Canvas Art

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Okay, so you’ve been to the art gallery. Very talented people created those objets d’art with blood, sweat, and tears, but another group of people fall into the blood, sweat, and tears contingent. This group lives for body art and modification. Their bodies are the canvases, but needles replace brushes, and ink replaces paint. While tattooing started out as a rite of passage into manhood for native people of the Pacific Rim islands, today’s images are typically much more colorful
 
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W. Australian Fan Journeys to Dragon*Con

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Kim Campbell of Perth, Australia, traveled halfway around the world to attend Dragon*Con. 24 hours of flight time took her through Auckland, New Zealand, Los Angeles, and Chicago before arriving in Atlanta. “I was told that Dragon*Con was the con to come to, ” Campbell explained, confirming Dragon*Con’s worldwide reputation. Asked what her favorite thing about the con was so far, Campbell immediately replied that she had met so many nice people, exchanged cards, and was looking forward to keeping
 
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Heinlein Society Blood Drive Adds Monday Hours

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Not all the vampires collecting blood at Dragon*Con wear black and have alabaster skin and ruby-red lips. The Heinlein Society, assisted by LifeSouth of Atlanta, is sponsoring a blood drive at Dragon*Con located in the Yukon/McKenzie/Rio at the Marriott. Originally scheduled only for Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 10am-2pm, due to donor demand, the drive will continue on Monday from 10am to 2pm. I asked volunteer director Alan “Doc” Koslow, “why give blood when I’m already faint from lack of sleep
 
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The Dragon*Con Parade: Stormtroopers, Klingons, and The Tribe, Oh My

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It was worth crawling out of the bed after only three hours of sleep to see the Dragon*Con parade Saturday morning. I guess the Macys Thanksgiving Parade childhood excitement never left me because there I was on the sidelines again, cheering on the participants. The gaggle of Padmes was definitely a crowd pleaser. Maybe it was the attention to detail, or the copious skin exposure, or the fact there were so many of them. The 501st represented the evil portion
 
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Thursday Night Concerts

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Winding my way through stormtroopers and swashbucklers in the lobby of the Hyatt as the flag of Cobra waved overhead, it finally hit me: Dragon*Con had begun. And what better way to kick off Dragon*Con than jamming to the Thursday night concerts? To start Dragon*Con off right, you could either do five triple shots of espresso while chewing on a couple of caffeinated mints, or you could listen to the high energy rock metal of Hazmat. Personally, this reporter suggests
 
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