Dragon Con 2014: The Good, the bad, memorable moments, and wtf moments.
(LONG post incoming!)
I’ve been going to DragonCon on and off since 2003, (this year was my 7th year attending!) and every year has so far been better than the next! I really enjoy seeing my friends that I only get to see this weekend of the year. Every year is like a mini-reunion! I enjoyed this year immensely, even though it was the most crowded I have ever seen it. There were SO many amazing and wonderful costumes this year and I would have loved to take photos of more of them, but with how busy the crowds were it was hard to stop and get into a good position to take a photo. As it was, my camera and I got knocked around several times while taking photos. With the bigger crowd also comes more rowdiness. On Saturday night drunk people were dropping beer bottles from above the 25th floor in the Marriott, and the bottles were crashing down on the Pulse Loft and the Atrium level. Two of the bottles hit extremely close to us, and my friends and I spent the remainder of the night on the lower Marriott levels. Later I saw a few pictures of the damage caused by the bottles, and I can only imagine what would have happened had the bottles hit someone.
Over the years we’ve seen so many celebrities just walking around at Dragon Con. (2010: Kristin Bauer Von Straten and Doc Hammer, 2011: Christopher Lloyd, Amy Okuda and Robin Thorsen.) This year my friend and I were up in the top floor Hilton bar and we saw James Gunn and Sean Gunn! They started talking to me because I was wearing Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw, and James Gunn wrote Lollipop Chainsaw. Unfortunately my brain just froze!! (Terrible moment!) I think I just had a combination of wanting to ask a LOT of questions, but also wanting to leave them alone so they could have a nice time at the bar without being interrupted. I had wanted to see the Gunns both days they were in the walk of fame, but the line was capped before I had a chance to stand in it! After talking to them for a brief moment (right now I can’t remember any of it!) I just kind of mumbled “Bye!” and left, then kicked myself later for not trying to stay and chat for a little bit, haha. It did take about a half hour for my brain to “reboot” though, and that hasn’t happened before, so that was a strange experience.
Another thing that happened was, for the first time, I got stuck in an elevator dance party. I’m sure this happens all the time at Dragon Con, but it was terrifying to me. I can laugh about it now though. I’m pretty sure the elevator was not supposed to carry that many people OR shake around like that. The guy who started the dance party wore an Umbrella Corp “uniform” of some kind, with big speakers on the chest plate, and it was a pretty cool costume.
Dragon Con 2014 was definitely an amazingly great time. I had more sadness than usual on Monday morning when it was time to leave, but I already have my Hilton room reserved for next year and my 4 day pass purchased. Only 364 more days to go!!
Photos above by: Zehrphoto, Atlanta Fashion Police, Bryan Humphrey Mad Scientist with a camera.