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Costuming Contest, Cosplay Contest, Dawn Look-Alike Contest, Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, Live Bands and DJs, huge Dealers/ Exhibitors Halls, Comic Artists Alley, Art Show and Exhibits, Independent Short Film Festival, Triple X-treme Wrestling, Walk-of-Fame, over 35 Fan Tracks making up over 3500 hours of programming, and hundreds of Guests, including: Sean Astin Adam Baldwin Eric Basaldua Larry Elmore Robert Englund Shane Glines Laurell K. Hamilton Jason Hawes Lance Henriksen James Hong James Kyson Lee Matthew Lewis Anne McCaffrey Kathie Olivas Hayden Panettiere Buzz Parker Brandt Peters The Amazing Randi Rob Reger Steve Rude George Takei Harry Turtledove Grant Wilson Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Announcements ....................................................................... 2 Featured Guests ........................................................................ 3 Additional Guests ...................................................................22 Fan Tracks................................................................................24 Registration Form...................................................................32 Host Hotels ..............................................................................33 Overflow Hotels ......................................................................34 Courtesy Buses........................................................................34 Location Map ..........................................................................34 Dealers/Exhibitors List ..........................................................38 Live Performances ..................................................................40 Contests Anime Music Videos .......................................................44 Art Show Awards .............................................................44 Comic Book Quick Sketch..............................................44 Cosplay Contest ...............................................................44 Costuming Contest ..........................................................45 Dawn Look-Alike Contest ..............................................45 Dragon*Con after Dark ..................................................45 Hallway Costume Contest ..............................................45 Masquerade Costume Contest .......................................45 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant ...........................46 Star Wars Costume Contest ............................................46 Robot Battles™...................................................................46 Convention Events 7th Annual Dragon*Con Parade .....................................47 Art Show & Print Shop....................................................47 Autograph Sessions..........................................................47 Blood Drive.......................................................................48 Charity Auction................................................................48 Comic Artists Exhibit ......................................................48 Guest of Honor Banquet .................................................49 22nd Independent Film Festival ......................................49 Late-Night Entertainment ..............................................49 Nuts on the Road: Gonzo Sound & Vision...................50 Reading Sessions ..............................................................50 Video & Film Rooms .......................................................50 Walk of Fame ....................................................................50 Wrestling ...........................................................................50 Writer’s Workshop ...........................................................51 Convention Services Child Care .........................................................................51 Disability Services ............................................................51 Fan/Band Concourse Tables ...........................................52 Hospitality Suite/ConSuite .............................................53 Information Desk.............................................................53 Tournament Gaming General Information........................................................54 Board Gaming ..................................................................55 Collectible Card Gaming (CCGs) .................................56 Computer Gaming ...........................................................56 Game Panel Programming .............................................56 LARPS ...............................................................................57 Miniatures Gaming..........................................................63 Online Gaming.................................................................63 Role-Playing, Campaign Gaming ..................................63 Role-Playing Gaming ......................................................64 1

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
V Dragon*ConTV will be available in all four host hotels! D*CTV will be available at all four host hotels, and new this year, many of the main programming events will be broadcast throughout the convention! So stop standing in line—order room service, kick back and enjoy the show from the comfort of your hotel room! V Shuttle Buses Traveling Between Host Hotels and Authorized Overflow Hotels, Only! Dragon*Con will once again be providing shuttle buses between the official host hotels (Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton, and Atlanta Sheraton Hotel), and the authorized overflow hotels (please check the website for the most up to date list). The shuttles will run between these hotels only, and a detailed map of the route will be provided in the Pocket Program at the show. V Dragon*Con Will No Longer Provide On-site Guest Registration All professionals wishing to attend Dragon*Con as a Guest must apply prior to the posted deadline in order to be considered for Guest status at Dragon*Con. V Photography Restriction Hours and Locations Due to restrictions set by the Fire Marshal, there will be no photography allowed on the Centennial Ballroom level of the Hyatt Hotel on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening Crowd at Fan Panel from 7:00 PM until Midnight. This restriction applies ONLY to this floor and these hours. Photography of Costuming Contest, Dawn, and the Masquerade contestants will be available in a separate location. Please check your Pocket Program for details.

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FEATURED GUESTS
It’s only June and already Dragon*Con has 250 confirmed Guests! Dragon*Con is proud to present the most talented writers, actors, comic book creators, and artists in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, media, pop-culture, and everything in between universe!

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin is the author of more than ninety novels, forty-three of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has coauthored ten books in Frank Herbert’s classic Dune universe with Herbert’s son, Brian, and he has coauthored a major bestseller with Dean Koontz, Prodigal Son, which sold more than a million copies in a single year. Recently, he worked with DC Comics to publish The Last Days of Krypton, an epic science fiction novel that reveals the never-before-told story of the end of Superman’s planet. In all, he has over twenty million books in print in thirty languages.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin
Sean debuted on the silver screen as Mikey in The Goonies. He recently played Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. While working on The Two Towers, he persuaded a number of fellow cast and crew members, including director Peter Jackson, to act in or work as crew on his short film, The Long and Short of It, which takes place on a street in Wellington, New Zealand. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and appears on the “standard edition” DVD of The Two Towers as an extra feature together with a “making of ” video.

Erick Avari
Erick’s credits include leading roles in films from Kevin Reynold’s cult classic The Beast of War, as well as commercial mega hits such as Planet of the Apes, Erick Avari Stargate, Independence Day, and The Mummy. His comedic skills have landed him starring roles in For Love or Money and Woody Allen’s only TV film, Don’t Drink the Water. On television, in addition to his recurring role as Kasuf on Stargate SG-1, Erick has played notable roles on West Wing, Law and Order, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Family Law, and NYPD Blue.

Morena Baccarin
Morena landed her first movie role in the improvised fashion world comedy Perfume. This was followed by a lead role in the film festival hit Way Off Broadway. Shortly before moving to Los Angeles, Morena appeared with Natalie Portman and understudied for her role in the acclaimed Central Park production of The Seagull. Firefly was her first television show, of which she reprised her role from Firefly in the film Serenity. Morena also provided the voice for Black Canary in multiple episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited.

Morena Baccarin

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Adam Baldwin
“He robbed from the rich, and he gave to the poor. Stood up to the man and gave him what for. Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain. The hero of Canton the man they call Jayne.” On television, Adam has played great allAmerican characters, as in HBO’s acclaimed Earth to the Moon, produced by Tom Hanks; Smokejumpers; and In the Line of Duty. He starred in The Cape and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Sci-fi audiences know Adam well from his lead and recurring roles on X-Files, Angel, and, of course, Joss Whedon’s Firefly.
Adam Baldwin

Jamie Bamber
Jamie has since worked steadily as an actor in TV, film, and radio in Europe and the United States. His recent credits include Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’s HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, Daniel Deronda for the BBC, and he currently stars as Major Lee “Apollo” Adama on the Sci Fi Channel television program, Battlestar Galactica.

Eric Basaldua
Eric began his career at Top Cow Productions in 2000 under the direct tutelage of founder Marc Silvestri. His early credits include Magdalena, Witchblade/Wolverine, and Tomb Raider. Basaldua often works very closely with Silvestri, stepping in to provide art for Hunter-Killer #7 and #8 as well as assisting Silvestri on character designs for the recently announced partnership with Dynamite Entertainment. Basaldua’s most recent work can be seen in Darkness Level 3, written by Paul Jenkins and David Wohl, and in Witchblade/Devi #1, written by Ron Marz.

Jamie Bamber

Linda Blair
Internationally known for her portrayal of the fourteen year old girl in the movie The Exorcist, Linda already had a full career in modeling and commercials in NYC. At the age of five, she began working as a model for such well-known stores as Sears, J.C. Penney’s, and Macy’s. She made several TV movies including Born Innocent, Sarah T.—Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, Sweet Hostage, and Summer of Fear, directed by Wes Craven. Her movies have ranged from roller skating in Roller Boogie to starring with Richard Burton in Exorcist II: the Heretic.

Avery Brooks
Avery is an accomplished stage, television and film actor best known for his role as Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is the only actor to appear in all 173 episodes of the series, and also directed several episodes. In addition, he played Benny Russell in the episodes “Far Beyond the Stars” and “Shadows and Symbols.” He also voiced Sisko in the games Star Trek: Deep Space Nine— Harbinger and Star Trek: Legacy.

Avery Brooks

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Mark Brooks
Mark is an illustrator contracting with Marvel comics for the last four years as well as recently becoming an authorized Lucasfilm artist. He has worked on dozens of titles including Amazing Spiderman, Ultimate Spiderman, Ultimate Fantastic Four, New X-Men, and Cable/Deadpool, as well as co-creating the new Latina Spider-girl character- Arana. Past and current clients include DC Comics/DC Licensing, Darkhorse Comics, Capcom USA, Upperdeck, Devil’s Due Publishing, Gentle Giant Studios, and Hasbro Toys.

Jeremy Bulloch
Jeremy portrays the bounty-hunter Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He appeared in Doctor Who as Tor in the episode The Space Museum with William Hartnell as the Doctor. He also played the part of Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior when Jon Pertwee was the Doctor.

Jeremy Bulloch

James Callis
James currently portrays the insane genius Dr. Gaius Baltar in The Sci-Fi Channel’s new version of Battlestar Galactica. He also appeared at the Almeida Theatre in George Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma, and at the Soho Theatre in London in Peter Ackerman’s Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight. He broke into television in 1996 with a guest role on the British series Murder Most Horrid and with a recurring role in the ensemble of the long-running U.K. drama Soldier Soldier.

Peter David
Peter is a prolific author whose career and continued popularity spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: television, film, books James Callis (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them. In the literary field, Peter has had over fifty novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times bestsellers list. Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning, 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs and Violens, and The Dark Tower.

Don S. Davis
Don is best known for playing Major General/Lieutenant General George S. Hammond in the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, and earlier for playing Major Garland Briggs on the television series Twin Peaks. He is a character actor, former theatre professor, painter, and was a captain in the U. S. Army in the 1960s. Not satisfied with just acting, he is also a visual artist, spending most of his free time painting or carving.
Don S. Davis

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Ami Dolenz
Daughter of The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz and granddaughter of late actor George Dolenz, actress Ami played Melissa McKee in the longrunning drama series General Hospital. She had a recurring role as Sloan Peterson in the television series, Ferris Bueller, and appeared in a variety of other television series and movies which include Children of the Night, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Witchboard 2: The Devils Doorway, Ticks, Superboy, and Stepmonsters.

Micky Dolenz
Michael Dorn

Micky become an international phenomenon, selling over sixty million records as lead singer and drummer of The Monkees. In 2007 he played Derek Allen in Rob Zombie’s Halloween. Other television credits include Circus Boy, The Tick, and Batman: The Animated Series.

Michael Dorn
Michael received much of his on-the-job training on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives. In the prime-time hours, Dorn was seen as Officer Turner during the final two seasons of the weekly cop series CHiPs and guest-starred on many more primetime series including Knots Landing and Falcon Crest. He donned mounds of facial makeup for what was to be his signature role: the U.S.S. Enterprise’s Klingon officer Lt. Worf on Star Trek: the Next Generation. Michael reprised his role of Worf on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also contributed behind the scenes, directing several episodes of DS9.

Aaron Douglas

Aaron is portrays Chief Galen Tyrol in the Sci Fi Channel’s hit series, Battlestar Galactica. He has appeared in such feature films as Man About Town, White Noise, Catwoman, I, Robot, The Chronicles of Riddick, Walking Tall, Saved!, Paycheck, X-Men 2 and Final Destination 2. On television, Aaron has appeared on such shows as The Dead Zone, Andromeda, The L Word, The Chris Isaak Show, Jeremiah, Black Sash, The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, Smallville and Dark Angel, as well as The Sci Fi Channel’s miniseries Steven Spielberg Presents Taken.

Aaron Douglas

Brad Dourif
Though Brad had been appearing in numerous play productions, such as The Ghost Sonata and The Doctor in Spite of Himself, he got his first break when he was discovered by director Milos Forman who cast him opposite Jack Nicholson in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He has since starred in Dune, Blue Velvet, Graveyard Shift, Body Parts, Escape to Witch Mountain, Urban Legend, Alien Resurrection, and all five Child’s Play films (as Chucky). His most recent role is that of Grima Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings films. His numerous television appearances have included roles on Millennium, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, The X Files, Tales from the Crypt, and The Hitchhiker.

Brad Dourif

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Erica Durance
Erica is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Lane on the WB series Smallville. She played an intergalactic librarian in Andromeda, and a love interest for Teal’c in Stargate SG-1. In 2008, she will star in Ecstasy, based on the bestselling book by Irvine Welsh.

Gigi Edgley
Gigi is an Australian actress who stole the hearts of American geeks and Sci-fi enthusiasts with her role as Chiana on Farscape, a cult science fiction TV show by the Jim Henson Company. She has accumulated a truly remarkable set of skills she utilizes throughout her career including, dance, singing, martial arts, trapeze and her signature fire twirling. She has recently finished shooting the feature Newcastle and the documentary Creature Keepers. She also voiced parts of Lost: Via Domus, a video game by Ubisoft based off the television series Lost.

Erica Durance

Larry Elmore
One of the world’s leading fantasy artists, Larry’s works have graced the covers of National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, and Dragon magazine. Though his primary work is cover illustrations for novels, he has done work for role-playing games, comics, magazines, computer games, toys, and cards. He is best known for his covers of the original Dragonlance novels.

Robert Englund
Robert is probably best known as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street and all of its sequels. After his huge success as Freddy Krueger, Englund became the first new horror movie star since Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the 1960s. Since his first film, Buster and Billie, he has made over one hundred Robert Englund television and film appearances. Englund made his directorial début with the horror film 976-EVIL. He can currently be seen in the comedy horror film Zombie Strippers.

Bill Fawcett
Bill has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-playing gaming company. As a book packager, a person who prepares a series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company, Bill Fawcett & Associates, has packaged over 250 titles for virtually every major publisher including Wing Commander, Magic: The Gathering, Ultima, and Ultima Underworld.

David Franklin
David is best known to science fiction and fantasy fans as the consummate Peacekeeper officer Captain Braca on Farscape. Stepping on board the command carrier at the end of season one he has become a firm favorite with audiences, who have grown to love and hate him as Braca, who does whatever it takes to stay alive and advance in his quest for power. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Shane Glines
Shane is an illustrator, animator, and character designer. He is the founder and president of CartoonRetro.com, a website devoted to preserving the work of the great cartoonists and illustrators of the past. He worked as a layout and cleanup artist for John Kricfalusi’s Spümcø studio, before graduating to Warner Bros. where he was a character designer for several DC Comics based series, including Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond, and Justice League. He has also contributed character designs for Disney’s Kim Possible, and Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack.
Steve Gonsalves

Basil Gogos
Basil is the well known cover artist for the famous monster magazines Monsterscene and Monsters. The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos is a celebration of the career of the acknowledged master of film monster portrait art. To many fans of classic horror movies, the name Basil Gogos is as familiar as that of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi or Vincent Price. Gogos’ paintings are as iconic as his subjects.

Steve Gonsalves
Steve can be seen on the Sci Fi channel hit show Ghost Hunters. Steve is the TAPS tech manager and evidence analyst. As the technology manager, Steve oversees all members of the TAPS Tech team and the equipment. This includes investigators, technical advisors and investigators-in-training. Steve has been a public speaker about paranormal phenomena for more than ten years.

Erin Gray

Best known to Sci-fi audiences as Colonel Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Erin’s credits span everything from Silver Spoons and The Hitchhiker to Baywatch. For over two decades, she has performed in over a dozen feature films, including Six Pack, with Kenny Rogers, and Friday the 13th: Jason Goes to Hell. Today, she maintains a solid acting career and a strong family life while possessing a highly developed sense of public service. She is the spokesperson for the NCADV, and sits on the Advisory Board of Directors for Haven House, a battered woman’s shelter, and is the recipient of nine community service awards.

Erin Gray

Dean Haglund
Dean Haglund is best known for his nine seasons playing Langly, one of the computer geeks known a Lone Gunmen from the FOX TV series the X-Files, as well as from the spin-off series The Lone Gunmen. A long-time comedy improviser, he got his start with the likes of Ryan Stiles and Colin Mockery (Whose Line is it Anyway?) in the internationally award winning Vancouver Theater Sports League. He now regularly performs in Los Angeles with The Groundlings and Second City.

Dean Haglund

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Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell’s writing is characterized by vivid prose, erotic sensuality, complex character and world building. Laurell K Hamilton is a regular on the New York Times Bestseller List with both her series, Anita BlakeVampire Hunter, and Meredith Gentry-Fairy princess/private eye series. Marvel Comics worked closely with her to adapt her Anita Blake series into comic book medium with a stunning amount of success. The first graphic novel Guilty Pleasures was the number one selling graphic novel for that month. The comic medium has allowed her to give fans Anita the prequel they have been clamoring for in the form of a special two issue limited series entitled First Death.

Richard Hatch
Laurell K. Hamilton Internationally known actor, writer, and producer Richard (Battlestar Galactica’s Tom Zarek and the original series’ Captain Apollo) has written comics and co-authored eight novels in the BSG universe. He’s the editor and one of the writers for the BSG book entitled So Say We All. He also wrote/co-wrote a trilogy of Battlestar Galactica novels for Byron Preiss Publications.

Jason Hawes
TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) is headed by Jason and Grant Wilson, and is a close-knit group of paranormal researchers. Built on their mutual interest in getting to the bottom of everyday, paranormal occurrences, TAPS is an eclectic but unified bunch—and certainly not what you’d expect to find at the forefront of paranormal investigation. He is currently in the forth season of filming for the Sci Fi channel’s television series, Ghost Hunters.
Jason Hawes

Lance Henriksen

Lance is perhaps best known for portraying the android Bishop, an artificial life-form, in Aliens and Alien 3. He would go on to play Charles Bishop Weyland, the man Bishop’s appearance was based on, in Alien vs. Predator. He starred as Frank Black, a former FBI agent who possessed an ability to see into the minds of killers, in the TV series Millennium, created and produced by Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files. His performances on Millennium earned him critical acclaim, including a People’s Choice award, and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations.

Virginia Hey
Virginia’s acting career began following a successful modeling career, where she was spotted by casting directors and placed in her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in the film classic Mad Max 2: Road Warrior. Since then, she has appeared in Mussolini, Roar, The Living Daylights, and Signal One. Her last major television role was that of Priestess Zhaan on the Sci Fi Channel’s series, Farscape.
Lance Henriksen

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Stephen Hickman
Stephen has been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for over two decades. His work has been inspired by masters of fantasy and science fiction writing, J.R.R. Tolkein, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Clark Ashton Smith. Since 1976 he has illustrated over 375 covers for Ace, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkeley, Dell, Del Rey, Doubleday, Phage Press, Tor, and Warren Publications. He wrote The Lemurian Stone, which formed the basis for his Pharazar Mythos illustrations such as The Lion Pavillion, and is also reproduced along with The Archers, in Spectrum.
Virginia Hey

Tracy Hickman
Tracy is a best-selling fantasy author, best known for his work on Dragonlance as a game designer and co-author with Margaret Weis, while he worked for TSR. They also wrote the Darksword trilogy, the Death Gate Cycle, and the Sovereign Stone trilogy. He recently announced starting two new fantasy series, one being the six-book Dragonships series with his long-time writing partner Margaret Weis, and the other the three-book Drakis series with his wife, Laura.

James Hong
James has been in over 500 feature films and television shows. He is still going strong with his recent role in Twentieth Century Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still. He entertained millions as Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China, the voice of Chi Fu in Mulan, and appeared opposite popular stars like Harrison Ford in Blade Runner, and Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, and The Two Jakes. His television credentials include Seinfeld, Law and Order, Kung-Fu, and Hawaii 5-0.

James Hong

Joe Jusko
Joe is undoubtedly one of the best known fantasy, pin-up and comic artists in the world today. His career has spanned almost thirty years, starting with the sale of his very first cover for Heavy Metal magazine in 1977 at the age of 17. In addition to his work at Marvel over the years, Joe has produced art for many other companies and characters, including DC Comics, Crusade Comics, Innovation Comics, Harris Comics, Wildstorm Comics, Top Cow Productions, and Byron Preiss Visuals. Currently, he is working on a hardcover Art of Joe Jusko book, to be released by Desperado Publishing, and a graphic storytelling version of Steve Niles’ (author of 30 Days of Night) supernatural detective Cal MacDonald for Dark Horse Comics.

Stacy Keach
Versatility embodies the essence of Stacy’s career. As an actor he has expressed his talent in the theater, in film and television, and the range of his roles is remarkable. Probably best known around the Stacy Keach world for his portrayal of the hard-boiled detective, Mike Hammer, he is also well-known among younger generations for his portrayal of the irresistible, hilarious dad, Ken Titus, in the Fox sitcom, Titus, and more recently as Warden Henry Pope in the hit series, Prison Break. 10 Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn is an international phenomenon and the author of several series, including Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, and Nevermore. Her books always appear at the top of all national and international lists. She has over 11 millions copies of her books in print in 33 countries. In 2008, she debuted her comic book series, The Lords of Avalon which started in February. Her Dark-Hunter Manga is due to hit the stands this fall.

Walter Koenig
Walter theatrical directorial credits in Los Angeles include Hotel Paradiso, Becket, America Hurrah, Matrix, the award winning Three by Tenn and the stage adaptation of two original Twilight Zone episodes. He has been an actor for four decades and is best Walter Koenig remembered for his involvement in the original Star Trek television series, the seven movies that followed, his contribution to the five year series Babylon 5, and Moontrap. The internet Star Trek original series, New Voyages’ episode To Serve All My Day, a story about Pavel Chekov in which Walter again played the Russian character.

Katherine Kurtz
An outstanding writer of high fantasy, Katherine is best-known for her epic, ground-breaking Chronicles of the Deryni series. She also wrote Two Crowns for America, St. Patrick’s Gargoyle, Lammas Night, and the Adept series.

James Kyson Lee
James stars in NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated ensemble drama series Heroes as Ando Masahashi, a quiet Tokyo executive who embarks on wild adventures with his time-traveling friend Hiro Nakamura. In 2008, he will star in several feature films including the highly anticipated Shutter, Do Over, and Sleeping Room Only.

James Kyson Lee

Anthony Lewis
Anthony, brother of Matthew Lewis, began acting at age nine and had a three and half year stint playing Marc Reynolds on the popular British soap opera Emmerdale. He is filming an adaptation of Jonathan Trigell’s novel Boy A directed by John Crowley, as well as working on series two of Torchwood. He is also a member of the band The Good Die Young.

Matthew Lewis
Matthew has been acting since he was five years old, starting off with minor parts in television programs until he tried out for the part of Neville Longbottom, in Harry Potter. He has portrayed Neville Longbottom all of the Harry Potter films to date. For his role as Neville, Lewis wears yellow and crooked false teeth, two-sizes-too-big shoes and has plastic bits placed behind his ears in order to make them stick out more. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

Matthew Lewis

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Joseph Michael Linsner
Joseph, creator of indie comics goddess Dawn, has been in the comics industry for eighteen years now. In that time, he has gone from selfpublishing the landmark horror series Cry for Dawn to three Dawn miniseries (Lucifer’s Halo, Return of the Goddess, Three Tiers), to becoming an in-demand cover artist for Top Cow, Marvel, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment, and World of Warcraft.

Robert Llewellyn
Gareth David Lloyd

Robert is best known for his portrayal of Kryten, the sensitive mechanoid from the Emmy award winning BBC series Red Dwarf. His tolerance of prosthetic make up has become legendary in UK TV circles. Since the last episode of Red Dwarf was broadcast the DVD’s have sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Recently he played the role of the perplexed Gryphon in Neil Gaimen’s film MirrorMask.

Gareth David Lloyd
Gareth is a Welsh actor best known for his role as Ianto Jones in the British science fiction television program Torchwood. He has appeared in such UK television programs as Absolute Power, Casualty, Rosemary & Thyme, and The Bill, and recorded a number of M.R. James Ghost Stories entitled Tales of the Supernatural. Gareth co-wrote the hard-hitting Wrecked, a forty-five minute play on the effects of heavy drinking which starts with a drink-induced car crash.

Jake Lloyd

Jake is an American actor who gained worldwide fame when he was chosen by George Lucas to play the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Cirroc Lofton

Cirroc Lofton
Cirroc played the regular role of Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine beginning in 1993. He made his first acting appearance in the hit film Beethoven. He was cast as Jake Sisko later that same year. Filming DS9 kept him busy, but he made his first guest appearance in an episode of Moesha. He later made two guest appearances in Smart Guy as two different characters. Soon after DS9 ended, he was a main cast member on The Hoop Life.

Daniel Logan
At the top of Daniel’s growing resume sits his portrayal of Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Most recently he had roles in The Legend of Johnny Lingo, Internet Date, and Shades of Blue. He has worked on several commercials and had television appearances on the series Shortland Street, and Hercules: Legendary Journeys. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

Daniel Logan

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Sean Maguire
Sean rose to fame when he took on the role of “Tag” Ratcliffe on the BBC children’s drama Grange Hill. After leaving Grange Hill, he had a recurring role on the series Eastenders. On American television, he has had lead roles in the series Off Centre, created by the Weitz Brothers for the WB, Eve for UPN and last season’s comedy series The Class for CBS, created by Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane (Friends). On stage, he has performed in Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Joe Orton’s Loot, and Funny about Love.

Don Maitz
Don has produced outstanding work in fantastic realism. For twenty-five years, he has produced narrative paintings containing fantasy, science fiction, and historical images. His images adorn Sean Maguire books, magazines, cards, limited edition prints, puzzles, computer screen savers, and other merchandise. He has produced two art books, Dreamquests: The Art of Don Maitz, and First Maitz. He is featured as the cover artist in the first Fantasy Art Masters book and Spectrum magazine. He created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character and has worked as a conceptual artist on the animated feature films Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius and The Ant Bully.

James Marsters
James may best be known around the world for his ever popular cult character Spike, the punk-goth vampire who he played on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel for seven years. After working six years on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer he made the move to Angel for the last season it aired. He joined the cast of Smallville as Brainiac, an android that causes a severe riff between Clark and Lex. Most recently he completed work on the hit BBC television show Torchwood, starring opposite John Barrowman. Many fans may have also seen his recent appearance on the new hit TNT series Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter.

James Marsters

Anne McCaffrey
Anne’s first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in science-fiction novels in the 50’s and early 60’s. Anne’s talents as a storyteller are best displayed, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her Dragonriders of Pern series and in the The Ship Who Sang series.

Todd McCaffrey
New York Times Bestselling author Todd Johnson McCaffrey is most noted for his books in the Dragonriders of Pern series, both solo and in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey. His books include the Pern books Dragonsblood, Dragon’s Kin (with Anne McCaffrey), Dragon’s Fire (also with Anne McCaffrey), and the nonfiction work, Dragonholder. His latest solo book, Dragonheart, is due for release in November 2008. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Sylvester McCoy
Sylvester played the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, which he reprised as the voice of the Doctor in the PCbased video game, Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors. He has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and in King Lear, playing the Fool to Ian McKellen’s Lear, a performance which made use of McCoy’s ability to play the spoons.

Rebecca Moesta
Sylvester McCoy

Rebecca has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including the Crystal Doors series for Young Adults, the award-winning Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series, and two graphic novels with husband Kevin J. Anderson. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog magazine as well as numerous anthologies. She and her husband are currently coauthoring the Crystal Doors young adult series for Little, Brown.

Phil Morris
Phil portrayed the DC Comics superhero The Martian Manhunter in the CW television series Smallville. He voiced the villain Imperiex on Legion of Superheroes. He made his feature film debut in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and later guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.

Devon Murray
Devon’s acting career began in the film This is my Father which opened the door to an abundance of opportunities on the big screen. Angela’s Ashes closely followed by Yesterday’s Children increased Devon’s Devon Murray worldwide recognition, paving the way to his role of Seamus Finnegan in the Harry Potter series, which has taken the world by storm.

Jody Lynn Nye
Jody she has published thirty-seven books and more than one hundred short stories. Among the novels she has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking in Dreamland, Mythology 101, Mythology Abroad, Higher Mythology, Advanced Mythology, and The Magic Touch. She also wrote The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern, a non-fiction-style guide to the world of internationally best-selling author Anne McCaffrey’s popular world. Her newest book An Unexpected Apprentice is the first half of a fantasy duology for TOR Books. The second volume is due out in December 2008.

David Nykl
Known for his versatility and depth as an actor, David has also produced theatre and film projects, and co-founded Prague’s Misery Loves Company Theatre with Richard Toth and Ewan McLaren. He David Nykl is known to science fiction fans as the recurring Stargate Atlantis character of Dr. Radek Zelenka, a Czech scientist on Earth’s expedition to the “lost city” of Atlantis. His character often provides a foil to the main scientists, who forget the limits of their situation. 14 Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

Kathie Olivas
Kathie is a multi-media artist who resides with her husband and fellow artist, Brandt Peters. Sugary treats, dichotomous dreamlands, the cute and the corrupted, all find their way into the brief calm before the rebellion that feature her series of characters known as the misery children. The series focuses on imperfect characters that parallel this vision within their own sense of post-apocalyptic conformity, uniquely documenting their own stories in a mysterious brave new world.

David Pálffy
David is best known for his recurring roles as the powerful Goa’uld Sokar and Anubis in Stargate SG-1. He has made guest appearances in other science fiction series such as on X-Files, First Wave, Blade: The Series, and Andromeda. He played the role of Castillo, the main antagonist in the video game to movie adaption House of the Dead. He is married to Canadian actress and fellow Stargate SG-1 guest star Erica Durance.

David Pálffy

Hayden Panettiere—Progress Report Exclusive!
Hayden stars in NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated ensemble drama series Heroes as Claire Bennet, an indestructible high school cheerleader, who must veil her abilities from her peers as well as keep other secrets from her mysterious father H.R.G. Most recently, she starred in the independent film The Architect, opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Isabella Rosselini, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Mr. Gibb for Kevin Spacey’s company, Triggerstreet. She co-stars in the upcoming romantic dramedy Shanghai Kiss, and this past fall, she starred as the lead in Bring It On: All or Nothing, the sequel to Universal’s box-office hit.

Ray portrayed the taciturn but nimble villain Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; he’s also done stunt-double work in Sleepy Hollow and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. He had his first real speaking part in X-Men as Toad. He has been confirmed for the role of Snake-Eyes, one of the original contingent of G.I. Joe, for the upcoming movie of the same name, involving a variation of the international G.I. Joe force, which in the comics fought the minions of COBRA.

Hayden Panettiere

Ray Park

Buzz Parker
Buzz is the illustrator of Emily the Strange comic books and lends his talents to the clothing line, hardcover books, and upcoming juvenile fiction series. His personal late-night work on introspective Emily paintings and prints reflects a background passion both he and Reger share as core Emily art forms. Whereas Emily is a commercial success, Buzz’ primary interest has always been the art behind the brand. His personal influence of fine art mixed with Emily’s design aesthetic creates a more intimate look into Emily’s pop culture identity.

Ray Park

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Tahmoh Penikett
Tahmoh stars as Lieutenant Karl “Helo” Agathon on the Emmy Nominated Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica, and has recently received a starring role in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. He can also be seen in a guest starring capacity in a variety of other series including a recurring guest star on Whistler, Smallville, and The L Word. Recently, he has been seen in two films, Trick ‘r Treat, and The Green Chain, which will debuted at the Vancouver Film Festival.

Brandt Peters
Tahmoh Penikett

The subject of Brandt’s paintings is a world of creepy side-show icons, deviant Animalia, and ‘masked’ glorified cartoon alter egos. He is currently working on several designer toy projects with MINDstyle and Wheaty Wheat Studios as well as developing his own animation projects including his well known Slap-Happy! property. His work can be found in numerous galleries across the US, Canada, and the UK.

Robert Picardo
An accomplished actor and Yale graduate, Robert starred as the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager. His extensive television work has included a starring role Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, White Mile, and Deadly Matrimony. He has had recurring roles on Stargate SG-1, The Lyon’s Den, Home Improvement, and Alice, and he has guest-starred in such series as The Dead Zone, The 4400, Frasier, Outer Limits, Tales From The Crypt, Amazing Stories, Benson, and Taxi.

Tamora Pierce

Tamora is a New York Times bestselling author and has written twenty-five books, including her latest, Melting Stones, released by Full Cast Audio. Melting Stones marked the first time in publishing history in which an audiobook preceded the print version. Recently released, White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion, is the Marvel Comics series she co-wrote with her husband, Timothy Liebe.

Robert Picardo

Eric Powell
Eric has worked in is the comics field since 1995, but his true success came with the launch of his critically acclaimed dark comedy series, The Goon. He has contributed work on such comics’ titles as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Star Wars Tales, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, The Avengers, The Hood, MAD Magazine, Devil Dinosaur, Swamp Thing, The Avengers, She-Hulk, The Simpsons, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, and Action Comics.

David Prowse

David Prowse

David is an English bodybuilder, weightlifter and actor, who parlayed a reputation as the best-known “heavy” in modern British show business into the role of Darth Vader—and became a symbol of villainy for a whole generation of filmgoers. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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James Randi
James is former professional entertainer who toured internationally as an escape artist and magician until he retired from the stage and became known as one of the major figures in the international skeptics community. He was a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal—now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry—and in 1996 he set up the James Randi Educational Foundation [JREF]. He is the author of ten books, published in eleven languages, as well as many articles and book/media contributions.

Rob Reger
Emily the Strange is a fictional counterculture character, created by Rob and his company Cosmic Debris Etc. Inc. His friend Nathan The Amazing Randi Carrico designed Emily for a skateboard company in Santa Cruz, where Cosmic Debris was born. Cosmic Debris has plans to open an Emily retail store. He remains the key creative force behind the brand, and Buzz Parker is the key illustrator for the comic books and website.

Mike Resnick
Mike’s first novel was The Soul Eater, which was followed shortly by Birthright: The Book of Man, Walpurgis III, the 4-book Tales of the Galactic Midway series, The Branch, the 4-book Tales of the Velvet Comet series, and Adventures. Mike has won five Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and has been nominated for twenty-seven Hugos, eleven Nebulas, a Clarke (British), and six Seiun-shos (Japanese). He is first on the Locus list of all-time award winners, living or dead, for short fiction, and forth on the Locus list of science fiction’s all-time top award winners in all fiction categories.

John D. Ringo
John is a New York Times bestseller list author specializing in military science fiction. He has written several book series including, the Posleen War series—also known as The Legacy of the Aldenata, the spin off series, Cally’s War, Empire of Man, The Council Wars, Paladin of Shadows, and Voyage of the Space Bubble.
Rob Reger, Emily the Strange

Michael Rosenbaum
Michael has displayed his versatility as an actor by tackling diverse roles. Equally adept at comedy and drama, Rosenbaum has played characters ranging from a transvestite to a crazed fraternity boy to the intriguing Lex Luthor on Smallville. For the past two seasons, he has been the voice of The Flash on the Cartoon Network animated television series Justice League and has lent his voice to several episodes of such animated series as Batman Beyond, and The Wild Thornberries. He also provided the voice of Agent West in the WB Kids animated series, The Zeta Project.
Michael Rosenbaum

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Rowena
Rowena is one of the well known names in the world of science-fiction and fantasy illustration. During a career that has spanned three decades her paintings have appeared on hundreds of book covers, on calendars, portfolios, trading cards and in magazines such as Playboy, Omni, Art Scene International, and Print Magazine. Books of her own work have included The Fantastic Art of Rowena, Imagine (in France), Imagination (in Germany), and The Art of Rowena. She has also been included in many anthologies, such as, Tomorrow and Beyond, and Infinite Worlds.
Katee Sackhoff

Steve Rude
Steve became widely known in the comics world when he and writer Mike Baron created Nexus, an independent science fiction comic book with a large supporting cast. For the Nexus series, he designed a dozen or so distinctive alien races, including the Thunes, the Amphibs, the Quattros, the Giz, and the Demons. The stories were complex and thought-provoking because of their treatment of difficult themes related to justice, guilt and addiction. His style is a mixture of 1960s smooth lines and square jaws and more modern work with thick lines and complex compositions. He is also a master of page design, many of his comic book panels changing and merging with each other into new shapes allowing for panel progression that often has a strong sense of the passage of time.

Katee Sackhoff
Katee’s rough and ready portrayal of hotshot pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace has been stealing scenes on the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica for years now, turning heads and winning a Saturn award along the way. The actress known for fighting evil robots on Galactica became one herself when she played the villain in NBC’s update of the classic Bionic Woman series.

Dr. Michael Shermer

Dr. Michael Shermer
Dr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University. His latest book is The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics, previous works include Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case against Intelligent Design, Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown, and The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and Follow the Golden Rule.

Cliff Simon
Cliff Simon

Cliff has worked on various projects including a guest appearance on Nash Bridges, and a recurring guest appearance as Ba’al on Stargate SG-1. His latest project is a leading role as Ba’al in the Stargate movie, Stargate Continuum, due for release in the summer of 2008. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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Susan Sizemore
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance and fantasy vampire fiction, Susan is the author of the urban fantasy vampire series, Laws of the Blood. Her other titles include Primal Heat, Wings of the Storm, One of These Nights, Nothing Else Matters, A Long Night Ago, and Forever Knight: A Stirring of the Dust.

Kevin Sorbo
Kevin rose to international stardom in the title role of the hit series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, but has become equally well known as Dylan Hunt in the science fiction series, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. In addition to acting, Kevin is the spokesperson for A World Fit for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides gang, drug, and dropout prevention programming to kids at risk.

Kevin Sorbo

Jewel Staite
Jewel, until now best known for her role as Kaylee in Firefly and Serenity, she recently joined the cast of the Sci Fi Channel series Stargate: Atlantis as Dr. Keller, in addition to shooting the lead role in the feature The Tribe, which depicts the story of five young adults shipwrecked on a deserted island off the coast of Latin America where they encounter a lost tribe of savages.

William Stout
William is America’s leading dinosaur illustrator. His one-man show Dinosaurs, Penguins and Whales—The Wildlife of Antarctica has toured the art galleries of the world. Buck Rogerssaw the beginning of Stout’s film career. Stout has worked on over thirty-five feature films, including both Conan films, First Blood, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Return of the Living Dead Jewel Staite made Stout the youngest production designer in film history. He designed the Predator and “Edgar,” the big bug in Men In Black. His work for Pan’s Labyrinth, and The Prestige helped garner those films three Academy Award nominations (winning two for Pan’s Labyrinth). He is slated to work on del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness and Frank Darabont’s Fahrenheit 451.

George Takei
George, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, has more than thirty feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. His professional acting debut occurred on live television in the pioneering drama series, Playhouse 90. His motion picture debut was in Ice Palace. He returned as Sulu in World Enough and Time, an episode of the Star Trek New Voyages internet series. Most recently, he played Hiro Nakamura’s father Kaito Nakamura on the NBC television show Heroes.
George Takei

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Mark Texeira
While pursuing a graphic art career on his own, Mark studied under portrait painter David Leffel at the Art Students League. It wasn’t long before he won mentions at the Salmagundi Club and Society of Illustrators for his oil paintings, which sparked interest and work in the form of cover assignments for books, magazines and record albums involving such properties as Remo Williams, Buckaroo Banzai, and Public Enemy. Titles he has contributed to include Jonah Hex and its spinoff, Hex, Psi-Force, Punisher War Journal, Ghost Rider vol. 2, Wolverine vol. 2, Sabretooth, Spiderman: Legacy of Evil, Black Panther vol. 3, Moon Knight vol. 4, Vampirella, Cyclops, Hercules vol. 4, and Wolverine vol. 3.
Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove
Harry is an American historian and prolific novelist who has written historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction works. He is probably the best-known and most popular author of the genre of alternate history. In 1979, Turtledove published his first two novels, Wereblood, and Werenight, under the pseudonym “Eric G. Iverson”. He continued to use the “Iverson” name until 1985 when he published Herbig-Haro, and And So to Bed under his real name. He has several novels due for release in 2008 including The Valley-Westside War, The Man with the Iron Heart, and The Breath of God.

Margaret Weis
Margaret is a fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world and has written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn. Published fantasy works include the DragonLance series, which has sold over twenty million copies Adam West worldwide; the Darksword trilogy; the Death Gate Cycle; Rose of the Prophet, and the Sovereign Stone trilogy. Science fiction works include her series, Star of the Guardian, and the Mag Force 7 series.

Adam West
Adam is best known for playing the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne on the 1960s TV series Batman. He is also well known for his current role as the delusional Mayor Adam West on the show Family Guy. He has built a career doing voice-over work on a number of animated series including appearances on The Simpsons, The Critic, The Boondocks, Histeria!, Kim Possible, and Johnny Bravo. He also had a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s cartoon, The Fairly Odd Parents, as a catobsessed version of himself who is famous for playing a superhero called Catman.

Grant Wilson
Grand Wilson

TAPS co-founder and star of Sci Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunters, Grant has been investigating the paranormal since he was 15. When he’s not hunting or plumbing, he’s whipping together an authentic Italian dish (he spent two years in Italy and speaks Italian fluently). He also can be spotted writing songs on the piano and guitar, and penning fantasy novels. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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Bernie Wrightson
Bernie has been creating horror art for over thirty years. His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC, and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. He drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella Cycle of the Werewolf and the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, The Stand. He has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. He also did production design for the characters the Reavers in Serenity.

Janny Wurts
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Artist and accomplished author, Janny painted the covers to her fifteen published novels and short story collection. Her works have been translated into thirteen languages, worldwide, and a fantasy painting hangs in the illustration wing of the Delaware Art Museum. She has written several series, including the Wars of Light and Shadow, The Cycle of Fire trilogy, several stand-alone novels, a short story collection and the internationally best selling Empire trilogy that she co-authored with Raymond E. Feist.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
A professional writer for forty years, Chelsea has sold eightyfive books and more than ninety works of short fiction, essays, and reviews. She also composes serious music. In 2003, the World Horror Association presented her with a Grand Master award and the International Horror Guild honored her as a Living Legend in 2006. She has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. She is probably best known for her series of historical horror novels about the vampire Count Saint-Germain.

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ADDITIONAL FEATURED GUESTS
But we couldn’t stop there - in addition, Dragon*Con is proud to present the following featured Guests! (Current as of June 1, 2008) V Pete Abrams V Tracy A. Akers V Richard L. Altstatt V Jared Axelrod V Brian Bailie
2007 Guest Panel

V Larry D. Curtis V Kathleen O’Shea David V Keith R. A. DeCandido V Tony DiGerolamo V Debra Dixon V Elizabeth Donald V Carole Nelson Douglas V Jerry Doyle V Claire M. Eddy V John Everson V Glenda Finkelstein V Stephen Fleming V John L. Flynn V Bill Fogarty V Eugie Foster V Francesco Francavilla V Dr. Pamela L. Gay V Liz Lauren Gorinsky V Stephen Granade V Kevin R. Grazier V Andrew Greenberg V D. J. Grothe V Rosemary Ellen Guiley V Beverly Hale V David Harmer V Nicole Harsch V Raven Hart V Gary Kim Hayes V Tom Heintjes V Diana Tixier Herald V Rita Herron V George Hrab V John Hudgens V Matt Hughes V J. C. Hutchins V Bill Keel

V Christina Barber V Mike Baron V C. Kevin Barrett V Davey Beauchamp V Michelle Belanger V Joel Laurent Bellucci V Christian Alexander Beranek V Pierre Bernard, Jr. V Gina Biggs V Dee Bitner V Dr. Bob Blackwood V M. H. Bonham V Dr. John E. Bradford V Jennie Breeden V Heather Brewer V Fiona Broome V Lori Lipman Brown V Tobias S. Buckell V Robert Buettner V Erik S. Burnham V James Burns V Rachel Caine V Leah Cairns V Pat Carlucci V Greg Carter V Jamie Chambers V A. C. Charania

2007 Exhibiting Artists

V Julie Cochrane V Ann C. Crispin V Joe Crowe

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V Nancy Knight V Alethea Kontis V Tom Kratman V George Krstic V Bonnie Kunzel V Stephen and Suzie Lackey V Rich Larson V Mike Lee V Elizabeth Leggett V Rob Levy V J. F. Lewis V Richard C. Livingston V Todd Livingston V Kelly Lockhart V Dean Lorey V John Lotshaw V Jonathan Maberry V Scott MacMillan V Racheline Maltese V Marrus V Gail Z. Martin V Lee Martindale V Nathan Massengill V Kara Mikos V Tee Morris V Subatai Musashi V Bobby Nash V Jana Oliver V Heather Osborn V Terri Osborne V Jan Osburg V D. M. Paul V Lars Pearson V Carlos Pedraza V Anne C. Petty V Phil Plait V Van Allen Plexico V Cherie Priest V Benjamin Radford

V Scott Rorie V Selina Rosen V Tony Ruggiero V Mike Sakuta V Brandon Winn Sanderson V Steve Sansweet V Richard Saunders V Elizabeth Ann Scarborough V Jason Schneiderman V Randal L. Schwartz V Steve Scott V Stephen H. Segal V Josepha Sherman V Scott Sigler V Bradley H. Sinor V Alison Michelle Smith V John C. Snider V Jeanne C. Stein V Paul Stevens V Karen Stollznow V Eric James Stone V Gillian Summers V Dave Tango V Jonathan Tarbox V Sean Taylor V Greg Theakston V J. M. Tuffley V Clifton Tunnell V Laura J. Underwood V Andy Vetromile V Jeffrey Joseph Wagg V Jean Marie Ward V Toni Weisskopf V Mark I. West V M. B. Weston V C. L. Wilson V Michael Wolff V Dean Yeagle
2007 Walk of Fame 2007 Comics Artists Alley

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FAN TRACKS
Now, with over 3,500 hours of scheduled events in only four days, Dragon*Con 2008 promises to be our most exciting year ever! Our exciting foray of regular events include, panels, seminars, workshops, film and anime showings, gaming, the Masquerade, Independent Film Festival, charity auctions, Exhibit Hall, Art Show, our now annual Parade and much, much more. Thanks to the addition of the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel, we are proud to present four new tracks this year: Anime/Manga, Dark Fantasy Romance, MMORPGs, and Skeptics!
Ghostbusters Fan Group

American Sci-fi Classics
Wow! What a big year for American Science Fiction Classics. 2008 marks the anniversaries for a large number of Classics. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of King Kong, 70 years of Superman in the media, Planet of the Apes at 40, and Superman: The Movie turns 30. Returning again this year will be the popular Stump the Geeks trivia game, and the equally popular Faith and Fantasy. For more info as it is added, visit us at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#CLSC.

American Sci-fi Media
American Sci-Fi Media dives into the vast pool of what’s out there to watch! We cover what’s made for the US audience in the world of science fiction & fantasy, in both television and film. Panels of enthusiastic, dedicated, and only slightly wacky fans gather to dissect and investigate the nuances of their favorite series and movies, while special guests will give you a different perspective and provide a new dimension to the fun-filled analyses.

300 Costume Group

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Anime/Manga (NEW!)
The global infiltration of Japanese & Asian pop culture continues! This year, Dragon*Con is creating a special track devoted exclusively to anime, manga and media from the Land of the Rising Sun and beyond. We will be having a wide array of panels, speakers and workshops covering everything from classic anime, the history of manga, the future of the industry, and how to break into the business for yourself. Guests will include professionals, creators and insiders from all over the industry. There will also be a full schedule of anime video programming. These events are guaranteed to satisfy even the most ravenous otaku. Come and be a part of the anime/ manga revolution!
Kingdom Hearts Cosplayer

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Animation
From our earliest days we are exposed to animated media: Saturday morning ‘toons, Disney movies, and much more. The American animation industry has evolved, for better or for worse, into a robust, multimillion dollar industry featuring major players and independent producers alike. No other medium has the unique feel of animation, and no other industry has developed in such a unique way. From childhood favorites to the cutting edge animators of today, join the Dragon*Con Animation Track for a look through the animated medium. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to presentations by some of the key players from new and classic animation, and participate in workshops to give you insight on how different forms of animation are crafted and produced.

Anne McCaffrey’s Pern

Warner Brothers Monster

The official Anne McCaffrey fan track at Dragon*Con, Weyrfest is the place to be to discuss and explore Anne McCaffrey’s famous and fabulous universes! Meet Anne’s co-authors (or Anne herself!), get together with your fandom pals, and dicker over the details of dragons. For more about our track, check out dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#PERN—where you’ll find our panel schedule, guest listing, news updates, and a related links page.

Apocalypse Rising
It’s the end of the world as we know it…and we feel fine. Does the end of the world fascinate you? Do you love zombies, Jericho, War of the Worlds, Jeremiah, or I am Legend? Join us at the Apocalypse Rising track at Dragon*Con! Apocalypse Rising is in its second year at Dragon*Con after having a fantastic debut year in 2007. We will be reviving several popular panels this year, including our religion panel and our Zombie Squad survival seminar. Join us for The Future Looks Grim: Prophecies of the Apocalypse, End of days on Film: Apocalyptic Cinema, The Apocalypse will be Televised, Dead Man Viewing, and several other exciting panels all devoted to our favorite subject, the end of the world. And don’t forget to join us for our survival game where you can find out if you can win in a survival of the fittest, or if you’ll be the first one fed to the zombies!

Art Show Forums and Workshops
We are planning many exciting events for the 2008 Dragon*Con Art Show including the annual Iron Artist competition, a large canvas on which all the attending Artists can draw or paint (which will be sold at the Art Show voice auction), live music, demonstrations, and other wonderful events. We will be hosting our annual Artists’ Reception on Friday night of the convention. Art Show panel discussions and demonstrations are located just outside the Print Shop exit in Hannover F and G. There will also be booths for local colleges with Art programs, and don’t miss the incredible Western Ghost Town themed Diorama located in the center of the Art Show.
Art Show Exhibit

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British Sci-fi Media
The British Science Fiction Media Track is coming along magnificently this 2008 convention year. We have a new website, exciting new guests, and a bigger track room. As most of you know, Dragon*Con is “sharing the joy that is Dragon*Con,” as Pat Henry would say, by extending ourselves into an new hotel! Taking advantage of the space, the Brittrack is moving from the Hyatt over to our new sister hotel the Sheraton! We will be located on the second level of the Sheraton in the room titled “Valdosta.” In the guest department so far we have Gareth David-Lloyd, who plays Ianto on Torchwood! Several old and new faces will be returning this 2008 as well. For more details on guests keep an eye on the Dragon*Con website (www.dragoncon. org) or for more information, visit us at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#BRIT. Our programming will be posted on our website soon, as well as a request for panelists! Yes, you can be a panelist for the Brittrack! Interested? Then go to our website and fill out a panelist application! We look forward to seeing you at the Sheraton for the 2008 Convention!

Monty Python Costume

Comics and Pop Art
Dragon*Con has expanded the Comics track for 2008 (now relabeled the Comics and Pop Art track), infusing designer toys, character design and illustration art into the already vibrant mix of guests taking part in this track each year. In addition to an eclectic roster of programming and talent—including the Nexus creative team of Steve Rude and Mike Baron, Playboy cartoonist Dean Yeagle, character designer extraordinaire Shane Glines of Batman Beyond, Samurai Jack and Kim Possible, illustrators/toy designers Brandt Peters and 2007 Comics Artists Alley Kathie Olivas, horror art icons Bernie Wrightson and Basil Gogos, Retro Art Master Derek Yaniger, The Goon creator Eric Powell, and painter Joe Jusko (to name but a few)—Comics and Pop Art will feature: V a Dragon*Con exclusive toy release from MINDstyle’s “Scavengers” line of vinyl figures, designed by guest Kathie Olivas and strictly limited to only 200 pieces, V a Lowbrow and Pop Art reception at the Garden Courtyard pool of the Atlanta Sheraton, presented in conjunction with our friend Chris Warner of the Alcove Contemporary Art Gallery (www.alcovearts.com) Friday evening—celebrating this exciting new direction with art on display, live music, custom toys and much more, V a special appearance by Kid Robot’s divine Toy Baroness, V a live comics art jam taking place Saturday evening, V a cross-pollination of panels, programming and events with many other Dragon*Con tracks,
Superman Costume

V and a few soon-to-be-announced surprises that will no doubt leave fans of these mediums salivating for Labor Day weekend to arrive.

We invite you to join us for what will surely be a spectacular inaugural celebration of the newly-christened Comics and Pop Art track at Dragon*Con! 26 Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

Costuming
This year we are focusing on form as well as function as we bring you a variety of panels and guests that will hopefully give you new directions as you create your own costumes for fun and profit. This year we celebrate the art of “hands-on” panels. We are bringing you some of our regular panelists as well as some new things that include: Vacuforming for props and armor, body painting, armor creation as well as a armor-making contest, dental prosthetics with vacu-form, wings and things, and even a panel that will demonstrate techniques for sculpting make-up prosthetics. In addition, we are bringing back “The Dragon*Con Costuming Contest”; the only place where we award based on style and technique…not just presentation. And where would we be without our rapidly growing “Dragon-After-Dark” contest on Saturday that spotlights the slightly macabre and mature-themed costumes. See you all in September.

2007 Costuming Contestant

Dark Fantasy (Goth/Horror/Paranormal Romance)
Horror, Romance, and Gothic Entertainment intersect at the new Dark Fantasy track-Dragon*Con’s new home for all things dark, sinister, and seductive. From authors and metaphysicians to musicians and DJ’s, this track is sure to offer something for attendees with a love of “the dark side.” The Dark Fantasy track will be spread out over two rooms this year. One room will feature horror, and the other room will spotlight paranormal romance early in the day and gothic culture later in the afternoon. Among the topics to be discussed are vampires (of course), urban fantasy, Dark Shadows, steampunk, Weird Tales magazine, fallen angel lore, eroticism in supernatural fiction, the Cthulhu mythos, horror gaming, Robert E. Howard, and the depiction of goth culture in the mainstream.
Vampire Costume

Leave the shadows behind...and embrace the darkness. Visit us at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks. php#GOTH for the latest information.

Electronic Frontiers Forum
Worried about freedom of speech, privacy, and your rights on line? So are we! Now in its tenth year, Electronic Frontiers Forums covers your rights on the Internet and the latest trends in online media. Topics include online privacy, security, freedom of expression, intellectual property, online activism, social networking, online publishing, and multi-player gaming. This year we plan to cover national security letters, electronic voting machines, where the presidential candidates stand on technology issues, legal issues in Second Life, Web 2.0, and IT employees vs. contractors in the post-Vizcaino era. Returning favorite panels will include Hacking 101, 201, and 301, Web Comics, and Self Publishing. Please visit us at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#EFF.
South Park Costumers

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Filk
Filk Singing began life as a typographic error of “Folk Singing” in a convention program book back in the early 1960’s. Instead of correcting the mistake, a new form of music called “filk” was created. Filk songs come in two varieties-parodies of popular songs with an SF theme (or fantasy or horror, etc.) and original music with the same themes. Join us each evening for the usual hilarity and throat-drying festivities (“where the heck can we get some water!?”)
2007 Live Performance

Gaming Programming
Interested in Gaming at Dragon*Con but don’t know where to start? Then Gaming Programming is for you. Our panels introduce you to the various gaming options at the convention and include explanation and exploration of LARPS, RPGA gaming, non-MMO computer gaming as well as allowing game manufacturers and developers a chance to let you know what is coming in the next year. Topics of general interest to the gaming community such as the impact of gender or violence in gaming are also discussed.

Independent Film Track
The Independent Film Track is the place to be for filmmakers and film-lovers, with a combination of feature screenings, filmmaker panels, and Independent Short Films! For the film-lover, we’ll have a full slate of the very best short films on the fest circuit: twisted animation, spine-chilling horror, cutting edge fantasy, challenging science fiction, fast paced action, and all Stacks of Gaming Boxes kinds of comedy are just a start. Hours of great films, often with the filmmakers in attendance for Q & As. Awards will be presented on Monday—you won’t want to miss it. For filmmakers, we’ll have speakers with insights you need. In the past few years this has included directors and producers discussing their work, make-up and FX artists describing the tricks of the trade, festival directors explaining how to get your film before the public, storyboard artists expounding on how to save time and effort, and lawyers spelling out what you absolutely need to know. It’s like a year of film school in four days. And let’s not forget our features. We show only a limited number, so each is something really special. Just in the last few years, attendees have be treated to the best in indie horror with the apocalyptic The Signal and the satiric Blood Car, the best in fantasy with Pirates of the Great Salt Lake, and the Sun Dance favorite, Forgiving The Franklins. From early in the morning to well past midnight, it’s non-stop cinema. To learn more about what is going to happen this year keep watching the Dragon*Con Indie Film website at filmfest.dragoncon.org.

Undead Prop in Dealers Room

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MMORPGs (NEW!)
For those of you who spend more time in Azeroth, Norrath, Middle Earth, Paragon City, or the EVE Galaxy than you do in the “Real World”, the Dragon*Con MMO track is your home away from home while at Dragon*Con. We will have activities and panels for just about every flavor of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game including, but certainly not limited to, World of Warcraft, Everquest, Pirates of the Burning Sea, City of Heroes (and Villains), and Lord of the Rings Online. In addition, we will have information on upcoming releases in the genre, featuring demonstrations and Q & A sessions with the developers of Age of Conan, Warhammer Online, Stargate Worlds, and many others. For the latest information on our panels and activities (including our weekend-long quest and costume contest), join our year-round community at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#MMORPG.

Podcasting: Now and Beyond

WoW Nightelf Costume

Here, there are no limits to what can be created in the realm of Portable Media. In Podcasting you’ll find a world rich in Science Fiction, Fantasy and original Speculative Fiction content like no other and we’re excited to once again be bringing a large contingent of talented podcasters to Dragon*Con. Are you already a fan? Come and see panels and live shows featuring your favorite podcasts like “Slice of Sci-Fi”, “The Signal” and “The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe” where you the listening audience, get to be a part of the action. If you’re looking to start your own podcast, we’ll have panels to give you tips from the masters on audio and video production, promoting your show and building a fan base. Our annual “Podcasting Your Novel” panel is always standing room only, featuring popular authors like Michael A. Stackpole, Scott Sigler and J.C. Hutchins, with tips on how to turn your unpublished work into a podcast or Podiobook that may someday earn you best seller status.

We’ll also be hosting the Third Annual Parsec Awards, dedicated to rewarding excellence in various aspects of Speculative Fiction Podcasting, Sci-fi & Fantasy Original Content, Podiobooks and a variety of other categories dealing with the new frontiers of Portable Media. For additional information on Podcasting and Portable media, and to download Podcasts of our featured panelists and live shows come see us online at: podcasting.dragoncon.net.

2007 Live Performance

Robotics
The Robotics Track goal this year is to teach you to build your own robot. Children and Adults are welcome to come learn how to build a robot, for Combat in our very own Robot Battles™, to complete everyday tasks, or to help you take over the world. In 2008 we will be continuing our robotic competitions: Robot Battles™ on Monday (one of the longest-running robot competitions in the world) and our 4th annual antweight robot fight on Sunday. For complete information about Robot Battles™ and Robot MicroBattles, including rules and contest times, please visit us at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks. php#ROBOT. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!
Build Your Own Robot!

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Sci-fi and Fantasy Literature
Welcome back to the Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature track. I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped us make it to our third year at Dragon*Con, a year with the most excitement so far! We are the track for those of you who like to read. More than that, we are the track for those of you who enjoy discussion of what you read, who you read and why don’t you like that book, hmmm? Tolkien or Lewis? Who are the giants of the genre? If you have an opinion on these or anything else having to do with the printed word, check us out.
White Witch Costume

Some of your favorites are back—Dead Author’s Society, SciFi and Fantasy Jeopardy, author showcases to name just a few. We’ll have some new things too—a look at some fannish history in addition to history of the genre—and who knows what else is in store. For more information, check out sffantasylit. dragoncon.org. We’re just starting out there but that’s the place to find schedules and news. Let’s have another great year!

Silk Road: Asian Cinema and Culture
The Silk Road track covers all aspects of Asian culture from traditional to new wave pop and cinema. We explore and discuss Asian dress, dance and history with interactive panel demonstrations and discussions. Our programming includes such topics as Chinese dance, eastern medicine, manga, haiku, origami, martial arts, green tea, geishas, and Godzilla. Modern culture and cinema topics are explored through screenings and panel discussions that result in lively audience participation. We have screened as well as premiered short films and full feature length productions. Each year we have had film directors Chinese Dragon Costume introduce their films, discuss them, and take audience questions. Our main focus is Asian horror, but martial arts and Godzilla films are explored as well.

Skeptics Track (NEW!)
After many years of Skeptics being represented in the Space and Science tracks at Dragon*Con, we are proud to announce the inaugural year of “Skeptrack”. Our list of guests include many of the world’s most prominent skeptics from the world of television, podcast and print media: ‘The Amazing’ James Randi, Skeptic Society founder Dr. Michael Shermer, Paranormal Investigators Benjamin Radford and Alison Smith, and “The Bad Astronomer” Dr. Phil Plait to name just a few. In addition to the new programming, we are reprising by popular demand last year’s standing room only “Skeptics vs. Believers” debate, where our skeptical heroes tackle the specters of pseudoscience and the paranormal in their quest for the truth.
Ghost Hunter, Jason Hawes

For events as they unfold, to join in the discussion groups, and for more information about Skepticism, critical thinking and paranormal investigation visit Skeptrack on the web at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks. php#SKEPTIC. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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Space
So what do you think of when you hear “Dragon*Con Space Track”? A few NASA nerds? Someone talking about some stars? Past Moon missions? Well, you will get all of that but there is SO much more!! To US, Dragon*Con Space Track is: Planetary Probes. Alternative Histories of Space Exploration. The Next 50 Years in SpaceSpace Colonies? Once and Future Space Telescopes. 96% of the Universe Is Missing? Solar Power. The Big Bang. International Year of Astronomy. Space Tourism. But that’s not all. We have loads of gorgeous pictures of the universe and we even give them away! Check out the delights of night sky yourself with our LIVE ASTRONOMY!! Bring your kids and test their memory with our celestial objects memory game. And find out “What we can do with 125,000 research assistants”! Dragon*Con Space Track—we bring the universe to you!

Rocketeer Costume

Science
Mad scientists have a bad rap these days. We are stereotyped as being arrogant, callous and kind of creepy, all of which is true, but we’re also accused of being boring. As if! The guests and speakers of the Dragon*Con 2008 Science Track are the folks who put the science in science fiction, baby! Since the word ‘science’ covers some pretty diverse subject matter, we’ve put together a veritable plethora of intellectual treats for giant throbbing brains everywhere. If after all of that you still insist upon the stereotype, well, there’s always the Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow Annual Recruitment Drive and Bake Sale. So why not grab a body, yours or someone else’s, living or dead drag it on down to our neck of the woods and donate it to Science for a few hours. We promise—we’ll take really good care of it. In fact, we can proudly state that NONE of our attendees or guests have been maimed, blown up or otherwise killed a lot as a result of attending Science Track events, as far as we know.

2007 Musical Tesla Coils

Star Gate: Offworld Fandom
The Star Gate Offworld Fandom track (SGOWF) welcomes you to another year of planned and unexpected treats for all stargate fans! Last year, with the incredibly fan-friendly Paul McGillion as our host, we held a spontaneous charity auction and in just 20 minutes, rose over $2,500 for the American Diabetes Association! This year, we are planning a full hour charity auction—and yes, in a larger space! The SGOWF fan community continues to expand and welcomes your participation in making this year of fan events the best ever! We need you to help “Open the Iris”! We have again reserved a block of hotel rooms! You can learn more by visiting us today at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#SGOF for more information!
2007 Star Gate Parade Group

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DRAGON*CON 2008 REGISTRATION FORM
pLease prinT cLearLY; please only one Membership per Form; Feel Free to Make copies Date: ____________________________________________________________________________ Last Name: _______________________________________________________________________ First Name/ Middle Initial: ___________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Zip Code: ________________________________________________________________________ City/State: ________________________________________________________________________ Country: _________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone: _____________________________________________________________________ Birth date (MM/DD): _______________________________________________________________ Badge Name (limited to 20 characters): _________________________________________________ E-mail: __________________________________________________________________________ Primary Interest (check ONE): q Anime q Books q Art q Comics Dragon*Con 2008 August 29-September 1 Membership rates are: $75 until July 15, 2008 $90 thereafter, and at the door _____ _____ Group Memberships are discounted $5 per Membership when 10 or more are purchased in advance at one time, in one envelope. Saturday Evening Guest Awards Banquet Tickets @ $35 each (Limited to 400) Paid by: q Cash q Money Order q Check q Charge q Film / TV q Games q Horror q Music q Science q Writer

TOTAL: _______________ (Visa/MasterCard only)

Account Number: ___________ ____________ ____________ ____________ Expiration Date: _______/_______ Mail payments to: Dragon*Con 2008 Memberships PO Box 16459 Atlanta, GA 30321-0459 Credit card purchases only may fax registration forms to (770) 909-0112. For any additional information you may phone us at (770) 909-0115 or e-mail us at dragoncon@dragoncon.org. I agree to be completely responsible for any and all damage I cause to Hotel or Convention property. I further understand that violation of Convention rules will result in the loss of my Convention badge and forfeiture of my Convention membership. I understand that access to all Convention functions requires a Convention badge worn in plain sight, and that there are no replacements for missing or lost badges. Signature: ________________________________________________________________________
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HOST HOTELS
Our host hotels for 2008 will again include the familiar surroundings of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta along with the legendary Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Atlanta Hilton. The Hilton is across the street from the Marriott which is connected by a climate-controlled tube-way to the Hyatt. The Marriott is easily the most architecturally unique hotel in the city, if not the entire Southeast. We are pleased to announce the addition of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel to the list of fabulous hotels hosting Dragon*Con 2008! D*CTV will be available at all four host hotels, and new this year, many of the main programming events will be broadcast throughout the convention! So stop standing in line—order room service, kick back and enjoy the show from the comfort of your hotel room! Hotel Hilton Atlanta Hotel** Hyatt Atlanta Hotel (3 Nights) Hyatt Atlanta Hotel (4 Nights) Marriott Marquis Hotel Sheraton Atlanta Hotel* Single/ Double DGN ($168) DCON ($157) DCO4 ($153) DRADRAA ($165) $149 Triple DGN ($188) DCON ($167) DCO4 ($163) DRADRAA ($165) NA Quad DGN ($208) DCON ($177) DCO4 ($173) DRADRAA ($165) NA

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Suite/Club Level NA NA NA NA $179

* NOTE: The Sheraton does not currently have room codes. You must however, mention you are with Dragon*Con in order to receive these rates. ** NOTE: The Hilton has a corporate policy to charge a one night stay in advance. The money will be refunded if you cancel 48 prior to your reservation date. To book rooms via phone, call the Hyatt at 404-5771234, the Marriott at 404-497-4661 (7:30 AM - 11:00 PM), the Hilton at 404-659-2000, or the Sheraton Hotel at 404-659-6500. Be sure to mention you are with Dragon*Con when you call any of our hotels. If you don’t, you may be quoted a higher rate, or be told the hotel is sold out.
Marriot Marquis

Enclosed valet parking at all four hotels is $24/day, the Marriott charges $26/ day for oversize vehicles. Note: the Hilton parking garage height is 6 feet. Parking decks around the hotels are $5–$10/day (cheaper on weekends if you can find a good rate), but generally don’t allow in-and-out privileges. All four hotels are convenient to MARTA’s Peachtree Center station. The Hyatt and Marriott can both be reached from the station via indoor walkways. MARTA has direct train service from Hartsfield Airport’s terminals with no transfers, with an approximate travel-time of 30 minutes from the airport to Peachtree Center and our hotels. Fare is $1.75. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Overflow Hotels
Hotel Baymont Suites Days Inn The Glenn Hotel*
Sheraton Atlanta

Phone 866-907-0610 404-659-7777 404-523-1144 404-521-2250 800-535-0707 404-524-5555 404-659-1400 800-996-3426 404-659-2727

Single $95 DRAG ($95) $132 $109 $182 $105

Double $95 DRAG ($95) $132 $109 $182 $105

Triple $95 DRAG ($95) $132 $119 $202 $105

Quad $95 DRAG ($95) $132 $119 $202 $105

Holiday Inn Westin Hotel** Wyndham

* NOTE: Early Departure Fee: $75 ** NOTE: Extra persons are $20 per night. There is a three night minimum stay with one night prepaid, which is charged at the time of reservation and is non-refundable. For those staying more than three nights, early departure of one night is allowed if the hotel is notified in advance or at check-in of the early departure. Otherwise, a $75 fee will apply. The Westin rate of $182 is valid until July 28th. After that date, the prevailing higher rack rates will apply.

Courtesy Buses/Location Map
Dragon*Con is proud to provide courtesy buses between all of our host and official overflow hotels! The bus stops will be located at the following places: the Days Inn on Baker Street at the front entrance to the hotel, the WestinPeachtree will be on Andrew Young International Blvd. across the street from the side entrance to the hotel, the Holiday Inn on Andrew Young International Blvd. at the front entrance to the hotel, the Glenn Hotel will be on Marietta St. in front of the hotel, Marriott/Hyatt on Peachtree Center Ave. in front of the Marriott, the Baymont Suites and Wyndham on Piedmont directly in front of the two hotels, the Hilton will be on the northeast corner of Baker and Courtland, the Sheraton will pick up in front of the hotel on Courtland, and the Hyatt Regency at the northeast corner of Baker and Peachtree Rd. (this stop is for wheelchairs only). Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for a resizable map!

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FAN TRACKS (CONTINUED)
Star Trek: TrekTrak
“BIG” NEWS! TREKTRAK IS MOVING! After nine years in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and four years in the Baker Room, the Star Trek convention at Dragon*Con is moving to the fabulously huge Savannah Room in the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel, with more than 2,000 square feet! No less than 25 programming events planned for 2008 including Star Trek Online Simming, Reinventing Star Trek, Star Trek Comic Books... Again?, The Missing Minority: “Blood & Fire,” Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica, and the return of the event that turns your typical convention Q & A upside down: The TrekTrak Show! And do not miss the biggest event of the year: The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, named as one of the “Top 11 Most Offbeat Beauty Pageants in America” by America Online for two years in a row! For complete information visit the TrekTrak web site at dragoncon.org/fan_ tracks.php#TREK! Live Long and... Q’pla!

Federation Costume

Star Wars: Matters of the Force
The halls of four hotels and the streets of Atlanta will be abuzz with Rebels, Clones, Siths, and Lightsabers as the Star Wars Programming Track, aka, Matters of the Force (MotF) celebrates its 15th year! The tradition of the costume contest, prop building challenge, trivia, costume workshops, and special guest appearances will be ever present. However, we have a few surprises hiding in the wings—Steve Sansweet, Saber Idol, the New York Jedi Combat Team, and a revamped Cantina! We are happy to announce that Jake Lloyd will attend his first Dragon*Con and we welcome back Daniel Logan, Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse and Ray Park. For more information visit our website at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#MOTF.
Sith Cheerleader

Tolkien’s Middle Earth
One con to rule them all One place to find them One track to bring them all And in Atlanta bind them Welcome to Tolkien’s Middle-earth! If you’re looking for a fantastical place, filled with Elves, Hobbits, and talking trees, in a world full of myth and magic, then this is the place for you. The Tolkien Track pays homage to the beloved creator of Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien, and his myriad of works, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Silmarillion, and The Children of Hurin. For up-to-date information including schedules, guest and staff bios, and the latest track news, please stop by our official website dragoncon.org/ fan_tracks.php#TOLK. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Whedonverse
The Whedon Universe Track. We are your “key” to unlocking all the secrets to your favorite Joss Whedon shows, movies, and comics. We offer fan based discussion panels and original games to feed your mind and enrich your geek soul instead of cursing it like a band of filthy gyspsies. Throw in celebrity Q & A sessions, The Shindig, and the infamous Buffy Horror Picture Show and you’ve got more Joss Whedon than should legally be allowed in one weekend. Just don’t let the Senior Partners get a whiff of all the worldly fun you’re having and you might make it out in one piece!
2007 Parade Browncoats

Whedon Universe....your full service Joss Whedon Fan Track visit dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#WHEDON for all the gory details!

Wheel of Time
The “Wheel of Time” track is sad to announce the death of our favorite author, Robert Jordan on September 17th, 2007. We will be marking this solemn occasion with special memorial panels and events. Brandon Sanderson, the author tapped by Jordan’s family to complete the final “Wheel of Time” novel will be our guest this year. We will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dragonmount.com, the largest WoT fansite on the web and will feature a special presentation by the organizers of JordanCon, the first “Wheel of Time” fan convention. For more information, please see our website at dragoncon.org/fan_tracks.php#WOT.

Writer’s Track

If you’re like 99% of us, you have a story to tell. Is it a novel? A short story? A game? A comic? A screenplay? Writers’ Track will play host to 31 hours of programming designed to put you on the right “track” to publishing those stories—whatever form they take. This year’s schedule features a two-hour segment by Debra Dixon based on her book: Goal, Motivation and Conflict—one of the best tools for writers ever published. In addition, those hour hours are chocked full of good advice, good laughs and good ideas to make your writing dream come true.

Historical Costumer

X Track
Join us as we explore the world of the paranormal, strange and supernatural. We will discuss your favorite paranormal shows, including The X-Files, Millennium, The Lone Gunmen, Ghost Hunters, Supernatural, and many others. Additionally, X Track schedules panel discussions about the paranormal, ranging from ESP and hypnosis to cryptozoology with side trips to aliens, psychic encounters and questions of reality. Do you want to believe? Join us as we search for the truth.
Alien Costumer

For up-to-the-minute details on the panels and activities we have planned, visit the track web site at www.xtrack.dragoncon.net.

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Young Adult Literature
If you read speculative fiction and you’re not branching out into the YA section of your local bookstore, you’re missing out on the best work that’s being written in our field today. We are far from being only about the Potter fandom, our track will be running panels featuring many guest authors! This year we’re featuring the Yule Ball Video Dance Party. Please note that there will be some changes in the way we’re holding our Yule Ball Costume Contest. Visit our website for details. Of course to attend the Yule Ball, any attire is appropriate. Costumes are only required if you wish to enter the costume contest. We’ll also be discussing Narnia, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, graphic novels, fan fic, folklore, sexuality in YA, books with strong female characters, books for boys, and Harry Potter fun and games. Come join us for these events, march in the parade, do some crafts, dance at the Yule Ball, and so much more in what promises to be an exciting weekend! Please see the complete schedule for more details. Our track website can be found at www.yalit.dragoncon.net/index.html.

Harry Potter Costumer

G12-13 International Hall
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DEALERS/EXHIBITORS LIST
With over 80,000 square feet of selling space, Dragon*Con hosts the largest Dealer/Exhibitor Halls in the world! Merchandise runs the gamut of products, from weapons to games, comic books and art to costumes, and videos to jewelry. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s here!

Exhibitor Hall 1: Imperial Ballroom
V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V Artemis Leather Berta Platas Et Al Big City Comics Blind Ferret Entertainment Borders Express Bullseye Calcom The Contact Lens Company Corsets by Casta Diva East Coast Propers.com Edgework Imports, Inc. Edhellen Armoury Greyson Wolf, Inc. House of Anime K and J Non-Sports Cards Kristismart Romantic Coats Lotus Blossom Photography Margaret Weis Productions Medical Visions V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V Metamorph USA Mighty Barnacle Ms. Martha’s Corset Shoppe Museum Replicas Ltd. Onyx Hollow Pawstar Pegasus Publishing Pendragon Costumes Rebel Base Comics & Toys Roger Dean RT Originals Saracura Shadows on the Wall The Shoe Guy Solomon’s Mine Southeastern Browncoats Starbase Atlanta Video Games New York

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Exhibitor Hall 2: Marquis Ballroom
V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V 38 A Wrinkle in Time Bead-Azzled Blade Replica Brute Force Leather Bud K Worldwide Capt. Comics CCP/White Wolf Publishing Chessex Manufacturing Coffee Shop of Horrors Dark Horse Comics Earth Wisdom Elmore Productions Faery Life Fool Moon Treasures, Inc. Funcom Holistic Design Honeck Sculpture Intergalactic Trading Co. James Hill Studios King Roach Enterprises Larry Smith, Bookseller Lightspeed Fine Art V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V Linsner.Com Magical Fashions Maxx Empire LLC Meana Styles Meow-Comics Miniature Building Authority The Missing Volume More than Printing (Bump in the Night) Mythril Merchants Pegasus Publishing Reel Art Roguelike Fiction SellingOutForFun AndProfit.com Skirmisher Publishing StylinOnline.com Titan Games Troll & Toad Troma Entertainment World in Chains

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Dealer Hall: International Hall
V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V Ambient Arts Anime Remix Aradani Studios Arsenal Models Badali Jewelry Specialties Balls Out Entertainment Bast’s Garden Bill Stout Brazin Lady Custom Bronze Creations Brick by Brick Design Buzzy Multimedia Calcom Chimera Publishing The Contact Lens Company The Crafty Celts Crazy Ed’s Comics Crimson Chain Leatherworks Crystal & Fantasy Creations Darkepoison Designs Darkside Ltd. Discotek Media The Dragon’s Keep The Dragon’s Lair Dumpster Wear Eclipse Ellen Million Graphics Fandom Fashions by Figment Firefly Cargo Bay Flyboy Film Productions Gamer Concepts Greentea Design, Inc. The Griffin Works Heroes & Dragons Hollywood Book-Poster Co. Holy Cow Anime Imperial Weapons J & J Enterprises Jaxbooks Jerry Ohlingers Movie Memorabilia Junior’s Comics and Cards Kit Rae Design Studio Kujaku Trading Laurell K. Hamilton Le Petit Mort The Lovers Knot M.B. Weston & Sandy Lender Madd Hatter’s Treasure Chest V Marvelous Mayhem V Midnight Syndicate Soundtracks V Molly’s/Virgin Iron V Morbidly Adorable Creations V Mythix Studios, Inc. V Nene Thomas Illustrations V Odin’s Cosmic Bookshelf V Offworld Designs 2007 Dealers/Exhibitors V OnTheRunVideo. com V Queen’s Domain LLC V Rak Graphics V Ravenwing Wearable Art V Reel Imports V Rowena V Ruth Thompsons Tarnished Images V Scarlett’s Corset V Sigh Co. Graphics V Spacial Anomaly Gallery V Spiral Moon V Starbase Atlanta V Stephanie Romano V Strike Zone V StylinOnline.com V The Swordmark Co. V Sundreams and Myths V Super Giant Comics V T&G Books and Productions V Tales of Wonder.com V Titan Games & Comics V Tracy A. Akers/Aisling Press V Triangle Cards V Troll & Toad V Twilight Creations V Venture Effects V Wee Bee Cards V Wes Tillander V Westerfield Studios V The Wizard’s Wagon V Wolfhome Adventuring Outfitters V Yard Dog Press
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LIVE PERFORMANCES
Abney Park
Abney Park is a Black Sheep of the Black Clad crowd. Evocative of both old-world mystery and futuristic technology, Abney Park is a strong and original musical presence in a genre far too used to formula. With music and lyrics both dark and mystical, Abney Park creates an emotional and cerebral world unlike anything found in the Gothic genre today. Ghost stories and nightmares, myths and magic float in and out of a music that bounces between industrial dance and symphonic epics from the dark western forests to the desserts of the Far East.

Abney Park

Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
ARTC first show: The Doom of the Mummy, by William Alan Ritch. Buried under the sands of Egypt for more than two millennia; forgotten in the basement of a New England college for more than a hundred years; the sarcophagus of Imshahnab resides in Memphis, Tennessee today! What power does it have over graduate student, Cyrus Jones? What mystery does it possess that the eminent archeologist, Dr. Alastair, wants for himself? And why is math major, Iris Poole drawn, into its secret ritual? Imshahnab shall live again in Memphis. Second Show: Not a Typo! The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company is pleased to bring a second production to the Dragon*Con stage after a two-year stint of single productions. That’s right, this is Not a Typo, and the show you didn’t expect to see (or hear!) but is finally back. This year we bring you a tale of suspense (what can it be?), romance (you’ll love it!), and mystery (no, we’re not telling you what it is yet). Surprises are always fun at Dragon*Con!

Dragon*Con Cabaret
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the new Dragon*Con Cabaret. Come see the elaborate costumes and fun, eye-winking humor and class reminiscent of the late 1800’s through the mid 1940’s in this vintage type show. Big City Burlesque and Vaudeville will headline. There are also some spots open for selected out of town performers. Contact Audrey at stormyknight42@gmail.com for more information and to apply. Big City Burlesque and Vaudeville Review BCB&V is Atlanta’s original, all retro troupe since 2002. This unique concept is the brainchild of creator and artistic director Kenton McGhee, aka ‘King Rouge’, and has been painstakingly developed in both style and content. This dream to reality has been to recapture the sultry glamour and smoky magic of by-gone eras. From a seductive fan dancer of the late 30’s to film noir femme fatales of the 40’s, a bewitching belly dancer as well as comic heroines of all yesteryear, BCB&V was the first to bring this concept of Old World Vaudeville to the stage in Atlanta and today remains Atlanta’s premier Burlesque and Vaudeville troupe.

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Cemetery Surfers
Formed by a group of parapsychologists and ghost hunters, the Cemetery Surfers spend as much time in haunted locations as they do onstage. With an elaborate stage show (with everything from a zombie attack to one of the musicians frying in an electric chair during the guitar solo) they are becoming one of the most popular acts onstage. But every night after they play, look for them in graveyards or haunted houses. “We’re musicians and ghost hunters ... If we had a talking dog, we’d be a cartoon.”

Crossed Swords
Nicole Harsch and Mike Sakuta are the Crossed Swords. For over 20 years, their Crossed Swords Stage Combat Shows have been seen Cemetery Surfers across the continental U.S. and Canada at renaissance festivals and science fiction conventions and, of course, previous Dragon*Cons. Recently, they’ve been hired to swordfight in such interesting locations as Honolulu, Hawaii; Blackpool, England; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Moscow, Russia. The duo can also be seen in a TBS documentary on Pirates, in an A&E episode of The Unexplained, on the Larry Elmore cover paintings for two Dragonlance books (The Reign of Istar and The Cataclysm), and on the “Cure Light Wounds” card in the Spellfire game. Be sure to check out their www.crossedswords.biz website for updates and scheduling info.

Crüxshadows
From humble origins in a Northern Florida town, the Crüxshadows have risen to become internationally recognized as one of the most popular darkwave bands of all time. Over the past decade, the Crüxshadows tumultuous success among the Gothic, EBM, new wave, and dark electronic genres has Crossed Swords earned them a massive and devoted following. With a constant and ambitious release schedule (as well as a dizzying live engagement schedule), the Crüxshadows have turned conventional wisdom on its ear and maintained their status amongst the elite bands from the world of modern alternative music. With a blend of new wave, Gothic, and electronica, the Crüxshadows unique, catchy songs have subsequently become staples of the darkwave, EBM, and electro-alternative scene. With over 11 CDs, a DVD, and more compilation appearances than you can count, the Crüxshadows have made themselves synonymous with a new breed of explosive electro-goth music. The Crüxshadows energy and intensity onstage led them to be called “the best live band in Europe today” by the host of Hamburg’s popular Crazy Clip Show, and their performances have been aired regularly on German national television. If you have an opportunity to see them live, you should not pass it up. Over their lengthy history, the Crüxshadows have shared stages with a wide array of bands, including notables such as The Cure, Bjork, Ladytron, Apoptygma Berzerk, Placebo, the Sisters of Mercy, Skinny Puppy, VNV Nation, Mesh, Bad Religion, Clan of Xymox, Project Pitchfork, and many, many more. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Emerald Rose
Emerald Rose from Georgia combines Celtic, world-beat, and rock sensibilities with original songwriting, creating a unique fusion sound that crosses many styles. Guitars, mandola, pennywhistle, bodhran, drums, and bass drive the music, while harmony vocals bring across intelligent lyrics that range from ancient myth to modern thought. The band has been around since 1997, producing five commercial CDs and performing live across the USA and in Ireland. Their appearances at numerous sci-fi/fantasy conventions have given them a reputation as a “band of fandom.” Emerald Rose has been a part of the Dragon*Con “culture” for the last five years, with rollicking performances on the Concourse, ballrooms, and event parties ranging from the Tolkien-theme “Evening at Bree” to the Pern Weyr gatherings. Their shows combine humor, musicianship, and sheer rock-down Celtic energy!

Emerald Rose

Lips Down on Dixie
Lips Down On Dixie began in June of 2000 as an unnamed Rocky Horror Picture Show performance group, housed in Cobb County’s Merchant’s Walk cinema and containing several cast members with a decade or more of Rocky cast experience. Not a month later, group member Tom Ward christened the group “Lips Down on Dixie” as a reference to the group’s Southeastern location and to the movie’s first scene: a pair of giant red lips mouthing the opening song. LDOD’s website is located at www.ldod.org.

Mighty Rassilon Art Players
For over 20 years The Mighty Rassilon Art Players have shown audiences their own unique view of many TV series and movies popular with SF fans. A few years ago, someone told them that they couldn’t perform a musical, so they created Bats: the Musical an all-singing parody of the Batman movies and TV shows, just to prove that person right! This year Dragon*Con will be subjected to MRAP’s returns to its roots and presents its first Doctor Who play since—since a long time! From TARDIS with Love has one Doctor, two Masters, three different eras, four companions, and a whole lot of snogging.
Lips Down on Dixie

Voltaire
Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys. As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his song “Brains!” from the Cartoon Network show The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are highly theatrical-full of stories and games. The theatrical quality of his performances is not surprising. For more information on Voltaire’s music, comics, animation and toys visit www.voltaire.net. 42 Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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CONTESTS
Anime Music Videos
What is an Anime Music Video contest? An Anime Music Video contest is a place where anime fans and video editors can use their imagination and talents to create spectacular blends of music timed perfectly with animation sequences from their favorite anime. For full contest rules, visit us at www.dragonconamv.com today!

Art Show Awards
2007 Art Show

The Art Show jury determines most of our awards but convention attendees will vote on a portion of the art awards referred to as the Special Awards which include: Best Alien, Best Amazon, Best Dragon, Best Horror, Best Spaceship or Space Scene, Best Warrior, and Most Humorous. Juried award categories will include but are not limited to Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Best 2-D, Best 3-D, Best Photography and Best Mixed Media. There are also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for student entrees (if applicable). Art Awards will be presented on Saturday of the convention. Votes cast by attending Artists determine the Artist Choice Award winner.

Comic Book Quick Sketch
So, you think you can draw? Think you can draw quickly? The Comic Book Quick Sketch is open to all con attendees. Check your program book or check in at the Contest Registration table in front of Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt for more information about time and locale. It is usually in the Learning Center of the Hyatt on Monday morning, but please verify in your program book.

2007 Comics Artists Alley

Winners will receive a plaque proclaiming them as the winner in their category and while the contestants are doodling, drawing, lettering, and creating, our guest artist(s) will be doing the same - and the original signed artwork becomes prizes for the winners!

Cosplay Contest
Short for “costume play”, Cosplay is a subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, Japanese pop music bands, and Visual Kei. Dragon*Con loves cosplay! And to prove it, we’re putting together another fantastic Cosplay Contest! Details, contest rules, host, and timeslot information will be posted at www.dragoncon.org as it becomes available!

Costuming Contest
2007 Cosplay Contestant

This Costume Contest focuses solely on Costuming and will be held Friday night. Judges will be looking at the costume itself, the workmanship, design, and inspiration. This will be open to groups and individuals, experts and novices, and costumes from mainstream or selfcreative. Although there will be one “celebrity” judge, the panel will mostly be people with extreme costume backgrounds. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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Dawn Look-Alike Contest
Grand Prize: $1,000 Prize Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn is one of the hottest characters in comics, so in 1998 we hosted the first-ever Dawn Look-Alike Contest, with a $1,000 cash First Prize. If you’re a fan of beautiful women, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. The contest is fully authorized by Joseph (who’ll be on hand for the contest), and Dawn’s publisher, Sirius Comics. Great news for contestants: though Dawn is usually depicted with red hair, she has occasionally appeared on various covers as everything from blonde to brunette! Contestants will be judged based on how well they capture the image and spirit of Dawn—confident yet mysterious, and sexy without being sexist.

Dragon*Con after Dark

2007 Dawn Contestant

Our rapidly growing Dragon After Dark contest on Saturday spotlights macabre and mature-themed costumes. We see them in the hallways and at the bar, but this provides a chance to display them in a venue that does not compete with the noise or interruptions of the typical social setting! Once they are finalized, contest rules and entry forms will be available at www.dragoncon.org, so check back soon if you want to participate!

Hallway Costume Contest
Contest staff will be roaming the halls of all venues with digital cameras, taking pictures of those folks who are too shy to get up on stage in the Masquerade, but who have great costumes. We will also take pictures at the Contest Registration table in front of the Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt. You may purchase a copy of your official entry picture for $10–with the proceeds going to the Dragon*Con charity of the year.

All con-goers (including children) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite! This is the only event decided by POPULAR vote at the con. Winners will be announced at the Masquerade.

2006 Hallway Contestant

Masquerade Costume Contest
In the grand tradition of convention costuming, dating back nearly five decades in SF fandom, Dragon*Con is proud to present the largest Masquerade Costume Contest in the Southeast and one of the largest in the world! The Dragon*Con 2008 Masquerade Costume Contest will be held in the Hyatt Centennial Ballroom. Registration for the Masquerade will be available during the con at the Contest Registration Desk located outside the Centennial Ballroom in the Hyatt. We’ll be open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There is no pre-registration. Simply drop by the Contest Registration Desk during the con and register. NOTE: New time limits for contestant performance–individuals are limited to 90 seconds (a minute and a half) and groups to three minutes. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!
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Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Recognized by America Online as one of the “Top 11 Offbeat Beauty Pageants Across America” two years in a row, as featured in Discover, Spin and Shock magazines, and as seen on FoxNews.com and HowStuffWorks. com! The Tenth Annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant is open to any qualified attending female member of the 2008 Dragon*Con who is at least 21 years of age, except for members and relatives of the TrekTrak Staff, TrekTrak Programming Committee and/or Dragon*Con General Staff, and who agrees to abide by the rules of the contest as posted on the TrekTrak web site, now and in the future. There is NO registration fee, nor any additional cost to participate. Membership in or affiliation with any Klingon-oriented organization (i.e., KAG, KLAW, etc.) is not required. For more information about the MKE Beauty Pageant, including rules and prizes, to see video clips from previous pageants and to register as a contestant, please visit www.trektrak.com/2008/08pageant.htm.

2007 Miss Klingon Winner

Star Wars Costume Contest
Dedicated to all things Star Wars, our annual Star Wars Costume Contest is open to all! Pre-registration is required. Visit us at portal.mattersoftheforce.org for full contest rules and entry forms.

Robot Battles™
Come join the entire Robot Battles™ crew at Dragon*Con, lead by founder and host Kelly Lockhart along with Blade Robotics’ Stephen Chapman, Team Desade’s Terry Talton and fan favorite Jason Brown from Evil Robots, Inc. Sunday features the “Microbattles” where the one and three pound robots face off in a full arena, while Monday the main event takes place with the ever-popular twelve and thirty pound bots taking the open stage in single combat.

2007 Robot BattlesTM

For more detailed information, including the complete list of rules, please visit their website at www.robotbattles.com.

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CONVENTION EVENTS
7th Annual Dragon*Con Parade
You know Dragon*Con is in full swing when downtown Atlanta is officially invaded by aliens, princesses, wizards, and warriors! Each year on Saturday morning, we march along Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta wearing costumes that represent the wide variety of interests found at Dragon*Con. In 2007, almost 2000 costumed parade participants and over forty-five themed vehicles delighted and entertained thousands of onlookers. Our 7th annual parade looks to be even bigger! To find out more, contact us at dc_parade@yahoo.com or join our Yahoo group at groups.yahoo.com/group/dc_parade. The parade is the largest Dragon*Con event! Come on out and support the funparticipants and onlookers welcome!

Fans at the 2007 Parade

Art Show & Print Shop
At the convention we will have over 150 artists and 5,000 pieces of original art and prints. Our Show includes the Artist Bazaar (where you will find 50+ attending Artists who will be selling and may even personalize many art items for you), the Art Gallery (where we have both 2D and 3D original artwork priced for all budgets), the Art-on-Demand section (which allows you to have art the way you want it), the Doll section (which has unique, one of a kind dolls), and the Print Shop (where we have prints priced for all budgets). We are planning many exciting events for the 2008 Dragon*Con Art Show including the annual Iron Artist competition, a large canvas on which all the attending Artists can draw or paint (which will be sold at the Art Show voice auction), live music, demonstrations, and other wonderful events. We will be hosting our annual Artists’ Reception on Friday 2007 Artshow & Print Shop night of the convention. Art Show panel discussions and demonstrations are located just outside the Print Shop exit in Hannover F and G. There will also be booths for local colleges with Art programs, and don’t miss the incredible Western Ghost Town themed Diorama located in the center of the Art Show.

Autograph Sessions
Each year, Dragon*Con assembles many of its willing guests for scheduled autographs (signings) in one area. Not every guest is willing - or able - to sign items, but we do inquire as to each guest’s willingness to do so. Some guests-usually screen stars-charge for autographs, but autographs staged in our Autograph Area are always free. Limitations on number and type of items may be made, generally at the request of the signer, and sometimes due to time considerations. Autographs will be handled on a first-come, first-signed basis. We will promote equal access for handicapped persons but this does not exclude them from the first-come, first-served rule; as with other convention attendees they will get their autograph in order of their arrival. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Blood Drive
2008 marks the 6th year of the “Pay It Forward” Blood Drive at Dragon*Con, sponsored by The Heinlein Society and LifeSouth Community Blood Center. In 2006, 269 donors came by the drive to give the gift of life, and 211 pints of blood were collected. Since 2003, Dragon*Con attendees have donated 732 pints of blood, potentially saving over 2,000 lives. The success of this drive is a reflection of the wonderful generosity of the Dragon*Con community and a fitting tribute to the man who gave so much of himself to his sci-fi family.
Kevin Sorbo - Charity Auction

Charity Auction
The 2008 Charity Auction will be for the American Heart Association in memory of Patrick Roberts. Patrick was the Art Show director from 2000-2006 and passed away earlier this year from heart related issues. If you would like to donate something to the charity auction, please contact John Tackett, Director of Charity Events, at charityevents@dragoncon.org, or at jtackett@bellsouth.net. The american Heart association The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” The mission statement was updated by the American Heart Association during its Annual Meeting in April 2007. The mission statement undergoes a formal review process every third year. The association’s impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. Progress toward the goal will be measured according to these indicators:

Charity Auction Donations

V Reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and stroke by 25 percent. V Reduce the prevalence of smoking, high blood cholesterol and physical inactivity by 25 percent. V Reduce the rate of uncontrolled high blood pressure by 25 percent. V Eliminate the growth of obesity and diabetes.

Comic Artists Exhibit
Be sure to attend the 9th Annual Display of Comic, Fantasy & Illustration Art. This year’s title: EC Comic Art Gallery. (Check the schedule for exact time and location.) Squa Tront! Spa Fon! A hearty twist to the neck to all who long to hear from the EC GhouLunantics once more. If you like the bulgy eyed Old Witch, then come see original pages by Graham Ingels. Or, if double lit BEMs are your flavor, we will certainly supply healthy portions of Wally Wood. What about a little “Foul Play” by Jack Davis? And to finish it off, please accept a nice severed head or two by Johnny Craig. Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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All EC Fan-Addicts will surely be pleased to see original art from their favorite EC titles including: Tales From the Crypt; Weird Fantasy; Crime SuspenStories; Weird Science; Frontline Combat; Haunt of Fear; Vault of Horror and a few other surprises. Please come and enjoy some shallow grave digging with all your EC lovin’ friends!

Guest of Honor Banquet
Join many of Dragon*Con’s Guests of Honor for an evening of fine food and entertainment. Banquet tickets may be reserved through our office. Please note that seating is limited and tickets will be available at the convention only while they last. The 2008 Dragon*Con Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 8:00 PM in the Regency VI-VII Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets are $35.00 and may be purchased by calling the Dragon*Con office, mailing in the registration form, or ordering online through our store. Seating is limited, so order your tickets today!

2007 GoH Banquet

22nd Independent Film Festival
Dragon*Con is America’s largest annual multi-media popular arts convention which crosses over into science fiction and fantasy, gaming, and comics, with broad ranges which extend from books, art, and film to computer animation, special effects, and music. We focus each year on showcasing the finest independent short films of the fantastic! The Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival is a four day event of film screenings and panels, with directors, producers, writers, actors, SFX & makeup artists all sharing their expertise. The Festival competition is for short films (under 60 minutes). A few independent features will be shown (out of competition) in the evenings. Films will be judged in specific categories, which will be determined by the festival director, based on the genres of the submissions. For example, in 2007, awards were presented in the following areas: Animation, Gothic Horror, Extreme Horror, Horror Comedy, General Comedy, Documentary, Fantasy, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, and Spoof.
Special Effects Make-Up

Late-Night Entertainment
We’ll again offer late-night DJ’d dances Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, beginning after the last concert’s over in the ballroom and lasting until dawn, so you vampires can dance until the sun comes up! Traditional SF convention filk-singing will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, late-night. Filking will begin at midnight and will also continue to the light of day. For the last few years, we’ve also had an impromptu drum-circle form up for several hours. In 2000 the drum-circle was made a formal part of the schedule for Friday through Sunday night. This tradition will continue in 2008, so bring your doumbek or djembe (or your congas or your violin or your flute...) if you’ve got one. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Nuts on the Road: Gonzo Sound & Vision
The rumors are true. The wackos who brought you the Gonzo Film Fest have returned. Needcoffee.com and QuickStopEntertainment.com have been working overtime in their lab to bring about the next step in Gonzo evolution-the result? An injection of live music into their usual audiovisual assault on your peace of mind. Surprises, prizes and more. Saturday night at Dragon*Con will never be the same.

Reading Sessions
Jack Ketchum 2007 Reading

Offering readings by authors from their own works (and usually some discussion with the audience afterward), our past readers have included T.W. Miller, Janny Wurtz, Kevin J. Anderson, Jana Oliver, Karen McCollough, Tracy Hickman, Laura Curtis, and Caitlin Kiernan. Check the website closer to the convention for the latest on who will be reading for you this year!

Video & Film Rooms
Dragon*Con will feature two video rooms: one devoted to mainstream movies and the Video Festival, and the other for Japanese Animation. V Main Video The Main Video Room shows some of the latest movies you might have seen, and some you might never have known existed. V Anime Video Dragon*Con’s Anime video room shows the latest animated titles from Japan, and some classics you might have overlooked, available subtitled or dubbed in English.

2007 Wrestling

Walk of Fame
This year, the Walk of Fame will be moving to the fabulous Marriott Marquis hotel! Our Walk of Fame houses some of the biggest names in multi-media today. In the past we have had such guests as Mythbusters, the Ghost Hunters, George Romero, Lou Gossett, Jr., James and Oliver Phelps, Vic Mignona, and Tippi Hedren! Check the Dragon*Con website (www.dragoncon.org) closer to the show for a complete floor plan of the 2008 Walk of Fame!

Wrestling
DCW 2008 is ready to roll!! Are you ready for the action?? How about tables, ladders and chairs?? It’s a first for us and I am really working on getting the match signed. More, you want more?? How bout some of the finest wrestlers from NWA Anarchy, TNA, NFWA and Tripple X-treme? You want to see Hott wrestling babes, yep we got ‘em, fast paced and wild action? That too and a whole lot more! Stay tuned to the Dragon*Con website (www.dragoncon.org) for the latest information!

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Writer’s Workshop
This course, taught by best selling SF writer A.C. Crispin, will provide a full overview of the science fiction and fantasy genre. At completion, students will understand the importance of background genre reading, scientific or other appropriate research, developing fleshedout characters, original or “twist” plotlines, setting, and descriptions in their science fiction or fantasy short stories or novels. Students will learn sources they can consult to find legitimate, suitable markets for short story or novel submissions. They’ll be able to produce a correctly formatted and printed manuscript, and a workable query or cover letter. They’ll be able to identify and avoid the writing scams that are proliferating in today’s highly competitive markets. This course will run for two full days at Dragon*Con, on Thursday (one day before the con “officially” begins) and Friday, August 2829, 2008. Submission of a manuscript for review by Ms. Crispin is desirable, but not required.

Ann C. Crispin

CONVENTION SERVICES
Child Care
Dragon*Con will sponsor Child Care Services during our normal Dealers Room hours: Friday: 1:00 PM–7:00 PM Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM Monday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM Child Care Services are provided at no additional charge for kids 18 months and potty trained-6 years, if they’ve been registered at the normal adult rate. Child Care Services are available on a first come, first serve basis with a limited number of spaces available. To use this service, simply register your child with the convention at normal convention rates (a bargain, for up to 30 hours of supervised care). Either preregister your child through this web site or at the convention; sitters will not collect any rate “by the hour” during scheduled hours. We will be serving a mid-morning and afternoon snack, but you must pick up your child for his/her mid-day meal. Anyone leaving a child in Dragon*Con child care is required to have a working cell phone on them at all times.

Saturday Registration Lines

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Disability Services
Dragon*Con supports equal-access and provides on-site assistance for anyone who has a disability. Please be sure to stop by the Disability Services table if you need any assistance. We can offer a variety of services to help you enjoy your Dragon*Con experience, including: V Sign Language interpreters for events upon request. V Audio description for events upon request.
Mr. Freeze Costumer

V We will have the Con schedule in large print available (to be read at our table.) Braille may be available only if requested two weeks or more before the Con. V We will have a staff person on the Exhibition level of the Hyatt Regency Hotel outside of Registration. People who need assistance at the convention should contact Disability Services in advance. We strongly suggest that if an individual has difficulty walking long distances that they consider renting an electric scooter. Scooter and Wheelchair rentals are available by contacting ScootAround Inc. toll-free at 1-888-4417575, by email at info@scootaround.com, through their website at www.scootaround.com/rentals/ dragoncon or by fax at (204) 478-1172. Please contact them early.

Fan/Band Concourse Tables
In 2008, our fan tables and freebie tables will be located in the Marriott hotel on the Convention Level. Tables for Performers and Bands will be located in the 2007 Concourses Hyatt Regency, outside the Grand Ballroom. This area is right outside where Registration and the Art Show will be located, and is two floors below the lobby. The acoustic/ambient music stage remains in its traditional location, outside the Hyatt’s Centennial Ballroom and one floor below the lobby. The Hyatt concourse The area in the Hyatt known as “The Concourse” now consists of the two floors below the hotel’s lobby, through which most traffic to the ballrooms and panel rooms must pass. Quite a few things will be located on these two floors: V Convention Information Kiosk V Hyatt Concourse Operations Desk V Contest Registration Desk (for Costume Contest, Hall Costume Contest, and other contests) V Parade Registration (until Friday evening) V Disabilities Services
2007 Concourses

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The Marriott concourse area The Marriott Marquis’ capacious Ballroom Level pre-function area will host all of our Fan Tables. These Fan Tables are available for fan groups, conventions, clubs, etc. to showcase themselves. Also present at the Marriott will be our Freebie Tables for promotional items, flyers, freebie buttons, etc. Flyers for upcoming conventions, fan clubs, and other organizations can be placed here. We should have several tables available. The Hilton concourse area Due to upcoming renovations at the Hilton, we will not be scheduling any fan-tables at the Hilton in 2008.

Hospitality Suite/ConSuite
2007 Concourses “Consuites” are a tradition of SF and fantasy conventions throughout the United States. We’ll provide a lounge stocked with all sorts of complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and munchies for all attendees to enjoy when feeling a bit hungry. We have planned a Consuite with plenty of snacks that will be open twenty-four hours a day throughout the convention (with a few breaks for cleaning purposes).

Information Desk
The Information Desk is your one-stop center for getting all your questions answered. We will have an information booth located in each of the three host hotels. Their exact location will be available on the mini maps provided in the Pocket Program at the show. The staff will be able to help you find where everything is located and just about any other question or request you may have. And if they don’t know the answer, they’ll send you directly to the person who does or contact them by radio.

Information Booth

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2008 TOURNAMENT GAMING
Introduction
For the 2008 convention, gaming returns to the Atlanta Hilton. Full details with maps will be available in the pocket program detailing where each section of gaming will reside. The Way Things Work: How to survive the gaming experience at Dragon*con Here are a few words that will hopefully give the prospective gamer a useful overview of how gaming is run at Dragon*Con. It should prove to answer some of the obvious questions and help both the new and veteran convention gamer as you plan your adventure with us. Please check our website, www.dragoncon.org, and select the Gaming link for information about pre-registration. The event tickets you buy via the website will be available at Gaming Registration which will be open Thursday evening and at 8:00 AM every morning of the convention. In order to play in most events you will need an event ticket. Most event tickets cost $3.00, but there are some free demonstration games and a few are more expensive. You can also purchase generic tickets that are usable at any event. If an event is sold out you can show up for that event with a generic ticket and if anyone with a “real” ticket for that event does not show up you will be able to step in. This is particularly true for the larger events where there is more of a chance of a no show or cancellation. People often ask why Dragon*Con charges for tickets, and there are two major reasons. The first is to fund prizes for the events. We award “Dealer Coins” to the winners of events that can be used as money in the Exhibition Hall in the Marriott. For some of the major events we have plaques and awards made. The second reason is to insure attendance of events. We’ve learned that players are much more likely to show up for a game if they’ve already spent $3.00 on a ticket. When we tried not charging for events and signed up players on registration sheets in the past. However, many players signed up for everything they were remotely interested in and then only played the events they were most interested when the time came. This was unfair to fellow gamers and judges who would never know if all the names on a given registration sheet would show up. Dragon*Con uses four hour sessions in an effort to maximize the number of games each player can experience during the convention. The four-day period is divided into 14 gaming sessions as follows: Friday Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Saturday Session 5 Session 6 Session 7 Session 8 Sunday Session 9 Session 10 Session 11 Session 12 Monday Session 13 Session 14 Time 9:00 AM–1:00 PM 1:00 PM–5:00 PM 6:00 PM–10:00 PM 10:00 PM–2:00 AM

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Ideally tournament judges will manage their time so that each game is finished with fifteen minutes left in the session allowing everyone time to get to the next game. Large tournaments in some of the gaming areas do not follow this patter, and some games run over one and a half or two sessions which is usually noted in the description area for that event. When you are looking at events in the listings, you will see that events are typically referred to by their session numbers and not the day or time. 54 Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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We will be offering our $5 play all con badge. You can participate in most of the events in the board gaming area for just a single purchase. open gaming There will be dedicated open gaming space this year. Whether it is a game you just purchased or an old favorite that you can’t get any one at home to play, bring it to open gaming and you are sure to find fun and challenging opposition. Settler’s of Catan The Catan tournament at Dragon has grown into a whole con affair. Can you take home the coveted Dragon*Con Plaque? And Many More! New games are being added all the time. Please check the gaming website for schedule updates. I look forward to seeing you at the show. Board gaming FaQ V What is Board Gaming? At Dragon*Con board gaming is a catch all section including traditional box games as well as noncollectible card games. V Does this include games like Monopoly and Clue? Mostly our focus is on old school wargames and the newer German-style games, as these tend to be what our fan base wants to play, but we are open to all types of games providing we can find good, knowledgeable judges. V So these games are complex with lots of rules? Complexity varies from tactical games like Star Fleet Battles (whose rules take up a 4” binder and turns take well over a hour each) to simple card games like Flux (the only rule, “draw one, play one” and usually lasting no more than fifteen minutes a game) V Do I need to know how to play before I can join in the fun? No, the judges at Dragon*Con are specifically chosen for their instructional abilities and would be happy to teach you as much of the rules as you need to play in any of the non-tournament games we offer. For tournaments, we do recommend a degree of game knowledge as this allows all participants to have a fun game experience. V Tournaments? So are there prizes? Most of our tournaments offer prizes ranging from copies of the games to framed certificates to show off to your friends V Sounds fun, where do I sign up? Once the gaming registration site is up, you will be able to purchase the $5 board gaming ribbon as well as tickets for limited seating tournaments. V I am interested in judging _________ . Contact us at dragoncon@dragoncon.org listing the game you wish to run and we will get back in contact with you to discuss.
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CCG (Collectible Card Games)
Below is an abbreviated list of events being held at the convention, please keep an eye on the Gaming Registration website linked via the main Dragon*Con website for full details for our offered events and tournaments. V V V V V V V V V V Magic: The Gathering World of Warcraft Star Wars Yu-Gi-Oh UFS Warlord Vs Anachronism City of Heroes Vampire: The Eternal Struggle

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Tournaments We will be following the rest of gaming from a shift perspective: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 10:00 PM slots. Monday: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM slots. We will be running a 24 hour operation with the hours of 5:00 AM—8:00 AM reserved for necessary maintenance and downtime. The following preliminary tournament list will be used: V V V V V V V V V
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Call of Duty 4—New this year Unreal Tournament 3—New this year Counterstrike: Source America’s Army—New this year Enemy Territory: Quake Wars—New this year Team Fortress 2—New this year Half Life 2: Deathmatch Company of Heroes—New this year Warcraft3: Defenders of the Ancients–New this year

Gaming Panel Programming
This year Dragon*Con will host more than twenty panels on all facets of gaming. There will be a number of panels on LARPs, table top role-playing games, board games and computer gaming. There will be scholarly presentations as well presentations from game companies and gamers themselves designed to entertain you, Miniature Painting inform you, introduce you to new games, and enhance your gaming experience. Check out the Program guide when you arrive at the convention or join us at the HIlton during the convention for more details. 56 Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

Live Action Role-Playing Games
Live Action Role-Playing Games (LARPs) at Dragon*Con 2008 builds on last year’s highly successful convention. We continue our upward trends this year by responding to the requests of our guests and growing the diversity of the types of LARP games offered for play. LARP gaming will be held at the Hilton for Dragon*Con 2008. Space assignments have not yet been finalized for the LARP division and as such, the number and types of games run will depend on the space we have to host those games. So, we are still in the process of finalizing the games that will be approved for LARP play at Dragon*Con 2008. We expect to have many of our returning fanfavorites (Dark ConFrontation, Nightfall’s World of Darkness, The Camarilla’s Requiem) as well as a host of new LARPs. As always, space permitting, we expect to have several “display2007 Gaming only” tables for those LARP games that run continually throughout the year. So, if you want to “live the part” or if you just want to find some information on what exactly Live-Action gaming is, join the LARP division for a fun-filled weekend of gaming. All events and scheduling are tentative until scenario production and staff scheduling are complete. Dragon*Con reserves the right to modify the availability and/or times of the games being run. Information on the LARP games to be run available at press time is presented below. Any game-specific questions should be asked directly to the games listed below. For general information, please contact the LARP Director, Wayne Melnick at dragonlarp@comcast.net or LARPS@dragoncon.org. nightfall productions presents: World of Darkness Larp at Dragon*con 2008 By the Pricking of My Thumb...Something Wicked This Way Comes...

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The west of the newly founded United States (well new in the grand scheme of the world) is becoming a volatile and highly disputed place. Everyone is trying to get a foothold in the place, and the creatures that lurk in the shadows are no exception as always. Whether you are attempting to bring the order of The Camarilla, keep the free spirit of the now ravaged and reformed Sabbat alive, protect your territory, gain new territory for your people, or just find a way to live your life without order and reason...this quite possibly could be the place to do it...if not for a few small complications. The smallest of which being...Lone Wolf, OK. There is something not right about the folk there. Whispers of alliances and deals made with disregard to tradition and long upheld beliefs. There are rumors that many there do not follow any sect and are merely cultists that are obsessed with the various mythos of the end of the world. It is an odd little town, and stranger still since the mists seem to have rolled in around it. Disturbing things they are! Disorienting people and making them see all kinds of weird things. Will you brave the mists and come to find out what is really going on in Lone Wolf and why so much of the world’s eye seems focused on one small tiny little mining ghost town practically? Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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----------------------------------------This year’s Nightfall game will once again be set in 1842 AD. If you are a returning player, please contact Nightfall ahead of time to find out the current state of events in town. If you are a new player, please come join Nightfall and find out how the west was truly won or Survived in some cases! This will be a three night game to run Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at Dragon*Con 2008. nightfall productions presents: serenity/Firefly Larp at Dragon*con 2008
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Sending out an S.O.S.... You receive a distress message from a small planet close to the rim, but not really on it. Something’s not quite shiny here. This here was a thriving mining planet. Ships should be coming in and out of port all the time on Sterling Quarry (the main port on the planet, Bailey’s Landing). Well, if folk need help then you’re just the person to aid them! Even if it might cost them a bit. But, something is definitely out of sorts and you mean to find out what it is. ----------------------------------------Please join Nightfall for another installment of Firefly LARPing based on Nightfall’s house rules system. This will be a daytime game with the day it is to run still to be determined. nightfall productions presents: Battlestar galactica Larp at Dragon*con 2008 I have seen the light....and it burns! A prophet...she sees things....and they come true. 2007 Gaming Rumors spread like a wildfire across the fleet when a young blind woman appears on one of the ships and claims that the lords of Cobal speak to her in visions and dreams. At first this seems like t he normal madness aboard a ship that happens when too many people in stress conditions are packed into a space. Then...things start to happen. A man claims she cured him of his ailments. Things she sees begin to come true. She knows things that no one knows about people. In a matter of weeks a cult forms around this woman rivaling that of the remaining faith in the lords themselves. Is she real? Is it a hoax? Perhaps a Cylon ploy? Everyone has his or her reasons for wanting to meet and speak with “The Prophet of Cobal”. What are yours? In a time where life is fragile and man is on the run, any hope is a good thing. Right? -----------------------------------------

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Please join Nightfall for another installment of Battlestar Galactica LARPing based on Nightfall’s house rules system. This will be a daytime game with the day it is to run still to be determined.

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The camarilla at Dragon*con 2008 The Camarilla is an international organization focusing on Live Action Role Play (LARP) as well as literary, charity, and social activities. Recognized as White Wolf ’s official fan club, the Camarilla is international known for its continuous LARP event that spans several thousand members, with more than just this single event—we are committed to member involvement and expanding member creativity and talents. Many groups host activities to improve member role-play, storytelling, acting, writing, leadership skills and more. We invite anyone of age 18 years or older to join us in trying LARP in the World of Darkness. Dragon*Con 2008 will feature three games set in the World of Darkness: requiem:
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In the World of Darkness, Vampires existed and have a society of their own hidden from the eyes of humans. They move through the human population taking what they need and controlling people without them realizing it. They meet behind close doors and hold beautiful and horrible gatherings. This weekend such a gathering shall be held—a social gathering where Kindred of all ages will meet under a rough to discuss the future of their kind. The Prince of the city has request the Kindred to gather for an announcement. Rumors fly through the air of a discovery, while others talk about the chance of a new Prince being named. Come see what the future holds in the World of Darkness. Requiem is a two night game expected to run on Saturday and Sunday night of Dragon*Con 2008. changeling: Since the first Lost returned from Arcadia, clawing and cutting their way through the Thorns, they have looked for ways to protect themselves from the Gentry. One of the first and surest methods for doing so was the signing of protective Contracts with the four Earth seasons which are unknown and confusing to the Others. This was the first step in fighting back against the True Fae.
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To commemorate that fight, the Summer Court will be hosting a celebration of the Losts’ return to their world with a grand tournament and ball. There will be tests of skill both physical and mental with prizes given to the winners. Come help us rejoice in our freedom and remember what it takes to keep it. This game is expected to run during the day on both Saturday and Sunday at Dragon*Con 2008. Mortal: Mortals is a game of move through a world were the Cops are on the mobs payroll, that the average neighbor hood is a bit more dangerous, and people don’t just go for long walks at the night because there are things that go bump in the night. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Come play a game where you are an average person in a World of Darkness. A place that often times considers you food or a play-thing—where looking over your shoulder is a way of life not because you know there something their in the shadows, but because you can feel it. Mortal is a one night game that is expected to run Friday night at Dragon*Con 2008. Dark conFrontation at Dragon*con 2008: a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the graveyard Welcome to Dark ConFrontation, a cabaret of arcane, gothic, high-tech, new age and fantastic. There is a world out there full of voodoo priests, androids, super heroes, witches, and aliens and all of them have one thing in common with you…they love to cut loose at Dragon*Con. This is the one place that someone won’t blink if they see a werewolf. So if you happen to be a werewolf this is the best place to come if you need some time away from your normal “dog-eat-dog” world. But with this many supernatural entities, covert government agencies, and gentlemen geniuses gathered in one place, it’s not surprising when it all goes to pieces. Thanks be to Ralph, or Phil, or the Great Cosmic Yard Rake that there is someone there to stitch it all back together…you. ----------------------------------------This year marks Dark ConFrontation’s 15th Anniversary at Dragon*Con and we are pleased to present you with this year’s scenario, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Graveyard. The registration fee is $30, but a special Group Discount of $5 per person will be applied to groups of 3 to 4 and a $10 discount per person will be applied to groups of 5 or more. More info can be found at: www.darkconfrontation.com Dark ConFrontation. Have you been confronted?

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Lurking Fear production Larp at Dragon*con 2008: echoes of Devil’s reef Echoes of Devil’s Reef, is the final Lurking Fear Productions Lovecraftian horror LARP event and will take place in Atlanta, GA at Dragon*Con 2008. Initially set in the late Victorian era of 1896, players are passengers aboard the luxury steam liner, the HMS Prometheus, on a trip beginning in Liverpool, continuing to Lisbon, and finally docking in Athens. Game play takes place on the last leg of the journey between Lisbon and Athens in the Mediterranean Sea. Players may portray a wide variety of pre-generated characters; everything from upper-class leisure travelers to poor deck hands, and those characters come equipped with backgrounds and relationships to other characters and NPCs. Players may also create their own, unique characters for this event and LFP staff will work closely with these players to help tailor their character to the game. As this is our final event, our “grand farewell” if you will, Echoes of Devil’s Reef is a little different from previous LFP games. Aside from pre-generated Victorian era characters, players may also portray any character that has already appeared in a prior LFP game, regardless of that particular character’s historical era or fate. Consumed by a night gaunt in Horror at Meadow Hill Manor? Dragon*Con Progress Report V August 29-September 1, 2008

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You may still play your character from that game. Transformed into a Deep One in The Song of the Abyss? You can play that character too. Trapped in the Dreamlands in Gods of Forbidden Light? Well, you get the picture... ----------------------------------------Combining an original salon-style rules system, a cohesive, completely immersive setting, and a distinctive attention to detail, Lurking Fear Productions staff aims to create a unique experience for all players. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as we are capping available player slots at 45, and we sold out of available player slots on the first night of the Dragon*Con last year. Characters are always dispensed on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you either pre-register via the website at www. wonderlandclothier.com/echoes.html or get to the LFP booth in the gaming concourse early in the convention. Forest of Doors Larp at Dragon*con 2008: The Hospitality of Beasts
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This story takes place in the tent of one of the former antagonists of the game who is now an ally of the players. The crux of the game is similar to a murder mystery game where the players will help deduce what has occurred. In addition there will be numerous opportunities to explore the culture of what is primarily and antagonistic portion of the setting. There will be many small challenges such as riddles and some entertainment and Forest of Doors is are currently negotiating for possible music and/or dancing. The structure will be oriented at giving new/potential players a taste of the world and campaign setting. ----------------------------------------Forest of Doors is one of Atlanta’s newest fantasy LARP dedicated to providing an entertaining and innovative experience for all of its players. Regular games are a full contact “boffer” LARP but this event will be strictly non-combat for safety purpose. Tabletop Gaming Players who are new to either LARPing or contact LARPing are especially encouraged to join our event. This event will also be an in continuity event during which regular players may bring their characters and earn experience. Also people playing for the first time may earn experience to bring back to the ongoing game. Our setting is unique both for its innovative approach to magic but also because our fantasy game takes its roots from C.S. Lewis and traditional folklore rather than the J.R.R. Tolkien basis that other fantasy LARPs have been traditionally based. The game emphasizes role-playing over combat and our environment is friendly to new players. Pre-generated characters will be available but you can also make any sort or character you wish. Costuming is encouraged for this event but is not required. Check out our website at www.forestofdoors.com for more information.

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Heroes of rokugan interactive Larp at Dragon*con 2008: The sapphire Tournament (sT-inT-01) The Honorable Miya Shikan, the Imperial Herald, has recently prevailed on Emperor Toturi XII to create a new office of imperial magistrates, the Sapphire Magistrates, whose duty will be the maintenance of peace throughout the Empire. The tournament to choose the first of these Sapphire Magistrates was held in Kyuden Miya during the just-completed Chrysanthemum Festival. Contestants from across the Empire will compete with each other in their knowledge of art, law, and debate, followed by a combat tournament to demonstrate their martial abilities. ----------------------------------------Heroes of Rokugan is an on-going tabletop role-playing campaign set in AEG’s Legend of the Five Rings game system. Set 300+ years ahead of the current card game timeline, HoR allows players to develop their characters throughout the course of the campaign. Due to mature themes, the campaign is restricted to players age 18 and over. Dragon*Con 2008 is proud to host its first officially sanctioned Heroes of Rokugan Interactive LARP, The Sapphire Tournament. Character creation guidelines can be found at www.heroes-of-rokugan.com. north georgia games production of a chaotic Fluidity Larp at Dragon*con 2008: Horror on the crescent Train This is a stand alone live action role-playing event of pulp mystery and horror. Set in September 1928, players are passengers aboard the train traveling from Card Gaming New Orleans to Atlanta on its way to Savannah. Game play takes place on the first leg of the journey between New Orleans and Atlanta. Players may portray a wide variety of pre-generated characters; everything from upper-class leisure travelers to train porters, and characters come equipped with backgrounds and relationships to other characters and NPCs. There is a very peculiar guest aboard, one that does not seem quite right at all. It is up to the players to solve the mystery before time runs out for them all. Legynds Larp at Dragon*con at Dragon*con 2008 At press time, full details were unavailable, but Legynds, one of Georgia’s premier LARPs, will be running a “non-boffer” event especially written for Dragon*Con 2008. Although the precise day this game will run is currently being determined, the game will run all day and culminate in the pub at the end of the day. This event is meant to be a way to introduce potential players to the world of Legynds and create the interactions for the new players to merge with the current players.
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Miniatures
Miniatures gaming at Dragon*Con should have something for everyone. You’ll find many of the most popular titles and genres, from large scale battles to squad level skirmishes, from historical simulations to fantastic clashes between monsters and mages. For those of you looking for something new, don’t despair, we’ll also have a variety of unusual and interesting games being demonstrated. The WizKids envoys will be back, along with many other favorites from years past, and new things to try, so be sure to check the Dragon*Con web page for the latest offerings and news!

Online Gaming
For 2008 and beyond we have split Online Gaming to its very own track. The Online Gaming panels and parties will be held at the Sheraton this year.

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We will feature panels and presentations for Age of Conan, City of Heroes, EQ, EQ2, EVE, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Stargate Worlds, Starwars Galaxies, The Agency, oh and World of Warcraft. Complete and up to date information can be accessed at: www.dragoncon-mmo.org.

Role-Playing, Campaign Gaming
Campaign Gaming at Dragon*Con 2008 will continue with the bonanza of offerings started last year, and adding to that in order to provide something for everyone. This year, Campaign Gaming will be offering as many as nine campaigns, ranging from standard D&D to d20 modern/future to non-d20 based systems. Living Greyhawk, the largest shared world campaign in the world, will be making its final appearance at this year’s Dragon*Con, as the campaign will be sun Miniatures Gaming setting at the end of this year. As such, we will be offering all of the current Year 8 Gran March regional events. Living Arcanis will continue the tradition of offering Paradigm Concepts vastly popular d20 based fantasy role-playing campaign. Witch Hunter: Dark Providence will make its second appearance at Dragon*Con, after a very successful debut last year. Witch Hunter: Dark Providence is based on the latest Paradigm Concepts campaign system, set in a gothic horror version of 1600’s Earth. Fellowship of the White Star will also be making a second appearance at Dragon*Con. This campaign is set in 1910’s Earth, with a similar gothic feel, based on a variation of the d20 game system. Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor will include the purview of Campaign Gaming. We are expecting an even bigger and better offering from DAB than in year’s past, and that’s saying a lot. As usual, we will have a premiere event or two, along with an extensive list of previously released events with a judge staff able to run any and all the events as necessary to accommodate each and every player. Visit us at www.dragoncon.org for the latest information!

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Legend of the Shining Jewel will be making a return appearance this year, and the campaign staff is hoping to build on a very good reception last year. Based on the d20 rules and set in a world of their own creation, LSJ is growing in popularity around the country. We also have two campaigns making their premiere at this year’s Dragon*Con. The first is Heroes of Rokugan, based on the incredibly popular Legend of the Five Rings game system by AEG. We will have two premiere events as well as an additional event or two to offer. The other event is Star Legends, and is based on the d20 game system and set in the 26th century space.
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All of this adds up to the largest variety of events that Campaign Gaming has ever been able to offer. We are very excited about all of the returning staple campaign events, as well as the new offerings that we have every expectation will become yearly staples in the future.

Roleplaying
Dragon*Con will be offering a wide selection of Role Playing Games from a variety of game systems including new systems run by their developers. A sample of systems we have so far: Stargate, D20 modern, Savage Worlds, Serenity, World of Warcraft, and D&D. The Cheese Grinder returns! This year they are shaking things up, changing the format, and bringing a new challenge for the players, Team Cheese!
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EXHIBIT HALL & DEALERS ROOMS
Dragon*Con 2008 presents its Dealers Room and Exhibit Hall at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Over a hundred Dealers and Exhibitors offer a huge assortment of hardbound and paperback books, games and accessories, Bronze, Silver, and Golden Age comics, original crafts, costumes, medieval arms and artifacts, posters, models, collectible toys, celebrity photos, animation cells, and imported Japanese animation tapes and merchandise. The result is one of the largest and most diverse dealer’s rooms on Earth.

2008 HIGHLIGHTS
All Program Activities, Events and Convention
Registration in the Hyatt/Marriott/Hilton Complex! And new this year, we’ve added the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel! Over 35 Simultaneous Programming Tracks The South’s Largest Costuming Contest 11th Annual $1,000 Dawn Look Alike Contest! 9th Annual Classic Comic Art Exhibition Comic Book Quick Sketch Competition Hundreds of RPG, Board, Card, Miniature, and Computer Gaming Events, and Multiple LARPs Live Concerts, Dances, and DJs until 6:00 AM Guest of Honor Banquet and Awards Ceremony 22nd Annual Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival 19th Annual Robot Battles Competition 10th Annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant 7th Annual Dragon*Con Parade An Evening of Professional Wrestling Largest Art Show in Fandom DC*TV Available in All FOUR Host Hotels Free Shuttle Service Between All Official Convention Hotels

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Our host hotels have expanded to include FOUR hotels; the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton, and Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Art Show, Concerts and Dances, Convention Hospitality suites, Video & Computer Rooms, Parties, and most Fan Tracks will be located in the Hyatt. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis will host our Dealers Room, Exhibitor Hall, Autograph Sessions, Fan Tables, and stars’ Walk of Fame. The Atlanta Hilton will feature our LARPS, and Tournament and Open Gaming, and additional Fan Track rooms. While the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel will host some of our larger events, special event programming, and some of our late night parties! Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton, and Sheraton Atlanta Hotel are now sold out. There is still room available at our many fine overflow hotels, including the Baymont Suites (rates starting at $95/ night), Days Inn (rates starting at $95/night), the Glenn Hotel (rates starting at $132/night), Holiday Inn (rates starting at $109/night), Wyndham Hotel (rates starting at $105/night), and the Westin Peachtree Hotel (rates starting at $182/night). Dragon*Con will be running complimentary shuttles between all of our four host hotels and our official overflow hotels. Be sure to mention that you are with Dragon*Con when reserving your room, otherwise you might be told that the hotel is sold out or given a higher room rate. For further details on our overflow hotels, please visit us at www.dragoncon.org, and click “Overflow Hotels”.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Over 3500 hours of science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics and science-related panels, seminars, demonstrations, and workshops are schedule over all four convention days. All programming events are included in your Dragon*Con 2008 Membership. Fan Tracks with something for everyone, including Scifi and Fantasy Literature, Star Wars, Star Trek, X Track, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, as well as an Animation Track, Film Track, Costuming Track, Dark Fantasies, British and American Television, NASA Space and Science, Computer Technology, Writing, Art and Anime & Film Video Rooms and much more are featured! Brand new this year, we have added fan tracks for Anime/Manga, MMORPGs, Horror, Romance Writers, and Skeptics! For more on our programming tracks, check the web at: www.dragoncon.org!

HOW TO CONTACT US
For additional information, call our office Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time, at (770) 9090115 [voice], fax us at (770) 909-0112, or e-mail us at dragoncon@dragoncon.org. Register online now using PayPal or major credit card at www.dragoncon.org or download our handy registration form and mail to: Dragon*Con 2008 Membership, PO Box 16459, Atlanta, GA 30321-0459.

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