Another year, another Dragon Con. Our favorite event of the year has come to a close today, and 2019 Dragon Con was no exception for awesomeness! The internationally known Atlanta event, which focuses on pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming, attracted a record 85,000 people this year! And, the five-day geek out worthy celebration raised more than $110,000 for American Heart Association’s Georgia affiliate!
“Dragon Con 2019 was another terrific success. For many of our fans and guests, Dragon Con gave them five days to escape the real world and embrace the things they love with friends from around the world,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.
Fans came from around the world and all 50 states, with this year’s convention attracting people from Canada, Mexico, several European countries, and Australia!
What were the highlights? Well there was an incredible lineup of guests this year, which included: George Takei, Sulu from the Star Trek franchise, Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla, David Tennant, whose geek credits include Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, and Good Omens, plus Freema Agyeman, Cary Elwes, Lou Ferrigno, Zachary Levi, Ralph Macchio, Catherine Tate, Cress Williams, and pop duo Aly & AJ.
Dragon Con also supported a number of movies and television shows made in Georgia including Stranger Things, Black Lightning, Cobra Kai, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and The Gifted. Fans also had a chance to talk with creators and professional players from Paladins and SMITE, perhaps the most popular video game to come out of Georgia.
In the Dragon Awards, A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen, was the fan’s choice in the Best Science Fiction Novel category. The Dragon Awards are the only fan’s choice award in fandom, with more than 10,000 people casting a ballot this year.
If you’re already in withdrawal, which we personally will be after we catch up on our sleep – never fear, the 34th annual convention will return in 2020 for Labor Day Weekend – running September 3rd through September 7th, 2020. Start working on your costumes now!
Did you attend 2019 Dragon Con? We’d love to hear from you – and your favorite panels, cosplay, parties you attended this year! Sound off in our comment area below!