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.

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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Game of Thrones: Three Characters Still Alive

Game of Thrones: Three Characters Still Alive

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Editor’s Note: This show airs on HBO and contains copious amounts of nudity, mature content, and adult language. This article may contain the same. Well, maybe not the visual nudity. The Marriot Atrium Ballroom was packed to the brim on Friday at 11:30AM as eager fans waited to hear from Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pycelle), Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor). “Game of Thrones: From Highgarden to Winterfell” was not a panel to be missed. Fans of
 
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The Man Behind JL8: Interview with Yale Stewart

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Yale Stewart is a comic artist who has worked with major comic publishers like Marvel, DC, Image, and Boom! His most well-known work is the web-comic, JL8, featuring the Justice League in elementary school. He was kind enough to take a few minutes during the convention to answer a few questions. Daily Dragon (DD): What made you decide to be an artist? Yale Stewart (YS): That’s a tough question. It’s just what I’ve always done. One of my first memories
 
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