Happy New Year at Dragon Con

nerdynewyear2What a fantastic way to start the Con off. In the Marriott Atrium Ballroom Thursday night at 8:30PM was the Nerdy New Year Party, the official kickoff event signaling the beginning of Dragon Con.

Dr. Q was a wonderful and entertaining Master of Ceremonies. Granted, there were some technical glitches at first. Apparently, in Dragon Con fashion, our five hotels were causing a brownout all across Atlanta. This, in turn, created problems for Dragon Con. Tech Support, in their infamous and talented magical abilities to make things happen, got everything back up and running. We just needed to let Atlanta know we were here.

Photo by Stuart W. Brothers
Photo by Stuart W. Brothers

There were chairs to rest in and a large dance area for those to partake in dancing. There were several skilled performers.

Geekapella, from Orlando, were first up. They are Orlando’s only geeky a cappella group. This is their second year at Dragon Con. In 2015, they released Legends of the Hidden Demo, performed at conventions.

Talloolah Love, known as The Queen of the Subtle-Tease, is a burlesque performer and producer. She is the leader of the Atlanta Burlesque Society, Studio Manager of the Atlanta School of Burlesque, and runs The Atlanta Burlesque podcast. She brought with her the CandyBox Revue, who performed dressed as comic book chacters.

Following the CandyBox Revue were The Doubleclicks. They write nerdy, clever songs featuring cello and cat keyboard. Their first album debuted on Billboard at number two, and they have a new album available.

To fill some time while the acts were in transition, Professor Snape, our favorite Potions Master, entertained the crowd with his wit and sarcasm.

To round out the evening was the band The Cog is Dead. They bill themselves as a time-traveling steampunk trio whose music is fun, eclectic, and widely enjoyed around the world. They were so energetic and a joy to watch.

A final countdown made it official: time for Dragon Con! Let the party continue.

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Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website (www.amandafaith.net) or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)