Dragon*Con 2011

Dragon*Con 2011

howdy friends!

later today the producer of CERTIFIED, Kimberley Browning and I will be headed up to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. I’ve never been to Big Bear when it’s not Winter or Spring, so this should be a fun trip just for that reason. I wonder if the leaves have started to change yet?

so Dragon*Con was pretty amazing. after 5 years of going to Comic-Con in San Diego, I thought I had a pretty good idea what to expect. and I guess for the most part my expectations were correct. but with a few differences.

first off, the Cosplay (“costume play”) where people dress up as characters from movies, tv shows, comics, video games, the “internet”, etc. is WAY more important at Dragon*Con. I’m not sure if there are actually more people who are dressed up, but definitely the percentage of people in costume is much, much higher than SDCC.

Saturday starts off with a giant parade of people in costume. I heard someone saw there were over 3000 people in it this year. and as you can see, a LOT of people come out to watch it. in fact it draws regular Atlantanians(?) as well as convention goers.

The Costume Parade

there were a LOT of people in Steampunk costumes. and a lot of dudes in kilts. apparently it’s a D*Con thing?

Snape & a Steampunk Airship
Snape + Airship

this guy is from a popular video game… I think.


choose wisely

aside from the costumes, Dragon*Con also has a greater variety of panels. it breaks them into “tracts.” and they cover almost every concievable part of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. for example there were tracts on: Space, Paranormal, Sceptics, Alternate History, Armory, Film, and Dark Fantasy. this is just to name a few! it was actually kind of hard to pick what to attend – there were SO many interesting sessions.

so in between film screenings I hustled around to a variety of panels. among the ones I attended were “Steampunk & Orientalism,” “Dark Fairy Tales” and “Stunt work and fighting for film.” I missed the one on “Nasa: What’s next” and a ton of other ones that looked interesting.

I have a bunch of notes from these – and I think next week I’ll go in depth on a couple of the panels… right now I need to finish packing for this weekend.

but before I leave, I’m happy to announce that CERTIFIED is an Official Selection at 2 more festivals!

Shriekfest – Los Angeles, CA
Shriekfest Laurel

BendFilm Festival – Bend, OR
BendFilm Laurel


  • Clovis Blackwell
    Posted at 16:44h, 16 September Reply

    Enough already, I’ve asked you to stop being sooo awesome! Why do you have to keep this film festival thing going? To be honest, I’m getting a little bored with how awesome you are. Why don’t you just come back and play a little Black Ops already.

    • Luke
      Posted at 20:47h, 17 September Reply

      haha, did you get an xbox?? otherwise how will we pwn n00bs together?

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