Brynna Owens

Brynna Owens

Brynna Owens is a mild-mannered freelancer by day, but by night, she's working on joining the Justice League. Cutting her teeth on fanfic before she knew there was such a thing (Frodo/Sam based on the books, anyone??), she's been writing since she learned that you put words together and form sentences. Her calling as a Professional Fangirl started with the X-Files, where she honed her writing and editing skills via fanfic that she finally had a name for, and discovered the amazing world of online fandom via IRC and AOL chats. And now, having written that, she feels old! She currently resides just outside Seattle, is owned by a cat named Gandalf, aspires to save the world, and owns over 100 tubes of lipstick.

Love, Laughter, and Comics: Milkfed Criminal Masterminds

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The “Milkfed Criminal Masterminds” panel on Saturday in Hyatt Centennial I began, as a way to make sure everyone, from all walks of life, felt included and welcomed, with a group sing-along of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This is indicative of how husband-and-wife comic book authors Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick treat their fans, and their writing: inclusion and support for marginalized communities is a huge facet of life for them. Once everyone was welcomed in song form, the
 
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‘Spoilers, Sweetie’: A Q&A with Alex Kingston

‘Spoilers, Sweetie’: A Q&A with Alex Kingston

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Alex Kingston has a new convention game, and she kicked off her Q&A panel with it on Saturday. It’s called “How well do you know River?” and involves having people in the audience imitate her famous Doctor Who greeting, “Hello, Sweetie.” This also required a “sweetie-off,” which involved the two ultimate co-winners imitating her catch-phrase “Spoilers!” The winner? Got a banana (a long-running Who in-joke). This was what greeted the capacity crowd in the Hilton Grand Salon Sat afternoon at
 
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A Female Superhero Movie at Last

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“Is this how guys feel, during other superhero flicks?” exclaimed Cammien Ray, talking about watching Diana Prince climb onto the battlefield of No Man’s Land. A standing room only crowd filled Marriott M301–302 to talk about the highs, and the higher highs, that came from the summer blockbuster DC release of Wonder Woman. Panelists Ray, Kevin Eldridge, Tyra Burton, Jeni Green, and Jenna Johnson led the discussion through both the storyline itself, and the resonance for fans in the origin
 
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Everyday Superheroes

Everyday Superheroes

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Four years ago, Dragon Con started a new year-round charitable program called Dragon Con Superheroes. In its first three years, the Superheroes contributed nearly 1,900 hours of community service for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Sweetwater Creek State Park, the Walk to End Lupus Now, the Lymphoma Walk, Piedmont Park, and For the Kid in All of Us. In 2017, Dragon Con conducted four Superheroes events: a clean-up day at Piedmont Park, a toy drive for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,
 
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Contemporary Comics Face, and Overcome, Diversity Missteps

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What brings a standing-room-only group to Hyatt Hanover F for a panel at 8:30PM on Saturday night at Dragon Con? Nerdy academic discussion about diversity in comics seems to do the trick. A round table discussion on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Comics, led by Dragon Con guests Kelly Sue DeConnick, Laurenn McCubbins, and Damien Williams, and Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) academics John Flowers, Tini Howard, Kari Storla, and Daniel Amrhein gave an enthusiastic and intelligent crowd
 
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Get in Good Trouble: March and Congressman Lewis

Get in Good Trouble: March and Congressman Lewis

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On Sunday at 2:30PM, a full-to-capacity room in Hyatt Hanover F was honored by the presence of Congressman John Lewis, as he joined Andrew Aydin, the co-author of March: Book One and March: Book Two, graphic novels depicting the events leading up to the march on Selma during the civil rights movement. While book one focused on the events leading up to Lewis’ beginnings in the movement, book two picks up as the freedom rides began, carrying through to the Sixteenth
 
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Pack Means Family: A Bitten Q&A

Pack Means Family: A Bitten Q&A

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There is a hierarchy in the dynamics of a wolf pack; the alpha leads, the betas keep things in order, and they are a fierce, loyal, protective group. Showing us on Friday night that they have embraced their roles, the Bitten cast took to the stage at the Sheraton at 7PM for their first group Q&A of Dragon Con in true pack fashion. Greg Bryk came to the stage first and introduced Steve Lund, and each member in turn introduced
 
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Antics and Artifacts of Warehouse 13

Antics and Artifacts of Warehouse 13

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In the first of several Warehouse 13 panels this weekend at the Centennial Ballroom II-III on Friday, Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, and John-Paul Nickel entertained us and gave us insights into their characters. The audience welcomed all of the panelists enthusiastically. McClintock took video of the audience cheering for him and chanting “Eddie, Eddie.” As we chanted, McClintock felt compelled to take his shirt off and spike it like a football. Some of us were disappointed that he didn’t decide
 
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