There were dragons.
DragonCon was a four-day convention, which felt like a marathon at times. I feel like I ran a marathon this weekend, from my arrival at the show to my departure, and somehow I still have the energy to sit down and write a blog entry about it. It’s not going to be terribly lengthy, in-depth, or even insightful, but I would do DragonCon and its attendees a disservice if I didn’t talk about how wonderful they’ve made our last three Labor Day weekends. This year was no exception.
My DragonCon started at 5am on Friday, when I woke up before dawn to catch my flight down to Atlanta. I carried close to 200lbs of merchandise (four 50lb bags) through multiple airports, subway stops, and across several city blocks. I guess my dedication to working out paid off, because as crappy as that experience was (my shoulders still ache) I was able to get to the show, albeit sweating through my shirt. It was all uphill from there.
DragonCon is a rare kind of show that has managed to retain its character despite its massive size. The crowd is among one of the friendliest and most generous we encounter on our annual convention tour. From people who have come seeking us out to those who have stumbled upon our work for the first time, DragonCon crowds always have us smiling. We even had some people seek us out after I made a last-minute appearance on DragonCon TV! One of the producers knew about us and recommended we be asked to appear on-air. Garth opted to watch our booth while I promoted STAR POWER in front of a live camera. Within moments I had friends at the con texting me pictures of their hotel room television. The next days we were treated to attendees approaching our table and saying, “Hey, I saw you promoting this on TV the other day. It looked pretty cool.” It was one of the more surreal experiences we’ve had at DragonCon, but nonetheless enjoyable.
DragonCon always manages to impress us, and we’re always happy to return to this unforgettable show. We had an incredible time, and we hope to return next year.