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.

Charlie Cox: Perfecting the Daredevil

Charlie Cox: Perfecting the Daredevil

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Charlie Cox, looking buff in a dark Henley and sporting his native British accent, charmed the crowd from the time he strode onto the stage for the Friday 10AM panel “Daredevil: The Man in the Mask” in Hyatt Centential II–III. Animated and engaging, Cox displayed a true love of both the artistic and technical aspects of filming a show as emotionally and physically challenging as Daredevil, in which he plays the blind vigilante Matt Murdock, known as Daredevil. “I thought
 
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Monsters & Mayhem: How to Keep the Pages Turning

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Have you ever wondered how authors create a gripping story? At the “Monsters & Mayhem” panel on Sunday at 1PM in the Hyatt Embassy D-F, a distinguished panel of writers—Bill Fawcett (moderator), Elizabeth Moon, Esther Friesner, Peter David, Rebecca Moesta, and Larry Correia—discussed techniques they use to keep readers reading. When posed the question of what keeps a reader reading, David said, “Writing is an utter mystery.” He writes things that are entertaining to him. Except for his book Artful,
 
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Miss Star Trek Universe

Miss Star Trek Universe

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And the new Miss Star Trek Universe 2015 is the gorgeous, talented, horned, Klingon diva of divas, Konora, aka Hannah Hoyt. The runner up is Lwaxana, aka Leslie Chapman, a Betazoid with a penchant for mixing dark martinis. Despite stiff competition from Chapman and nine other gifted contestants, Hoyt’s rendition of an aria from The Magic Flute, in which the Queen of the Night orders her daughter to commit murder, had the spectators spellbound and trembling in their seats. Hoyt
 
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Strong Women

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“Some of the strongest women in SF are right here,” said Lee Martindale as she opened the “Strong Women in SF” panel on Saturday at 2:30PM in Hyatt Embassy A–B. The panelists did not disappoint. After brief introductions, each of the five women gave their definition of what constituted a strong female character. Elizabeth Moon prefers a character with what she termed agency—a woman who self-generates the plot and takes responsibility for her choices, even if those choices are not
 
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Dragon Con Annual Parade Delights Participants and Observers Alike

Dragon Con Annual Parade Delights Participants and Observers Alike

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By 8:30 on Saturday morning, parade-goers were lining Peachtree Street. Mike, Kevin, and Katie from the Aliens Legacy Colonial Marines were getting coffee at the Westin Starbucks. When asked why they chose to participate, Mike said, “It’s more fun to participate.” As Kevin agreed, Mike added, “We have a tradition to keep up. The Colonial Marines have led the parade since 2013.” Their color guard, many of them veterans, comes from different countries and wear the dress uniforms from the
 
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An Unexpected Treat at Stephen Amell Live!

An Unexpected Treat at Stephen Amell Live!

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Stephen Amell gave eight-year-old Dragon Con attendee Amelia Marsh, dressed as a young Arrow, the honor of introducing him at the “Stephen Amell Live!” panel on Friday at 5:30 PM in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom. Whispering in her ear, he told her what to say, beginning with him being really tired from filming today and continuing with an apology for having to cancel in 2012. As recompense, he treated the audience to the first showing of the trailer for season
 
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The Flash: We Have Really, Really Big Nerds Writing the Show

The Flash: We Have Really, Really Big Nerds Writing the Show

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“I really love you, but this question isn’t for you.” Wearing matching burgundy T-shirts, Robbie Amell and John Wesley Shipp ribbed each other whenever a fan’s question began this way at “The Flash: The Fastest Thing on Two Feet” on Friday at 1PM in the Marriott Atrium. Amell and Shipp aren’t the only jokesters on the set of The Flash. Tom Cavanaugh gives rides on his super-fast wheelchair, and Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin are known to practice tap
 
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You Never Know Who You'll Meet at Dragon Con

You Never Know Who You’ll Meet at Dragon Con

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I noticed her while waiting for a Karl Urban panel on Friday in the Hyatt–a flame-haired Amazon in full battle regalia. She wasn’t the only warrior in the room, but something about her outfit arrested my attention, despite my intention to watch the witty bumpers and enjoy the chatter of other enthusiastic attendees. I studied her attire, from her leather battle skirt to the unusual coin mail that protected her shoulders. They weren’t coins, though, those circular bits of metal,
 
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