’03 Features

Three-Day Pass

Three days have passed. You’ve been to panels. You’ve seen stars, authors, artists, and legends. You’ve walked the aisles of the dealers’ room and seen their myriad of wares. You’ve strolled the maze that is the art show and were awestruck by the wonders you saw. You’ve seen the pretty ladies in the Dawn Look-Alike contest and marveled at their… Read more →

FanForce Dinner

There was a galactic gathering at Earth, United States, Georgia, Atlanta, Trader Vic’s. The dinner was hosted by the Hothlanta Rebels, a local Atlanta Fan Force group, and attended by various online FanForce members across the continental USA and Canada. Over seventy-five online members of Star Wars Fan Force appeared at this not-so-secret meeting to eat, drink, and be merry…. Read more →

Canvas Art

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… Read more →

The Dragon*Con Parade: Stormtroopers, Klingons, and The Tribe, Oh My

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,… Read more →

Writing a Stand-Alone vs. a Series

While creativity on the author’s part typically determines what they want their work to become, ultimately there are outside forces that make the final call. Often the publisher will have the final say in all things concerning the length and print run of a book, but don’t think it’s a snap decision. Nope. It’s based on a “catch 22” formula…. Read more →

Conflict and Suspense

“Conflict and Suspense” gave aspiring writers the opportunities to talk to a variety of sci-fi writers about how they give their stories punch and keep their readers involved. The panel, led by moderator Ann C. Crispin, included Robert Asprin, Andy Duncan, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, and John Ringo. Representing a variety of styles from humor to… Read more →

Con Etiquette (NO, it’s not a state East of New York!)

It’s your first Dragon*Con? Great! You’ve been attending Dragon*Con since the very first one? Absolutely fantastic!! Here are a few reminders of things that might slip your mind in all the excitement: Always remember “Please” and “Thank you.” You learned these tools early in your life and they’ll do magical things for you throughout your time at Dragon*Con. Pick up… Read more →

Galactic Civil War Reenactment or “Hey! That Guy’s in Stormtrooper Armor!”

If you’ve been in the lobby of either the Marriott or the Hyatt, you can’t miss them. Imperial stormtroopers have entered the building. And, it’s not just stormtroopers. This year’s Dragon*Con is host to jedi, x-wing pilots, TIE fighter pilots, Boba Fetts (or is that Fetti?), and just about every other costume found in any frame of one of the… Read more →

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