Dragon Con

Dragon Con (previously Dragon*Con and sometimes DragonCon) is a North American multigenre convention, founded in 1987, which takes place annually over the Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. As of 2017, the convention draws attendance of over 80,000,[1] features hundreds of guests, encompasses five hotels in the Peachtree Center neighborhood of downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park, and runs thousands of hours of programming for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and other elements of fan culture. It is owned and operated by a private for-profit corporation, with the help of a 1,500-member volunteer staff. Dragon Con has hosted the 1990 Origins Game Fair and the 1995 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC).[3]

Coordinates: 33°45′41″N 84°23′15″W / 33.761397°N 84.387536°W

Dragon Con
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StatusActive
GenreMulti-genre
VenueHyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton and Towers, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Westin Peachtree Plaza, AmericasMart
Location(s)Atlanta, Georgia
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated1987
Attendance80,000+ in 2017[1]
Organized byRachel Reeves, David Cody Co-Chairmen[2]
Filing statusFor-profit
Websitedragoncon.org

History

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Dragon Con shirt from 1987

Dragon Con was launched in 1987, as a project of a local science fiction and gaming group, the Dragon Alliance of Gamers and Role-Players (DAGR). It was founded by a board of directors including John Bunnell, David Cody, Robert Dennis, Mike Helba, Pat Henry, and Ed Kramer.[4]

The name "Dragon" for the club was derived from Kramer's Dragon Computer (a European version of Radio Shack's Color Computer), which hosted a local Bulletin Board System ("The Dragon") that initially served as a central hub for both organizations. The inaugural Dragon*Con flyers debuted at the 1986 Atlanta Worldcon, ConFederation. Within a year, Dragon*Con had been selected to be the host of the 1990 Origins convention,[5] to take place at the Atlanta Hilton.

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A cosplayer dressed as a Spartan from the movie 300 at the 2007 Dragon Con parade.

The 1987 inaugural Dragon*Con took place at the Pierremont Plaza Hotel, drew 1400 fans,[6] and featured Guest of Honor Michael Moorcock, Lynn Abbey and Robert Asprin, Robert Adams, Ultima creator Richard "Lord British" Garriott, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons Gary Gygax and Toastmaster Brad Strickland. Miramar recording artist Jonn Serrie delivered his keyboard arrangements from within a real NASA flightsuit and Michael Moorcock performed onstage with Blue Öyster Cult's Eric Bloom, singing "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" and "Black Blade". Thomas E. Fuller's Atlanta Radio Theatre Company performed H. P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu, which was broadcast via radio live from onsite.[5] The 1988 convention included guests Alan Dean Foster, Fred Saberhagen, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Gary Gygax, and Larry Elmore.

The convention grew rapidly. In 1989, it drew 2,400 fans (many to see Guest of Honor Anne McCaffrey), and the event had moved to the Omni Hotel and Convention Center. In 1990, the convention had doubled again, added a Comics Expo, hosted the Origins convention, this time with Guest of Honor Tom Clancy, and expanded to include the Atlanta Sheraton hotel. In 1991 the first "Robot Battles" robotic competition event was added to the list of Dragon*Con events, making it the second oldest robotic competition event in the world.[7]

In 1993, Dragon*Con was the home of the Wizard Fan Awards.[8]

By 1995, when Dragon*Con hosted the North American Science Fiction Convention, attendance had grown to over 14,000 fans, and Dragon*Con was also hosting the International Starfleet Conference. In 1999, Dragon*Con's TrekTrak introduced the first Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, an annual event that has since garnered national media attention.[9][10][11][12]

In 2000, Ed Kramer ceased to have an active role in managing the convention, but still owned 34% of the company. In 2011, Kramer sued the organizers, leveling charges that he wasn't receiving his fair share of the con's profits.[13] Kramer's relationship with the convention was fully severed in July 2013 in a cash-out merger, at which point the name of the convention and business officially changed to "Dragon Con" (replacing the asterisk with a space).[14]

At the convention's 20th anniversary in 2007, there were 22,000 attendees, and the convention continued to grow, drawing 27,000 attendees in 2007, 40,000 in 2010, 57,000 in 2013,[5][15] and over 80,000 in 2017.[1]

Dragon Con Date, Location, and Attendance[16][17]
Year Date Location Estimated Attendance
1987 October Pierremont Plaza Hotel 1,400
1988 October Pierremont Plaza Hotel 1,700
1989 October 6 – 8 The Omni Hotel & Convention Center 3,200
1990 June 28 – July 1 Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta Radisson 6,900
1991 July 12 – 14 Atlanta Hilton & Towers 5,200
1992 July 17 – 19 Atlanta Hilton & Towers 6,100
1993 July 16 – 18 Atlanta Hilton & Towers 8,000
1994 July 15 – 17 Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Westin Peachtree Plaza,

Atlanta Civic Center

11,000
1995 July 13 – 16 Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Westin Peachtree Plaza,

Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta Ramada

14,000
1996 June 20 – 23 Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Westin Peachtree Plaza,

Atlanta Civic Center

13,400
1997 June 26 – 29 The Inforum Convention Center,

Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta Civic Center

18,000
1998 September 3 – 6 Hyatt Regency, The AmericasMart 18,000
1999 July 1 – 3 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Merchandise Mart,

Atlanta Apparel Mart

19,000
2000 June 29 – July 2 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Merchandise Mart,

Atlanta Apparel Mart

20,000
2001 August 31 – September 3 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis 20,000+
2002 August 30 – September 2 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis 20,000+
2003 August 29 – September 1 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis 20,000+
2004 September 3 – 6 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis 20,000+
2005 September 2 – 5 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton

20,000+
2006 September 1 – 4 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton

25,000+
2007 August 31 – September 3 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton

30,000+
2008 August 30 – September 2 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton

30,000+
2009 September 4 – 7 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton

30,000+
2010 September 3 – 6 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton

30,000+
2011 September 2 – 5 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza

46,000+
2012 August 31 – September 3 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza

53,000+
2013 August 30 – September 2 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, AmericasMart

57,000+
2014 August 29 – September 1 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, AmericasMart

62,000+
2015 September 4 – 7 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, AmericasMart

70,000+[18][19]
2016 September 2 – 5 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, AmericasMart

77,000+[20]
2017 August 31 – September 4 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, AmericasMart

80,000+[1]
2018 August 30 – September 3 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Marriott Marquis,

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, AmericasMart 1&2

Scheduled events

Programming

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Artist Don Rosa at the artist area of Dragon Con in 2009

As of 2008, Dragon Con was a 4-day event comprising approximately 3500 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations, and workshops, with over 30 specialized programming tracks that include writing, alternate history, art, anime, gaming, science fiction and fantasy literature, comic books, costuming, space, science, online media, independent film, podcasting, Asian cinema and culture, robotics, filk, scientific skepticism, Star Trek, Star Wars, Military Scifi Media, X-Files, apocalyptic themes, Anne McCaffrey's Pern, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, British and American science fiction television, dark fantasy, the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival, and general programming which specific Guests of Honor attend (e.g., Clive Barker's Lost Souls and Storm Constantine's Grissecon).[21][22][23]

As of 2017, Dragon Con is a 5-day event, beginning the Thursday before Labor Day.[24]

Music and film

From its origin, music has also been a significant feature of Dragon Con, with performances by groups and artists such as Abney Park, Blue Öyster Cult, The Crüxshadows, Celldweller, Ego Likeness, I:Scintilla, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Bella Morte, Chick Corea, Edgar Winter, Emerald Rose, Ghost of the Robot, Godhead, Iced Earth, Voltaire, Jefferson Starship, The Misfits, GWAR, Man or Astroman?, The Bloodhound Gang, Spock's Beard, and Mindless Self Indulgence.[25]

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A 2011 Dragon*Con Panel

The Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival presents the "finest independent short films of the fantastic".[26] Awards are distributed for a number of categories.

Gaming

Dragon Con hosts a variety of gaming sessions and tournaments. Opportunities include board games, miniature games, collectible card games, console games, live action and other role-playing games, and tables hosted by gaming companies, as well as panel sessions.[27]

Awards

In 1998, Dragon Con established the Julie Award, in honor of Julius "Julie" Schwartz, bestowed by a panel of industry professionals in honor of "universal achievement spanning multiple genres".[26] Schwartz presented the award each year prior to his death in early 2004. The inaugural recipient was Ray Bradbury; additional recipients of the award include Forrest Ackerman, Yoshitaka Amano, Alice Cooper, Will Eisner, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Carmine Infantino, Anne McCaffrey, Jim Steranko, Peter David, and Paul Dini.

In March 2016,[28] Dragon Con announced the introduction of "Dragon Awards", a fan-voted award "to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy literature, comics, gaming and filmed entertainment". The award process consists of a nomination step, where each voter can nominate one work of choice in every category, and a voting step where the nominated works are voted for to receive the award. The nominations and votes are collected electronically. Participation is freely available to everyone, without any pay or requirement of membership.[29] The finalist shortlist for the first edition of the awards was announced on August 11, 2016;[30] the winners were announced on September 4.[31]

Additional awards include the Futura Award, paying homage to the Fritz Lang masterpiece Metropolis; the Parsec Awards; and the Georgia Fandom Award, renamed in 2008 as the Hank Reinhardt Award, after its first recipient.

Other

In 2002, Dragon*Con began hosting a parade through downtown Atlanta, which ran from Centennial Olympic Park to the Marriott Marquis, and featured thousands of costumed participants.[32] The parade is an annual event.

Economic impact

In 2015, Dragon Con attracted some 70,000+ attendees[33] and had a direct economic impact of $65 million, as reported by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.[34] According to statistics provided by Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business, Dragon Con brought in over $21 million.[35]

Dragon Con routinely raises funds for designated charities. In 2005, Dragon*Con raised USD $20,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Charity efforts continued with USD $104,000 sent to the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency in 2016, including a USD $50,000 corporate match. In 2013, fans voted in advance to determine the charities.[27] From 2005 through 2012, the con raised and donated almost $224,000.[27]

Controversy

In 2016, two Dragon Con cosplayers, claiming an association with Adult Swim and Cartoon Network and wearing "Make FishCenter Great Again" (a parody on "Make America Great Again") hats, dressed as the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks.[18][36][37][19] Images of the cosplay were widely shared on social media sites as Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter.[18][19] Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston speculated they were cosplaying as the game Rampage,[37] while Facebook commenters drew a connection with the anime Terror in Tokyo.[36]

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External links

Preceded by
5th North American Science Fiction Convention
ConDiego in San Diego, United States (1990)
List of NASFiCs
6th North American Science Fiction Convention
Dragon*Con in Atlanta, United States (1995)
Succeeded by
7th North American Science Fiction Convention
Conucopia in Los Angeles, United States (1999)
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