Getting ready for Dragon*Con 2017!

So, at the end of the month I’ll be joining several friends and driving up to Atlanta for Dragon*Con. This will be my 4th time attending (first was in 2004) and I’m looking forward to it. We’ve gone in together on a couple of picture ops with Nathan Fillion and Stan FREAKING Lee. How awesome is that?

The hardest part, for me, of planning ahead for the con is arranging what I’ll eat. Since I can’t have anything contaminated with gluten, I’m making plans for bringing all my own “ready to eat” rations. I’d love to go and not have to worry about what I eat, but sadly I can’t do that. Two years ago I ate Thursday night in the hotel restaurant, after talking to the chef about my food issues. Food tasted fantastic. Friday morning I was in line for a panel when disaster hit and I had to forsake my place (I’d been in line for 90 min at that point) and make a mad dash to the bathroom. Sadly I was alone in line so there was no one to hold my place. By the time I was feeling better the panel was full. I’m not taking that chance this year dammit. Too much fun stuff I want to do.

If you’re going to be at Dragon*Con look for us in the parade on Saturday morning. Heck, even if you’re not there, I think I read they’re making Dragon*Con TV available online so you might be able to watch it from the comfort of your air conditioned home. We’ll be there as Josie & The Pussycats, on our reunion tour. Fun times.

I’ve also made up some cool business cards to advertise Necronomicon that we’ll be handing out and putting on freebie tables. I still can’t believe there are fandom people in the Tampa Bay area who’ve never heard of Necronomicon. Hell this is our 36th year. We need someone to come volunteer to run our marketing campaign for us and get the word out. We’re a fun, smallish, not-for profit convention. We have literary guests (rarely media ones) and raise money for the local charity group Kids and Canines.

Granted we’re no Dragon*Con, but we don’t have enough club members to run something that huge lol. We’re always looking for new club members/volunteers. We have no dues, you just come to our monthly meeting/gathering/social event and hang out. Bring food, you’re a member for life. Volunteer to work 10 hours at the convention and get your membership refunded, not a bad deal.

So, back to  Dragon*Con, I’m looking forward to meeting old and new friends. I’ll get to see Kevin Graizer for the first time in many years, and I’ll be meeting Melissa Olson in person for the first time (Woo hoo)

I’m also thrilled that John Cusack is going to be there! I’m bringing a copy of Gross Pointe Blank and hope to get in line for an autograph.  I’d bring Better Off Dead but I keep hearing he HATES that movie, so I will avoid that.

I’m also still considering some other group photo ops, we’ll have to see as we get closer. I don’t want to spend all my money before the con, want to be able to shop in the dealer’s room too 😀

Anyone else out there going to be at  DragonCon too?