laid back person ever. He had clearly ditched his handlers just to chill with people at the con, and later on in the weekend we heard all sorts of stories of him just popping up and hanging out. After chatting for a bit we moved on into the party, texting all of our friends who we'd just hung out with. The music inside the party was awesome, and we had a blast dancing until 2am. Such a fantastic night!

After our late night we took it easy Saturday morning, sleeping in and watching the Dragon*Con parade on TV. We got into our Han Solo and Leia costumes for a comfortable day wandering around the con, and checked out both the Walk of Fame and the Art Show at the Hyatt. After lunch we got in line for the AmericasMart and visited Mookie in the Artist's Alley and wandered the dealer's floors. That evening Shiva got into her Princess Lenna from Final Fantasy V to wear along with Ellystar as Faris, while Sketch cosplayed Shiro from Voltron along with Majodere as Keith. We met up with the rest of the crew for dinner at Pittypat's Porch. It was nice to try someplace new; the food was good but the service was slow and an error by the wait staff meant it took us forever to get out of there; by the time we left we were way more than fashionably late to the aquarium party which we had tickets to. We headed to the aquarium, and the music was great as usual, however the attendance was sparse. We weren't sure if it was just not that popular of an event this year or if the crowds had come and gone earlier in the evening, but we stayed until almost closing before catching a ride back on the free convention buses.

Sunday morning Shiva and Scarlet got into their Saikor Moon school uniforms and we took some photos before checking out the beautiful costuming art show at the Hilton and attending a 3-D printing panel which Sketch was especially interested in. We then headed over to the Marriott to try and get into one of the Sesame Street panels, but when asking a volunteer where the line started they told us it had already been clicked through and not to bother. We gave up, only to find out 20 minutes later the room as not full and Sketch's sister had walked in a few minutes after it started without issue That is hte last time we are taking anyone's word for it about the line; from now on we'll take our chances!