Dragon*Con 2006, or Where the Nerdy Things Are (Part 1)

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Is that an obsessively accurate costume based on an obscure reference that appeared on one episode of a cartoon that aired three years ago? It must be Dragon*Con time!

As always Dragon*Con was held over Labor Day in Atlanta. I went up there a day early, mainly because I wanted to see the Georgia Aquarium. It's a huge aquarium, and they have some pretty impressive creatures in their collection, like some young whale sharks, but there is much in the way of education going on there. Every animal is identified by a plaque, and described with only one sentence, no matter how majestic or complicated. Beluga whales are 16 feet long and live in the arctic? Who knew?

There's no way I could recount a blow by blow version of events that happened at Dragon*Con. Hell, it's taken me a week to get my head together enough to even write about it. So here's some random thoughts on what happened at the Geekiest Place on Earth.

- Has anyone ever seen a picture of George A. Romero, George Carlin, and Stan Lee at the same time? I think they may all be the same person. Romero was at the con, though he didn't seem to have the temperament for it. During his talk he appeared to be little dismayed that people only wanted talk about his zombie films, which he made pretty clear were not his favorite. He was also put off the wide profusion of costumes. After one person who had asked a question turned around to walk away Romero declared "He has a tail!", which by Dragon*Con standards is nearly button-down conservative. Later when I shook his hand and got his autograph on a copy of Martin (1977) he seems absolutely amazed that my real name was on my name badge. He said that was the first time he'd seen that.

- This was the first year there were official Lost panels, though for some reason they scheduled on the X-Files track. The only featured guests were Mira Furlan (who plays the French Woman), Paul Dini (writer of Detective Comics, former story editor of Lost) and Javier Grillo-Marxuarch (former writer on Lost). I sat in on one of Grillo-Marxuarch's talk. It was packed and I ended up in the back. Then I realized I was sitting next to Paul Dini and his wife Misti Lee, a magician who dresses like Zatanna. He spent the whole time playing with sock monkeys, while she texted into two cell phones at the same time. About the only significant information Grillo-Marxuarch imparted was that ABC wouldn't let him even mention "the Lost Experience" by name and that he helped develop the back story of the island.

I'll have some more thoughts tomorrow, including the definition of "flatis" and the effects of the copyright cops.

Posted: Sun - September 10, 2006 at