Debbie Yutko

Debbie Yutko

Debbie Yutko lives near Atlanta with her husband, two children, and two cats. When she isn’t gardening, rescuing homeless kittens, or cramming math formulas into teenagers’ brains, she can be found stringing words together at her computer and dreaming of adventures in far-off lands. She is a lifelong reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy and a veteran attendee of Dragon Con, where she enjoys attending panels and working with the talented staff of the Daily Dragon.

Strong Women of Dragon Con

Strong Women of Dragon Con

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Perceptions change, attitudes change, and the idea of a strong woman is beginning to evolve from a chick in armor so skimpy it wouldn’t protect a flea to a woman who is not afraid to be herself. Take a hint, fellas. We are NOT all the same. Sure, some women are tough and scrappy and wouldn’t shy away from a fight, whether it be with fists or with words. And, yes, some of us are much quieter and gentler of
 
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Doc Holliday Faces Bobo Del Rey at Dragon Con

Doc Holliday Faces Bobo Del Rey at Dragon Con

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Tim Rozon (Doc) and Michael Eklund (Bobo) from Wynonna Earp faced off at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the Marriott. Their cheerful banter started with Eklund admitting that Dragon Con 2017 is his first convention ever. “But you were at Comic-Con,” Rozon said. Eklund replied that he hadn’t been invited, so he’d had to crash it. So what does he think of Dragon Con? “Love it! I like walking around and talking to everyone and looking at the costumes
 
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AmericasMart 2: The Hidden Gems of Floor 3

AmericasMart 2: The Hidden Gems of Floor 3

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Give your inner child a treat. Visit floor 3 (yes, there are three floors in Building 2) of AmericasMart, and you’ll find some amazing, little-known gems. I ventured behind the first building to the second, managed to find the escalators to the second floor of building 2, and heard that those escalators way over on the right side led to a third floor of shoppers delight. “Ah, you’re talking about the comics, right?” you say. No. I didn’t stop there. I
 
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A Panel with No Mistakes in It

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The delightful Megan Follows shared memories, lessons learned, and appreciation for her fondly remembered role as the titular character, Anne Shirley, in Anne of Green Gables, Friday morning in Hyatt International South. Currently known as the scheming Catherine de’ Medici in Reign, Follows began the panel with a tribute to what she termed the most noble profession. No, not ruling or parenting—teaching. “Teachers really are heroes,” she said, and she spoke of the importance of children having a good influence
 
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Three Queens and a Lord

Three Queens and a Lord

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The “Reign: Noble Gestures” panel on Saturday at 11:30AM in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom began with rousing cheers from the crowd. Panelists Adam Croasdell, Rachel Skarsten, Adelaide Kane, and Megan Follows began by showing their appreciation for their fans and for the wild, wonderful celebration that is Dragon Con. Fellows said it was a blast to wander the streets Friday night. “I danced with a banana. How often can you say that?” Skarsten may have said it best, though: “You
 
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Guardians Rule Dragon Con

Guardians Rule Dragon Con

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The galaxy appreciates its guardians, as evidenced by the packed Atrium Ballroom at 2:30 PM on Saturday in the Marriott. The crowd’s enthusiastic applause as the first panelist, Michael Rosenbaum, entered the stage erupted into shouts of laughter when Michael Rooker tromped out and began to wrestle with Rosenbaum. Sean Gunn entered the fray, and Karen Gillian took a few well-aimed swings of her own. Grinning, the four panelists took their seats, and the joking began in earnest. What makes
 
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Speeding Through the Multiverse

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Fans raced from the parade at a lightning crawl to see some of their favorite characters on the “Flash: Which Way to Which Earth” panel Saturday morning in the Hilton Grand Salon. Danielle Panabaker, John Wesley Shipp, Katie Cassidy, Michelle Harrison, and Rick Cosnett spent a delightful hour answering questions from the speedy members of the audience who had somehow managed to arrive in time. An early question got the panelists rolling on which costume they liked best. For Shipp,
 
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Parade Fans Enjoy Favorites and More

Parade Fans Enjoy Favorites and More

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Everyone loves a parade, especially when it has superheroes, Jedi, princesses, stormtroopers, and Spartans. What’s not to love? There’s something for everyone at the Dragon Con Parade. Even the crowd participates in this cosplay extravaganza. I spoke to a few viewers and semi-participants to discover what they were looking forward to the most. Connie Bolt from Conyers, Georgia, and four of her children—Kaydon, Klairissa, Jonathan, and Clayton—arrived around 7AM to get a front-row seat. What did they hope to see
 
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