Kelly McCorkendale

Kelly McCorkendale is a dog-lover, avid quilter, and occasional creative writer who loves the color orange and boycotts cable (except Game of Thrones because, well, what if winter is coming!?). After college, she realized poets weren’t in demand, so she shipped off to Madagascar with Peace Corps. Since then, she’s found a niche working on health systems in Africa but has a long-list of life tasks yet to be fulfilled--such as perform blackmail, learn a trade, and become a competitive eater. She has an MA in International Education, believes rice is the elixir of life, and, in high school, won the best supporting actress honor for the state of Missouri. She may also recite poetry (her first love) when imbibing in alcohol.

Zachary Levi: A Man of Passion

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Zachary Levi is many things—namely a charismatic, triple-threat performer who may be able to do a little Kung Fu—but, mostly, he is passionate. Passionate about Chuck, the show that made him famous, passionate about nerd culture and his fans, and passionate about bettering the world by addressing social media bullying, abject poverty, and getting undiscovered talent into Hollywood: all things he spoke candidly about during “Spotlight on Zachary Levi,” his first panel at his first Dragon Con. “I’m super excited
 
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Four Actors Walk Into a Bar…

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On Sunday afternoon, congoers packed into the Hilton’s Grand Salon to see a slew of really interesting actors chat about creating iconic moments onscreen. The guests? The incomparable John Cusack, his frequent co-star and talented character actor Ned Bellamy, the easy-going Sean Gunn from Gilmore Girls and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and Ashley Scott, who has proven her chops on shows like Jericho and UnREAL. Launching right into questions, the audience wanted to know more about the seminal
 
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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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Sean Gunn on Guardians, Gilmores, and More

Sean Gunn on Guardians, Gilmores, and More

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Sean Gunn sat down with the press Saturday morning and reflected not just on Gilmore Girls and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, which is a part of the larger Marvel Universe driven by The Avengers series of films, but also on how Dragon Con helped initiate him into the world of fandom and convention culture. “You know what’s interesting about this convention, is that, it’s the first one that I ever did,” he said, “… and it just seemed
 
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Lisa Henson Shares How to Create Lasting Characters

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While Lisa Henson’s siblings have all visited Dragon Con in the past, this is her first appearance. At her opening panel on Friday at 10AM, like her brother and sister before her, she spoke knowledgeably and lovingly of how she, as the CEO of The Jim Henson Company and a producer, has tried to maintain her father’s legacy—the many puppets that he made into household names—through new, enduring characters. She noted that Dragon Con is the only con that has a Puppetry Track, which is poignant since Atlanta is home
 
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Stan ‘the Man’ Lee! Excelsior!

Stan ‘the Man’ Lee! Excelsior!

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Stan Lee—the man, the myth, the legend—graced Dragon Con goers on Friday at 1PM in the Marriot Atrium Ballroom for, perhaps, the last time. Lee, who will turn 95 this year, is the American comic-book writer known for many of Marvel Comics’ beloved, celebrated superheroes: Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four (his first creation, as he reminded the audience), Daredevil, and Spider-Man, arguably his most famous character and his personal favorite. As attendees asked over a dozen questions of
 
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In Sync with Joey and Chris

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Joey and Chris. Chris and Joey. They may have been two-fifths of a sugary boy band once worshipped by pre-pubescent girls (and some adults), but they’ve matured into a couple of dirty birds. If they were a bad drink on shameful night, they’d be rancid pinot noir—one you’d happily drink. They are willing to go anywhere for a laugh, and it is pure joy watching them trade sexually laced hot dog zingers. Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick caught-up with rabid
 
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Father and Daughter: A Pond Family Reunion

Father and Daughter: A Pond Family Reunion

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Like any respectable fake father/daughter duo, Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and Alex Kingston (River Song) showed up for their family reunion on Sunday at 2:30PM in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom wearing color-coordinated outfits that featured a light forest green. Kingston looked stunning in an elegant, flowy dress that only accentuated her class, while Darvill’s basic button up couldn’t dull his wicked wit. It was a joy to see two-thirds of the Pond family—the Eleventh Doctor’s raison d’etre—together again, however brief. “Is
 
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