Ralph Gallagher

Ralph is a geek through and through. Living by the beach in sunny South Carolina, he spends most of his time huddled over a keyboard. Whether it's comics, anime, or sci-fi/fantasy, if it's even slightly geeky, he's there. He's a member of Wayland's Forge, a cosplay making group from Myrtle Beach.

Starting on Gruel and Finishing on Martinis

Starting on Gruel and Finishing on Martinis

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Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston entered a packed Marriott Atrium Ballroom Sunday afternoon to thunderous applause. Arthur Darvill was unable to make the panel due to his flight schedule, but the two women continued without him. They kicked off the panel by asking anyone with a sonic screwdriver to raise it in the air for a salute. Deciding to mix things up, before audience members were able to ask the guests questions, they first had to answer (or attempt to
 
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'Young Justice' and 'Teen Titans'—Past and Future

‘Young Justice’ and ‘Teen Titans’—Past and Future

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Peter David and Benjamin Percy joined a crowd of eager fans to discuss Young Justice and Teen Titans in the comics. Both writers were eager to talk about their works, Peter David being responsible for the Young Justice comics in the 1990s, and Benjamin Percy working on the current Teen Titans comics. One of the first questions asked by the audience was how the rosters for the two comics were determined. Peter David said he was given the original roster
 
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Life, Lust, and Laughs with John Barrowman

Life, Lust, and Laughs with John Barrowman

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From his sparkling, shining star–filled entrance to his final innuendo, John Barrowman had the 7PM capacity crowd in the Hilton Grand Ballroom alternately in stitches and in awe. No one was safe from his star power.  His costume designers from Elhoffer Design were the first to feel his special brand of love, being unwittingly pulled on stage to celebrate his Wonder Woman outfit, complete with sparkling cape, tiara, and booty shorts. Their designs for Barrowman never cease to shock and
 
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The Walk of a Thousand Characters

The Walk of a Thousand Characters

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Crowds began filling the sidewalks along Peachtree Street by 8AM on Saturday for one of the weekend’s most popular events: the Dragon Con Parade. The oldest and youngest fans alike eagerly awaited seeing their favorite costumes and characters. The parade kicked off with a bagpipe player, Janny Wurts, leading a contingent of dragons escorting the Dragon Con banner. Following close behind were the color guard and Colonial Marines. This year’s Grand Marshal was the legendary Stan Lee, joined by Ms.
 
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The Tale of Two Panels

The Tale of Two Panels

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The Military Sci-Fi Media (MSFM) Costume Contest was held on Friday at 7PM in Westin Chastain D–E. This contest had some tough competition in the time slot with a few other such contests running at the same time. For those unfamiliar with the MSFM track, it celebrates military-themed shows and universes such as Stargate, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica (both incarnations), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Babylon 5, and many more. Attendees and competitors were certainly dedicated. There were two categories—group
 
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Cosplay Experts: Learning from the Best

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Are you ready to take your cosplay to the next level? Then experts Robert Allsopp, Chris Donio, and Frank Ippolito’s “Advanced Armor-Making Techniques” panel was a must see event. Held on Saturday at 4PM in the Hilton Grand Salon East, this panel covered everything a cosplayer might need to know to kick it up a notch. The panelists all worked well together, bouncing ideas off each other and sharing their own experiences with different techniques and materials. With professional experience
 
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Costuming on a Budget: Creating Awesomeness Without Breaking the Bank

Costuming on a Budget: Creating Awesomeness Without Breaking the Bank

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If you’ve ever wanted to get into cosplay without spending a fortune, then “Costuming on a Budget” was the panel for you. Held at 11:30AM on Friday in America’s Mart 2, Room 204 DE, the panel was hosted by Matt Hayward and Carol Marie Underwood. The two costuming excerpts gave tips and tricks on how to make the costume of your dreams without taking out a loan on your house. Their biggest tip? Give yourself ample time to complete your
 
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John Barrowman: Out and Proud

John Barrowman: Out and Proud

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Eager fans crowded the halls and sidewalks outside of the Sheraton this morning as they waited for the Grand Ballroom to open for John Barrowman’s 10AM panel. They packed the room to the brim, eagerly awaiting the antics that were sure to ensue. Barrowman didn’t disappoint, making an explosive entrance, bounding onto the stage wearing a bright TARDIS blue dress and red pumps. He danced around the stage, doing kicks and twirls and giggling the entire time. It truly was
 
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