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Two Conventions You Should Attend in Atlanta Forge a Partnership

PRESS RELEASE: DRAGON CON, INC. AND MOMOCON FORGE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Dragon Con, Inc., parent company of the internationally known Dragon Con pop culture convention, and MomoCon LLC, parent of the fastest growing all ages fan convention in the country, have formed an unprecedented strategic partnership to share resources, knowledge and experience to ensure that Atlanta continues to have the strongest fan conventions in the country.

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Importantly, Dragon Con, Inc. will provide MomoCon with back office and administrative support while the current MomoCon leadership, including founders Chris Stuckey and Jessica Merriman, will continue to organize the convention and serve as its co-chairs. Stuckey and Merriman will also take expanded roles with Dragon Con, Inc. and the Dragon Con convention.
Founded in 2005, MomoCon began as an outgrowth of Georgia Tech’s anime club. Its first convention attracted about 700 people to a free event on the school’s campus. Ten years later, MomoCon attracted some 22,000 total attendees (more than 60,000 at the turnstile) to a four-day convention held in the Georgia World Congress Center.

“In today’s competitive convention landscape, having Dragon Con and its founder Pat Henry on our side is an incredible advantage,” Stuckey said. “This partnership gives Jess and I the ability to pursue our vision for MomoCon while continuing to provide our fans with the high quality event they expect from us year after year.”

“We believe deeply in home-grown, well-run fan conventions that bring real value to the community,” said Henry, who was one of several Dragon Con founders in 1986 and serves as the company’s president today. “I am excited to be working with these two enormously creative entrepreneurs. I believe that their leadership will also help keep Dragon Con on the cutting edge of the convention scene.”

MomoCon 2016, which brings together fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics and gaming, will be held May 26 through May 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Dragon Con will celebrate its 30th year as the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention on Labor Day, September 2 through September 5 at five host hotels and the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. More than 70,000 people from every state in the union plus a few foreign countries attended Dragon Con in 2015.

About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans by fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film,
television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MomoCon
Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to one of the largest conventions in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games. More information about MomoCon is available at www.momocon.com/.

Why You Should Go to Dragon Con in 2016!

As usual, some of the Star Wars Report crew and fellow friends and fans of Star Wars will be attending Dragon Con 2016 this labor day, September 2nd through September 5th! You can purchase your four day pass here!

Dragon Con has been one of my favorite conventions to attend, and is the convention I’ve been to the most by far. So, here are the reasons I’ve attended Dragon Con faithfully since 2011, and why you should go too!

Because you have so much fun with your friends!

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Because you have so much fun with fans!

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Because of the amazing cosplay!

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Because of the wonderful, annual parade!

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Because of the hours upon hours of amazing content across all franchises!

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Because the atmosphere is like a giant, happy party with all your geeky friends!

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Because the dealer’s hall and artist’s gallery have the biggest variety of geeky items to buy that I’ve seen at any convention I’ve been to!

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Because, for Star Wars fans, it’s like coming home to an intimate family setting at the Star Wars track!

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Because no matter how many times you attend Dragon Con, there’s something new!

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Because the Star Wars authors there are the most accessible that I’ve known them to be at any convention I’ve seen them at!

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We still miss you, Aaron, and keep you in our fondest memories.

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Because Dragon Con supports amazing charities!

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Remember, you can get your passes here, and hopefully I’ll see you all there!

~ Bethany Blanton

Monsterama Con Review

This year, Riley and I attended part of Monsterama Con as press this past weekend!

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Touted as an “Atlanta convention that celebrates the fantastic in film, literature, and art,” I’d say Monsterama Con was definitely a successful, new convention that anyone interested in horror, or the fantastic would be interested in. I was especially impressed with the level of preparedness of the staff that I interacted with, the guests who came, as well as the number of panels for a convention in its first year.

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It took place at the Holiday Inn Select on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, August 1-3. While zombies and vampires have been the rage for a number of years now, Monsterama Con was a little different than one might expect in that while it had its share of zombies, it focused a bit more on older, classic horror from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

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While monsters, horror, zombies, ect. haven’t really been my thing, fans of the genre who showed up seemed to really enjoy themselves. I never saw anyone who wasn’t happy about something, or had negative things to say about panels, guests, staff, or the experience. With the convention being a smaller one, I think the atmosphere created was more intimate, and fans were able to take in more of the experience than at larger conventions I’ve been to. Waiting hours or days in line wasn’t necessary, and I think that added to the enjoyment for fan attendees.

My favorite parts of the convention were wandering around and just taking in everything, and seeing Cineprov riff an old horror film.

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The convention was also a very affordable one, with special room rates being offered at the convention hotel, parking provided for free, and passes were also a very reasonable rate.

All in all, for fans of the genre this is a must go to convention.

For more information, check out the official website and follow the convention on Twitter!

Bethany Blanton

Monsterama Convention: Atlanta – 1-3 August

PRESS RELEASE:

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MONSTERAMA –Atlanta’s new convention celebrating classic horror and the fantastic—has already announced an exciting list of guests representing an interesting cross-section of film, literature, and art experiences and is preparing to welcome guests who enjoy horror and the fantastic. In its first year, Monsterama is already causing a great deal of excitement because of the depth of horror and the fantastic that will be provided for the fans to create the best entertainment experience possible. Taking place August 1-3 at the Holiday Inn Select on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, Monsterama promises to be an exciting addition to the Atlanta convention scene.

“By classic horror,” says media programming director Derek Tatum, “we are talking about the Universal Monsters such as Frankenstein and Dracula, as well as classic 1950s monster and horror movies, and 1960s-‘70s Hammer gothic horror films from England and beyond. Our emphasis will not be on zombies and slasher films, but we will be discussing them.”

Currently there are over twenty guests announced for Monsterama. Headlining appearances include horror film star Veronica Carlson (Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Horror of Frankenstein), director, writer, and actor Larry Blamire (Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Dark and Stormy Night, Steam Wars), and Victoria Price (daughter of horror legend Vincent Price). Joining them will be directors Jeff Burr (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3) and Robert Tinnell (Frankenstein and Me). Authors this year include New York Times bestseller Brian Keene (The Rising) and James Tuck (creator of the Deacon Chalk series). Scott Tepperman, from Syfy’s Ghost Hunter’s International series , has just been added to the guest list.

Local Atlanta talents are strongly represented in the Monsterama Guest List: Voice actor and pop culture maven, C. Martin Croker (The Brak Show); Horror Event host and make-up expert Shane Morton (Professore Morte); renowned book and magazine cover artist Mark Maddox; and local comedy troupe Cineprov. “We are bringing in guests from around the country,” said convention chair Anthony Taylor, himself an expert on horror and science fiction film, “but we are also very proud to have so much local Atlanta talent at Monsterama’s first convention.”

In addition to celebrities, artists, and authors, Monsterama features screenings of classic horror movies on 16 mm film, makeup and costuming demonstrations, panel discussions, and performances.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Holiday Inn Select Atlanta-Perimeter / Dunwoody. This location is known for being home to many great genre conventions in Atlanta, and it’s a great spot to launch Monsterama.” According to Media Relations Director, Dan Carroll, “Rooms for up to four people are just $89.95 per night and are available from the Monsterama website.”

What: Monsterama, Atlanta’s Classic Horror Convention
When: August 1-3, 2014
Where: HOLIDAY INN SELECT
4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30341

For more information, check out the official website and follow the convention on Twitter!