Dragon Con 2014 Sets Attendance and Fundraising Records

Greetings all! While this is a little late to send this out, I wanted to in the spirit of the holidays as I thought it’s a great example of a convention doing a lot of good for others. Dragon Con worked hard to raise money and food for those who need it, as well as having record participation in their blood drive, and you can see the efforts of that hard work more than pay off below! This is a convention that should definitely be proud of the good they do! ~ Bethany Blanton

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Official Charity Atlanta Community Food Bank Receives more than $115,000 and over 500 Pounds Food Items; Record Participation in Blood Drive Supports Critical Need. 

More than 62,000 fans, coming from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries, participated in the 28th annual Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention, setting a new attendance record.

The convention raised over $115,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, collected 535 pounds of food which will provide 445 meals for the food bank, and set a new record in its blood drive efforts.

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Star Wars Broadsaber: The Defense

(First of all: sorry.)

You may have heard, but there was this teaser trailer that came out a short while ago. It’s for The Force Awakens. Have you … okay I was going to say ‘have you felt it?’ but that would probably be too over done, not to mention it wouldn’t make any real sense as a question. How could you ‘feel’ a trailer? Unless you sensed through your ears the masses of Star Wars fans squeeing? (For my part, I do apologise to my dog.) I guess this side-track marks the end of my nonchalant opening. Anyhoo, have you seen it? Did you see the dude* with the lightsaber?

*No, not ‘The Dude’. As we now know, his name is Kylo Ren; though to me he will always be Mr. Kitty.

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Podcast: What’s in a Name? – SWR #156

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On this week’s podcast RileyBethany and Mark talk about the announcement of the NAMES! We have names!

Stories discussed:

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2014 Year in Review: Comics – SWBTF #152

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Comics; Singles, Trades, Omnibus, and Hardcovers, oh my! Every Star Wars comic books of 2014 in one episode! All this, and more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of 2 Continuities; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to look back one last time at the Star Wars comic books of 2014. So strap in, and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away! Continue reading