Amanda Faith

Amanda Faith

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together.

Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced.

Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con.

Follow @dramandafaith on Twitter.

Website: http://www.amandafaith.net

Still Can’t Take the Sky from Gina Torres

Still Can’t Take the Sky from Gina Torres

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It was a packed house in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom Friday at 5:30PM as Gina Torres hosted her first panel, “Firefly: Operation Zoë Alleyne Washburne.” This regal lady entertained all questions from the audience. When asked about who her favorite fake-husband is, she said it was Alan Tudyk, hands down. “We became great friends, so for us, it worked great. He is such a sweet and funny man. I loved working with him.” So how did Walsh win Zoe’s heart?
 
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Sesame Street: Nearly 50 Years of Friendship and Fun

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A walk down memory lane. That was how it felt being in the Marriott’s Imperial Ballroom on Friday at 1 PM. When the original, infamous theme song started playing, cheers erupted throughout. That song alone brought back a warm fuzzy feeling, like snuggling with your Snuffleupagus. Family had arrived in the household via television. Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer and illustrator who made Big Bird an American Icon, said it best when he summed up his 45 years on the
 
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Party in the House: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Masquerade Party

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There was a packed room Friday night at 7PM at the Hyatt Regency VI-VII for the premiere release of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s new Dark-Hunter book Stygian. First there was Acheron. Then Styxx. And now… Stygian. All of the stops were pulled out for this event. Quincy J. Allen moderated, and Sherrilyn came out in full costume to greet all the fans and answer questions. She was delightful and charming. When fans asked whether there would be a book about various characters,
 
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The Magical Music of the Georgia Philharmonic

The Magical Music of the Georgia Philharmonic

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This is the third year the Georgia Philharmonic, conducted by John Morrison, has performed at Dragon Con. Each year, there has always been a level of barely contained excitement to the anticipation of the arrangement that will be performed. Each year, we think that it can’t get any better. Each year, we are wrong. It’s always better. This year was no exception. Centennial II–II in the Hyatt was filled to capacity of over 3,000 people Saturday night as people waited
 
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The Marvelous Matt Smith

The Marvelous Matt Smith

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Matt Smith is a lanky, lean man with deep eyes full of excitement, joy, and kindness, which is no surprise to his fans and Doctor Who loyalists, who felt no fear taking his hand for five insanely fun years aboard the TARDIS. His incarnation, the 11th, of the eternal Time Lord may have been in the body of a young man—the youngest ever to wield the sonic screwdriver—but he had the gravitas of a seasoned alien unafraid to take the
 
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How Far Will You Come?

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Dragon Con: those words mean something different to different people. To some, it’s a way to cosplay and let their fantasies fly. For others, it’s a way to hang with like-minded geeks who get the Star Wars or Supernatural quotes. Others get to game with people from all over the world. For everyone, it’s a way to reconnect to “family.” All over the world? Yes. Not only are there fans here from all over the United States, people travel here
 
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Improv at the Miyazaki

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Eric Reinders, the author of The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki, specializes in Chinese religion, particularly Medieval Buddhism, Buddhist monasticism, and Christian missionary cultures. The primary themes of his work are cultural constructions of the body, destruction studies, and comparative fantasy. In “Improv at the Miyazaki,” 5:30PM Friday in Hilton Galleria 1, Reinders lead the participants in a discussion as to what makes Hayao Miyazaki’s films so unique. Participants came up with a list of reasons. That list included flying,
 
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Getting Hammered with Nathan Fillion

Getting Hammered with Nathan Fillion

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A fan’s gotta do what a fan’s gotta do, and seeing Nathan Fillion tops the list for many Dragon Con attendees. Around 2,000 fans got their chance on Friday at 10AM in Centennial II–II, Hyatt, as well as an additional 2,000 fans in the overflow in the Marriot Atrium via video feed. Beloved for many of his roles, such as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Richard Castle in the popular television series
 
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