Atlanta tackles Con Season!
Spring is here and con season is about to enter full swing across the country. Most of you are aware of a few main ones: Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WonderCon in California, Awesome Con in D.C., New York City Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con but as your average, single income 9 to 5’ing nerd who lives in Atlanta, I usually have to dream of having the time and funds to attend all these geek havens. Although I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few, including C2E2 in Chicago and NYCC, I find it much easier to attend local shows in my local Atlanta.
Atlanta. A thriving, bustling city that is home of Coca Cola, OutKast, the ’96 Olympics and The Walking Dead. Atlanta is a Southeastern nerd mecca that has some pretty awesome cons. You would be doing yourself a favor by coming to any of the following to get a taste of what Atlanta’s varied pop culture scene has to offer. Check my list of suggestions out below!
Anime lovers rejoice! Momocon (Momo means ‘Peach’ in Japanese and Georgia is the Peach State) a multi-genre fan convention encompassing American and Japanese animation, gaming (video gaming, board and card gaming, Live Action role play gaming), comics and costuming, held every year in Spring. It’s very family friendly during the day with the evening containing more for PG13 events like AMV, raves and karaoke. Featuring a plethora of voice actors from video games, movies and tv shows like Chris Rager (Dragonball Z, Borderlands 2), Crispin Freeman (Overwatch, Howl’s Moving Castle) and Kari Wahlgren (FLCL, Fairly Oddparents, Skyrim).
MomoCon 2018 will take place over 4 days, May 24th – 27th, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center, at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30303. General operating hours are from 2pm Thursday to 5pm Sunday, with some events running later into the evening/all night (dances, music events, the game hall etc.).
Run by Imaginarium, this comic book con will makes it’s Atlanta debut on July 13-15, 2018 and will be added to their roster of cons across the country in place such as Michigan, San Francisco and Tampa. Also family friendly, this inaugural con is sporting an impressive pop culture guest line up including Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Cary Elwes (Princess Bride, Saw), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh) and more.
Atlanta Comic Con debuts on July 13-15, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Tickets range from $30-$60, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Atlanta Comic Con is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC, who produce four other comic conventions around the country. For information regarding hours, guests announced so far, programming, and other details about Atlanta Comic Con, visit the website.
Hands down one of my favorite cons, especially with me being such a massive horror fan, Days of the Dead aka DotD is an amazing horror con that is, according to their Facebook page, a “by-the- fans- for- the-fans” convention which had its inaugural show July 1st – 3rd, 2011, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West, located in Indianapolis, IN, and has since expanded into a total of five cities nationwide (Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Charlotte, and Atlanta). Days of the Dead’s primary goal is to bring back the concept of the genre convention being a welcoming social gathering of like minded friends and fans and not just another “pay-and-go” autograph show that has become an all too common (and impersonal) experience in the convention scene. Chock full of special events tailored just for the fans, an active after hours scene of horror themed parties, and a massive guest list of the hottest celebrity guests, artists, and up and coming independent film makers, Days of the Dead is rewriting the script and setting the bar for what a true horror convention weekend should look like.”
I have never had a bad experience at this con and the guests are always stellar. They take great pride in featuring indie movies, writers and artists in what is dubbed The Blue Track. They’ve also recently added a burlesque show which is not to be missed. Their main programming features costume contests, bands, panels and karaoke. DotD has branched out to include more than horror celebs. They also feature wrestlers (many of whom have been in horror flicks), some sci fi/fantasy guests like Billy Dee Williams and Jeremy Bulloch, both of Star Wars fame and even Ralph Macchio and William Zabka from Karate Kid. They already came to Atlanta in February but will be back in 2019 in January. Look for them at their very 1st Charlotte, NC show May 18-20, 2018. For tickets and more info, visit them at www.daysofthedead.com.
If you haven’t heard of Dragon Con, you are missing out on one of the largest pop culture & multi media cons in the US. Spanning over the course of 4 days over Labor Day weekend, Dragon Con sprawls over 5 main hotels in downtown Atlanta with the America’s Mart being used for gaming, Artist Alley and vending. While NYCC & SDCC are the major industry cons, Dragon Con stands out by being the major Party Con. No need to have to know people to get into after parties when the con shuts down. Dragon Con is a 24 hour, non-stop con with programming at all hours. Not only are there panels with top notch celebs/guests running around the clock, late night programming includes raves, bands, drum circles, AMV Hell and much, much more, usually on the more 18+ side.
The day time is perfect for families though. Guests this year include Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter, Ant-Man‘s Evangeline Lilly, and the cast of American Gods. If you like cosplay, look no further than here. While the other big cons do have very impressive costumes, I have never seen the ratio of cosplay to Muggle clothing as drastic as this convention. Almost everywhere you look, you are in a sea of various cosplay ranging from the obscure to the most well known in pop culture and geekdom. Dragon Con is also primarily volunteer run. It is truly for fans, by fans. And finally, don’t miss out on the largest parade in Atlanta which draws a crowd of thousands to watch cosplayers trek through downtown.
Dragon Con will be held in Atlanta, GA this Labor Day weekend from August 30-September 3, 2018. Find out more including tickets, guests and hotels(good luck, host hotels are sold out and it’s overflow now), on www.dragoncon.org
There are many, many more geeky conventions in Atlanta so feel free to check them out and support your fandom. If you’ve been to some, let me know which ones are your favs and give them some love. Hope to see you around!