September 2-5, 2005
If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, then what happens at Dragon*Con never really happened. It is a fleeting moment of fantasy spread across an all too short weekend. Dragon*Con is a menagerie of every sci-fi and fantasy character you can imagine and some of the actual actors and authors that first breathed life into them. From author Anne McCaffery to actress Marina Sirtis—Star Trek: TNG’s Deanna Troi—to the cast of Joss Whedon’s Serenity. There were storm troopers, Darth Vaders, Jedis aplenty, Aliens and Predators, the Incredibles even made an appearance, and I swear I saw Ben Affleck, the real one.
The filk on the main stage, Saturday night, was fantastic. The talent and genius of the performers and their love of their art was apparent. Along with the regulars was Rob Balder, his first time on the big stage. After a few minutes of banter he performed “Sympathy for George Lucus,” which was featured recently on The Dr. Demento Show. I attended the “Nuts and Bolts of Producing a Webcomic” panel Sunday evening; an informative and inspirational panel featuring Jeff Darlington (General Protection Fault), Erin Lindsey (Venus Envy), Jennie Breeden (The Devil’s Panties), Chris Impink (artist of Fragile Gravity), Bill Holbrook (Kevin & Kell), and Rob Balder (PartiallyClips).
The artwork on display in the gallery was absolutely beautiful. Each piece evoked emotion and imagination. You could create a universe and get lost amongst the surreal images brought to life in oil, bronze, wood, and water color.
Dragon*Con, has once again demonstrated why it is one of the largest science fiction, fantasy, and pop culture conventions in North America—spanning three massive convention hotels. I can’t say enough good things about the staff. They worked tirelessly and tried to accommodate every guest, press member, and con-goer. My personal thanks and appreciation to Star in the press room.