Tag Archives: Dragon Con

At Conventions, Skywalkers, Bagginses, Batmans and Lannisters Provide Back-to-School Lessons in Tolerance

At Conventions, Skywalkers, Bagginses, Batmans and Lannisters Provide Back-to-School Lessons in Tolerance

Whether they were born on Tatooine or Krypton, play Grand Theft Auto V or Cloudberry Kingdom, or watch Walking Dead or True Blood, factions from these diverse but often opposing universes, posing with their fake laser blasters and purple-tinted wigs at conventions, manage to get along, at least for one weekend. Why can’t the rest of us? Read More

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Dragon*Con Diary: My Two Favorite Science & Space Track Panels

As I’d mentioned in an earlier Dragon*Con Diary post, my family felt the most at-home at the Space and Science Tracks throughout our Dragon*Con weekend. While others had chances to meet such sci-fi stars as John Barrowman, and attend panels with the cast of True Blood, my family was not going to be as patient with those incredibly long lines and levels of uber-fandom that we don’t quite have. The Science and Space Tracks were perfect for us! Here are summaries of my two favorite panels from those tracks. Read More

Dragon*Con Diary: A Family Who Cosplays Together Stays Together (at Dragon*Con)

We marched in the Dragon*Con parade, which is one of the highlights of the con and is one of the most family-friendly events the entire weekend. It takes place on the Saturday morning of Dragon*Con and is open to the public for viewing. This parade is so outstanding — very grassroots, with volunteers working diligently to make this a smooth experience for those of us marching as well as for the spectators. Read More

Dragon*Con Diary: Taking the Kids to Dragon*Con

Due to our unique circumstances, not having family near us in Florida or Georgia to watch our kids, we knowingly took the risk. We bought Dragon*Con memberships for our 7- and 9-year-old sons. It had crossed our minds for me to go alone, but I’m very glad everyone was able to experience it. I’d be telling stories to my husband and sons for the next month if they couldn’t see it all! Read More

Dragon*Con Diary: First Impressions

Just call me the Con N00b. Or the Con Virgin. Whatever you want to call me, when I offered to participate in the Geeky Parenting Panel at this year’s Dragon*Con, I didn’t realize how big an event it was. I could have tried a much smaller con first, but why would I want to do that when I had the chance to be part of one of America’s biggest geek parties?!? Read More

The Best of Dragon*ConTV

Dragon*ConTV is the insufficiently sung hero of Dragon*Con. It’s the snarky entertainment arm of the con that keeps you laughing while waiting for panels or when you’re lying in your room too tired to go back out in your 65-pound costume. A long, long time ago, in the Dragon*Con galaxy not so far away, there… Read More

Costumed Out

I love costumes and usually I take any excuse that I can to wear a costume, including Halloween. But as this Halloween approaches, I’m finding myself reluctant to don a costume. I’m going to be taking my daughter trick-or-treating with my best friend and her daughter this year. When my best friend said she wasn’t… Read More

Sean Maher Announces He is Gay

Sean Maher, best known as his role as Simon Tam in Firefly and Serenity, announced today that he is gay. Due in part from encouragement from his agent, he remained in the closet for years in fear for his career. With the support of his family, including his partner Paul and their two young children, he was able to… Read More

Is Geek A Derogatory Term?

Since I’m still coming down from the high that is Dragon*Con, I’ve been looking in Flickr for pictures of myself and reading articles about the Con. I came across a post about the Dragon*Con parade and I started reading the comments. There were several comments that jumped out as me as some people seemed to… Read More

Geek a Week 2.0 Card Set Launched on Kickstarter

On Friday in Dragon*Con’s largest panel, artist Len Peralta announced Geek a Week 2.0, the sequel to his popular set of collectible cards featuring 52 geeks. The original set of Geek a Week cards were released once a week for a full year, with Peralta creating the artwork and musical duo Paul and Storm writing… Read More

Should You Bring A Kid To Dragon*Con?

Dragon*Con starts in just nine short days. I recommend going to just about every geek I meet, especially at this time of year when my life is consumed by furious last-minute costuming. Since the people I interact with these days are often also parents, the followup question is usually, “Should I bring my kids?” It’s… Read More

The GeekMoms Podcast Episode #2: Zombies, Dragon*Con and Autographs!

In episode two Nicole Wakelin and “Chaos” Mandy Horetski talk about the perils and benefits of exposing your kids to zombie cosplay, attending Dragon*Con while pregnant (it can be done) and the fun of collecting autographs. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email podcast@geekmom.com (Note: Mandy was bit soft at the start, but it levels out within a minute or… Read More

The Summertime Blues

I hate the summer season for a variety of reasons. I’m not a fan of the heat, and not really a fan of air conditioning either. I usually spend the summer having to dress in layers so I can have a sweater in the A/C but a tank top outside. This summer was especially un-fun… Read More