photo by howard
Picture this: amidst the dreaded Atlanta heat in a beautiful downtown hotel, a night is spent drinking with the most curious company: a Jedi, a pirate, an elf, a burlesque dancer, a transsexual Jesus and his Swedish fish bearing maidens, and a heavy (via the PC shooter Team Fortress 2). The massive, open-air space of the hotel is filled with thousands upon thousands of aimlessly migrating Deanna Trois; Legolases; Links; and generic, chainmail bikini clad women. Creepy men scramble about with expensive camera’s, begging for pictures.
Meanwhile, clad in other cosplay outfits, all in various states of undress, drunken shouting and swearing nerds are carted away multiple times through all hours of the night on stretchers. They’re pushed by white uniformed men who blend seamlessly into the crowd of Storm Troopers and Team Fortress Medics and Umbrella Corp Employees…
Reality bends into a strange, yet beautiful, surreal dream.
This is Dragon*Con. The largest Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention of popular media in the country. An estimated 50,000 people attended, swarming all of Atlanta with glorious fandom. My lovely soon-to-be-wife Freya and I attended this year for the first time, and are forever sold.
Though we didn’t bring our camera, I have been compiling some flickr users’ pictures of our favorite costumes. Stay tuned for more!