Well, another Dragon Con has come and gone. This year was one for the books, and it was a little different indeed. As refugees of the Great Hyatt Fiasco of 2014, we ended up at the Loew’s in Midtown Atlanta. Commuting back and forth from the con was a bit of a drag–but hey, it was free. We also had several friends absent this year, but still made our own fun. Anyway, the con!
Thursday seemed kind of surreal: we were expecting to pay baggage fees; there were none, because our flight was serviced by Southwest. Vynni ordered an adult beverage on the plane and they, um, forgot to charge us. We get to the hotel and find out our stay is being comped, and we have priority booking at the Hyatt for next year. (As you may know, getting a room at a host hotel is a pain.) So we went out to celebrate and finally try Mellow Mushroom’s newly vegan gluten-free pizza crust. It was so good! I was glad I wasn’t tempted to go to the dark side this year. My face was so puffy in the pizza scene at the end of adorpheus’ True Life episode
On Friday, Vynni and I brought back our Amanda and Alak costumes from last year, though we had just missed the first Defiance panel. We did get to see Gates McFadden and Jeri Ryan’s panels though! One fan asked about her relationship with Kate Mulgrew, seemingly unaware of the discord between the two, and things got real. Garrett Wang talked about how he wanted to have them appear together so he could broker peace between them–from the way it sounded, things had been pretty tense on the Voyager set.
Meanwhile, adorpheus was wearing the awesome Jubilee costume she made:
That night–after getting pizza again–we met up with the Defiance Costume Group for a photoshoot in the Hyatt. (There are some good shots of everyone in the group.) It was a lot of fun. The rest of the night was kind of a blur, but we did go to this really good sushi place back near our hotel.
Saturday morning was the Dragon Con parade. It was a bit of a hassle to get there on time; I painted myself blue, hopped on the train, and we all met up there. The parade itself was fun as always, but we found ourselves literally melting in the heat. I had planned on going to the Star Trek photoshoot afterwards, but our makeup was dripping off–it was disgusting. A few photos were taken of us but I cringed every time. After this year, I’m definitely going to invest in a good airbrush compressor to use with alcohol-based ink. I know, I say that every year…
We didn’t do much else Saturday but visit the Dealers’ Room and, er, get pizza again.
Sunday morning was spent helping adorpheus prepare to enter the Miss Star Trek Universe pageant again as Lissan. The pageant was a pleasure to watch this year, aside from the fact that the sound was messed up for adorpheus’ talent portion and we could barely hear her performance. The contestants were all entertaining, and the crown went to Mother Horta–a well-deserved win.
Check out our other photos from Miss Star Trek Universe on our Facebook page!
I usually skip the Walk of Fame–it’s always made me weirdly nervous, partially because we rarely have the spare cash to get autographs or photos. But with the hotel situation, and this being the first year in a while I’ve had a Real Job™, I felt comfortable splurging. I was especially excited to meet Jesse Rath, because as far as I know I’m one of the few people who has cosplayed his character. I told him and showed him a photo, and he recognized me! I was planning on doing my Alak costume again on Monday, and said I’d be back to get a photo with him.
I was so nervous after meeting Jesse! I’m glad I did though. I thought I’d missed Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), but was so happy to find out he was now staying until Monday:
On Sunday night, we watched Bella Morte (my third time seeing them!) and The Crüxshadows perform. I was exhausted and didn’t feel much like partying but Vynni and I ended up playing (and winning!) a round of Are You a Death Eater with some rad folks in the Hyatt.
Monday morning, I donned Alak again and we made our way back to the Hyatt to stay there for our final night. We were able to check in right away and they still had DCon room keys left over for each of us, which was nice. I rushed to the Walk of Fame to meet Tony Curran and he was just the best. He talked a bit about a role he prepared for where he had to learn a Boston accent.
Afterward, we went to the Westin to catch Grant Bowler and Jesse Rath on the final Defiance panel. I’d read on Twitter that their panels had all been crude and hilarious so far, and they did not disappoint. At the end, I ended up with smallpox, courtesy of Grant Bowler:
Then I ran back and met Jesse for a photo. He took a selfie with me!
The rest of the day was spent exploring the Dealer’s Room, visiting Mellow Mushroom again, and chilling in our room. I was happy to have chance to grab a drink in the Marriott and finally chat with my friend Gaile from Twitter.
I’d brought some Backup Ribbons with me to the con but didn’t get a chance to hand any out. So I’ll have some on hand if you see us at any events! Our next adventure is New York Comic Con (Sunday only) in October.
Thanks for reading! And thank you to everyone who helped us get there by donating to our fundraiser.
One last thing: Syfy still hasn’t announced whether Defiance will come back for another season. It’s such an amazing show, with a fantastic, welcoming fandom and kind, personable talent. Please let The Powers That Be know you want Defiance back by using the hashtag #RenewDefiance on Twitter.