Here be Dragons. Here be Conventions. Here be DragonCon.
Garth and I are thrilled to be returning to DRAGON*CON in Atlanta this weekend. This is the biggest show we do all year, and that we get to be part of it again for the fourth consecutive year is both an honor and a privilege. It is not easy to get in to DragonCon, and we know how lucky we are to have the opportunity to showcase STAR POWER there. Folks seem to like us there, and we like being there. This weekend ought to be really fun.
There are several things that impress me about DragonCon, but perhaps the most impressive is that a show this size has somehow managed to retain its character and its heart. DragonCon is massive. It takes over a section of Atlanta to the degree that city streets get closed off to allow a parade to happen. I repeat, DragonCon is so massive that it can have city officials reroute traffic to make room for a cosplay parade. A convention that size should have lost the charm and soul that makes it so special, but somehow DragonCon has retained its identity. I cannot speculate how they managed to pull that off, but I believe both staffers and attendees know that the heart of DragonCon is as big as its attendance figures.
DragonCon is not only the biggest show we do, it’s also the longest. This is a four day convention, running Friday all the way through Monday. Thankfully, the Comic & Pop Artist Alley (where you’ll find us) has reasonable hours to accommodate DragonCon’s four day run-time. Over the years, many Artist Alleys have subscribed to the “the longer an Alley is open, the more people will buy!” philosophy, resulting in open/close schedules that run anywhere from ten to thirteen hours a day. DragonCon, thankfully, does not subscribe to that and keeps an Artist Alley schedule that runs more along the lines of a traditional work day, anywhere from six to eight hours. We love that. Not only do we avoid becoming empty human shells by the end of a thirteen hour day, but we aren’t forced to eat dinner in the middle of the night. The first time we exhibited at DragonCon and got to leave the Alley at around 6-7pm, Garth and I exchanged looks of disbelief and said, “My god man, we get to eat dinner like adults!”
DragonCon weekend is always memorable, and we’re always happy to see people come visit us. If you can make it down to this mammoth convention with an equally giant heart, you won’t regret it.