Dragon Con 2013 was an Amazing experience!
This year’s Dragon Con was another great time had by my two padawans and myself and everyone else who attended I would venture to say. We arrived on Saturday morning after driving all night from Orlando, Fl, with our first Dragon Con experience for 2013 being to find a spot on the parade route and watch the Amazing Cosplayers, floats, fan groups and celebrities drive by the crowded and spectator filled streets of Downtown Atlanta in order to show off how good they all look and celebrate together with the rest of fandom.
Let me tell you, the parade did not disappoint and I must admit that in all the years I have attended Dragon Con, this was my first parade and honestly, the crowds and heat were well worth it. My favorite parts of the parade were seeing an apocalyptic Mad Max vehicle complete with captured wasteland survivors strapped to the front, as well as watching my favorite Batmobile from the classic 60’s TV show drive by with Bat-tastic Cosplayers walking alongside!
The Spartan warriors from the 300 film facing down Xerxes were quite thrilling, as were all of the amazing and incredibly creative Cosplayers who walked the now famous parade route. They were also accompanied by some of our favorite celebrities such as Billie D. Williams who played Lando from in Star Wars and Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters, as well as others, who also drove in the parade waving to the fans and spectators.
My two padawans and myself then made our way into the belly of the Dragon Con beast in order to do one of our favorite things, walk around the various different hotels, find beautiful Cosplayers and take our pictures with them! We were not let down as there were Amazing costumes everywhere you looked, as Dragon Con is quite simply one of the best places on the planet if not in this sector of the Galaxy to see the best of the best Cosplay take place.
But this is by no means all Dragon Con has to offer as we spent hours in the various dealers rooms, artist alley, celebrity signing area, art show and also walked around to the various and abundant panels which Dragon Con has to offer. The panels are also among my favorite parts of Dragon Con because you get to see so many amazing guests live and right in front you, while getting to ask them questions and interact with them in a way that is almost not possible on the autograph lines because you are their captive audience for an hour.
Of those panels I attended, my favorites were getting to see Lee Majors and Lyndsay Wagner (Bionic Man and Woman) talk about their experiences with the show, their careers and each other. The Farscape panel featuring Paul Goddard (Stark), Gigi Edgley (Chiana) and Anthony Simcoe (D’Argo) was also great fun as the trio entertained the fans with behind the scenes stories from their amazing Sci Fi show, Farscape.
I also sat in on The Walking Dead panel with five of the amazing actors from the show teasing the ravenous crowd without giving one shred of a season 4 spoiler. These actors were Scott Wilson (Hershel), Michael Rooker (Merle), IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese), who was nice enough to take a few minutes and personally say hello and shake my boys hands, as well as Daniel Thomas May (Allen). Immediately after this panel I then flew over to another of the many Dragon Con hotels in order to see the Immortal Adrian Paul of Highlander fame give quite a fun panel on his insights into the show and his co-stars.
But the highlight of my Dragon Con panel coverage was undoubtedly the Spartacus panel featuring two of the show’s main stars, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) and Manu Bennett (Crixus). As a fan of this show, it was definitely a treat to listen to these two stars talk about the show, each other and answer questions from the crowd. As I had my two young Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle costumed sons with me as we sat right in the front row, the stars were quite conscious of this, especially Liam McIntyre, in the language they used and stories they told, which I was quite appreciative of. It really showed me the level and caliber of star that the crowd was interacting with. But if I thought these two actors were great guys during the panel, I was really impressed with Manu Bennett as he took his name placard at the end of the panel and brought it over to my sons after the panel was over, simply because he is a class act and truly a Champion in the eyes of this reporter and his children.
In the end, another Dragon Con has come and gone, but like those before them, Dragon Con 2013 was a show to remember. There was a great bunch of volunteers and staff who came together along with everyone else who traveled to Atlanta for their favorite show in order to give everyone the time of their life. Every one walked away with great stories and pictures to go home with and hold them over until next year when we all converge on Atlanta Georgia again for the yearly Dragon Con we just can’t get enough of.
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.